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Round 3 - Can I make it in? Everybody says it's Impossible

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Round 3 - Can I make it in? Everybody says it's Impossible [#permalink] New post 16 Jan 2013, 08:34
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Round 3 is tough. Really tough. But on the flip side, there wouldn’t BE a Round 3 if no one got in, so you just gotta build yourself an application that’s gonna beat the odds.

It helps if you start off with a few aces in the hole - meaning if you are on the plus side of the average of the school you are applying at. Then, there’s no magic formula for getting in, and as much experience as I have working with MBA applicants (we’ve done nearly 12,000 here at Admissionado), I can’t tell you with 100% certainty what’s gonna work for ya. What I DO know is this: there is no room for error on a Round 3 application.

Your essays are gonna have to be SPOT on. And I’m not just talking about answering the prompts; I’m talking creative, memorable, compelling, etc. The adcom is tired. They have spent the past 6 months reading application essays and, naturally, it’s aaaaall blending together. You’re gonna have to pop off the page if you wanna get his or her attention (and not only that, they have to want YOU to get in over those other 15 people they have waiting for that same place). And the way to do that is to have smart answers, strategic career goals, examples of leadership, and lots and lots of specific details to back it all up. Oh, and it’s all gotta be wrapped up into an essay that grips him or her, and holds on to the end.

And then your LORs will have to complement that nicely. And your resume will have to be TIGHT.

But there’s also one more VERY important thing you’re gonna have to work in there, and it’s an explanation for why you waited so long to apply. Why didn’t you apply in Round 1 or 2? Why wait until the 11th hour? That’s gonna need to be addressed. After all, if you really wanted to attend this particular b-school so badly, you would have crushed those applications earlier in the year. So you need to explain your reasoning while also proving to the adcom that you’re serious and passionate about getting an MBA. And if you an make a compelling case that NOW is the right time for you (like now now) that could tip the scales

Weaving aaaall of that together into an application isn’t easy… and that’s why Round 3 is so tough. It’s a complicated dance (not unlike The Dougie), but if you do it right, you can prove all those people wrong, and reach your goal of starting b-school this Fall.

If you’re up for the challenge, go for it. And if you need any help, well, that’s why we’re here. So post away with your questions folks, and I'm happy to answer.
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Re: Round 3 - Can I make it in? Everybody says it's Impossible [#permalink] New post 17 Jan 2013, 06:38
I agree, some of the more talented people in my b school class were from round 3.
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Re: Round 3 - Can I make it in? Everybody says it's Impossible [#permalink] New post 21 Jan 2013, 20:30
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from the horse's mouth!
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Re: Round 3 - Can I make it in? Everybody says it's Impossible [#permalink] New post 05 Mar 2013, 11:39
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Guys, those R3 deadlines are comin'.
Got more questions? Need more help with strategy?

Let me know. I'm around and happy to answer aaaaanything you've got.

For now, these links could also be helpful:

Tips for applying in Round 3
Should you apply in R3 if you were dinged in R2?
Applying to 3 schools in 5 weeks - it can be done.
Writing on a deadline
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Re: Round 3 - Can I make it in? Everybody says it's Impossible [#permalink] New post 12 Mar 2013, 00:53
Round 3 is not always the last deadline, and is some schools admission chances are still good. Here is a list of late deadlines for Sep13-Jan14 that may help: http://www.aringo.com/LowSeasonDeadlines.htm
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