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24 Oct 2004, 15:53
I was wondering just how much more competitive it is to be admitted in round 3 of the admissions process rather than rounds 1 and 2? Most schools and advisors suggest the earlier the better, but is there any way to *quantify* this increased competitiveness, (i.e. twice as hard, etc.)?

Also, since it is difficult to be admitted in round 3, just exactly who gets accepted in this round? (I.e. what is the profile of round 3 acceptees? Are they more outstanding than acceptees from the previous rounds?)

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25 Oct 2004, 14:50
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I was wondering just how much more competitive it is to be admitted in round 3 of the admissions process rather than rounds 1 and 2? Most schools and advisors suggest the earlier the better, but is there any way to *quantify* this increased competitiveness, (i.e. twice as hard, etc.)?

Also, since it is difficult to be admitted in round 3, just exactly who gets accepted in this round? (I.e. what is the profile of round 3 acceptees? Are they more outstanding than acceptees from the previous rounds?)

Thank you for any feedback.

I don't have stats and don't remember seeing any that break down acceptance rates by round. But I have talked to a number of adcom directors and also posed the question on chats, and there is not question that it is harder to get accepted third round than first and second round. The slight exception is MIT, which has only two rounds. For MIT the second round has a lower acceptance rate. A few years ago, the quoted rate was 18% acceptance rate first round and 7% acceptance rate second round.

Third round admitted applicants tend to add to a school's diversity or, if from a common applicant background, have an uncommonly high level of achievement. If you can apply by January, do it.

If you can't apply by January, it may still make more sense for you to apply third round than wait until fall, but we are too early to make that calculation. For not, turn your attention to that stack of applications and work on them.

Good luck!
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04 Jan 2005, 12:57
Any late stats on 3rd round applications? I heard that schools split their acceptance rate in 3, so that they don't get short surprised during any round. Is that true?
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04 Jan 2005, 16:53
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Any late stats on 3rd round applications? I heard that schools split their acceptance rate in 3, so that they don't get short surprised during any round. Is that true?

What do you mean by "split their acceptance rate in 3"?
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04 Jan 2005, 21:10
The acceptance rate in 3 meaning that out of 1200 accepted, 400 more or less come from 1st round, 400 +- comes from 2nd round and 400 +- comes from 3rd round.

Also, could you tell if applying early on the 3rd round, will your application be evaluated before the last one sent on the 3rd round deadline? Thank you
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05 Jan 2005, 18:55
Yoda wrote:
The acceptance rate in 3 meaning that out of 1200 accepted, 400 more or less come from 1st round, 400 +- comes from 2nd round and 400 +- comes from 3rd round.

Also, could you tell if applying early on the 3rd round, will your application be evaluated before the last one sent on the 3rd round deadline? Thank you

Most schools do not split acceptances evenly between rounds. They accept more applicants during the first two round or by January and fewer applicants in the later rounds.

Schools have different policies about reviewing applications before the deadline arrives. Some, like NYU, reveiw them as they come in. Others will review all the applications after the deadline passes.

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05 Jan 2005, 23:44
Thank you. Any information on HBS, Stanford, Wharton, Kellog? Do they wait untill all application come to start reviewing or will they normally review the applications as soon as they arrive?
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06 Jan 2005, 15:26
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Thank you. Any information on HBS, Stanford, Wharton, Kellog? Do they wait untill all application come to start reviewing or will they normally review the applications as soon as they arrive?
Thank you,

These schools definitely do not evenly split acceptances among the different rounds. I believe that Wharton may review a few applications before the round officially closes, but I am not sure about the other schools. NYU and Columbia review applications as they come in.

You can ask this question on Wharton's student2student board, if it isn't already answered there. Also, Kellogg has a representative replying to questions on the Busienssweek Forum.

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