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Should I apply to more schools? [#permalink] New post 11 Dec 2009, 11:47
Hey everyone,

It's December. So, like everyone else here, I'm waiting to hear back from a number of top-tier schools, including:

- Harvard
- MIT
- Kellogg
- UVA

Unfortunately, I was dinged at Kellogg, and I have a strong feeling I did not get an interview at the other 3. I think that I set my expectations too high.

I also applied to 3 other schools, but I do not expect to hear back until January:

- Duke
- UNC
- Vanderbilt

Here's my question... should I consider applying to some other programs in Round 2, to ensure I am accepted somewhere this year? Or, should I wait to see how the other applications work out?

Here's my profile:

Age: 27
Work Experience: 4.5 years in management consulting at a well-respected, but not big name, firm
GMAT: 700/90th percentile (Q/44/69%, V/41/92%)
Grades: 2.8 at top-20 undergraduate program in the US (BA - Political Science)
Essays: very good (addressed my low GPA, non-traditional work experience in the music business, community service experience, and interest in entrepreneurship)

Any suggestions on other schools to apply to? I'm considering Georgetown and UT-Austin, but I'm now worried that they will not provide enough of a safety net, since I have not put in much recruiting time at those schools.
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Re: Should I apply to more schools? [#permalink] New post 11 Dec 2009, 20:53
startups4me,

Given your profile, you should get into Vanderbilt at the very least, and Duke, UNC, and UVA should all be doable (i.e., you are competitive at them). Georgetown is probably the better safety school than Texas but given your entrepreneurship goals maybe also consider Babson and Wisconsin as safeties.

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Re: Should I apply to more schools? [#permalink] New post 19 Dec 2009, 13:40
Thanks so much for your response!

I just received notification that I was admitted to Vandy with a scholarship, so I'm breathing a little bit easier now.

Have a happy holiday!
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Re: Should I apply to more schools? [#permalink] New post 19 Dec 2009, 15:11
Congratulations, that's great news.
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