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visiting schools after application submission? [#permalink] New post 01 Nov 2012, 22:05
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I plan to visit some of the programs I had applied in R1. I was not able to do this before I had submitted my application---because of scheduling conflict at work. now that I had already submitted my application, will a visit to the program bolster my chance of getting in? :-D
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bodu wrote:
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I plan to visit some of the programs I had applied in R1. I was not able to do this before I had submitted my application---because of scheduling conflict at work. now that I had already submitted my application, will a visit to the program bolster my chance of getting in? :-D


At this point, unless you are waitlisted and have something new to write about, no. BUT, it is still important to visit a school before spending $100k+ and 2 years of your life on it. You need to make sure you'd actually be happy there...
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It certainly wouldn't hurt, but I agree that for Round 1, it's a little late. However, I could see it helping if you haven't yet had your interviews. Your story of why you like a particular school would mean more if you're able to back it up by saying that you've already visited the school.
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At this stage of the game, visiting a school will do between very little to nothing to help your candidacy. You should wait and see if you are granted an interview and if you are, then arrange for an on-campus interview (if available). Alternatively, you might want to wait until you are admitted and visit the school without having to worry about impressing people and in the process objectively evaluate whether the program is right for you. Lastly, I would recommend using your time more strategically -- if applying to other schools - concentrate on those applications, if have year-end work demands - focus on getting things done so taking time off for interviews will not be questioned, taking a well deserved vacation for having endured the stress of applying to graduate business schools.

One other thing I forgot to mention - make sure that you are well prepared for your interviews. If you are granted an interview, your chances of admissions have increased dramatically and the interview is pretty much the make or break of your application.

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Re: visiting schools after application submission? [#permalink] New post 02 Nov 2012, 08:46
Hi All!

I am still planning to visit my schools to get a feel for the program. Thank you all for your kind advices!
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I am still planning to visit my schools to get a feel for the program. Thank you all for your kind advices!


bodu,

that's a pretty good decision. It def cant hurt you. And at a school if they really arent feeling your answer to why us in an essay, they might look up your name in a database they have of people who've visited and see if you did. In this event, your name would pop up at least as someone who is coming, so this might get you the benefit of the doubt that your interested. I would bet most schools keep a database of who has visited or will visit.
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Re: visiting schools after application submission? [#permalink] New post 02 Nov 2012, 09:04
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bodu wrote:
Hi All!

I am still planning to visit my schools to get a feel for the program. Thank you all for your kind advices!


bodu,

that's a pretty good decision. It def cant hurt you. And at a school if they really arent feeling your answer to why us in an essay, they might look up your name in a database they have of people who've visited and see if you did. In this event, your name would pop up at least as someone who is coming, so this might get you the benefit of the doubt that your interested. I would bet most schools keep a database of who has visited or will visit.



Hi Dbalks! thank you for your advice! that definitely firmed up my decision.
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