Hi Scott & Omari,
I have not been able to decide as to which round I should apply for...initially I was of the view that there would be nothing better than applying for R1 but now that I have spoken to some past/current students I feel that applying for R2 would be a better option.
I'm listing the pro's and con's of applying for R1 below(these are my views):
1) The number of seats in R1 is maximum and subsequently the scholarships/TA/RA/GA doled out is also maximum and being a international student the amount of scholarship( if I do get any) matters a lot when I decide which school to attend.
2) If I do get rejected by my first choice schools I can apply for my backup schools in the subsequent rounds.
1) After Im done with my GMAT I would be having only 2 - 2 1/2 months to nail my essays and this may cause my essays to be rudimentary or rather unpolished.
2) I would be competing with the over achievers and reapps in R1( after receiving feedback frm last year they would have significantly improved their app) which could significantly harm my prospects.
Would like to know your views on this.
Thanks & Regards,
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