Coronavirus Admissions Updates for Round 3

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There is a lot of uncertainty worldwide as we grapple with the COVID-19 outbreak. For business schools that still have a third or final round to come, that means adapting to meet the needs and circumstances of MBA applicants. Here are the latest coronavirus admissions updates as of March 24, 2020. Please note that this list only includes schools that are still accepting applications for the 2019-2020 admissions cycle.

Also, be aware that ETS announced an at home, virtual option to take the GRE beginning March 27. Likewise, GMAC is currently working on an online testing alternative. This interim solution is targeted for availability in mid-April.

Dartmouth’s Tuck School of Business—Round 3 deadline is March 30, 2020.

Tuck School will maintain the set round 3 deadline, but allow applications on a rolling basis thereafter in a one-time Round 4 for those who need additional time. Additionally, the school has suspended applicant-initiated interviews for the remainder of this cycle.

Read more about how Tuck is adapting to the COVID-19 crisis in this Tuck admissions update from Director Luke Anthony Peña.

Michigan Ross School of Business—Priority Round 3 Deadline is March 30, 2020. 

Director Soojin Kown provided these coronavirus admissions updates in her latest MBA admissions blog post:

Due to the impact that COVID-19 has had on GMAT/GRE testing opportunities, we are extending our Round 3 deadline. The priority deadline will remain March 30, but we will accept applications until May 29.

Applications received after the priority deadline will be evaluated on a rolling basis. International applicants are highly encouraged to apply by the priority deadline in order to ensure enough time for visas to be processed. If you have questions, please email

UT McCombs School of Business—Round 3 is March 31, 2020/ Round 4 is April 28, 2020.

The UT McCombs School of Business will allow candidates to submit applications to the full-time MBA program in Round 3 without a test score. Applicants need to send in their scores as soon as they receive them. However, you don’t need to pay the application fee until you can submit your test score and your application is considered complete.

Also, note the following from the Texas MBA admissions team:

An admissions decision cannot be made until we receive your official test score. If your official score report is not received by May 7, 2020, your application will be rolled into Round 4 (for domestic applicants only) or withdrawn (international applicants). A withdrawn application is not a denial and will not impact applications in future cycles.

Chicago Booth School of Business—Round 3 Deadline is April 2, 2020.

The Round 3 deadline remains in effect. However, due to GMAT testing center closures around the globe, Booth will accept test scores for R3 applicants through an extended deadline of July 1, 2020.

UC Berkeley Haas School of Business—Round 3 Deadline is April 2, 2020. 

The Round 3 deadline remains in effect. As of March 24, the school has not announced any changes to the admissions process.

UNC Kenan-Flagler School of Business—Round 3 Deadline is April 6, 2020.

The Round 3 deadline remains in effect. As of March 24, the school has not announced any changes to the admissions process.

Kellogg School of Management—Round 3 Deadline is April 8, 2020.

The Kellogg School has kept the April 8, 2020 deadline for Round 3 applicants. The decision release day also stays in effect on May 13, 2020. If the coronavirus has affected applicants’ ability to fulfill the GMAT/GRE/TOEFL/IELTS testing requirement, the school encourages them to continue working on applications.

Follow this link for information on how to proceed if you have no score, or would like to retest.

Stanford Graduate School of Business–Round 3 Deadline is April 8, 2020.

Stanford is not shifting the Round 3 deadline. However, they understand there are some unusual circumstances this year due to COVID-19. With testing centers closing in many locations around the world, the GSB admissions team says they will be as flexible as they can in terms of score reporting.

The admissions team also encourages applicants to apply in Round 3 even if they have issues with delayed recommendation letters, have not yet taken the GMAT, or who plan to retake the exam after April 8. Read more about the Stanford GSB response to COVID-19 here.

Cornell Johnson School of Management—April Round Deadline is April 8, 2020

The Round 3 deadline remains unchanged. However, the Johnson School will provide flexibility with testing submissions. Here’s a coronavirus admissions update from the school website:

Please let us know of any changes to your testing status by email. This will help us keep an accurate understanding of your overall application status. As testing centers update their own operating statuses, we will work with impacted candidates and adjust our MBA application review timelines.

MIT Sloan School of Management—Round 3 Deadline is April 9, 2020.

While MIT Sloan acknowledges the uncertainties of COVID-19, as of March 24, the school says it will not affect the admissions process for the remaining cycle. The admissions criteria, process, and timeline remain unchanged. Per the MIT Sloan admissions page:

The timeline for MBA Round 3 remains the same. All applications must be submitted by 3:00 pm EST on April 9, 2020. Applicants invited to interview will be notified in mid to late April and all interviews will be conducted via Skype. Final decisions for MBA Round 3 will be released on May 7, 2020.

The Wharton School—Round 3 Deadline moved to April 15, 2020. 

The Wharton School has decided to extend the Round 3 deadline by two weeks after feedback from worried applicants.  Also, the new Advance Access deadline is May 27, 2020. Wharton MBA admissions will release Round 2 decisions on March 26, 2020, as previously planned.

Round 3 and Advance Access applicants may still submit their applications without having sat for a standardized test. Read Wharton’s testing updates here.

UCLA Anderson School of Management—Round 3 Deadline is April 16, 2020.

According to the UCLA Anderson website,  as of March 24, the school has not made official changes for full-time MBA prospective students due to COVID-19. A banner on the site states the following:

We are updating our applicants via email and are working with them on an individual basis to address any concerns. Currently, there are no changes to deadlines, decision dates, program start dates, policies or requirements.

Georgetown McDonough School of Business—Round 4 Deadline is April 27, 2020.

The Round 4 deadline remains in effect. As of March 24, the school has not announced any changes to the admissions process.

Yale School of Management—Round 3 Extended Deadline is May 27, 2020. 

On March 24th, Assistant Dean for Admissions, Bruce DelMonico, announced the creation of an extended Round 3 deadline of May 27, 2020. This is for candidates unable to submit by the standard deadline, or who have incomplete applications as of April 14.

DelMonico says Yale SOM will notify Round 3 Extended applicants of their admission decision in the second half of June.

Columbia Business School—Application Deadline for the August 2020 Class moved to June 1, 2020

Last week, an email from Amanda Carlson, CBS’s Assistant Dean of Admissions, explained the school’s decision to push back the Round 3 deadline beyond its original date of April 10, 2020. As Carlson noted:

Due to uncertainty caused by the Coronavirus, Columbia Business School will extend our application deadline for the August 2020 class until June 1, 2020.  

We plan to admit more candidates toward the end of this application cycle in anticipation that some of our admitted students may struggle, for a variety of reasons, to start in August 2020.  

If you are thinking about submitting an application to Columbia Business School, and wonder if it’s too late, it’s not. We are extending the deadline and plan to admit more candidates who will be a great fit in our community. 

UV Darden School of Business—Rolling Round 3 Deadline through July 15, 2020.

On March 24, Darden announced that its R3 deadline, originally April 6, 2020, would become a rolling deadline until mid-July. The application will remain open until this date to enable applicants to submit missing elements of their application, Darden explained.

Follow the link above for more updates on recommendation letters, testing, and the interview process.

A note on visas for international students

Last week, the U.S. government suspended routine visa services globally. We hope that the public health crisis improves in the coming months and the visa suspension is lifted. However, for the moment, the situation raises doubts about non-U.S. students’ plans to study in the United States this fall. Be sure to check in with your target schools directly for the latest information.

We hope these coronavirus admissions updates will help you navigate this unusual process of applying in Round 3 in 2020.

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