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Applying to 1st Choice School - Which round?

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I am preparing my b-school application strategy during the coming few days and I was wondering when would be the best round to apply for my number 1 choice...

Round 1 application:

- Decision dates are posted sooner (around end of year) so if I got admitted I would forget about Round 2 applications, saving me time, money and effort.
- The sooner I get admitted, the longer time I have to prepare for accommodation, travel, settling in etc.
- Higher chances of scholarship $$$

Round 2 application:

- The only benefit (that I can think of) that comes with applying later in the application cycle is the ability to fine tune the essays, learn from previous mistakes, and practice taking interviews.


What do you guys think? any advice from someone who has already gone through this process?
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I think if you are from an over represented demographic, round 1 will give you a better chance. Last year I heard that by round 1 MIT already accepted 90% of the seats for Indian candidates. Despite the overall acceptance rate being the same, demographic wise, the earlier you apply, the more seats you have a chance at getting.

If you feel that you are not ready for round 1, I see no harm applying during round 2 too. I applied during round 2 but I didn't have the luxury of applying round 1 due to my GMAT score. I got scholarship at several schools as well so i doubt that there are any significant different in term of chances.
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I am preparing my b-school application strategy during the coming few days and I was wondering when would be the best round to apply for my number 1 choice...

Round 1 application:

- Decision dates are posted sooner (around end of year) so if I got admitted I would forget about Round 2 applications, saving me time, money and effort.
- The sooner I get admitted, the longer time I have to prepare for accommodation, travel, settling in etc.
- Higher chances of scholarship $$$

Round 2 application:

- The only benefit (that I can think of) that comes with applying later in the application cycle is the ability to fine tune the essays, learn from previous mistakes, and practice taking interviews.


What do you guys think? any advice from someone who has already gone through this process?



With atleast a month and a half to go before deadlines, you still have time to prepare a solid application and simultaneously prep for interviews. There is no advantage applying in Round 2, unless you are expecting a personal/professional outcome that will significantly enhance your application in R2.
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Hi there,

Assuming that all of the pieces of the application are in place (GMAT/GRE, extracurriculars, etc.), and you are able to put your best foot forward, then I would suggest applying in Round 1 since all of the spots are available at that point. However, if there are certain elements of the application that are not as strong as they can be, then it is better to wait until Round 2. Essentially, given how competitive the process is, you want your candidacy to be as strong as possible when you apply. I hope this helps!

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Hi SUPERSARS,

As said in the above comments, if you’re in a position to turn in your best application in R1, go for it. Applying in R1 can potentially be advantageous for applicants from less-represented backgrounds - demographically of professionally – because schools may take just few applicants from such backgrounds. However, in general, odds aren't too different in R2.
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SUPERSARS wrote:
I am preparing my b-school application strategy during the coming few days and I was wondering when would be the best round to apply for my number 1 choice...

Round 1 application:

- Decision dates are posted sooner (around end of year) so if I got admitted I would forget about Round 2 applications, saving me time, money and effort.
- The sooner I get admitted, the longer time I have to prepare for accommodation, travel, settling in etc.
- Higher chances of scholarship $$$

Round 2 application:

- The only benefit (that I can think of) that comes with applying later in the application cycle is the ability to fine tune the essays, learn from previous mistakes, and practice taking interviews.


What do you guys think? any advice from someone who has already gone through this process?


I would say that the only reason to go for a round 2 application is if something will change significantly between the two rounds for you. If not, and the application will basically be the same no matter in which of the rounds you apply, round 1 is always preferable.
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Traditionally, R2 has the highest number of applicants. If you can "stick out" with comprehensive credentials R1 is the best bet.
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