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# Campus Visits: When? Before writing application or...?

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12 Jul 2012, 09:28
I'd love to visit a handful (maybe 6-8) of schools in the coming months to gauge my "best fits." Problem is, many if not most schools don't have "true" visit days/sessions until September (once school is back in session). Makes sense, of course, as this is when a prospect can best get a feel for the school (class visits, student discussions, etc.). I do realize most schools don't identify a prospect's visit and "check a box" on their file, but my gut says that a visit can solidify certain key school-specific experiences and observations, all of which can manifest in essays and interviews -- which can make for a stronger app, right?!

Yet if I wait until September to visit, what do I do about applications? Do I begin filling out apps/essays for each -- basically relying on faith that they could indeed be good fits -- and resume (or scrap 'em) once I confirm or deny each school following campus visits?

Just trying to balance the obvious benefit of visiting schools w/ the necessity of a strong application (vs. one that's hastily assembled in a handful of weeks between the visit and R1 deadlines).

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12 Jul 2012, 09:35
I found visiting to be more beneficial in regards to determining whether you will actually fit into a school. Obviously you don't wanna apply anywhere you're not interested in attending, so visiting would be ideal before applying. However given your circumstances and since you were unable to visit until application season, I'd just do the best you can to get to the schools you consider your top choices, and go from there.

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12 Jul 2012, 23:38
I hear you..I don't think school visits when classes are not on in full swing are even remotely as effective as those when the entire student body is around.

You might like a school more than or lesser than earlier after a school visit. In any case the ranking or prioritization of that school within your target list might change. I don't think you would ever regret having decided to apply to that school without having visited it earlier..

Further, you could split your school selection into R1 and R2 such that you have sufficient time to use your school visit experiences in modifying your essays for all schools.

So, all in all, I think you have good time on hand. If you can manage to shortlist your schools, prioritize them and be done with writing a major part of at least your R1 apps, you should be just fine visiting schools after classes begin in Fall.
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19 Jul 2012, 07:55
Agree with all the previous comments! September is too long to wait if you're trying to meet an October R1 deadline.

For me, I started writing essays in July and August and was 90% done by the time I did school visits in late September. After these visits, I added 2-3 sentences that spoke to my experiences there. Since these visits don't make up the core of your essays, it's a much safer strategy to get started earlier - and just leave some room for additional color!
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19 Jul 2012, 09:47
Great input here. I am in a similar boat. I regret not having sat in on classes last spring. But here we are. I feel much better about it based on your advice so thanks guys!

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17 Sep 2012, 23:02
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Before! A lot of people have mentioned that it helps writing ur essays and making a case for your self

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17 Sep 2012, 23:15
I'm visiting 7 schools in the last week of October. I will have applied to my top schools by then and hope to check with admissions if they can offer me an on campus interview. That way they get to see me in flesh and blood and may be it'll give me an edge, given that I'm traveling from Kuwait. I suppose that's the advantage of visiting after.

4 of the 7, I will be sending in applications after my trip and I'll be looking to solidify my application based on it. You can derive strong answers to questions like how can XYZ college help you achieve your objectives based on what you learn during the trip.

Hope that helps. Good luck!
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18 Sep 2012, 09:51
Pashya wrote:
I'm visiting 7 schools in the last week of October. I will have applied to my top schools by then and hope to check with admissions if they can offer me an on campus interview. That way they get to see me in flesh and blood and may be it'll give me an edge, given that I'm traveling from Kuwait. I suppose that's the advantage of visiting after.

4 of the 7, I will be sending in applications after my trip and I'll be looking to solidify my application based on it. You can derive strong answers to questions like how can XYZ college help you achieve your objectives based on what you learn during the trip.

Hope that helps. Good luck!

FYI, if your'e talking about visiting HBS, Wharton, etc. you cannot request an on campus interview unless you have already been invited to interview. There is no self initiating. Trying to do so would not reflect well on you. I couldn't tell from your post if that is your intention but if it was I just wanted to give you a heads up.
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18 Sep 2012, 13:11
One extra tip on visiting schools - When you visit, make an effort to talk to current students, especially ones who are not official ambassadors for the admissions office. Ask them questions about how often they interact with professors outside the classroom, how helpful careers services has been, what other schools they were considering and why they picked this particular school, how the social scene is, etc. Think about the aspects of an MBA program that matter most to you, and ask questions around these topics.
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