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Can I apply to certain schools in Round 1, & other schools in Round 2?

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I think I only have time to submit a few applications by Round 1, and am thinking about saving the rest for Round 2. Is this allowed?

How about if I get admitted to a school, and accept the offer to join? Can I still apply in Round 2 to other schools just to see if I can get into a better school? I poked around and could not find this explicitly answered.

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calibanswar123 wrote:
I think I only have time to submit a few applications by Round 1, and am thinking about saving the rest for Round 2. Is this allowed?

How about if I get admitted to a school, and accept the offer to join? Can I still apply in Round 2 to other schools just to see if I can get into a better school? I poked around and could not find this explicitly answered.

Thank you!


Hi calibanswar123 ,

Welcome to GMATClub :)

You can apply to any college in any round irrespective of whether you have applied in the previous round.

Let's say I apply to Harvard in R1, I am open to apply to any other colleges in R2.

To answer your second question, yes it is also true. You can still apply to other colleges before making a final call.

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Yes, you can apply to certain schools in Round 1 and to other schools in Round 2.
Regarding your 2nd question, I think it's not recommended to accept the school offer after being admitted and then not enrolling eventually (especially if money is involved). If possible, try to delay your decision and ask the school for more time before making a commitment and accepting the admission offer.

Try to plan your applications strategy carefully based on the schools deadlines - most schools publish the dates for releasing decisions, as you can see here: https://aringo.com/mba-current-deadlines/
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calibanswar123 wrote:
I think I only have time to submit a few applications by Round 1, and am thinking about saving the rest for Round 2. Is this allowed?

How about if I get admitted to a school, and accept the offer to join? Can I still apply in Round 2 to other schools just to see if I can get into a better school? I poked around and could not find this explicitly answered.

Thank you!



In general, I would agree with above. However, I would be view some schools that have binding offer like Columbia which asks you to drop other applications. Also, if you applied in early rounds in certain schools such as Tuck, KF, Emory, they would not ask you to drop other application but rather give you limited time window to deposit money that mom-refundable, usually high deposit, so you are forced to accept to reject the offer. However, some applicants apply to safe schools and get accepted and pay deposit and finally sacrifice the deposit if big schools like H/W/S accept them.

Wish you success in your journey

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calibanswar123 wrote:
I think I only have time to submit a few applications by Round 1, and am thinking about saving the rest for Round 2. Is this allowed?

How about if I get admitted to a school, and accept the offer to join? Can I still apply in Round 2 to other schools just to see if I can get into a better school? I poked around and could not find this explicitly answered.

Thank you!


Hello calibanswar123,

The answer to both your questions is YES! :)
However, it is strongly recommended that you apply to the best schools that you want to apply to in the very first round itself. This will ensure that you know about your results and are able to pay up the deposit. Also, should you not make it to preferred schools in the first round, this will also help you strategize for the second round :)

Hope this helps :)

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