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Deciding Which Schools to Apply to

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How did you all decide which schools you wanted to apply to? Did anyone have a specific number of "reach", "target", and "safety" schools they applied to?
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Hey there. I applied to a total of 5 schools during my MBA application during round 2. My category of my specific targets shifted when my GMAT score changed. The criteria for me was that I do not want to waste my time on applications of schools I do not want to go to.

Beginning of round 2 (GMAT 680): 2 competitive, 1 reach, 1 far reach.
End of round 2 (GMAT 740): 3 safeties, 1 competitive, 1 reach.

I knew people who only applied to 2 competitive schools because that's where they want to be. I also know people who did 10 apps because they want to spread their risk. I think school selection boils down to how much risk you are willing to take for your current as a candidate. I also wrote extensively about school selection here.
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bluemba wrote:
How did you all decide which schools you wanted to apply to? Did anyone have a specific number of "reach", "target", and "safety" schools they applied to?



I agree with Mimster on several accounts. For one, I believe you should not apply to b-schools which you would surely not join- its a crunch on your resources. Secondly, in my opinion, applying to 5-7 b-schools is a good number.

Every application, when done the proper way, takes considerable time, and my strategy is always to put larger effort into a decent number of applications rather than churn out low quality, but a humongous number of applications (10+).

AT present, what do you have in mind? Have you already selected your programs? This is what I would suggest for 5-7 b-schools:

Reach- 1 or 2
target - 3
Safety - 2

Consider these parameters when selecting business schools
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