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# How do I best address my inability to visit schools?

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09 Oct 2007, 18:44
Hey again all.

I'm an American living and working in Germany. As such, visiting the American schools I'm applying to is pretty much impossible, especially prior to R1. The best I'll be able to do is attend an MBA fair with 2 of the 6 schools I'm applying to. Obviously it's not like the real thing, but at least lets them know I'm a living, breathing human being. As for the rest, I'll be applying sight unseen (to be accurate, I've visited the campuses but not as part of an official, registered visit).

Surely I'm not alone. I'm curious as to how others have addressed this in their applications.
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10 Oct 2007, 05:08
DrivinWest wrote:
Hey again all.

I'm an American living and working in Germany. As such, visiting the American schools I'm applying to is pretty much impossible, especially prior to R1. The best I'll be able to do is attend an MBA fair with 2 of the 6 schools I'm applying to. Obviously it's not like the real thing, but at least lets them know I'm a living, breathing human being. As for the rest, I'll be applying sight unseen (to be accurate, I've visited the campuses but not as part of an official, registered visit).

Surely I'm not alone. I'm curious as to how others have addressed this in their applications.

I imagine adcoms can guess why you didn't visit their campus - like you say yourself, there are likely hundreds (if not thousands) of applicants a year from abroad that just don't have the time / money to visit.

That said, you seem to discount an unofficial visit as meaningless - you shouldn't. For the schools you did visit (officially or not) I'd be sure to mention it.
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10 Oct 2007, 08:41
Judging by the size of groups at schools and information sessions. I think people who actually visit are very much in the minority of applicants. One suprising thing is that a fair number of people at events on and off campus are not applying for a few years. I also imagine some of these people have career opportunities down the road that results in their ditching their plans.
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11 Oct 2007, 02:49
That's what I figured/hoped, it just seems like lots of people on this forum have visited quite a few schools. Than again, people on this forum tend to be exceptional is several ways (like you 780 GMAT jerks! )

Thanks again,
DW
11 Oct 2007, 02:49
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