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How much $$$ did/will this application season cost you?

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Wow, I know you said you were cheap... but man are you cheap.


I'll just point out that I applied to 8 schools and spent less than other peeps on here who applied to only 4-5 :)

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Wow, I know you said you were cheap... but man are you cheap.


I'll just point out that I applied to 8 schools and spent less than other peeps on here who applied to only 4-5 :)


On a per-school basis you are on the cheaper side. Of course nothing beats bostonsparky's $880 total, but it seems like the avg. per school is $600-700 each. On the other end of the scale is ninkorn, who managed to spend over $900 per school - earning him the Paris Hilton award for profligate spending.
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On the other end of the scale is ninkorn, who managed to spend over $900 per school - earning him the Paris Hilton award for profligate spending.


I am doing my duty as a citizen to stimulate this economy....
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Wow, I know you said you were cheap... but man are you cheap.


I'll just point out that I applied to 8 schools and spent less than other peeps on here who applied to only 4-5 :)


On a per-school basis you are on the cheaper side. Of course nothing beats bostonsparky's $880 total, but it seems like the avg. per school is $600-700 each. On the other end of the scale is ninkorn, who managed to spend over $900 per school - earning him the Paris Hilton award for profligate spending.


I think I can beat $880 total:

$0 gmat prep (work covered the GMAT prep class + books)
$250 gmat exam
$235 HBS app
$250 Stanford app
$0 Official Transcripts (school does it for free)
$0 Stanford visit (combined it with a work trip)
$0 HBS interview costs (got ride, stayed with friends)
$2.50 Stanford interview costs (subway ride)
$100 Recommender gifts

$837.50 Total, but only for 2 schools... bostonsparky spent around the same and got more bang (6 schools) for his buck!

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$0 Official Transcripts (school does it for free)


Oh shoot...

I forgot to account for this in my previous calc...
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$837.50 Total, but only for 2 schools... bostonsparky spent around the same and got more bang (6 schools) for his buck!


Still very well done. After getting your Harvard MBA I can think of oh, 3 or so auto companies that could seriously use someone like you in charge.

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GMAT Prep: $1300
GMAT: $250
Sending Scores: $140
5 App Fees: $1200
Trip to Chicago (interview @ Kellogg): $500
Trip to Durham: $250
Gifts for recommenders: $100
And depending on my apps, more trips to campuses...

So far the tally is $3,740

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$837.50 Total, but only for 2 schools... bostonsparky spent around the same and got more bang (6 schools) for his buck!


Still very well done. After getting your Harvard MBA I can think of oh, 3 or so auto companies that could seriously use someone like you in charge.


You think there will still be 3 auto companies in business by the time bball graduates HBS?
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You think there will still be 3 auto companies in business by the time bball graduates HBS?


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New post 11 Feb 2009, 17:13
Alright, I'll play this game too...thinking I might win (or does that mean I lose?):

GMAT Prep Books: $87
GMAT: $250
Score Reports (4): $112
MBA Books (Great Essays...etc): $78
Recommender/Editor-in-Chief Gifts: $354
Transcripts (3 schools): $30
Application Fees: $1110
Wharton Visit: $465
Kellogg/Chicago Visit: $710
Tuck Interview: $800
Stern Visit: $595
Duke Interview: $20
Kellogg DAK: $630
Chicago Interview: $400

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isa wrote:
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Wow, I know you said you were cheap... but man are you cheap.


I'll just point out that I applied to 8 schools and spent less than other peeps on here who applied to only 4-5 :)


On a per-school basis you are on the cheaper side. Of course nothing beats bostonsparky's $880 total, but it seems like the avg. per school is $600-700 each. On the other end of the scale is ninkorn, who managed to spend over $900 per school - earning him the Paris Hilton award for profligate spending.


ninkorn, please change your gmatclub name to parishilton

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isa wrote:
I'll just point out that I applied to 8 schools and spent less than other peeps on here who applied to only 4-5 :)

On a per-school basis you are on the cheaper side. Of course nothing beats bostonsparky's $880 total, but it seems like the avg. per school is $600-700 each. On the other end of the scale is ninkorn, who managed to spend over $900 per school - earning him the Paris Hilton award for profligate spending.

ninkorn, please change your gmatclub name to parishilton


I second that.

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ninkorn, please change your gmatclub name to parishilton



hmmmm..........tempting.....
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let me sleep over it and maybe when you wake up and come back here,

there will be a request in the SUPPORT thread....

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With GMAT prep + books, I would say ~$3000 - not counting the loss productivity though

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My turn...

MGMAT Course (Worthless) - 1000
PowerScore Books - 90
GMAT 2x - 500
Application 5 schools - 150+150+150+100+50
Rush Transcripts 5 schools - 140
Reserve spot 2 schools (I cant make up my mind yet) - 1500+1200
Essay Edits (Worthless didn't even use them, didnt get $ back either) - 400

Total
5430

Wow I didnt realize it cost that much, maybe I should have gave a down payment and leased a nice Porsche Cayman instead lol!

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After the entire process... well over four grand. These guys really wring you dry. And they don't even pay for your travel/accommodation on admit weekend! Psh.

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After the entire process... well over four grand. These guys really wring you dry. And they don't even pay for your travel/accommodation on admit weekend! Psh.

Yeah and thats the problem with having too many admits! :P

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I think I did it for pretty cheap.

GMAT Prep: $0 (borrowed MGMAT Books from a friend)
GMAT: $250
Cornell App: $200
Michigan and Yale App: $0 (Teach For America Fee waiver)
Cornell Visit: $290 (stayed with friends)
Yale Visit: $270 (stayed with firends)

$1010. Granted, I probably earn half of what most people on this site do, so it still hurt. Still have Ross admit weekend to pay for, which will hit me fore $550. Sigh.

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$837.50 Total, but only for 2 schools... bostonsparky spent around the same and got more bang (6 schools) for his buck!


Still very well done. After getting your Harvard MBA I can think of oh, 3 or so auto companies that could seriously use someone like you in charge.


You think there will still be 3 auto companies in business by the time bball graduates HBS?


Toyota, Honda, Nissan, Hyundai to name 4.

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Recommender gifts(2 $15 gift certs to Amazon): $30


You did that many apps and you only spent that much on recommender gifts????



TBF, I spent $0 on recommender gifts. I just wrote the damn things instead.

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