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09 Oct 2007, 12:12
I know a lot of us dont care about rankings and that we look for fit in a school and all that ... BUT

If every school had a ED and that as soon as you get an admit, you withdraw all your other apps, what would be the lowest ranked school that you guys would go to?

Thanks to mNeo for paraphrasing my question in simpler language-

If you could apply to one and only one school, then where would you apply, keeping in mind that you want to increase your chances of getting selected, but do not want to go to a school that you'd not love. So, you want to follow your dream, but still be a little realistic with your chances.

Assumption: All applicants are ethical and that you get admitted to your lowest ranked school

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09 Oct 2007, 12:31

ps. Your assumption that you'd get admitted in your lowest ranked school kinda makes the question useless. Maybe you want to rephrase your question this way: "If you could apply to one and only one school, then where would you apply, keeping in mind that you want to increase your chances of getting selected, but do not want to go to a school that you'd not love. So, you want to follow your dream, but still be a little realistic with your chances."

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09 Oct 2007, 12:42
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I never got why people apply to 6 schools, get accepted to 2 but then dont go. Instead they reapply the next year. I am of the mind, if I wouldn't happily go then why waste all the time and money to apply.

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09 Oct 2007, 12:46
Alright, since I was the guy who started it, I would say it would have to be Duke for me. I agree with River, that I would not apply to a school that I would not be attending if admitted. If I am lucky to get into Dook, I would be more than glad to be a Blue Devil (though would not root for their basketball team)

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09 Oct 2007, 12:49
I'd probably say Duke or Cornell

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09 Oct 2007, 12:53
I really only have two schools that I am applying to for R1 and I would pick Emory over Duke if I got into both. If I get into neither school, Geogia Tech is my backup, because I'm already located in Atlanta, but I won't apply until R2 if I don't get into either of my top choices.

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09 Oct 2007, 12:55
mNeo wrote:
Maybe you want to rephrase your question this way: "If you could apply to one and only one school, then where would you apply, keeping in mind that you want to increase your chances of getting selected, but do not want to go to a school that you'd not love. So, you want to follow your dream, but still be a little realistic with your chances."

This isn't the same question as dosa_don's.

Where your question asks, what school would you apply to with one shot, he merely asks what's the lowest ranked school that would be acceptable to you.

As for me, I wouldn't go outside of the elite cluster.

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09 Oct 2007, 12:57
kidderek wrote:
mNeo wrote:
Maybe you want to rephrase your question this way: "If you could apply to one and only one school, then where would you apply, keeping in mind that you want to increase your chances of getting selected, but do not want to go to a school that you'd not love. So, you want to follow your dream, but still be a little realistic with your chances."

This isn't the same question as dosa_don's.

Where your question asks, what school would you apply to with one shot, he merely asks what's the lowest ranked school that would be acceptable to you.

As for me, I wouldn't go outside of the elite cluster.

dosa_don disagrees with you

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09 Oct 2007, 12:57
dosa_don wrote:
Alright, since I was the guy who started it, I would say it would have to be Duke for me. I agree with River, that I would not apply to a school that I would not be attending if admitted. If I am lucky to get into Dook, I would be more than glad to be a Blue Devil (though would not root for their basketball team)

hahaha I have a strong disdain for dookie basketball as well!

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09 Oct 2007, 12:58
kidderek wrote:
dosa_don wrote:
Alright, since I was the guy who started it, I would say it would have to be Duke for me. I agree with River, that I would not apply to a school that I would not be attending if admitted. If I am lucky to get into Dook, I would be more than glad to be a Blue Devil (though would not root for their basketball team)

hahaha I have a strong disdain for dookie basketball as well!

pretty much the reason i probably wont apply to duke or virginia...acc rivals

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09 Oct 2007, 12:59
well I think the essence of the question is the same thing. You could frame it in a few different ways but I think the answer for most people would be the same (I think). IF someone has different answers for the two questions, please post.

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09 Oct 2007, 12:59
You can't argue with the crowd at Cameron Indoor Stadium though. They really know how to make it a home court advantage.

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09 Oct 2007, 13:03
dosa_don wrote:
:) well I think the essence of the question is the same thing. You could frame it in a few different ways but I think the answer for most people would be the same (I think). IF someone has different answers for the two questions, please post.

Yea, the idea of the questions is close. But theoretically, here goes:
If I ranked the schools that I wanted to attend from 1-10, with one application, I would probably apply to the school ranked around 7-8. But I would still go to the school ranked 10th.

EDIT

one app? Stern
lowest ranked school? hmm, I'm going to amend my previous answer and say Tepper (trans elite).

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09 Oct 2007, 13:08
emoryhopeful wrote:
You can't argue with the crowd at Cameron Indoor Stadium though. They really know how to make it a home court advantage.

their home court advantage is mainly based on biased reffing. also, cheer sheets are lame.

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09 Oct 2007, 13:09
kidderek wrote:
one app? Stern
lowest ranked school? hmm, I'm going to amend my previous answer and say Tepper (trans elite).

Wow, some trans elite love. That's rare on this forum.

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09 Oct 2007, 13:13
What school would I apply to if I have only one app - MIT

What school would be the lowest to which I would apply and be happy to go to - Cornell

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09 Oct 2007, 13:26
kidderek wrote:
This isn't the same question as dosa_don's.

Yeah. Not the same question. But note that dosa_don said that every school has an "ED" round and you have to withdraw from all other applications once you get admitted. If he just wanted to say "What is the lowest ranked school that you would go to," then the point about "ED" round was kinda moot. That is why I felt that what he wanted to say was something like what I posted.

Anyway, for me, that "one-shot" school was Columbia. Now that I already know Col's result, I would say that my "one-shot" school is Wharton. Easy for me to say 'cos I've only researched two schools in great details so far.

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09 Oct 2007, 13:33
One school to apply to: HBS
Lowest ranked: Dartmouth

I'm currently of the "go huge or go home" mindset, but that may change in the next year...I'm applying in fall 2008.

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09 Oct 2007, 13:44
For me it's UNC If it wasn't for rankings, it would be my #1 pick.

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09 Oct 2007, 13:47
rca215 wrote:
One school to apply to: HBS
Lowest ranked: Dartmouth

I'm currently of the "go huge or go home" mindset, but that may change in the next year...I'm applying in fall 2008.

Not picking on you rca215, but if "go huge or go home" is your mindset, then your lowest ranked should also be HBS

Let me know if you agree with this statement mNeo:
I think the question(s) has taken on a meaning unto itself (I might be the culprit).

Am I crazy? Must be the looming Johnson deadline.

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