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Need advice - should I apply to more schools?

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Schools: Stanford, Marshall (interview), Rady, Anderson, Carroll (interview), Tepper
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New post 16 Mar 2009, 09:32
I have applied to six schools, but I only really had a chance at four of them.

Status:

BC - Carroll: Interviewed, WL
USC - Marshall: Will interview this week
CMU - Tepper: Will interview soon
UCSD - Rady: Will interview soon

The thing is that BC is historically the weakest school (class profile stat wise) out of the group and I'm feeling insecure about my other applications. I also felt that my essays and interview for BC were very good. The question is whether I should apply to two other schools as an additional precaution as I definitely want to attend school this fall.

The other consideration is that my supervisor is unreliable and it was difficult to get him to complete the last two recommendations. I don't think that at this point I will be able to ask him to finish any more, I don't really blame him since he had to do six. The other person doing my recommendations will probably be fine doing a couple of more but the only really alternative that I would have for a recommendation would be a co worker, so any additional applications would have lower quality recommendations.

Should I be worrying about this? Any help would be appreciated.


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Work Exp: 2 years internal consultant at a very small company, 1 year as a web designer for IBM
Undergrad: State school that is somewhat strong in the arts, bachelor of fine arts 3.4 GPA
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New post 16 Mar 2009, 09:39
if you HAVE to go to school this fall, then yeah, apply to more schools (although it is pretty late in the game, i think)...just make sure you know at which point you would rather wait another year than go to a school that isn't among your top choices.

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New post 16 Mar 2009, 11:01
Looking at your (admittedly) very incomplete profile, it doesn't look like you are out of your league with the schools you've applied to (in my opinion). However, that's not to say that you're assured an admit - no one is ever assured an admit. As young_gun said, if you absolutely have to go to school this year, apply to a couple of additional schools. But I wouldn't get hopeless about the applications you've already submitted. Just know that anything can happen, and the more schools you apply to (especially if they're ranked a little lower), the more likely it is you'll get in somewhere.

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