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Nervous about applying R2

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I don't know if I am shooting myself in the foot out of the gate by not applying R1. Briefly, I have a 3.7 GPA, 700 GMAT, very preliminary essays, and strong LORs.

I am retaking my GMAT on the 20th of Sept, and expect a 730+.

I really wanted to apply R1 Harvard, and have a "complete" application right now, but I know it can be better.

I know last year roughly 12% of R1 applicants were accepted, whereas only 5% of R2 applicants were accepted. Harvard is my dream. I don't know if I'm just wasting it all by not applying R1. Any advice?

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If you are over-represented meaning Chinese or Indian then there's probably more reason to apply round 1 however at the same time more pressure on the GMAT situation.

Yes there's definitely a round one preference but to be honest the quality of the GMAT + application has to be sublime and if it isn't then you're just going to be rejected earlier in the process than later.

You would have to have a pretty diverse profile and damn strong essays/CV/app boxes/recs to get in there with a 700 if at all.

Realize that those statistics are very tough to look at but there's a possibility that the round one applications were stronger, to explain part of that discrepancy.

I realize this is very little consolation but the reality is that you don't need to go to HBS to achieve all your dreams so figure out a way or you can "win" in multiple scenarios.



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