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# Should we apply?!

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11 Jan 2007, 09:00
I understand that few of us are in a dilemma. Should we apply to top schools in Round 3 (or late rounds)?

Points in favour:
1) No harm in trying. We might have a chance
2) We already have slogged for this long. Why not another month?
3) Recommenders have submitted their LORs. If we donâ€™t apply, what should we be telling them?

Points against:
1) whatâ€™s the point in putting in a half hearted application
2) The competition is tough and the sub-par application is not going to help
3) its expensive (around \$250 per app)
4) If we get dinged for all other schools we have applied to, these schools will have fresh applications next year (and not a re-application).

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11 Jan 2007, 10:55
I voted yes but meant to vote no.
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11 Jan 2007, 11:04
You need to look into each school individually. Some schools are positive or neutral towards re-applicants so it wouldn't hurt to apply this year. In fact, you might be able to get some feedback if you are rejected. Other schools are much tougher on re-applicants and you basically have just one shot.
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11 Jan 2007, 11:08
I know Harvard is not reapplicant friendly. Do you guys know of other schools that show no love to reapplicants?

It would be good to create a list of the top20 schools with this information that others can refer to. Here are the ones I know for sure:

Harvard - Not reapplicant Friendly
Wharton - Very Friendly
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11 Jan 2007, 11:13
My personal opinion is that there is no point in applying in R3. Schools rarely try to keep spots open for R3, they just use it to manage their yields, and to increase their slectivity rank. The way I see it, one would have to be trully exceptional to get admited in R3. And if you happen to be that exceptional, than you will probably already get in elsewhere during R1/R2
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11 Jan 2007, 11:23
I voted yes! Before everyone starts subtly letting me know that I'm a mor*n, let me explain:

The only reason I voted yes is because you've already had your recommenders submit their rec letters. So it would be unfair to them if you did not. If you get dinged, then it's reasonable for them to rewrite next year. They can probably recycle stuff or even share their recs with you for feedback if they're really nice!

But if you didn't even submit the apps, how will you face them next year? Or would you change recommenders?

If you get any R2 admission then there's no harm done with recommenders by not applying to all schools. They recommended you for an MBA, helped you with it and you will be going. But if not, I would give it a R3 try to be fair to them.

Otherwise, I agree that R3 is almost always a waste of time & money.

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11 Jan 2007, 13:32
The only case where i see any value in applying in R3 is - If one wants to attend b-school the same year and cannot afford to wait one more year. In such a case, one probaby already has an admit from a good school or applied to a safety/reach school in R1/R2. For such individuals, applying in R3 gives them non-zero chance of getting admitted to top choice school. If they dont apply, their chances are zero.
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11 Jan 2007, 19:46
neo276 wrote:
The only case where i see any value in applying in R3 is - If one wants to attend b-school the same year and cannot afford to wait one more year. In such a case, one probaby already has an admit from a good school or applied to a safety/reach school in R1/R2. For such individuals, applying in R3 gives them non-zero chance of getting admitted to top choice school. If they dont apply, their chances are zero.

As they say: Better to have tried and falied to never have tried at all....
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