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# When schools ask where you are applying

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Manager
Joined: 02 Jul 2004
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04 Jan 2005, 19:29
I have an applicationt that asks me to list out all of the schools I am applying for. Additionally I have heard that interviewers often ask for this information during an interview. This seems like a bit of a tricky situation. Schools might assume that you have do not have a strong feeling about their program if you apply to many or different types of programs or they might be concerned that you would not take their offer if it appears another school would accept you.

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04 Jan 2005, 19:35
Thoughts even ...

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05 Jan 2005, 20:05
Yeah this question comes up quite a bit. It's not completely clear how schools use this information. Our sources say that the school is looking to see if you're all over the map or whether you actually have some logic behind to whom you've applied. The best way to get past the potential of getting dinged for applying to a "better school" is by establishing a tremenous amount of fit with that school. In other words, by the end of your app they should be thinking "hey this is the best place for this applicant and it doesn't matter if School X has a higher ranking, it sounds like they truly want to come here."
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06 Jan 2005, 01:50
Yeah thats a difficult one, since school fit is not just determined by program content. I saw one school even mention that they like to see when people are applying to programs of varying size since that may imply that the applicant is using a shotgon approach.

There are also important factors like geography, rank, and applying to schools with some variation in selectivity in order to increase chances of getting in. What might seem random without lots of supporting details probably makes plenty of sense to the applicant.

Im compelled to feel that the information about where one is applying should be confidential. If the school really wants the information why not devoted an essay to it.

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