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# Why do these schools ask what other programs you're...

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17 Feb 2011, 21:39
Why do these schools ask what other programs you're applying to? Does what you put impact their admission decision?
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18 Feb 2011, 17:25
The official reason is for statistical purposes (information gathering). However, I personally believe that no school should ask this question.
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19 Feb 2011, 21:09
If you are applying to competing schools they might offer you an incentive to come. Same reason why banks ask what other firms you are interview with. It is a good gauge of the competition and what kind of offer they will need to make you. Supply and demand my friend.
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26 Feb 2011, 12:46
Thanks for the replies, guys. During the interview, I asked the lady this question, because I wanted to find out what the official answer is. You guys were right, it's for informational purposes and to gauge who their direct competitors are.
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