This in from a Brave Supplicant a few weeks back: When do you recommend that applicants complete additional applications for R2 vs. just sticking with what was submitted for R1? For example, I applied/am applying to 3 schools for R1, but now I’m getting anxious that I won’t have enough admitted options when the time…
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Thanks for addressing the topic, ES. I think whether or not I apply to any schools for R2 will depend on whether I get into Kellogg in mid-December (can't use interview invites as an indicator there), but I'll settle on which schools I would apply to if I do ahead of time.
@Essaysnark: i got a question about recommendations for Sloan. The first one is from my manager.
For the second one, I have got two options- the program manager in my team or my supervisor from some extra-curriculars I did in college days four years ago. Both of them are articulate people and both of them think highly of me.
@ccatcher, typically we advise against going back to college days for anything in bschool apps. Four yrs ago is a long time; the schools care about who you are today. It's also important to have a balanced view – if you have two recommenders from your job, they may end up both sounding quite alike, which isn't helping much either then. If the EC is very important to your profile AND if the recommender can speak in detail about your contributions from that time, it could work fine – but it's usually best to have the recommenders focus on what you've done most recently. There are no rules with this part so you have to evaluate the entire app to see if you're presenting everything you need to in the different elements.
@Erin – true that re Kellogg/Duke/Tuck and interviews – if those are the only schools you hit in Rd 1, then you should pretty much count on doing some Rd 2 apps!!
Thanks a lot ES.