Silly ‘Snark – we gave some options (slightly crazy ones perhaps) for schools that could still be viable (less crazy) for targeting at this time of year and we forgot the basics:
London Business School, and INSEAD.
Given that INSEAD just got named #1 bschool by FT, then you can expect their apps to rise, at least a bit. The good news with this school is that they always have another deadline coming up! They have multiple intakes, and multiple rounds, and that means that there’s always an opportunity to apply to INSEAD.
LBS has four rounds so there are two more remaining before you get into the “nope don’t bother” zone with their Round 4. Round 3 at LBS? Sure, that can work. It’s not ideal but it’s not an automatic non-starter either.
We don’t have school-specific pages here on the snarksite for these two though we do discuss them from time to time:
To see all of our posts about INSEAD go here.
To see all of our posts about LBS go here.
And, we have the Guide to Applying to European Bschools which also may be useful – and look what a bonus, that one guide covers both these schools.
Here's what others have said about this:
In July 2013, you said that INSEAD is not a viable option.
“Hey there – glad you asked. We do NOT recommend an Indian candidate apply in any of INSEAD’s Round 3 (any program start). For all other candidates, the chances are near-equal in all three rounds, based on the rolling process that they have, but competition among the Indian applicant pool is different and they will already have accepted a lot of people from your region. They don’t have a strict cut-off so you could potentially still make it if your app is really strong, but it’s a lot easier to get in through the first two rounds. It really depends on your motivations and why you would need to rush it. There could be cases where it works – but INSEAD generally is not reapplicant friendly so it’s a big risk. We say, just hold off and go for the following intake and Round 1.
Wow – someone has been doing their research!! 😀
When we posted that message on GMATClub, INSEAD had 3 rounds. Today they have 4.
What we said in that GMATClub post still totally applies to INSEAD’s (and any other school’s) last round.
If you’d gone to that “INSEAD posts go here” link you would’ve seen lots more explanations of all of this right here on the blahg. Feel free to check that out (and maybe even pick up that European Application Guide – it covers this too!) and let us know if you still have questions. 🙂
Been following EssaySnark for quite a while! 🙂
Does your comment mean that despite 4 rounds for INSEAD now – it makes no sense for an Indian applicant to apply to the school after R2?
I’m an Indian woman with a business background (if that helps?)
@akcee, we can’t say what YOU should do without seeing your entire profile, but as a general rule, Rd 4 is not a good idea for INSEAD for Indian applicants. FWIW, Rd 3 is also iffy but not an automatic ‘no’. Hope that helps!
For anyone interested in INSEAD, and what makes it distinctive, “From Intutition to Institution” is a good read:
Good stuff! Thanks!!!!!