Many of you are putting finishing touches on Round 2 apps – huzzah!
With the turn of the calendar, we’re also getting many new folks who set a resolution to try for an MBA, who were maybe unaware of the admissions calendar, but showed up here looking for how to get in right away. They’re the Round 3ers.
And whenever we talk about a Round 3 application around here, most of the time we warn people: “DON’T DO IT!!”
A last-round app to bschool is very very challenging and has much less probability of success than it does in the first two rounds of the admissions season. There are many factors and reasons for this and we discuss them all over the place. If you’re seriously thinking about a late-season application then please read up on all the pitfalls first.
You’re probably going to do it anyway though 🙂 so this post is for you.
More specifically, this post is for anyone who has never even considered applying for bschool until like two weeks ago, who hasn’t even taken the GMAT yet or just raced to do so for the first time in the last month.
We’re calling you a Just In Time applicant — meaning, the kind of person who’s gonna maximize efficiency and take care of each step of the process just in time when it’s due. GMAT or GRE, essays, recs, whatever, you’re not gonna leave yourself any spare moment, you’ll be cranking this stuff out lickety split!
In all seriousness, there are a couple unique issues to think about for you as a Just In Time applicant. The compressed timetable is the reason for most of them.
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