Despite our constant hand-wringing and all the cautions we float out there about Round 3, there’s a few categories of Brave Supplicant for whom we’re more inclined to see a potentially happy outcome for a late-season app to a top school.
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This is not an exhaustive list of each situation where a Round 3 application might pan out. Again, each case is different. Whether you have a shot at a specific school at this specific time of the year is totally dependent on the details of your profile. If you’re not in one of these categories outlined above, we’d never say never try — and this year might be different!! It’s been competitive again, but it hasn’t been as competitive as it was just a few years ago. Traditionally, it’s been rare that we have seen significant success at the most popular schools in Round 3. With a well-considered strategy, it totally may work out for you though!