It’s time for some “Deciding on a school!” posts! This is where BSers with the enviable problem of having to choose between great offers come to us lamenting their fate. If you’re still in recovery-mode from cramming in a bunch of Round 2 applications, then you’re not going to believe us but… Choosing between multiple…
We’re not gonna name names here today but we’re sharing one BSer’s experience on navigating the admit -> deposit process at a few schools last season. The point of this post is to share with you why YOUR OWN understanding of, impressions of, and experiences with a school are all that matter. How do you…
Last December, a BSer who’d asked us for a Reject Analysis after his prior-year season didn’t turn into an admit reported back to us with these results:
Columbia J-term – Accepted
Booth – ACCEPTED!!!! (still can’t believe it.. specially as a re-applicant)
Kellogg 1Y – Accepted
Duke Fuqua – Accepted with scholarship
Wharton – Denied without interview
Darden – Denied after interview
Michigan Ross – WAITLISTED AFTER INTERVIEW AGAIN!!
NYU Stern – Interview Invite but I withdrew my application.
Exciting results, right! Definitely something to be proud of.
But there’s a possible hitch.
What’s (potentially) wrong with this picture? Can you spot it?
Update: ANSWER HERE!
And congrats to this super successful former BSer!!
There is much celebration happening in Snarkville this week – so many admits!
And so many of you with multiple admits!! WOO-HOO!!
This week that’s only exciting.
Next week and the week after….. well, that’s when it may start to become a little overwhelming.
If you’ve made it into more than one MBA program, the first thing to say is CONGRATULATIONS!! You are in elite company. (Not crazy about that term but, well, you know, it’s a valid one to describe your situation!!)
We know from your acceptance that you are not a slacker! At least, not one who lets your procrastination habit totally derail you from executing on life’s plans. Woo-hoo for that!
This has been one of the most liberal and generous Round 2 cycles in recent memory; lots and lots of wonderful BSers have gotten into lots and lots of their programs.
Oddly, Round 2 is apparently becoming an easier round — which it never has been before. It’s traditionally been much much harder to get in during Round 2, since the app volumes tend to be way higher at this second half of the season. However, what we’re seeing these days is some schools are holding off on Round 1 and not admitting all the well-qualified candidates that they might, because they don’t know what they’ll get in Round 2. So they’re using the waitlist a lot, or some candidates are unfortunately being rejected outright in Round 1. Round 1 was kinda grueling this season, and many were disappointed.
And then Round 2 came around and the schools sorted through all the apps and while they may have gotten oodles and oddles of candidates submitting (high volumes), they’re not seeing oodles and oodles of strong ones (lower quality), and so they’re more inclined to make acceptance offers to more and more of them than they had in Round 1. That’s also combined with the new reality that’s apparently here to stay, where many applicants are applying to 6+ schools in each round. That means that the schools have an impossible-to-predict outcome from their side; many of them have to admit way more than you would expect, because they know that most who they’re accepting are also going to be accepted at other schools, too, so the adcoms cannot count on all of their admits ending up as students.
Also they know that there are consultants like us warning candidates about Round 3 being really hard to get in, so their app volumes will be low in the final round of the season. (Hint: Because of all these factors, this year Round 3 might be viable for more of you who are considering it!!)
Basically all the past trends and rules of the road are out the window. There’s a new admissions environment happening and many of you are the beneficiaries.
That’s happy news indeed! Much to celebrate!! It’s not like the schools are admitting just any old Joe; instead, they’re finding spots for the very good candidates who are buttoned-up and prepared — whereas in the very recent past, you had to be even more than buttoned-up and prepared and very good, you had to be INCREDIBLE to make it in. At least for now, it appears that those days are over.
Huzzah!!! So exciting to see so many of you well-deserving BSers make it in to these amazing schools.
And now of course…..
You have to decide where to go!!
You’d think this would be the easy part, the fun part, the no-brainer part. Nope. This is where the sheer torment begins.
Once you’ve got the champagne glasses washed and put away after celebrating your many successes, then the reality sets in: What are you going to decide? Which will you choose?!?
Thankfully we’ve written on this quite a lot!
Check out the category on the EssaySnark blahg titled: “Deciding on a school (multiple offers)”
And if you have a special situation where you want our input: The Private Consult is perfect for that!
Or if you were a consulting client this year who we helped with essays or apps, lay your questions on us in the SnarkCenter School Targets notes field. Tell us what you’re thinking, which direction you’re leaning, what your rationale is. What are your priorities? What do you care about most from this whole MBA endeavor?
Articulating that clearly for yourself is an important step in making a good decision, and that’s likely going to take quite a bit of thinking and pondering and ugh-ing before you get there.
As you muddle through the seemingly impossible over the next few weeks and maybe even months: Don’t forget to be glad you’re in this position!
If you have “only” made it into one school: Nothing wrong with that! You deserve to be equally proud!! It’s no small feat to get such a win!
If you have not yet made it in: We’re here to help!!! We’ll be continuing with our “What can I do now?” series soon, for any of you who are either just starting your first apps in advance of a Round 1 app this summer, or who have come up short, and will need to consider either trying for Round 3 in a scramble in the next few weeks, or will be doing a longer game as a reapplicant for Round 1. Let us know how we can add value and assist in your process!!!!
We started on this topic yesterday with our Bschool is what you make of it post. Today we’ll give a few practical tips specific to those who are tormenting themselves over which school to choose. We mentioned Welcome Weekend yesterday which is an obvious excellent resource and opportunity — but there can be a showstopper…
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Hopefully you’ve been following along with our recapitulation of an earnest former BSer’s quandary around which school to choose following release of decisions last year. Previously they posted a very detailed pro/con list about NYU vs Ross. And here’s what we said back to them: There’s an easy summary of our take on your…
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