If you’re facing the daunting task of reapplying for an MBA, you’ve come to the right place.
Getting into business school is hard.
Not getting in sucks.
And we can help.
To start off, we invite you to review some of the Success Stories we’ve got posted around the site – many of them were written by people who were in your shoes. It often takes two times around the ferris wheel before you win the prize. Here’s another story of a Brave Supplicant who kept going after getting rejected from business school initially. And this first-year MBA student’s report is from someone who needed two years to get in. Don’t give up hope!
Here’s a starting point: Posts from the EssaySnark blahg all geared around the plight of the reapplicant and what you can do to improve your chances of getting into bschool the second time around:
- ($) One of the most under-recognized challenges in the entire process of applying to business school
- ($) Be sure to update your recommenders on outcomes – even if you don’t get in.
- ($) What does being rejected really MEAN and how can you process it?
- Some cool schools give feedback
- Probably the most common response is “But why?”
- The reasons why Michigan Ross’s “waitlist everybody” Rd 1 decision is so cruel.
- ($) Can you be too old to get into an MBA program?
- What if you’ve collected more rejections than invitations?
- Why it hurts so much to get rejected from bschool
- The dejection of rejection
Also check out the posts from April 2013, which we designated to be Reapplicant Month on the EssaySnark blahg. We covered important topics such as:
- The Most Important Thing for a Reapplicant
- “Should I retake the GMAT as a reapplicant?”
- Who should reapplicants get a recommendation from?
And lots more. Here’s a directory of everything reapplicant related.
If you decide you want some help this time around, we’ve got that, too!
Special MBA consulting services for the reapplicant:
You can enlist EssaySnark for a detailed assessment of one previous MBA application to get an understanding of why you were rejected – and what you can do to fix it.
Or, go for our special bundle of services called
The Reapplicant Roadmap includes the Post-Mortem review, and The Reapplicant Guide, plus several key tools and services – including EssaySnark’s Checklist Opinion on your reapplicant essay! – all designed to help you increase your chances and make your next MBA applications your last.
And of course, we wrote a book specially for you!
The Reapplicant’s Guide will give you everything you need to self-evaluate, regroup, and go at it again.
The good news about being a reapplicant is that acceptance rates are high. Many business schools will be very open to receiving another application from you. In fact, most MBA programs are quite reapplicant-friendly. (We go into specifics of which ones are, and which ones aren’t, in The Reapplicant Guide.) The most important thing for you to do now is to go to work on your profile, in addressing the gaps and fixing the weaknesses.
It will be important to strategize your approach – not just which schools to target, including a mix of reapplications and “fresh” ones, but also how you will compensate for any errors made in your original apps. The schools keep your materials on file and you should assume that anything you submit from here will be cross-referenced against what you presented initially. Showing improvement in your profile will be important, as will addressing gaps from what you said before. All of this takes time and forethought – and it’s all completely do-able. Many many people see success the second time around. We encourage you to give it another go! The only failure is in giving up completely. Good luck, Brave Supplicant!