Planning to submit round 2 MBA applications? Whether you aren’t getting the results you wanted in round 1 or this was always part of the plan, these tips will help you succeed.
- This is the biggest round – plan ahead.
Most people wind up applying in January, which means that you need to be organized. Book your last minute GMAT retake before all the spots are taken, make sure that your recommenders have plenty of time and schedule self-initiated interviews now. Also, your friendly neighborhood admissions consultant appreciates getting your drafts more than 36 hours before the deadline.
- Sell your school interest.
Since many people apply to their first choice schools in round 1, schools are on the lookout for genuine interest in their programs. While it’s always important to write outstanding school specific essays it’s especially critical in round 2. Schools want to protect their yield, and also prefer to admit candidates who really want to be there.
- Choose your targets strategically.
It’s critical to have a balanced school list, including safeties. If you are applying round 2 with average or below average numbers I strongly suggest expanding your target list to include schools where you have a strategic advantage. In order for this to work you need to have a realistic sense of where you fall in the pool. So, if you live in Texas consider applying to schools in New England, where you can add geographic diversity. If you are a woman, look at programs that are actively looking to add more women to their class.
In general, keep an open mind, and don’t give up! Schools know that there are great candidates applying in round 2, and as long as you manage your time, submit compelling applications and choose your targets wisely you can get in.