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MBA Admissions Tip: Round Two Recap and Advice

Posted in Test Prep on December 29, 2010 by

Here’s another weekly MBA admissions tip from our friends at Clear Admit. For more advice about the b-school application process, check out their blog.

As we prepare to bid goodbye to 2010 and greet the deadline-packed first month of 2011, we would like to take the opportunity to recap the upcoming Round Two deadlines and offer some advice for hardworking applicants.

First, a summary of this month’s deadlines along with the exact time each application is due:

Monday, January 3rd
Tuck, 5:00 p.m. EST

Tuesday, January 4th
MIT, 3:00 p.m. EST
Wharton, 5:00 p.m. EST
Duke, 11:59 p.m. EST
Cornell, 11:59 p.m. EST

Wednesday, January 5th
Chicago, 5:00 p.m. CST
UCLA, 9:00 p.m. PST
Ross, 11:59 p.m. EST
Darden, 11:59 p.m. EST

Thursday, January 6th
Stanford, 5:00 p.m. PST
Yale, 5:00 p.m. EST

Tuesday, January 11th
Kellogg, 11:59 CT
Harvard, 12:00 p.m. EST

Saturday, January 15th
NYU, 11:59 EST*

Thursday, January 20th
Haas, 11:59 PST

For those candidates who have already submitted their Round Two applications, we wish you a hearty congratulations and an exciting New Year’s Eve. However, for the many applicants still working feverishly to finish, we offer a few pieces of last minute advice:

1) Prioritize. The difference between a January 4th and 11th deadline didn’t matter much when you started working on your applications in the fall. However, with just a few days remaining, make sure you are taking deadlines into account as you prioritize your work. Though your Kellogg essays may need the most revising, save that polishing until after you turn in the Wharton application on the 4th.  Similarly, for those of you really facing the crunch, you may need to take a step back and pare down your list of target schools, as it’s better to submit three or four solid applications than it is to turn in six half-baked efforts.

2) Proof. Tired of reading the same essay for the 19th time? Ask a friend, family member or Clear Admit consultant to provide a final read through, checking for grammar, punctuation, typos, and other easy to miss mistakes. Don’t let a careless error be what the admissions committee first notices about your application.

3) Get a good night’s sleep! While New Year’s celebrations will offer a tempting distraction, remember that clear writing comes from clear thinking, and clear thinking is helped by a good night’s sleep. Ring in the new year, but save the real partying for after the application deadlines!

4) Avoid Loose Ends. While focusing frantically on essays is likely a high priority, do not overlook the fact that there are other components to your application package.  Have you checked with your recommenders to ensure that they’ve done their part?  Have you gathered any needed information for transcript reports?  Have you worked on the application forms (employment history, activities listings, etc)?  In the rush to submit many applicants overlook these critical areas, resulting in an inconsistent application.

As always, you can contact Clear Admit to learn more about our admissions consulting services by emailing your resume to

* The NYU Admissions Office gave the following information to Clear Admit: “The online application will be open January 15, and mailed items may be postmarked January 15. However, if an applicant is delivering something to the office (such as Essay 3), it must arrive by the Friday prior to the deadline, January 14.”: R