2nd round applications still feasible now? - CBS, HBS, SGSB

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Hey -

Do you think it is still feasible to do the applications for CBS, HBS and SGSB for the second round? Would have full-time availability until end of Dec to prepare them as well as the GMAT.

Are the odds ip for CBS significantly lower when choosing the regular vs the early decision?

Thank you

Comments (7)

Sep 5, 2017

Its feasible to complete the applications? Yes. Is it feasible for you to get in? Depends on your profile. People get accepted in all rounds. Kind of a silly question unless you give us more info.

Sep 7, 2017

So the guy who asks for guidance all over WSO is giving advice lol

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Sep 7, 2017

Isn't that the point of the forum?

Sep 6, 2017

I think OP is asking how much time is necessary to gmat and do apps. I did GMAT in two months, but think you can get away with doing it under a month if you are good at test taking and have ample free time (i didn't have the latter). No clue how long apps take but would be worried about giving your recs time to complete them for you.

Sep 6, 2017

All depends on the GMAT my friend. You can do your essays and the actual apps in 2-3 weeks if you put your mind to it (though you should start drafting essays now). It's not worth starting until you get a benchmark on the GMAT though.

As indicated, you'll also want to give your recommendation providers plenty of time. I'd give them 2 months and tell them they have 6 weeks. It will probably get pushed to the last minute.

Sep 6, 2017

Kind of depends on how strong your stats are.. if you have a great profile (fancy undergrad and employer) that makes you an obvious fit for these schools, you can do it in 3 months (you can do well enough on GMAT after 1-2 months of study and throw applications together in a month). However, in order to really have your "best" application, I think the process takes at least 6 months, which includes 2-3 months studying for the GMAT, plus plenty of time to think about what you want to do post-MBA, sufficiently research and visit schools, talk to current students pursuing same post-MBA career, develop your story, write your essays, obtain recommendations, re-address/edit essays 2-3 weeks after writing them, etc.

You can do it, but I'm not at all envious of the tough/stressful next 3 months you're going to have.

And yes, much better to apply to CBS in early decision. But throwing in an unsuccessful 2nd round app this year then applying ED next year isn't bad either. As long as you show some sort of significant profile improvement in your reapplication, it could help to be unsuccessful this year.

Sep 6, 2017