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Admissions Tip: Round Two Recap and Advice

As we prepare to bid goodbye to 2013 and greet the deadline-packed first month of 2014, 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:

Thursday, January 2nd

CMU / Tepper, 11:59pm EST

Michigan / Ross, 11:59pm EST

Friday, January 3rd

London Business School (LBS), 5:00pm UTC

Dartmouth / Tuck (R3), 5:00pm EST

Sunday, January 5th  

IESE, 11:59pm CET

Georgetown / McDonough, 11:59pm EST

Monday, January 6th

Harvard Business School, 12:00pm EST

Columbia Merit Scholarship Consideration, 11:59pm EST

Duke / Fuqua, 11:59pm EST

Tuesday, January 7th

MIT / Sloan, 3:00pm EST

UVA / Darden, 5:00pm EST

UPenn / Wharton, 5:00pm EST

Northwestern / Kellogg, 11:59pm CST

UCLA / Anderson, 11:59pm PST

Wednesday, January 8th

Chicago Booth, 5:00pm CST

Stanford GSB, 5:00pm PST

Berkeley / Haas, 11:59pm PST

Thursday, January 9th

Yale SOM, 5:00pm EST

Friday, January 10th

Cambridge / Judge, 5:00pm UTC

Oxford (R3), 11:59pm UTC

USC / Marshall, 11:59pm PST

Monday, January 13th

UNC / Kenan-Flagler, 5:00pm EST

Wednesday, January 15th

ISB, 11:59pm IST

NYU / Stern (R3), 11:59pm EST

Tuesday, January 21st

UT Austin / McCombs (R2), 11:59pm CST

Wednesday, February 12th

Cornell / Johnson (R3), 11:59pm EST

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 3rd and 10th 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 Stanford essays may need the most revising, save that polishing until after you turn in the Tuck application on the 3rd.  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.

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