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HBS Looks Ahead to Next Application Season

300px-Inside_a_Harvard_Business_School_classroomDon’t worry—if you’re applying to Harvard Business School (HBS) in Round 3, you haven’t missed the deadline. It’s next week, May 13th. But the school’s admissions committee is already thinking about the Class of 2018, according to a recent post by Director of Admissions Dee Leopold.

If you are a prospective applicant also thinking about the Class of 2018 at HBS, some words of advice from Leopold: “I would encourage any potential Round One applicant who would like to see the case method in action to come now since class visits in the fall don’t begin until after the September deadline.” Class visits continue through mid-May, and there is still sign up availability, she notes. Continue reading…

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Admissions Tip: Late Round Considerations

Admissions Tip: Late Round Considerations

After a relatively sleepy February, March will soon be upon us with its extensive list of application deadlines and decision notification dates.  Let’s take a look at part of the long list of Round 3 (or 4 or 5) deadlines spread over the next two months:

Feb. 27th: LBS R3 (5:00pm GMT)

March 3rd: IESE R3 (11:59pm UTC)

March 4th: INSEAD R4 (11:59pm CET)

March 11th: Berkeley/Haas R3 (11:59pm PST)

March 11th: Cornell/Johnson R3 (11:59pm EST)

March 13th: Emory/Goizueta R4 (11:59pm EST)

March 13th: Oxford R4 (11:59pm GMT)

March 13th: UNC/Kenan-Flagler R4 (5:00pm EST)

March 15th: CMU/Tepper R3 (11:59pm EST)

March 15th: NYU/Stern R4 (11:59pm EST)

March 19th: Duke/Fuqua R3 (11:59pm EST)

March 23rd: Michigan/Ross R3 (11:59pm EST)

March 24th: UT McCombs R3 (11:59pm CST)

March 26th: Wharton R3 (5:00pm EST)

April 1st: Georgetown/McDonough R3 (11:59pm EST)

April 1st: Northwestern/Kellogg R3 (5:00pm CST)

April 1st: Stanford GSB R3 (5:00pm PST)

April 1st: Dartmouth/Tuck April Round (5:00pm EST)

April 1st: UVA/Darden (5:00pm EST)

April 6th: Harvard R3 (12:00pm EST)

April 15th: Columbia Regular Decision (11:59pm EST)

April 15th: UCLA Anderson R3 (11:59 PST)

April 15th: USC Marshall R3 (11:59 PST)

April 17th: LBS R4 (5:00pm GMT)

April 23rd: Yale SOM R3 (11:59pm EST)

April 24th: Oxford R5 (11:59pm GMT)

May 19th: IESE R4 (11:59pm UTC)

May 29th: Oxford R6 (11:59pm GMT)

While it’s always best to apply as early as possible, the difference between applying in Round 1 and applying in Round 2 is, for most applicants, a marginal one.  However, the later rounds are a very different game.  Because most of the seats in the incoming class will have been given away by the time Round 2 decisions are released, the acceptance rate in the third round is dramatically lower than that for the first two deadlines of the season.

To maximize your chances of a later round acceptance, demonstrating your interest in the school and submitting thoughtful and error-free written materials will be crucial.  Applying in Round 1 is generally taken as a sign of interest in a given program, and by the same token, applicants submitting their materials in a later round need to work extra hard to convince the adcom that they are genuinely interested in the school and are not simply applying as an afterthought because interview invitations didn’t come through in Round 2. Demonstrating that you would make a valuable contribution to the community and providing evidence that you have taken steps to engage current students and alumni will work to your advantage.

As always, we’d like to recommend the in-depth Clear Admit School Guides to those applicants who are targeting the later deadlines and just beginning to investigate certain programs, and we encourage those who’ve visited the campus and interviewed to share their experiences in Clear Admit Interview Reports.  Potential R3 or R4 applicants are also welcome to contact Clear Admit directly to discuss the strength of their later round candidacies and learn more about our one-on-one counseling services.

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Harvard Business School Round 1 Decisions, Round 2 Deadline Shift

300px-Harvard_business_school_baker_library_2009aRound 1 applicants to Harvard Business School (HBS) can expect admissions decisions this week, and Round 2 applicants can take an extra day to make sure their applications are absolutely perfect before hitting submit, HBS Admissions Director Dee Leopold shared in a recent post to her Director’s Blog.

Just before Thanksgiving, Leopold wrote that her team would soon be entering “hibernation time here for making decisions and checking them twice. Or three times.” She added that they were on track to get Round 1 decisions out by Wednesday, December 10th, at 12 noon Boston time. Good luck to all of you anxiously awaiting word! Continue reading…

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USC/Marshall Deadlines 2014-2015

USC/Marshall Deadlines 2014-2015

USC / Marshall has announced its application deadlines for the 2014-2015 admissions season!  They are as follows:

Round 1
Deadline: October 15, 2014
Final Decision Notification: December 14, 2014

Round 2
Deadline: January 15, 2015
Final Decision Notification: March 15, 2015

Round 3
Deadline: April 1, 2015
Final Decision Notification: June 1, 2015

Applications must be received by 11:59 p.m. PST on the day of the deadline.  For more information, visit the Marshall admissions website.

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London Business School Deadlines 2014-2015

London Business School Deadlines 2014-2015

The 2014-2015 London Business School deadlines have been announced.  The deadlines are as follows:

Stage 1
Application Deadline: October 3, 2014
Interview Decision: October 31, 2014
Admission Decision: December 11, 2014

Stage 2
Application Deadline: January 5, 2015
Interview Decision: February 5, 2015
Admission Decision: March 26, 2015

Stage 3
Application Deadline: February 27, 2015
Interview Decision: April 2, 2015
Admission Decision: May 14, 2015

Stage 4
Application Deadline: April 17, 2015
Interview Decision: May 22, 2015
Admission Decision: June 25, 2015

For more information, visit the LBS admissions website.

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IESE Deadlines 2014-2015

IESE Deadlines 2014-2015

The 2014-2015 IESE application deadlines have been announced!   The four rounds of deadlines are as follows:

Round 1

Application Deadline: October 7, 2014
Decision Notification: December 12, 2014

Round 2

Application Deadline: January 13, 2015
Decision Notification: March 37, 2015

Round 3

Application Deadline: March 3, 2015
Decision Notification: May 8, 2015

Round 4

Application Deadline: May 19, 2015
Decision Notification: July 3, 2015

IESE recommends that all non-EU citizens apply before April.  For more information, visit the school’s admissions website.

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MIT / Sloan 2014-2015 MBA Application Now Live

In a recent blog post, the admissions committee at MIT / Sloan School of Management announced that their MBA application for the 2014-2015 admissions cycle is now live. In addition to reposting their deadlines, the admissions team also directed applicants to their online instructions regarding the résumé, essays and other application components.

For Clear Admit’s expert advice on how to tackle MIT / Sloan’s essays, see our Essay Topic Analysis.

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Chicago Booth Deadlines 2014-2015

Chicago Booth Deadlines 2014-2015

The 2014-2015 Chicago Booth deadlines have been announced. This year’s three deadlines are below:

Round One
Application Deadline: September 25, 2014
Final Decision: December 18, 2014

Round Two
Application Deadline: January 6, 2015
Final Decision: March 26, 2015

Round Three
Application Deadline: April 7, 2015
Final Decision: May 26, 2015

Interview invitations will be distributed to select candidates following an evaluation of the submitted application materials. More information about the specifics of the Chicago Booth admissions process can be found on the school’s website.

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Michigan / Ross Deadlines 2014-2015

Michigan / Ross Deadlines 2014-2015

The 2014-2015 Michigan/Ross deadlines have been released. This year’s three deadlines are below:

Round 1

Deadline: October 6, 2014

Notification: December 19, 2014

Round 2

Deadline: January 5, 2015

Notification: March 13, 2015

Round 3

Deadline: March 23, 2015

Notification: May 15, 2015

All applications are due at 11:59 p.m. EST on the day of the deadline. For more information, visit Ross’s admissions website.

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HEC Paris’s September 2015 Intake Deadlines

HEC Paris’s September 2015 Intake Deadlines

HEC Paris has announced deadlines for the MBA program’s September 2015 Intake.

HEC uses a rolling admissions process; the deadlines are as follows:

Application Deadline: August 15, 2014
Decision Date: September 19, 2014

Application Deadline: September 15, 2014
Decision Date: October 17, 2014

Application Deadline: October 15, 2014
Decision Date: November 14, 2014

Application Deadline: November 15, 2014
Decision Date: December 19, 2014

Application Deadline: December 15, 2014
Decision Date: January 9, 2015

Application Deadline: January 1, 2015
Decision Date: February 5, 2015

Application Deadline: February 1, 2015
Decision Date: March 6, 2015

Application Deadline: March 1, 2015
Decision Date: April 3, 2015

Application Deadline: April 1, 2015
Decision Date: May 11, 2015

Application Deadline: May 1, 2015
Decision Date: June 5, 2015

Application Deadline: June 1, 2015
Decision Date: July 3, 2015

Application Deadline: July 1, 2015
Decision Date: July 24, 2015

Interested applicants can visit the HEC Paris Admissions page for more information.

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Northwestern / Kellogg Deadlines 2014-2015

Northwestern / Kellogg Deadlines 2014-2015

The 2014-2015 Northwestern/Kellogg deadlines have been announced! This year’s deadlines are below:

Round 1

Deadline: September 24, 2014

Notification: December 17, 2014

Round 2

Deadline: January 7, 2015

Notification: March 25, 2015

Round 3

Deadline: April 1, 2015

Notification: May 13, 2015

For more information, visit Kellogg’s admissions website.

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