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As we prepare to bid goodbye to 2012 and greet the deadline-packed first month of 2013, 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 3rd
Kellogg, 11:59 p.m. CST
LBS, 5:00 p.m. GMT
Ross, 11:59 p.m. EST
Tuck, 5:00 p.m. EST
Wharton, 5:00 p.m. EST
Friday, January 4th
Fuqua, 11:59 p.m. EST
Monday, January 7th
Harvard, 12:00 p.m. EST
Tuesday, January 8th
Booth, 5:00 p.m. CST
Yale, 5:00 p.m. EST
Wednesday, January 9th
Anderson, 11:59 p.m. PST
Darden, 5:00 p.m. EST
Stanford, 5:00 p.m. PST
CBS, 11:59 p.m. EST
Friday, January 11th
Judge, 5:00 p.m. UTC
Kenan-Flagler, 5:00 p.m. ESTT
Oxford, 11:59 p.m. GMT
Tuesday, January 15th
NYU Stern, 11:59 p.m. EST*
Wednesday, January 16th
Haas, 11:59 p.m. PST
ISB, 11:59 p.m. 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 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. Continue reading…
The Anderson School of Management at the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) continues to extend interview invitations to applicants in Round 1, according to a recent post on the UCLA Anderson Admissions Blog, as well as emails sent out by the assistant dean of admissions earlier this month.
Assistant Dean and Director of Admissions Alex Lawrence shared in an email on December 23rd that his office has already begun to admit Round 1 applicants and that they will continue to invite other applicants to interview in January. Associate Director of Admissions Jessica Chung shared a little more detail in a December 18th post on Anderson’s MBA Insider’s Blog, noting that a batch of Round 1 decisions were released that morning, but that interview invitations will extend through mid-January 2013. “Applicants who interviewed but have not received a decision yet are still being evaluated by the admissions committee,” Chung wrote. “Currently, we are not planning to release any more early decisions, so all our remaining Round 1 applicants will hear from us by the January 23rd deadline,” she continued.
In his email, Lawrence also reminded prospective applicants of the Round 2 application deadline, which is January 9th, 2013. The Admissions Office will host a special webinar on January 3rd with last-minute tips for Round 2 applicants. Interested applicants are encouraged to register in advance for this online coaching webinar, which will take place from 12 to 1 p.m. PT.
The deadline to apply for Anderson’s third and final round is April 17th, 2013. For applicants looking to learn more about UCLA Anderson’s MBA program, Lawrence recommended the following links with information on the school’s location and culture, as well as the school’s new interactive magazine, Assets Digital.
With November wrapping up this week, Round Two deadlines for a number of programs are just around the corner. As most applicants are targeting multiple schools and still working to narrow down their school selection, we wanted to take some time today to stress the importance of taking a deep breath and a step back and formulating a timeline for the coming weeks. Establishing a set of incremental goals with regard to essay composition and recommender management at this point in the season will help you to avoid feeling overwhelmed and ensure that your aims are realistic.
One of our most important pointers pertains to the process of writing essays. The urge to make progress on multiple fronts leads many applicants to work on essays for several schools in parallel, an approach that can be problematic. One reason for this is that when one spends time immersed in three sets of essays at once, it’s easy to lose sight of the full picture he or she is presenting to any one school. Continue reading…
The Forté Foundation this year is piloting a unique new program designed to help women who are planning to pursue an MBA degree navigate the application process. Called MBALaunch for Women, the 10-month program will provide participants with guidance, access to valuable resources and ongoing feedback on the application process. Admission is selective, and applications are now being accepted.
MBALaunch for Women is a hands-on program designed to help participants become the best MBA candidates possible. After a one-day launch event, participants will take part in monthly webinars and peer group meetings and receive one-on-one feedback from an experienced advisor. “Our line-up of speakers, workshops, resources and advisors will help you ‘get it done’ but also inspire you along the way so that you feel good about your future and how the MBA will support your personal and professional goals,” reads a statement announcing the program. Continue reading…
USC / Marshall has announced its application deadlines for the 2012-2013 admissions season! They are as follows:
Deadline: November 1, 2012
Interview Decision Notification: December 7, 2012
Final Decision Notification: February 1, 2013
Deadline: January 15, 2013
Interview Decision Notification: February 15, 2013
Final Decision Notification: April 5, 2013
Deadline: March 15, 2013
Interview Decision Notification: April 15, 2013
Final Decision Notification: May 17, 2013 Continue reading…
The 2012-2013 London Business School deadlines have been announced. The deadlines are as follows:
Application Deadline: October 4, 2012
Interview Decision: November 2, 2012
Admission Decision: December 13, 2012
Application Deadline: January 3, 2013
Interview Decision: February 8, 2013
Admission Decision: March 28, 2013
Application Deadline: February 28, 2013
Interview Decision: April 9, 2013
Admission Decision: May 16, 2013 Continue reading…
In case you missed it, Harvard Business School (HBS) Dean of Admissions Dee Leopold last week provided a kind of sneak preview of how Round One works in a post on her Director’s Blog. She promised more detail as each of the individual steps draws closer, so bookmark her blog to keep up.
If you have your sights set on applying to HBS in Round One, you are probably already well aware that the application deadline in September 24th at 12 noon. “There’s no official ‘early bird special’ or reason to submit earlier than the deadline, as in we’re not reading applications now and our process isn’t ‘rolling,’” Leopold writes. But the server can get backed up on deadline day, so you can save yourself some stress by not waiting until the absolute last minute, she offers. “Although I hate to advertise this, we don’t actually turn off the system exactly at noon – if you’re in the process of submitting around that time, we will include you in that round,” she added. Continue reading…
The application deadlines for the 2012-2013 admissions season at Oxford / Saïd have been announced! The deadlines are as follows:
Deadline: October 12, 2012
Interview Decision Notification: November 9, 2012
Final Decision Notification: December 7, 2012
Deadline: January 11, 2013
Interview Decision Notification: February 1, 2013
Final Decision Notification: March 15, 2013
Deadline: March 8, 2013
Interview Decision Notification: March 22, 2013
Final Decision Notification: April 19, 2013 Continue reading…
Anyone who’s familiar with the MBA application process knows that August moves forward at an accelerated pace, and come September, entire weeks seem to disappear. To help this year’s Round One applicants avoid the classic time crunch, today’s blog post offers some basic advice on how to approach the Round One deadlines at a reasonable pace.
Let’s start by taking a quick look some of at the published Round One deadlines for the top MBA programs:
September 15: ISB (for Indian Passport Holders)
September 19: Duke / Fuqua (Early Action)
September 24: Harvard
October 1: Wharton
October 2: Chicago / Booth
October 3: Stanford GSB, Columbia (Early Decision and January Term)
October 4: Yale SOM
October 10: Dartmouth / Tuck (Early Action), Michigan Ross
October 17: Berkeley / Haas, Cornell / Johnson
October 15: UVA Darden
October 16: Northwestern / Kellogg
October 19: UNC / Kenan-Flagler (Early Action)
October 24: Duke / Fuqua (Round 1), MIT / Sloan, UCLA / Anderson
November 7: Dartmouth / Tuck (November Round)
November 15: NYU / Stern
Though some schools have yet to announce their deadlines (such as London Business School), one can still get a general sense of the lineup of R1 deadlines. Here are a few tips to keep in mind when creating your personal timeline:
1) Plan to be busy in August and September. Yes, it can be tempting to work on one’s tan instead of one’s essays. However, many MBA applicants squander the month of August only to wake up in September and realize that they cannot make their target deadlines. If not bogged down by professional obligations in August, this makes for a great opportunity to devote time to working on your MBA applications in the evenings. The last weeks of summer can easily be split between resume drafting, essay writing, recommendation coaching, GMAT prep, school research, and more.
2) Think carefully about the timing of the R1 deadlines. Looking at the deadlines above, it becomes clear that some deadlines may be easier to make than others. A candidate applying to Wharton and MIT Sloan could have a leisurely October when compared to someone targeting Wharton, Yale, and Tuck. Look at the deadlines, assume about three weeks of research and writing for each school’s application and count backwards to determine a start date for each. It is entirely possible to meet back-to-back deadlines, such as Booth and Kellogg, but doing so requires a well-planned schedule and consistent progress.
3) Consider taking some time off from work. We realize that many MBA applicants work 70 hours/week and haven’t had a day off in months. For such applicants, a day or two out of the office can really do wonders for focus and organization. Applying to business school is a serious undertaking, and in the long term you won’t regret having given yourself enough time to prepare strong applications. Many successful candidates take a week off in late September to make the final push. It’s not a glamorous way to spend your vacation time, but an offer to attend a leading MBA program can make the sacrifice well worth it.
4) Get your recommenders on board early. While many of the schools have not yet made their online applications and recommendation forms available, it’s a good idea to engage your recommenders early and inform them about the process and your timeline. Sit down with each recommender in August, perhaps over lunch or coffee. Present them with a rough sketch of the deadlines and the process. It’s then a wise idea to meet again once the forms are available, and by that time many applicants are in a position to share their background materials (a résumé, career goals essays, etc.) to help their recommenders understand—and support—their message.
Happy planning! For more information on the application process and school selection, we encourage you to contact us for a free consultation.
- MIT / Sloan Deadlines 2012-2013 (clearadmit.com)
- Duke / Fuqua Deadlines 2012-2013 (clearadmit.com)
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The 2012-2013 Georgetown / McDonough deadlines have been announced. The three deadlines are as follows:
Application Deadline: October 15, 2012
Decision Notification: December 15, 2012
Application Deadline: January 5, 2013
Decision Notification: March15, 2013
Application Deadline: April 1, 2013
Decision Notification: May 15, 2013 Continue reading…
The 2012-2013 IESE application deadlines have been announced! The six admissions deadlines are as follows:
October 15, 2012
December 3, 2012
January 21, 2013
February 25, 2013
April 8, 2013
May 27, 2013
IESE recommends that all non-EU citizens apply before April. For more information, visit the school’s admissions website.