ForumWatch: The Dreaded Third Round

Posted by: Louis Lavelle on February 22, 2012

People often wonder about the timing of their business school applications. While the admissions committees always say that there are slots open for applicants in every round of the process, simple math leads to the conclusion that earlier applications have a better chance of getting accepted simply because there are more seats available at the start of the cycle. Still, some people do not decide to apply or cannot get around to completing the application until the second or third round. When that happens, many of the applicants come to the Bloomberg Businessweek Business School Forums to find out how much timing really matters.

Recently, HBS_MBA wanted to know the chances of getting accepted to Harvard Business School in the third round when one is over the age of 30. Those who responded encouraged HBS_MBA to give it a shot because “you don’t know unless you try.” Still, this is a challenging way to apply to business school. By the third round many other slots have already been filled and it takes an exceptional application to win over the admissions committee.

You can join the conversation and share your thoughts by visiting the “HBS round 3 at 30+ : possible?” discussion thread.

-Francesca Di Meglio

Editor’s Note: This blog post is part of a series about discussions taking place on the Bloomberg Businessweek Business School Forums where prospective MBA program applicants, current students, and recent alumni trade admissions tips, job-hunting advice, and the occasional barbed comment. We invite you to join these discussions or start one of your own.



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