Is it well worth applying in Round 3? We field this question every year from MBA hopefuls, and the answer my previous admissions colleagues at Fortuna and I invariably reply is, “it depends.” There are no definitive rules, similar to the rest of the MBA software process. You need to consider several factors, including your profile and the colleges you’re deciding on, before you forge ahead. First, a great deal depends upon your ability to be convincing and compelling to your target schools.

R3 requires as much engagement and thought than R1 and 2 – or even more. Can you come up with a powerful MBA application now, or should you wait until the next cycle? No college desires to be the afterthought, and admissions reviewers are savvy about distinguishing a honest applicant from one who’s making a last-ditch effort after being declined in earlier rounds. Is your top target school among the united states M7?

If so, it may be best to hold off until next year, as the competition for R3 will ever be tougher than. Top tier schools are usually looking to fill specific profiles at this point so it’s no longer a “general” applicant pool. That said, R3 is a viable option for schools beyond the very best 10 still, although know that they receive a lot of apps from candidates who’ve been dinged by higher ranked schools in previous rounds.

Do you have a truly exceptional profile? Beyond stellar data factors like GMAT ratings and undergrad GPAs, outstanding candidates bring something unique to the class room, such as experience in a non-traditional industry, a unique academic history or exceptional differentiation in their field. By R3, many schools are looking to improve diversity, so your ability to focus on your specific characteristics and qualities will help you to stand out.

Are you considering a top tier school outside the US? Programs such as INSEAD and LBS have an increased percentage of areas available in R3 than their peers in the US. In fact, Pounds and INSEAD have four rounds, while other of the Western european academic institutions have to five or six rounds up. While you may still be eligible for aid, know that there have a tendency to be fewer financing or scholarship possibilities in last rounds.

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Are you applying for an Executive or part-time MBA? There is commonly less competition overall for EMBAs and part-time, plus some offer multiple start time options. So if you apply in a later round, your chances of admissions may be lower but not greatly so slightly. Trying to get R3 can work out on your side – the secret has been honest about your candidacy, conviction and ability to make a persuasive case. And, in case just, it’s always wise to have a back-up plan. Don’t get hung through to MBA rankings too.

Now is the time to research and compile a short list of academic institutions which have other desirable characteristics you’re looking for – like alumni network, work position, location, etc. – but weren’t necessarily on your focus on list before. Start engaging the admissions student or office ambassadors at your target schools ASAP, and, if possible, attend a campus visit. Contact current students for informational interviews who talk about similar goals or backgrounds, particularly if you’re unable to visit campus.

When compiling the application materials, give your overall narrative a fresh take and see what distinctive encounters you may emphasize in your essays. All told, the challenge of R3 also poses a prime opportunity for certain applicants. As Dartmouth Tuck quipped in its Admissions blog, “Tuck has already established a Round 3 for a long period and frankly, we wouldn’t bother if it wasn’t worthwhile. All applicants are taken seriously by the admissions committee no matter which round they choose. Matt Symonds is a Director at MBA admissions coaching firm Fortuna Admissions, writer of “Getting the MBA Admissions Edge” and co-host of the CentreCourt MBA Festival. Fortuna Admissions comprises previous Directors and Associate Directors of Admissions 12 of the top 15 business universities.

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How far into the future you want to ‘vision’ is up to you. It could be three years, 5 years, a decade or 25 years. This future is yours to make but it only originates from investing time now to take into account where you are and where you want to look. Try this: Look into your ‘future you’ and become clear where you want to look, who you desire to be and how you want to live your life. Then bring yourself back to the present day and create an action plan on how you’re going to produce and ‘walk to’ this bigger future.