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Why applying for a top MBA now may be THE opportunity of a generation

Today, Kellogg announced the extraordinary move of inviting waitlisted or denied applicants from Rounds 1 & 2 to submit an appeal to have their application reconsidered.

Kellogg is also waiving the GMAT/GRE/TOEFL/IELTS requirement for candidates applying to Round 3. 

Other unprecedented changes in response to the Covid-19 crisis vary by program, including app fee waivers (Duke, Darden), requiring fewer letters of recommendation (MIT Sloan Early Admissions), longer waitlists (HBS) and additional admissions rounds for fall entry (nearly everyone – see below). For details by school, view our up to the minute Briefing of Covid-19 Changes to MBA Admissions.

The global pandemic has thrust MBA admissions into uncharted territory. From embassy closures and travel restrictions to candidate deferrals, business schools are losing admits and are using these final rounds to fill the fall entries. In a normal year, the odds of being admitted in round 3 or 4 would be exceptionally slim, especially if you were waitlisted or dinged in an earlier round. This is not a normal year.

It also presents once in a generation opportunity for anyone still hoping to earn a place at a top program this fall.

Nearly all top business schools have created new deadlines, or considerably extended deadlines, to attract candidates for this fall’s incoming class (except HBS, Stanford GSB and Wharton).

These include:

·       Berkeley Haas (extended R3 for May 4)
·       Chicago Booth (extended R3 for May 31)
·       MIT Sloan (extended R3 deadline for June 15)
·       MIT Sloan Fellows (extended application round for May 1)
·       Duke Fuqua (new R4 deadline for May 19)
·       UCLA Anderson (extended R3 deadline for June 1)
·       Kellogg (extended R3 deadline for June 1)
·       UVA Darden (new rolling admissions through July 15)

… and others.

My Fortuna colleagues and I are in close touch with the admissions offices at certain schools and can share further details and specific opportunities in our free consultation. Speak with us now to evaluate if these extraordinary circumstances could be your golden ticket to business school.

In the meantime, check out our video strategy session: Applying for Round 3 or 4 Amid Covid-19.

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