Cornell (Johnson) MBA Application Deadlines for 2010-2011

Today we take a look at the MBA admissions deadlines for Cornell’s Johnson School. You’ll notice that Johnson’s deadlines have only changed slightly vs. last year. Here they are, followed by our comments in italics:

Cornell (Johnson) Application Deadlines
Round 1: October 5, 2010
Round 2: November 9, 2010
Round 3: January 4, 2011
Round 4: March 22, 2011

Note that, like Haas, Johnson actually has four main admissions rounds for its full-time MBA program. With the typical three-round program, conventional wisdom dictates that you should only apply in Round 1 or Round 2. (While our advice re: Round 3 is a little more nuanced than that, it’s a good rule of thumb to follow.) If you’re not ready to apply in Round 1, then push back to Round 2, but the decision to push back to Round 3 is always a tougher one.

In the case of a school like Johnson, Round 4 is the new Round 3… If you’re not ready to apply by the Round 2 deadline, then there is no problem with applying in Round 3. Beyond that, however, Johnson’s class starts to fill up, and your odds of admissions success could be significantly lower in Round 4. Also, note that Johnson’s Round 2 deadline in November falls between most other schools’ Round 1 and Round 2 deadlines. Many savvy applicants therefore get their October applications done, take a breath, and them come right back and complete their Cornell applications in time for the Round 2 deadline in November.

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