Category Archives: MBA Deadlines

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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UC Berkeley (Haas) Application Deadlines for 2010-2011

The Haas School of Business at UC-Berkeley has published its application deadlines for the 2010-2011 admissions season. Here they are, followed by our comments in italics:

Haas Admissions Deadlines
Round 1: October 13, 2010
Round 2: December 2, 2010
Round 3: January 20, 2011
Round 4: March 16, 2011

Like many other top business schools, Haas has moved its Round 1 deadline a bit earlier this year (by one week). However, unlike some other top schools, Haas won’t send your decision until mid-January, so you will have to have most of your Round 2 applications in order before you hear back from Haas. Most of the school’s other admissions deadlines also moved forward by a week or two, with the exception of the Round 4 deadline, which is actually about a week later than it was last year.

Note that Haas is fairly unique in that it actually has four rounds of admissions. You can use this to your advantage — this schedule gives you the option of applying at an “off-peak” time, such as early December, when you’re probably not yet cramming on a lot of other applications. Aiming for Round 1 and Round 2 is still your best bet, although we expect that Haas gets many more Round 3 applicants than most other schools do.

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NYU (Stern) Admissions Deadlines for 2010-2011

NYU’s Stern School of Business has published its MBA admissions deadlines for the coming year. Here they are, followed by our comments in italics:

NYU Stern Application Deadlines
Round 1: November 15, 2010
Round 2: January 15, 2011
Round 3: March 15, 2011

Stern’s deadlines have not changed at all since last year. Note that, unlike many other top business schools, Stern has kept its Round 1 admissions deadline in the middle of November. The good news for you is that, if you’re applying to Stern along with a few other schools in Round 1, this gives you a chance to get those ones done in October, catch your breath, and then give your Stern application your undivided attention.

However, Stern won’t notify Round 1 applicants until as late as February 15, 2011, so you will probably have to make choices about your Round 2 applications before you hear back from Stern.

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Darden Admissions Deadlines for 2010-2011

The University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business recently published its application deadlines for the coming admissions season. Here they are, followed by our comments in italics:

UVA (Darden) Application Deadlines
Round 1: October 14, 2010
Round 2: January 5, 2011
Round 3: March 30, 2011

Like many other top business schools, Darden has moved its Round 1 deadline forward, by two weeks in this case. However, unlike some of those other schools, UVA’s Round 1 notification deadline comes in January, after most schools’ Round 2 application deadlines. Keep this in min if you plan on applying to UVA in Round 1… There’s a good chance you will have to submit your other apps before you hear back from Darden. The schools’ Round 2 and Round 3 deadlines have barely changed vs. last year’s.

Darden has also released its 2010-2011 admissions essays (just two of them… short and sweet), which we’ll dig into on this blog soon!

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Chicago Booth MBA Application Deadlines for 2010-2011

Chicago Booth’s online application is now available for the 2010-2011 season. You may notice that Round 1 and Round have barely changed, but there is some interesting news on the Round 3 front that has bigger implications for many applicants’ overall timing strategies.

Here are the school’s new deadlines, followed by our comments in italics:

Chicago Booth Admissions Deadlines
Round 1: October 13, 2010
Round 2: January 5, 2011
Round 3: April 13, 2011

Round 1 and Round 2 have each only changed by a day this year, although Booth’s Round 3 deadline is now five weeks later than it was last year! We suspect the reason may be similar to the reason that UCLA Anderson gave us before: Top U.S. schools compete with many top international schools to attract great candidates, and many international schools’ final deadlines come much later than American schools’ deadlines typically do. Booth doesn’t want to miss out on a great applicant (who has legitimate reasons for applying in Round 3) simply because the admissions office has already shut its doors for the year.

For applicants who worry that Round 3 means an almost certain rejection letter, this is an important clue: The school has pushed back its deadline to encourage more people to apply! Round 3 must not be a complete dead end, then. While we still advise that candidates aim for Round 1 or Round 2, don’t believe all that you hear about Round 3 being impossible, especially at schools such as Booth that have made changes in their schedules to encourage more applicants to apply in Round 3.

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Duke (Fuqua) Application Deadlines for 2010-2011

A few weeks after announcing its application essays for the coming year, Duke’s Fuqua School of Business has announced its application deadlines for 2010-2011. Here they are, followed by our comments in italics:

Duke (Fuqua) Admissions Deadlines
Early Action: September 30, 2010
Round 1: November 1, 2010
Round 2: January 5, 2011
Round 3: March 8, 2011

Fuqua’s Early Action deadline has crept forward into September, making it one week earlier than it was last year. The school’s Round 1 deadline has moved forward by almost two weeks, and its Round 2 deadline has crept up by a couple of days, so that it’s now right after the holiday break. If you’re waiting to hear back from some other schools before applying to Fuqua in Round 2, you’ll need to get the ball rolling on your Fuqua application before you know your fate at those other schools. Duke’s Round 3 deadline is virtually the same as it was last year.

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UCLA Anderson Application Deadlines for 2010-2011

UCLA’s Anderson School of Management recently released its application deadlines for the coming admissions season. Here they are, followed by our comments, in italics:

UCLA Anderson MBA Admissions Deadlines
Round 1: October 20, 2010
Round 2: January 5, 2011
Round 3: April 13, 2011

While other top MBA programs have moved their Round 1 deadlines forward, Anderson actually moved its deadline back by six days this year. Note that, unlike other business school, Anderson won’t give you our Round 1 decision until the second week of January, so you may need to submit your Round 2 applications to other programs before receiving your Round decision from Anderson.

UCLA’s Round 2 deadline is virtually unchanged since last year, but its Round 3 deadline is actually almost a month LATER than it was in 2009-2010. Anderson has said that it doesn’t want to miss out on strong applicants who may choose an international program such as LBS simply because that school still accepts applications as late as April. This is a smart move, in our opinion.

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