Harvard | Mr. Student Product Manager
GMAT 760, GPA 3.4
London Business School | Ms. FANG Tech
GRE 321, GPA 3.7
Chicago Booth | Mr. Corporate Development
GMAT 740, GPA 3.2
Cornell Johnson | Mr. Sports Management
GMAT 690, GPA 3.23
Harvard | Mr. PE Strategist
GRE 326, GPA 3.6
Wharton | Mr. Private Equity Analyst
GRE 320, GPA 3.3
Columbia | Mr. CPA
GMAT 720, GPA 3.5
Wharton | Mr. Digital Health Start-Up
GMAT 710, GPA 3.3
Darden | Mr. International Trade
GRE 323, GPA 3.6
Harvard | Mr. Health Clinic Founder
GRE 330, GPA 3
Said Business School | Mr. Strategy Consulting Future
GMAT 720, GPA 3.98
Stanford GSB | Mr. Robotics
GMAT 730, GPA 2.9
Stanford GSB | Mr. Aspiring Tech Entrepreneur
GMAT 690, GPA 3.4
London Business School | Mr. Supply Chain Latino
GRE 320, GPA 3.4
Duke Fuqua | Mr. Operations Manager
GRE 328, GPA 3.1
Harvard | Ms. Media Entertainment
GMAT 740, GPA 3.3
INSEAD | Mr. Jumbo GMAT
GMAT 770, GPA 3.7
Wharton | Mr. Basketball To B-School
GRE 334, GPA 3.73
Harvard | Mr. E-Sports Coach
GRE 323, GPA 5.72/10
INSEAD | Ms. Insightful Panda
GMAT 700, GPA 87.5%
NYU Stern | Mr. Bioinformatics
GMAT 710, GPA 3.7
Harvard | Mr. Impact Investment
GMAT 760, GPA 3.2
Chicago Booth | Mr. Nonprofit-ish
GRE 333, GPA 3.81
INSEAD | Ms. Humble Auditor
GMAT 710, GPA 3.56
London Business School | Mr. Investment Finance
GMAT 750, GPA 2.2
Georgetown McDonough | Ms. Healthcare Tech
GMAT 680, GPA 3.2
Chicago Booth | Mr. Civil Engineer
GMAT 770, GPA 8.9/10

What You Need To Know About Round Two Applications

Round 2 Application: What you need to know

Planning to submit round 2 MBA applications? Whether you aren’t getting the results you wanted in round 1 or this was always part of the plan, these tips will help you succeed.

  • This is the biggest round – plan ahead.
  • Most people wind up applying in January, which means that you need to be organized. Book your last minute GMAT retake before all the spots are taken, make sure that your recommenders have plenty of time and schedule self-initiated interviews now. Also, your friendly neighborhood admissions consultant appreciates getting your drafts more than 36 hours before the deadline.
  • Sell your school interest.

Since many people apply to their first choice schools in round 1, schools are on the lookout for genuine interest in their programs. While it’s always important to write outstanding school specific essays it’s especially critical in round 2. Schools want to protect their yield, and also prefer to admit candidates who really want to be there.

  • Choose your targets strategically.

It’s critical to have a balanced school list, including safeties. If you are applying round 2 with average or below average numbers I strongly suggest expanding your target list to include schools where you have a strategic advantage. In order for this to work you need to have a realistic sense of where you fall in the pool. So, if you live in Texas consider applying to schools in New England, where you can add geographic diversity. If you are a woman, look at programs that are actively looking to add more women to their class.

In general, keep an open mind, and don’t give up! Schools know that there are great candidates applying in round 2, and as long as you manage your time, submit compelling applications and choose your targets wisely you can get in.


Karen has more than 12 years of experience evaluating candidates for admission to Dartmouth College and to the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth. Since founding North Star Admissions Consulting in 2012, she has helped applicants gain admission to the nation’s top schools, including Stanford, Harvard, Yale, Wharton, MIT, Tuck, Columbia, Kellogg, Booth, Haas, Duke, Johnson, Ross, NYU, UNC, UCLA, Georgetown and more. Over the last three years, clients have been awarded more than 10.3 million dollars in scholarships, and more than 95% have gotten into one of their top choice schools.