Stanford GSB | Mr. Fundraising Educator
GMAT 510, GPA 2.89
Berkeley Haas | Mr. Work & Family
GMAT No GMAT Yet, GPA 4
Cornell Johnson | Mr. Fintech Startup
GMAT 570, GPA 3.4
Kellogg | Ms. Ukrainian Techie
GMAT 700 (ready to take it again), GPA 3.6
Kellogg | Mr. Pretty Bland
GMAT 710, GPA 3.5
Harvard | Ms. Sales & Trading
GMAT 730, GPA 3.5
NYU Stern | Mr. Long Shot
GRE 303, GPA 2.75
INSEAD | Mr. Consulting Dream
GMAT 760, GPA 3.1
Stanford GSB | Mr. Marine Corps
GMAT 600, GPA 3.9
Columbia | Mr. Alien
GMAT 700, GPA 3.83
Harvard | Mr. Veteran
GRE 331, GPA 3.39
Wharton | Mr. Naval Submariner
GMAT 760, GPA 3.83
Wharton | Mr. Second MBA
GMAT Will apply by 2025, GPA 7.22/10
IU Kelley | Mr. Builder
GMAT 620, GPA 3.3
Stanford GSB | Mr. Supply Chain Data Scientist
GMAT 730, GPA 3.9
Stanford GSB | Ms. Aspiring Entrepreneur
GMAT 750, GPA 3.8 (Highest Honor)
Yale | Mr. Environmental Sustainability
GRE 326, GPA 3.733
Yale | Mr. Project Management
GRE 310, GPA 3.3
Harvard | Mr. Samaritan Analyst
GMAT 690, GPA 3.87
MIT Sloan | Ms. Physician
GRE 307, GPA 3.3
Chicago Booth | Mr. Cal Poly
GRE 317, GPA 3.2
HEC Paris | Ms Journalist
GRE -, GPA 3.5
IU Kelley | Mr. Educator
GMAT 630, GPA 3.85
IU Kelley | Mr. Tech Dreams
GMAT 770, GPA 3
Tuck | Mr. Strategic Sourcing
GMAT 720, GPA 3.90
MIT Sloan | Ms. MD MBA
GRE 307, GPA 3.3
Darden | Ms. Teaching-To-Tech
GRE 326, GPA 3.47

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.