Harvard | Mr. MacGruber
GRE 313, GPA 3.7
Kellogg | Mr. Real Estate Finance
GMAT 710, GPA 3.0
Emory Goizueta | Mr. Multimedia
GRE 308, GPA 3.4
Berkeley Haas | Mr. Poet At Heart
GMAT 740, GPA 3.7
Yale | Mr. Ukrainian Biz Man
GRE 310, GPA 4.75 out of 5
Darden | Mr. Former Scientist
GMAT 680, GPA 3.65
Stanford GSB | Mr. Sustainable Business
GRE 331, GPA 3.86
Wharton | Mr. Microsoft Consultant
GMAT N/A, GPA 2.31
Yale | Ms. Impact Investing
GRE 323, GPA 3.8
Cornell Johnson | Ms. Food Waste Warrior
GMAT Not written yet (around 680), GPA 3.27
Stanford GSB | Ms. Future Tech Exec
GMAT 750, GPA 3.4
Georgetown McDonough | Ms. Air Force
GMAT 610, GPA 3.8
Harvard | Mr. Healthcare Fanatic
GMAT 770, GPA 3.46
Kellogg | Mr. Finance To Education
GMAT 730, GPA 3.4
Rice Jones | Mr. Back To School
GRE 315, GPA 3.0
Columbia | Mr. Aussie Military Man
GMAT 710, GPA 3.0 (rough conversion from Weighted Average Mark)
Harvard | Mr. Hopeful Philanthropist
GMAT 710, GPA 3.74
Stanford GSB | Mr. FinTech
GMAT Not Taken Yet, GPA 3.5
UCLA Anderson | Mr. Analytics Man
GMAT 740, GPA 3.1
Cornell Johnson | Mr. FinTech Startup
GMAT 570, GPA 3.4
Darden | Ms. Teaching-To-Tech
GRE 326, GPA 3.47
Chicago Booth | Mr. Future Angel Investor
GMAT 620, GPA 3.1
Wharton | Ms. Software Engineer
GMAT 760, GPA 3.84
Harvard | Mr. PE Strategist
GRE 326, GPA 3.6
Harvard | Mr. FBI To MBB
GMAT 710, GPA 3.85
Harvard | Mr. MBB Consultant
GMAT 730, GPA 3.9
Chicago Booth | Mr. Cal Poly
GRE 317, GPA 3.2

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.