Stanford GSB | Mr. Minority Champ
GMAT 740, GPA 3.7
Harvard | Mr. Nonprofit Social Entrepreneur
GMAT 740, GPA 3.7
Chicago Booth | Ms. Start-Up Entrepreneur
GRE 318 current; 324 intended, GPA 3.4
Duke Fuqua | Ms. Health Care Executive
GMAT 690, GPA 3.3
MIT Sloan | Mr. Low GPA Over Achiever
GMAT 700, GPA 2.5
IU Kelley | Mr. Construction Manager
GRE 680, GPA 3.02
IU Kelley | Mr. Clinical Trial Ops
GMAT Waived, GPA 3.33
IU Kelley | Ms. Biracial Single Mommy
, GPA 2.5/3.67 Grad
Rice Jones | Mr. Simple Manufacturer
GRE 320, GPA 3.95
Harvard | Mr. Professional Boy Scout
GMAT 660, GPA 3.83
Stanford GSB | Ms. East Africa Specialist
GMAT 690, GPA 3.34
NYU Stern | Mr. Low Gmat
GMAT 690, GPA 73.45 % (No GPA in undergrad)
Chicago Booth | Mr. Finance Musician
GRE 330, GPA 3.6
Berkeley Haas | Mr. Hanging By A Thread
GMAT 710, GPA 3.8
Berkeley Haas | Mr. Wake Up & Grind
GMAT 700, GPA 3.5
Darden | Mr. Fintech Nerd
GMAT 740, GPA 7.7/10
Harvard | Mr. Improve Healthcare
GMAT 730, GPA 2.8
N U Singapore | Ms. Biomanager
GMAT 520, GPA 2.8
Stanford GSB | Mr. Indian Telecom ENG
GRE 340, GPA 3.56
Harvard | Mr. 1st Gen Brazilian LGBT
GMAT 720, GPA 3.2
USC Marshall | Mr. Ambitious
GRE 323, GPA 3.01
Harvard | Mr. Merchant Of Debt
GMAT 760, GPA 3.5 / 4.0 in Master 1 / 4.0 in Master 2
Tuck | Ms. Nigerian Footwear
GRE None, GPA 4.5
Stanford GSB | Mr. Low GPA To Stanford
GMAT 770, GPA 2.7
Berkeley Haas | Mr. 360 Consultant
GMAT 720, GPA 3.4
Berkeley Haas | Mr. Low GPA High GRE
GRE 325, GPA 3.2
Darden | Mr. Senior Energy Engineer
GMAT 710, GPA 2.5

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.