Darden | Ms. Unicorn Healthcare Tech
GMAT 730, GPA 3.5
Stanford GSB | Mr. MBA Class of 2023
GMAT 725, GPA 3.5
Harvard | Mr. Sales To Consulting
GMAT 760, GPA 3.49
Chicago Booth | Mr. Guy From Taiwan
GRE 326, GPA 3.3
Stanford GSB | Mr. Energy Reform
GMAT 700, GPA 3.14 of 4
Stanford GSB | Mr. Systems Change
GMAT 730, GPA 4
Ross | Mr. Verbal Engineer
GMAT 710, GPA 3.3
INSEAD | Mr. Airline Captain
GMAT 740, GPA 3.8
UCLA Anderson | Ms. Packaging Manager
GMAT 730, GPA 3.47
Kellogg | Mr. Danish Raised, US Based
GMAT 710, GPA 10.6 out of 12
Stanford GSB | Mr. Navy Officer
GMAT 770, GPA 4.0
Wharton | Mr. Sr. Systems Engineer
GRE 1280, GPA 3.3
Chicago Booth | Mr. Semiconductor Guy
GMAT 730, GPA 3.3
Stanford GSB | Mr. MBB to PM
GRE 338, GPA 4.0
Harvard | Mr. Polyglot
GMAT 740, GPA 3.65
Duke Fuqua | Mr. Enlisted Undergrad
GRE 315, GPA 3.75
Tuck | Mr. Consulting To Tech
GMAT 750, GPA 3.2
Stanford GSB | Mr. Rocket Scientist Lawyer
GMAT 730, GPA 3.65 Cumulative
Darden | Mr. Stock Up
GMAT 700, GPA 3.3
Stanford GSB | Mr. Classic Candidate
GMAT 760, GPA 3.9
Cambridge Judge Business School | Mr. Social Scientist
GRE 330, GPA 3.5
Darden | Mr. Federal Consultant
GMAT 780, GPA 3.26
INSEAD | Mr. Consulting Fin
GMAT 730, GPA 4.0
INSEAD | Ms. Hope & Goodwill
GMAT 740, GPA 3.5
Harvard | Mr. Milk Before Cereals
GMAT 710, GPA 3.3 (16/20 Portuguese scale)
Darden | Mr. Leading Petty Officer
GRE (MCAT) 501, GPA 4.0
Columbia | Mr. NYC Native
GMAT 710, GPA 3.8

Why An MBA Beats An Undergrad Degree

How to Delay an Acceptance Offer

You sent out an application? You got accepted. Time to celebrate it, right? Acceptance offers mean opportunities. But what if you get more than one? And what if you’re waitlisted at your top choice?

Stacy Blackman, a contributor at US News, recently discussed some strategies applicants can take to delay an acceptance and help bide time while waiting back from a top-choice school.

Simply Asking for a Delay

The easiest strategy is to simply reach out to a school and ask for more time to decide.

“Although there are clear response steps in place once an offer goes out, MBA admissions is a very human process, and relationships and conversations have power,” Blackman writes. “Many of our clients have received an extension for myriad reasons simply by asking.”

In addition, Blackman says, applicants can try reaching out to their top-school to check on the status of their application.

“One client we worked with went to speak with the director of admissions of a local school in person,” Blackman writes. “The official agreed to let him know of the school’s decision early so that he could act on another offer that included a scholarship before the deadline.”

Pay Your Deposit

Putting down a deposit to secure your spot can help you buy more time.

Generally, you’ll have up to a month accept your offer. But, Blackman says, if you’re accepted off a waitlist, your time can be cut down to mere days.

Once you get that offer from your top-school, it’s important to reach out to other schools and notify them of your decision.

“If your dream school comes back to you with an admissions offer a few weeks later, contact the first school, explain your decision and request to withdraw your application,” Blackman writes. “The admissions team won’t take it personally; they’ll simply move on to the next person on the waitlist.”

What to do if Waitlisted

If you’ve been waitlisted at a school, there are a number of steps you can take to improve your chances of acceptance.

Most importantly, be sure to notify a school of any updated GMAT scores, grades from supplementary classes, promotions and awards, or additional recommendations, Nisha Trivedi, a contributor writes for P&Q.

“As you await the admissions committee’s final decision, focus on figuring out your Plan B,” Trivedi writes. “Will you apply to additional programs this season, start readying yourself to reapply next year, or instead pursue a new job more closely aligned with your career goals? Now is a great time to fully consider and research all your options.”

Sources: US News, Poets & Quants