• Magoosh
    Study with Magoosh GMAT prep

    Available with Beat the GMAT members only code

  • Target Test Prep
    5-Day Free Trial
    5-day free, full-access trial TTP Quant

    Available with Beat the GMAT members only code

    Target Test Prep
  • e-gmat Exclusive Offer
    Get 300+ Practice Questions
    25 Video lessons and 6 Webinars for FREE

    Available with Beat the GMAT members only code

    e-gmat Exclusive Offer
  • PrepScholar GMAT
    5 Day FREE Trial
    Study Smarter, Not Harder

    Available with Beat the GMAT members only code

    PrepScholar GMAT
  • Kaplan Test Prep
    Free Practice Test & Review
    How would you score if you took the GMAT

    Available with Beat the GMAT members only code

    Kaplan Test Prep
  • Economist Test Prep
    Free Trial & Practice Exam

    Available with Beat the GMAT members only code

    Economist Test Prep
  • EMPOWERgmat Slider
    1 Hour Free

    Available with Beat the GMAT members only code

    EMPOWERgmat Slider
  • Varsity Tutors
    Award-winning private GMAT tutoring
    Register now and save up to $200

    Available with Beat the GMAT members only code

    Varsity Tutors
  • Veritas Prep
    Free Veritas GMAT Class
    Experience Lesson 1 Live Free

    Available with Beat the GMAT members only code

    Veritas Prep

Will an unsuccessful application harm you?

This topic has 1 expert reply and 0 member replies
yangxuandudu Newbie | Next Rank: 10 Posts Default Avatar
12 Aug 2008
9 messages

Will an unsuccessful application harm you?

Post Sun Nov 09, 2008 4:59 pm
I really need some help here and I appreciate your inputs.

I have my mind set on two of the top ten schools. And I'm debating if I should apply this year (2009 admission) or next year (2010 admission)

My primary goal is to get into one of these two schools regardless the timing.

However, I would prefer to go to B-school in 2009 rather than 2010 due to personal reasons.

Yet I think I'll be a little better prepared if I apply for the 2010 admission, mainly because it should give me some time to add some community work experience.

My strategy is to apply this year and if I don't get in, I'll apply again for the same two schools next year.

Now my question is: if I don't get into my "dream schools" this year and reapply next year, will my unsuccessful applications actually harm my next year's applications?

Thank you very much!

Need free GMAT or MBA advice from an expert? Register for Beat The GMAT now and post your question in these forums!


Graham MBA Admissions Consultant
18 Sep 2008
270 messages
Followed by:
17 members
35 times
Test Date:
August 1998
Target GMAT Score:
GMAT Score:
Post Mon Nov 10, 2008 4:17 am
Dear Yangxuandudu,

Thanks for your post!

You pose an excellent question about reapplying to business schools and whether or not doing so can hurt one's chances for admission. As you may know, there is a great deal of debate surrounding this matter (with no shortage of theories and rumors in the various discussion forums, etc). I will do my best to clarify with my response below, but I should also state that your personal approach here will largely depend on your candidacy. Feel free to send along your resume (info@clearadmit.com) if you want a more tailored response.

Are reapplicants to b-school at a disadvantage?
The general answer to this question is that there is no harm in reapplying to business school. Unlike law school, college or even medical school, where reapplicants may be frowned upon, there is no such stigma in the MBA admissions world. The reason for this is because many of the key admissions critera (work experience, career trajectory, XCs, GMAT performance, knowledge of the target program) can be easily enhanced between a first and second application. In fact, most b-schools admit reapplicants at a higher rate that the first-time portion of the pool. Several leading programs even offer rejected applicants feedback to help them plan a successful reapplication.

When it comes to reapplication, the most common misperception is that there are business schools that are "reapplicant friendly" and busines schools that are "anti-reapplicant." This is simply untrue. While some programs may provide more guidance than others (via feedback or abbreviated applications for reapplicants) this does not mean that schools which provide limited guidance or require reapplicants to start from scratch with their essays and materials (like HBS and Stanford) are anti-reapplicant.

One caveat to all of this discussion is that a reapplication decision should ideally come down to the candidate and their profile. In other words, if a candidate has a 600 on the GMAT, a 2.5 GPA, poor work experience and limited XCs he or she may want to reforumulate their target schools following rejection from H/S/W the first time around. This is not to say that he or she can't aim to improve and reapply, but oftentimes one can use a negative result in the admissions process to better calibrate where they stand in the applicant pool overall.

Best of luck,


Graham Richmond
Clear Admit, LLC
215 568 2590

Stay Informed with Clear Admit!
Read our Blog for daily MBA admissions tips and updates.
Follow us on Twitter for breaking b-school news.
Download our Publications on MBA programs and admissions strategy.
Visit our MBA Admissions Wiki to read and share application insights.

Best Conversation Starters

1 Vincen 132 topics
2 lheiannie07 65 topics
3 LUANDATO 54 topics
4 Roland2rule 43 topics
5 ardz24 40 topics
See More Top Beat The GMAT Members...

Most Active Experts

1 image description Brent@GMATPrepNow

GMAT Prep Now Teacher

133 posts
2 image description GMATGuruNY

The Princeton Review Teacher

114 posts
3 image description EconomistGMATTutor

The Economist GMAT Tutor

113 posts
4 image description Rich.C@EMPOWERgma...


109 posts
5 image description DavidG@VeritasPrep

Veritas Prep

72 posts
See More Top Beat The GMAT Experts