Decisions, Decisions, Decisions:

by on May 20th, 2011

‘Tis the season…for admissions decisions.

Now is when many of you hear “Yeah” or “Nay” or “Maybe.” I have covered the “maybe” possibility extensively in previous posts and in The Nine Mistakes You Don’t Want to Make on an MBA Waitlist. And I have  discussed  what you should do if you are lucky enough to be dealing with multiple acceptances.

But what if you heard “No.”

Your rejection could have been caused by the following factors:

  1. You are not qualified for the schools that you applied to.
  2. Your application failed to convey your qualifications.
  3. You belong to a common application sub-group, and intense competition from your peers along with limited spots in your schools contributed to your rejection.
  4. A combination of the above.

If you have been rejected and want to reapply, you have to start your reapplication with a hard, cold, objective re-assessment of your qualifications vis-à-vis your target schools. You either need to change your qualifications, your application, or the schools, but something’s got to give.

You can obtain more specific guidance from MBA Reapplication 101:

Finally, if you don’t believe you can objectively evaluate your qualifications and application, invest in a professional Application Review. For less that $300 you can have an experienced MBA admissions consultant analyze your qualifications, evaluate your application, and provide constructive advice for your reapplication.

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