Admissions Tip: Round Two Recap and Advice

by Clear Admit, Dec 31, 2011

As we prepare to bid goodbye to 2011 and greet the deadline-packed first month of 2012, we would like to take the opportunity to recap the upcoming Round Two deadlines and offer some advice for hardworking applicants. Some schools have even reached their third rounds by January, and those are denoted below by (R3).

First, a summary of this months deadlines along with the exact time each application is due:

Tuesday, January 3rd

Tepper, 5:00 p.m. EST

Wednesday, January 4th

Booth, 5:00 p.m. EST

Duke, 11:59 p.m. EST

Ross, 11:59 p.m. EST

Tuck, 5:00 p.m. EST

Wharton, 5:00 p.m. EST

Thursday, January 5th

LBS, 12:00 p.m. EST

Yale, 5:00 p.m. EST

Friday, January 6th

Cambridge (R3), 12:00 p.m. EST

UNC (R3), 5:00 p.m. EST

Tuesday, January 10th

HBS, 12:00 p.m. EST

Kellogg, 11:59 p.m. CST

MIT, 12:00 p.m. PST

Wednesday, January 11th

Stanford, 5:00 PST

UCLA, 9:00 p.m. PST

Thursday, January 12th

Darden, 11:59 p.m. EST

Sunday, January 15th

ISB, 11:59 IST (international applicants)

NYU, 11:59 EST

Wednesday, January 18th

Haas (R3), 11:59 p.m. PST

Friday, January 20th

Oxford, 6:59 p.m. EST

For those candidates who have already submitted their Round Two applications, we wish you a hearty congratulations and an exciting New Years Eve. However, for the many applicants still working feverishly to finish, we offer a few pieces of last minute advice:

1) Prioritize. The difference between a January 4 and 10 deadline didnt matter much when you started working on your applications in the fall. However, with just a few days remaining, make sure you are taking deadlines into account as you prioritize your work. Though your Kellogg essays may need the most revising, save that polishing until after you turn in the Wharton application on the 4. Similarly, for those of you really facing the crunch, you may need to take a step back and pare down your list of target schools, as its better to submit three or four solid applications than it is to turn in six half-baked efforts.

2) Proof. Tired of reading the same essay for the 19th time? Ask a friend, family member orClear Admit consultant to provide a final read through, checking for grammar, punctuation, typos, and other easy to miss mistakes. Dont let a careless error be what the admissions committee first notices about your application.

3) Get a good nights sleep! While New Years celebrations will offer a tempting distraction, remember that clear writing comes from clear thinking, and clear thinking is helped by a good nights sleep. Ring in the new year, but save the real partying for after the application deadlines!

4) Avoid loose ends. While focusing frantically on essays is likely a high priority, do not overlook the fact that there are other components to your application package. Have you checked with your recommenders to ensure that theyve done their part? Have you gathered any needed information for transcript reports? Have you worked on the application forms (employment history, activities listings, etc)? In the rush to submit many applicants overlook these critical areas, resulting in an inconsistent application.

As always, you can contact Clear Admit to learn more about our admissions consulting services by emailing your resume