I Am Changing My School Selection:

by on July 4th, 2014

So, I know, I know, I know … I said I was done picking schools … In my school selection post, I settled on 6 schools, which I then revisited in another post where I contemplated adding Kellogg based on my personality and short term goals.

After a lot of thought, and going back and forth I decided to add a couple of schools to my list. This post will explain not only WHY I am adding a couple schools, but HOW I plan on applying to eight schools in R1.

My Current Choices:

  • Harvard
  • Wharton
  • MIT
  • Tuck
  • Duke
  • Yale

New Schools

  • Kellogg
  • Berkeley

Why am I adding them?

  • Fit – I have absolutely loved my interaction with Kellogg alumni, and I think their culture is amazing. Their new intense focus on innovation and entrepreneurship is really great, and I can feel the deep passion that this school and their students have for business and making a difference. They also have a student blog that provides a great view of the school from a personal perspective. In short, “I LOVE KELLOGG.” I just have to plan my visit now!
  • Family – My parents (who live in Northern California aka NorCal) really want me to go to school near them. Not only would this help my budget, but it would be nice to be so close to the growing tech industry and Silicon Valley. Therefore, since I HIGHLY doubt I have the chops for Stanford, I will apply to Berkeley (a school that I have always loved, and got into for my undergrad).
  • Consortium – “But how will you apply to eight schools?” That is a great question. After much encouragement, I have decided to apply to Tuck, Yale, and Haas through the Consortium. The Consortium (for those that don’t know) allows applicant to apply to multiple schools with a common application. Not only is it cheaper, it really cuts down on the amount of recommendations, online applications, and essays you would have to normally complete. I will have to write three core essays, as well as any school specific essays that they require. With all my non-profit experience centered around diversity and inclusion, I believe I will be a strong applicant for this program.

New School List

Those marked with an asterisk (*) means I still need to visit the campus. Those marked with a (C) are Consortium schools.

  • Harvard
  • Wharton
  • Kellogg*
  • MIT
  • Tuck (C)
  • Duke*
  • Yale* (C)
  • Berkeley (C)

What do you think? Am I crazy for trying to apply to 8 schools in R1? What do you think of the Consortium strategy? Should I eliminate some schools on the list (or perhaps shift them to R2?).

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