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By Linda Abraham, President & Founder, Accepted.com
How do you decide which and how many business schools to apply to?
The first thing you should know is that there are no hard and fast rules, and that nothing is set in stone. You may decide on one number today, and then at the last minute, decide not to send off one of your applications, or to apply Round 2 to three more schools. And that’s okay. In this article, we will discuss choosing an appropriate number of MBA programs to apply to, understanding that the application process is dynamic and that things may change.
That being said, don’t be mistaken in thinking that choosing the number of schools to apply to just happens. If you want to apply in an organized fashion, then you should make choosing the number of b-schools to apply to a real step in the pre-application process, and complete that step in an organized fashion.
Let’s walk through this step-by-step:
Now, you ask: What happens if I’m not a “typical” student? Are there cases where I should apply to more or less than your suggested 5-8 schools?
Of course there are always exceptions:
Linda Abraham, president & founder of Accepted.com, the premier admissions consultancy & essay editing company, has helped applicants around the world gain admissions to 450+ top schools since 1994. She is the co-author of MBA Admission for Smarties.