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MBA Reapplicants

MBA Re-application is a painful process. The wounds are not fully healed, and you are back at evaluating profile weakness, re-taking the GMAT, and talking to new recommenders. Although the number of re-applicants accepted to top MBA programs varies, and most schools have not revealed the numbers, close to 10% of all applications are from re-applicants. The volume is so consistent that some schools have begun offering the option to apply as a fresh applicant.

Here are 10 winning strategies for MBA Re-application

1) Class Size

The first metric that should interest the re-applicant is the class size. With Harvard explicitly mentioning that "Of the 900+ students in the Class of 2017, 94 of us were reapplicants.", the class size makes the whole difference. For smaller class size, the percentage of re-applicants decreases as applicants tend to apply where the odds are better. Re-applicants, taking advantage of this trend, should target smaller but reputed MBA programs
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MBA Reapplicants QuestionaireMost Business schools have questions exclusively for re-applicants asking about the changes in their profile from the previous time. Before you answer the question, we have covered six important questions that re-applicants should ask themselves before applying.

1) What was lacking last time?

Several top Business Schools had introduced feedback sessions for dinged candidates. If you had the opportunity to attend the session, the AdCom would have given you feedback about your weak areas in the application. Understanding what was lacking last time is crucial for this year’s application.

However, if AdCom was not explicit with their feedback then there might be several reasons for it. It might be due to diversity targets or lack of clear differentiation in the application. Each year, schools have to maintain nationality, gender and experience diversity. Visiting the class profile page and understanding the class composition would be useful.

Find out what was lacking by answering the following questions:

a) Were you part of a large application pool? (US Finance...

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