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Timing of Applications


Timing of Applications
« on: December 30, 2004, 02:56:23 PM »
Hoping you guys might be able to help me out. How important is the timing of one's application?

For example, would an application with numbers in the 25-75 range for a school fare significantly better if submitted early in the cycle (Oct.-ish) than the same application submitted now?


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Re: Timing of Applications
« Reply #1 on: December 30, 2004, 03:04:20 PM »
Most people here think that early is the only way to go if youre not an auto admit, but I think you can have a decent shot if you apply later. I think some schools reject a fair number of students with decent stats thinking that there will be more students applying later on with better stats. It could mean that some schools get cocky with their rejections and over-reject (assuming they don't throw a lot of people in the waitlist pile in the beginning). A school might have to end up admitting students it would have rejected earlier because the better applicants already applied and the number of applications weren't as high as expected. Just another theory to throw out there....
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Re: Timing of Applications
« Reply #2 on: December 30, 2004, 03:08:58 PM »
Thanks. I kinda had that idea in the back of my mind, but everyone else seemed to be so focused on the "earlier is better" theory.

I'm being pretty reasonable with my expectations (no crazy reaches on my list), so I hope that my later applications won't be too much of an obstacle.


Re: Timing of Applications
« Reply #3 on: December 30, 2004, 03:53:04 PM »
Food for thought:

One trend I noticed with the georgetown ppl was that earlier on in the cycle the people who got acceptances were around my numbers, give or take a few points. Later on the acceptances had my numbers or slightly better. Finally, the last round of EA acceptances had higher stats, and there were people who were getting rejected that would seemingly would have had a shot just 3 or 4 weeks prior. Don't know what to make of this, but really made me think.

BTW, in deciding to take a year off after college, i decided against submitting my apps late partly because of this same concern.