In recent years, several admissions offices have launched newsletters, dramatically increasing transparency in the admissions process. The most recent edition of the Chicago GSB’s admissions newsletter offers an article on the Ten Myths and Misperceptions about the Admissions Process.
We find the following statements to be particularly important for aspiring applicants, but certainly suggest that candidates click on the link above and read all ten – a process that will hopefully help calm some frayed nerves.
“Myth 3: It’s impossible to be admitted during Round 3.
While Round 2 sees the greatest number of applications, some students are just not ready to apply until the Round 3 deadline (this year, that’s March 14th, 2007). Round 3 is truly no more or less competitive than Rounds 1 or 2. You should apply when you believe that you can turn in the application that you’re most proud of, and best reflects you and your strengths and talents. We do encourage our international students to consider Round 1 or 2 because of potential difficulties in obtaining a student visa prior to the start of classes in late August.”
“Myth 6: If you submit your application early, you will definitely get an interview invitation early. Otherwise, you are denied.
The process of inviting applicants to interview is entirely random, and the point at which you hear from us is not a reflection on the strength of your application—promise! The interview invitation process lasts a few weeks for each round as our staff continues to read and review applications. If you are not invited to interview, you are denied admission for that particular round.”