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Who Applies in Round 1?

Most business schools declare that applicants who apply in Round 1 and Round 2 of the application process are on an equal footing. Nonetheless, in recent years, the top business schools have been trying to get more applicants in the first round. In this article, we will try to understand why an R1 applicant is a good catch for business schools.

As a rule, applicants of the first round are very well-prepared candidates who began to plan their business school studies at least 1-2 years prior to applying. They have made significant efforts to prepare for the GMAT, they have been performing extra assignments, and have found find ways to demonstrate leadership either at work or through volunteering to conform to their dream school’s values and goals.

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