MBA Reapplication: How to reapply to business schools
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MBA Reapplication: Harvard Business School sums up the characteristics of an ideal candidate they are scouting for in three points: Habit of Leadership, Analytical Aptitude and Appetite and Engaged Community Citizenship. Applicants are usually rejected for one of the three points mentioned above. A rejection also comes with a silver lining of experience and an opportunity to reapply with an essay explaining how the applicant has improved since the last application. In this article students can check all about MBA Reapplication and its elements.

Reapplication for MBA

Reapplication for MBA programme means you are not ready to give up yet. MBA Reapplication also means that you need to re-examine a lot of facts both about your MBA applications as well as the business school requirement and how well you fit in there. Universities specifically mention that re-applicants neither have an advantage nor disadvantage over other candidates.

Demographics play major role in securing admit at Business schools as well. If you are an Indian male with an engineering background and a couple of years' managerial experience, you need to have strong management attributes as the number of applications from this demographic is quite high. While a lady with similar background has more chances of securing a seat.


MBA Reapplication: Reviewing your MBA application: What went wrong?

Though business schools have the basic eligibility conditions, it is more than basic skills which ensure admit to the programme. Review your MBA application to identify the loopholes in your application. You may have made the basic eligibility to the programme but there were thousands others who had a better score compared to you. With the increase in applicants, it is no longer the qualifying conditions which ensures a seat; it is the extraordinary characteristics/attributes which do. Reapplication for MBA gives you an opportunity to rethink your application strategy.


Here are some elements of your MBA application that you should review:


MBA Reapplication: School selection

MBA reapplications process starts with reviewing the selection of schools. Review your school selection. Check if they were right for your profile. The first point to understand is the acceptance rate. As the number of MBA applicants have increased, the acceptance rate of top business schools have become very steep. Out of a total of 9,759 applications, a mere 11% (934) were accepted at Harvard. Stanford has similar statistics; where out of a total of 8,116 applications, only 417 were accepted. Out of 4,031 applicants at Berkeley Haas, only 252 were enrolled for the batch of Fall 2016.

MBA Reapplication: Scholastic review

At Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University, though the GMAT scores range is 690–790, in the class size of 474 the average GMAT is 728. Similarly, Stanford has GMAT eligibility range of 590–790, but the average GMAT score of the MBA class of 2018 is 737. In case, your GMAT score is towards the lower range, take a retest to improve your score.


A GPA is able to make a positive impression to the admission committee. While some top business schools do not have a minimum GPA requirement for admission to the programme, looking at the statistics of the previous class profile shows an immensely positive need for a good GPA. The average GPA of Stanford MBA class of 2018 is 3.73. The MBA class of 2018 at HBS has an average GPA of 3.67.

Reapplication for MBA with lower GPA in graduate programme or undergraduate programme should be covered up by scoring extremely well in GMAT. Moreover, lower GPA can also be counterbalanced by related certifications


MBA Reapplication: Recommenders

Have the recommenders highlighted your potential well? May be your profile was not recommended well to the admission committee. There might be a possibility that the choice of recommenders was not right. Recommenders play a big role in the admission process. A perfect GMAT score along with a great essays and resume can be bowled over by a poor or average recommendation. Review your recommendations and choice recommenders before your reapplication for MBA.


MBA Reapplication: Essay Content

Essay content makes up for a big part of the rejection reason. Re-evaluate or get them re-evaluated. Essays are an attempt to know the social aspect of the applicant. You will need to revisit each essay, understand its requirements and see if all parts of the essay are well answered. Rewrite your essays with the value enhancement before you reapply to business school.

Before you craft your MBA reapplication essays again, review your skills, attribute, goals and ambitions. Review them critically. Know what the school is looking for and do they match your profile. Do you have enough examples of leadership, team spirit, passion, collaboration, analytical capabilities, extracurricular activities etc. showcased through the essays?  Are you lacking in some areas? Look for ways to improve your core attributes required for growth.


MBA Reapplication: MBA Application form, Resume, and Interview review

Critically review your documents and irregularities and mistakes. Did you reread your document before you submitted it or was it a hasty application on the last day? Spelling mistakes, accidental omissions and silly mistakes show a sloppy person which cannot be backed by best recommendations, high GMAT and GPA. A badly designed resume can also result in a ding. Did the essays represent you well? Were your skills, experiences, and achievements well showcased?

Discuss your interview with a professional to identify the issues you missed. Ensure that you are prepared for the interview next time.


Points to consider when you reapply to business schools

  1. Selecting the right business school: Select schools according to your profile. Seek expert advice in school selection if you are not able to do so.

  2. GMAT and TOEFL: Retake the tests if your score is towards the lower range.

  3. Compensate a lower GPA with additional certificates from prime institutes in related subject.

  4. Re-think your recommenders and recommendation aspects or attributes.

  5. Revamp your essay content to show improvement since your last application.

  6. Update your Resume and take great care while filling up the application form to avoid mistakes

  7. Be well prepared for interview and be prepared to answer questions on improvements done and planned.

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