Outcomes

All is said and done and here are the results:
 

  • Kellogg (JD/MBA)- DING

    • Visited campus, spoke/met with over 10 current students and recent alums, interviewed (but so does everyone) on campus, GMAT score was within the 80% range, spoken with 3 current and former faculty
       

  • Michigan- DING (without interview)

    • Visited campus, spoke/met with over 15 current students and recent alums, GMAT was within the 80% range, spoke with 2 current faculty
       

  • Carnegie Mellon- WL then DING (with interview)

    • Visited campus, interviewed on campus, GMAT was within the 80% range, spoke/met with 6 current students and recent alums, spoke with 3 current faculty
       

  • Washington University St. Louis- ADMIT (with full fellowship)

    • Interviewed via Skype, GMAT was within the 80% range, spoke/met with 2 recent alums, spoke with 2 current faculty
       

  • School X- ADMIT (with full fellowship)- Matriculated

    • Interviewed in my home city, GMAT was within the 80% range, spoke/met with 10 current students and recent alums, spoke with 2 current faculty
       

  • USC- WL then DING (with interview)

    • Interviewed in my home city, GMAT was within the 80% range, spoke/met with 6 current students, spoke with 2 current faculty
       

  • Wisconsin- ADMIT (with full fellowship)

    • Interviewed via Skype, GMAT was within the 80% range, spoke/met with 8 current students and recent alums, spoke with 3 current faculty
       

  • Miami- ADMIT (with partial fellowship)

    • Interviewed via phone (after Skype fell through), GMAT was within the 80% range, spoke/met with 1 recent alum, spoke with 2 current faculty​​

 

Some questions on my mind are:

 

  • Must I accept?

    • As the news rolled in early March, I wanted to say yes to every program immediately, but the key to remember is that waiting and weighing options is important! As a R2 applicant, I have until the middle of April (after their admitted students weekend) to put down a deposit or decline their offer. I MUST say that officially being admitted after this hellish process is validating! I am competent! A few programs believe I have what it takes to succeed in the world of business! Wow! I am so pumped! But just because they offered me admission first does not mean I have to jump and say yes immediately!
       

  • How long before I need to make a decision?

    • Take as much time as necessary, but don't forget the deadlines!
       

  • How should I thank my recommenders?

    • School swag with a personal touch.
       

  • How should I thank my incredibly supportive partner who put up with my horribly stressful bs over the past 7+ months?

    • Vacation!!
       

  • What if I have been admitted to multiple programs and their admitted student weekends are the SAME weekend?

    • Prioritize based on which program you are most on the fence about. I opted to attend the program I was most unsure about, I ended up selecting it over a higher ranked program and another program in a larger city due to the hospitality and comfort I felt with the student body and the faculty presentations. 
       

  • What types of follow up outreach should I be doing with alumni and current students?

    • Send thank you notes! I made sure to send thank you notes to not only students at the school I would be matriculating, but also all of the students I had spoken to over the 4-month process. This would allow me to keep building my network, but also say thanks for their help! Even though I was not admitted, I still learned an incredible amount through the process (hence the site's content) and am truly grateful.

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