Fall 2017 Deadlines

I’ve been trying to monitor the deadlines of all the schools I am anticipating on applying to see when deadlines are due and how I should be prioritizing my time writing the essays.

Here are the current deadlines for the schools that I will be applying to (still waiting on the release of MIT’s application deadlines):

School R1 Decision Essay Release
Harvard Business School 9/7/2016 12/7/2016 Yes
Stanford GSB 9/21/2016 12/1/2016 Yes
Northwestern (Kellogg) 9/21/2016 12/14/2016 No
Chicago (Booth) 9/22/2016 12/8/2016 No
Pennsylvania (Wharton) 9/27/2016 12/17/2016 Yes
UC-Berkeley (Haas) 9/29/2016 12/15/2016 Yes
School R2 Decision Essay Release
Harvard Business School 1/4/2017 3/22/2017 Yes
Northwestern (Kellogg) 1/4/2017 3/22/2017 No
Chicago (Booth) 1/4/2017 3/16/2017 No
Pennsylvania (Wharton) 1/5/2017 3/29/2017 Yes
UC-Berkeley (Haas) 1/5/2017 3/23/2017 Yes
Stanford GSB 1/10/2017 3/1/2017 Yes
School R3 Decision Essay Release
Pennsylvania (Wharton) 3/28/2017 5/3/2017 Yes
Harvard Business School 4/3/2017 5/10/2017 Yes
Chicago (Booth) 4/4/2017 5/18/2017 No
Stanford GSB 4/5/2017 5/1/2017 Yes
Northwestern (Kellogg) 4/5/2017 5/10/2017 No
UC-Berkeley (Haas) 4/6/2017 5/11/2017 Yes

I would highly advise for those applying to strongly consider applying round 1 (that is if you have the time and feel like you are well prepared). Obviously what matters is the strength of your entire package, but if you feel like you are ready and have finished the bulk of the application (namely have taken the GMAT/GRE by now), I would recommend looking into starting the applications for your top 1-2 schools and focus on submitting them during round 1. This not only shows your commitment to those schools but 1) it will give you the ease of knowing the outcome sooner than later (which may influence your choice of round 2 schools) 2) not be subjected to possibilities of caps on starting class size (i.e. schools accept students as they come so if there is a strong candidate pool during round 1 that may influence the number of students the school decides to accept for round 2).

For the deadlines of more schools, definitely check out and bookmark poets and quants site: http://poetsandquants.com/2016/05/25/2016-2017-mba-application-deadlines/

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