Tag Archives: Reapplication

Have your applications been denied? If so, it’s time to step back and gain new perspective on your brand, how this is conveyed throughout your application package and how well it fits with the programs to which you are applying, in order to re-craft your application for a successful MBA reapplication.

First, a fresh perspective begins with an unemotional look back. Start with honest self-reflection.

Become aware of how you projected yourself through your application.   Ask yourself these questions to evaluate if you made any common mistakes:

 – Your attitude: Did your attitude come across as forward looking and positive, projecting…

When you don’t get accepted to your MBA program of choice, it hits hard emotionally.

Candidates who are reeling from an MBA rejection are full of questions: “Why didn’t I get in?” and  “What did I do wrong?”

The emotional reasons for asking aside, your questioning is great because in asking these questions you are uncovering what needs to change when you reapply.

The truth is that there are three possible answers to your question:

1. You failed to make a clear case for being accepted.  Most applicants are rejected because they fail to make a clear case why they and the program are…

I don’t know a single person who enjoys rejection.  Rejection wasn’t the decision you’d hoped for and it can feel demotivating.  But, this isn’t the time to wallow.

Free yourself from the disappointment and regroup quickly!  It’s time to come up with a Plan B and to tackle that in such a way as to ensure success in the next time around!

Start by understanding why you didn’t get in the first time around. I wrote a piece for Poets and Quants on exactly this subject and encourage you to read it and consider which reason(s) may have…

I’m shocked that the first month of 2011 is almost behind us and we are only eight months away from the first admission round for next application season.

All round one applicants should have received their admission decisions which would likely fall in the following three categories: Admitted, Rejected, or Waitlisted.

You are admitted, what next?

Congratulations if you are one of the 10-20% of the lucky few who have an admission offer in hand.

But this isn’t time for you to simply relax and rest on your laurels. Given the impressive price tag of the MBA (usually north of $100K) you need…

Interview between Chioma and Reapplicant (Spring 2009)

Chioma: What was going through your mind as you embarked on the reapplication?

Reapplicant: I won’t lie – the application process was daunting, even the second time around. 

Not getting into your dream schools or getting into school at all is very frustrating. Also, a very humbling experience.

Chioma: What advice do you have for individuals who are attempting the application a second or third time around?…

So you poured your heart into the admission process and invested hundreds of hours into fine-tuning your application.

And what do you have to show for all your efforts? Or maybe you dashed off an application at the last minute after learning that your group was being fired.

Regardless of where you fall on the effort continuum, getting that email that says “sorry we are unable to admit you given an extraordinarily competitive pool and year…” still stings.

Here are Three things I encourage anyone considering reapplying to do:


Examine what was weak in the application. And be objective. Have an expert assess…