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If I told you that I’m just applying to HBS GSB Kellogg Booth, with zero safeties, what would your immediate reaction be? Trying to understand how overconfident/stupid I’m being

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Depends on your stats. I am in a similar situation. Just applying to HSW + INSEAD

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Safeties are not necessary if you can afford to wait a year. Your “safety school” is going back to work for another year and reapplying next cycle.

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how long is too long to wait? Would be at 7 Y0E @ ‘tric if I waited

Would you want to spend the money on anywhere else? That’s kind of how I’m thinking about it. If it’s not going to open a lot more doors than I currently have open, it’s not worth the opportunity cost. Safety schools aren’t really necessary for bschool IMO - you don’t HAVE to go.

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I only applied to Wharton, Booth, Sloan, Kellogg, Colombia. Got into 2 of them. My reasoning was that I didn’t have to go to business school and I’d only go if I could get into a M7. Otherwise I’d figure out my own way or apply next cycle

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That being said, I wish I applied to one 8-10 school. Perhaps if I got in with a scholarship there, I could’ve leveraged the scholarship with the 2 M7s I got into.

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Just do them round 1 and apply to more round 2! Have you applied yet?

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This. Isn’t it not really a risk at all? You could always apply in later rounds to other schools.

With value of MBA depreciating, there’s almost no sense in going somewhere that is not M7/INSEAD/LBS (especially already coming from MBB)

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Not a problem to find a role in the US if you have work authorization. Would also recommend doing Wharton exchange so you can have some time “on the ground” as well.

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If you have decent stats and decent essays, K/B should happen unless something crazy in your profile. If you only did HSW, that’s a different story.

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If you are at BCG you very likely had good undergrad academic stats and now strong work experience, so if you did okay on the GMAT you should get into Kellogg

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I’m personally applying to the same group of schools + Columbia and I’m treating Kellogg as my safety

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Feel the same way. I originally was going to apply to 7-8 schools with a couple safeties but cut it down to HSW, Columbia, MIT. If I don’t get it then it is what it is

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If you’re asking this question, you need a safety school.

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Would need to know grades, gmat etc. But I think the chances you get dinged from all 3 of Wharton, Booth and Kellogg are pretty low. However, I’m a bit confused by your logic of “if I don’t get into any, I just won’t go”. If you would go to Kellogg if you get in, why not just apply to Sloan or Columbia or Insead too?

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Must be nice to have a strong enough profile to consider that

Doing the same but add one more M7. I think it’s a fine approach as long as you’re realistically fine with not going in the chance you don’t get in.

Most of my friends in MBB are the same. Unless you have a personal desire to go to business school or live in a particular area, I think your no non-business school options are strong if you don’t get into M7

I think if you did either BB + PE or MBB after a top undergrad, it should be fine.

You’re talking about round 1 right? I only applied to H/S round 1 ended up choosing S but the plan was to apply to W and other M7s if H/S didn’t work in round 1. Also stats can help guide your decision. Good luck!

I’m not planning to do any R2. It’s too much work :) Tbh if I don’t get into any of these I’d rather go to a much lower-tier school in a more exotic European location. I don’t think other US schools (except maybe Wharton, Sloan) will add much value for me

If you’re at BCG are any other schools even worth your time?

I applied three out of your four schools last year. Got into one and that’s all I needed.

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