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Rolling admissions vs. rounds - what's the difference?

Posted by Rob C and Alison M on Sep 5, 2017 4:31:51 PM

Some schools operate on a rolling admissions schedule, while others use rounds.  Schools that use rounds expect that your application is complete and submitted by the posted deadline. All of the applications that were submitted by that deadline are reviewed concurrently. The next batch of applications will be reviewed after the next deadline has passed. For example, if a deadline is November 15 and you submit your application on November 16, you may have missed the chance to be reviewed in that round.  Fisher uses a rolling admissions schedule.

Here are some important things to note regarding our rolling admissions process:

  • You do not need to wait until the deadline to submit your application. Submit your application when you are ready and it will be reviewed once we have all of your application materials.
  • Deadlines are guidelines for you and for us - there are certain incentives to applying by the deadlines, like priority funding consideration, for example.
  • The greatest number of seats in each class are available at the beginning of the admissions cycle - so, all else being equal, it may be to your advantage to apply sooner than later.
  • Regardless of timing, we recommend you submit your application when your credentials are strongest - you had ample time to prepare and sit for the GMAT/GRE, you have given plenty of time for your references to write supportive recommendations on your behalf, etc.

Best advice we can give you when applying to programs that review applications on a rolling basis :: apply sooner than later.

All else being equal, always submit yourr application sooner than later.

The deadlines differ for each of the graduate business programs at Fisher (Ohio State). Click the links below for the specific deadlines for each program.

We look forward to reviewing your application. Contact us if you have any questions. 

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