In the MBA admissions game, there are no guarantees. Most elite business schools, including Stanford and Wharton, look favorably on reapplicants. They appreciate the persistence and commitment you have demonstrated to the MBA degree by applying again after you have already been rejected. At Forster-Thomas, we have an excellent track record helping reapplicants get into top b-schools. The way to win this game is simple; show them how you have enhanced your candidacy since last year. Here are some areas you can focus on.

1. GMAT. A higher GMAT score is one of the best ways to polish any candidacy… yes, even yours! Nothing says I’m ready for the intellectual rigors of Kellogg quite like a competitive GMAT. The exception to this rule is if you're already in the rarefied air of the 730+ GMAT range … if that’s the case, drop what you’re doing and email our office manager at RIGHT NOW, because that means your weakness lies in another area… almost certainly #2…

2. ESSAYS. Reapplications are divided between schools which require that you write a reapplicant essay and those which simply ask you to answer this year’s questions. This divide isn’t as meaningful as it seems at first, because either way, you still have to show them how you have grown from your failure to get in the previous year. Make a list. Take out your magic marker and scrawl on the kitchen wall all the things you have done since your applications went out last year. Make sure that numbers 1 through 5 are addressed somewhere in your application, either in your reapplicant essay, or worked into some of your other essays.

3. QUANT. If you're weaker in quant, take summer classes. The big four: Calculus, Statistics, Microeconomics and Financial Accounting.

4. JOB AND TITLE. Did the new year bring a new job, promotion, or title change? Perhaps one with expanded responsibilities or greater client facing exposure? If so, your essay practically writes itself.

5. LEADERSHIP. From the moment you get that ding in your inbox, take a hard look at all of your extracurricular engagements, including clubs and volunteer opportunities. Ask yourself, have I been capitalizing on my opportunities to lead in my communities? If the answer is no, get cracking, because this is one area that is entirely in your power to control.

6. ADD NEW SCHOOLS. Sometimes you have your heart set on a particular program and it simply doesn’t work out. Don’t despair … cast a wider net. There is a school for you--one that will get you all the success you want--and more research will help broaden your horizons. Fold in two or three schools that may be more of a target school, where your GMAT and GPA are more competitive.

Always remember, the moral of every great reapplicant story is the same: like Kelly Clarkson says, “What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger.” You didn’t get in last year, you understand why you didn’t get in last year, and you’ve committed yourself to strengthening your candidacy. Write this and your dream school is sure to look favorably on you. (But if you’re struggling, don’t be “Miss Independent” … just click on this link and contact us!)