Reapplication Strategy after getting dinged from top B-schools

Facing rejection is never pleasant but can be managed. A ding doesn’t label you as a bad applicant; it simply indicates that the adcom doesn’t see you as the right fit for their program, and various reasons could contribute to this decision. It’s essential to delve into those potential reasons. Once you’ve identified the gaps or reasons that might have led to the decision, the only way forward is to reassess your approach to applications and address those gaps. Applying to business school is not just an intense and challenging process but can be perplexing for some applicants. While schools clearly define their criteria for filtering the candidates, applicants still question, “What are these schools exactly looking for?” And trust us, no one knows. 

This dilemma is now much more perplexing for the reapplicants; the reason being is they don’t know why they were dinged or how they might improve their application to be successful reapplicants.

This article serves as a comprehensive guide for reapplicants, encompassing all the crucial factors to consider before reapplying. Covering the potential reasons for being rejected and offering insights into strategic application adjustments, we aim to assist you in comprehending the shortcomings in your previous application and guiding you on how to plan your next steps.


Having great grades while volunteering and juggling a full extracurricular schedule may help, but it won’t guarantee you a slot at one of these elite business schools. Some applicants mistakenly believe that fulfilling all the criteria for a strong profile guarantees acceptance into M7/T10 B-Schools. If only it were the case!

A strong application requires you to pick all the pieces of your profile together and strategically. There can be several unimaginable factors that can be why your application is rejected.


The applicant did not invest proper time in the application ( Applicants rushed through the application in a few days and failed to bring out impactful stories in the application)

Did not brainstorm well enough on answering the reason for ‘Why MBA’?

Failed to bring out collinearity between the goals.

Did not bring out the right leadership examples.

Failed to highlight the strengths properly.

Generic post-MBA goals (People tend to choose very generic post-MBA goals like Management consultant or Product Management which can be their simple goals. But suppose you are coming from an over-represented background where applicants’ profiles are very similar. In that case, you will need to establish strong collinearity in your goals or craft a narrative of goals that can help you stand out).

The Applicants did not highlight unique aspects of their personalities. (which is very common in applicants getting dinged. That is why we have a Pre-Application phase with applicants. We help them introspect deep into their lives to bring out a 100% unique and impactful personality in the applications)


There are many examples of MBA reapplicants who have had great success in their second application round. While some experts suggest that MBA schools favor repeat candidates, the reality is quite different.

Reapplicants’ success is mostly driven by their efforts to improve their application and candidacy, such as:

Retaking the GMAT and improving their score.

Getting a job promotion and highlighting career progression.

Enhancing their post-MBA employment prospects.

Spending more time networking with MBA programs that they are interested in.

Now the question around how ideal it is for you to reapply depends majorly on your goals and the schools you wish to target. If you are determined to pursue a two-year MBA from an M7 school, the only course of action is to reapply. It’s a matter of devising the right strategy and fully committing to the process once again. On the other hand, if you believe taking a break from applications to concentrate on strengthening your profile is a more prudent move, then reapplying may not be the most suitable option at this time.

Offering- Have an extensive ding-analysis with our experts and know if you should reapply or not!

You can read the major factors that come into play while pondering over reapplying or not here. FYI- Schools Like UCLA and Yale provide feedback after an applicant gets dinged to assist them in finding areas where they may improve. So, you can also connect to the adcom of your target school to know why you got dinged and how you should move forward. The Dos and Don’ts for Reapplying for an MBA.


If you reapply within a year after your initial application, most B-schools allow you to submit a shorter version of the original application. Many reapplicants opt to reuse their prior year’s essays and reference letters, and that’s acceptable. However, it’s advisable to consider a revised version, given that your essays might have contributed to your initial rejection. Putting effort into introspection and refining your application often results in essays that are notably different from their original counterparts.

Hear the story of this reapplicant and see the difference he made in his reapplication. 

Also, before you get into reapplying, you will have to introspect if the schools you applied to are the right fit for you? If your grades, experience, or ECs do not meet the school’s profile or your personality or goals are not aligned with what the school can offer, you should explore schools that are more aligned with your profile, goals, and personality. The same may be said for the elusive idea of fit, which is greatly affected by your views and professional ambitions being compatible with the school’s culture and strengths.

Timing is important when you are a reapplicant; sometimes, applying for round 1 gives you enough time to make significant changes (for example, if you’ve recently changed jobs and need more time to demonstrate accomplishments and secure a meaningful letter of recommendation). However, other times it doesn’t (for example, if you’ve recently changed jobs and need more time to demonstrate accomplishments and secure a meaningful letter of recommendation).


The final and most significant stage in the application process is analyzing the application and seeing if any important points should not be overlooked.

You must do a 360-degree review of your applications. If you’re independently working on your applications, seek feedback from alumni, current school students, or experts.That is why we also make sure that we do a three-fold review of an applicant’s application from a third eye point just to ensure that the application is super strong from all aspects. 

Considering the increasing difficulty of securing admission to a top MBA school, we strongly advocate seeking assistance from someone well-versed in the process. Collaborating with an experienced individual provides insights that may elude you, offering a distinct advantage over other reapplicants.

We hope this article provided you with some comfort and knowledge. Experiencing rejection is undoubtedly disheartening, and having been in your shoes before, we understand the toll it takes on an applicant. Rest assured, we’re here to support you through every step of the process.

 If you’d like, you can get on a free profile evaluation with our Experts to get in-depth, extensive, and honest feedback on where you stand and how you should strategize your applications.

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