MBA & Beyond – Early Actio Round

Interview Guaranteed with Early Action Rounds

Aiming for an MBA in Darden, Fuqua and Tuck? Maximize your chances of acceptance to top business schools which offer Early Action Rounds.



By applying in Early Action Round applicants get a chance to portray that they are super interested in attending the school opted in & want to hear back quickly increasing their chances of acceptance.

Schools conduct open interviews for applicants in the Early Action round. Applicants have the opportunity to schedule an interview during the open interview period and do not need to wait for an invitation. It is important for applicants to adhere to the Early Action Open interview deadline, as slots are allotted on a first-come-first-served basis.

Get ample time to plan housing and prepare for student life in your school.

Get access to MBA resources and get ahead start to the curriculum.



For Darden, Fuqua, and Rotman, early action rounds typically fall in September. Other institutions such as Fisher College of Business and Broad College of Business set their early action deadlines in October.

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Frequently asked questions

We understand that you may have questions about how the process works, & how early action round works – here are a few questions that can help you get answers for your queries – you can also opt in to get on a call with our Profile Experts to Know more!


How is Early Action different from Rounds 1, 2 and 3?

Applying in the Early Action round allows applicants to indicate to the Admissions committee that Darden/ Fuqua/ Tuck (whichever school they are applying for) is their first choice. Additionally, applicants are enabled to schedule their interview without waiting to be invited. The B schools host interviews for applicants who intend to apply in the Early Action round during the open interview period (August and September).


Why is Early Action MBA enrollment good for you?

Early Action MBA enrollment offers advantages like increased chances of acceptance, potential for scholarships, and early access to resources. It demonstrates ones commitment towards a top-tier b school to the admissions committee and enhances the chances of securing your spot.


When will I interview if I apply Early Action?

Applicants who plan to submit their application by the Early Action deadline may schedule a virtual open interview from August to late September or attend an on-Grounds interview day.


What if I am placed on the Waitlist in the Early Action round?

Applicants placed on the Waitlist during the Early Action round will be considered in subsequent rounds. Waitlisted applicants have the opportunity to receive feedback on their application to improve their candidacy.


What is a Binding and a Non- Binding Option?

Schools Like Darden offers two choices to the candidates applying in the Early Action Rounds.Only for those applicants who have actively selected the Early Action ‘Binding Option’ in the application. If accepted, those who opt-in to fully committing to Darden will be asked to pay a nonrefundable deposit and withdraw applications from other schools. Applicants will be notified of any potential scholarship award in advance of the deposit deadline. Applicants who have selected the Early Action ‘Non-binding Option’ are indicating to the Admissions committee that they are choosing a non-binding and unrestrictive admission plan while still expressing they are very interested in Darden, know they want to apply and wish to receive their admission decision early.

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