Why do grad schools need to know what other schools you are applying to?
December 28, 2011 8:43 PM Subscribe
Why do grad school applications ask you what other schools you are applying to? Will being honest hinder my chances at getting into a competitive program?
posted by anonymous to education (13 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
My two top choices both ask applicants to list any other schools that they're applying to. I see nothing to lose, generally, but although my numbers are technically fine (okay, even!), my academic record is a little unusual: Four semesters of dean's list, followed by five semesters of normal grades and an F (for incomplete grades I didn't address the following semester because I was young and terribly, terribly dumb, see also: serious depression and how not to deal with it), followed by a general getting-it-back-together return to the dean's list. Yes, that's a lot of semesters, and as a result, in terms of an actual number, my GPA is ok (but not great).
I'm now four+ years out of school, and I've lived abroad mostly and been a hard-working young professional type. I realize there will be less importance placed on my undergrad record; however, because of those blemishes, I'm afraid that admitting that such-and-such program isn't my only choice (even though it's my top choice!) will hurt my chances of getting into that program.