After our first admissions committee review of the cycle at KGI we have reviewed only a small number of the total priority applications. This first group however is quite talented and 84% will receive admissions offers with 8% of the applicants wait listed, and the remaining 8% denied. To be sure, this is higher than the acceptance rate will be for other groups applying later in the admission cycle. Indeed, it may be in later admissions committee meetings that only 8% are admitted.
We typically think of early applicants as having focused and motivated attitudes. The pool skews international because of the extra documentation, lengthier processing times, and perhaps the importance of a graduate education in other cultures. It is anything but a truly representative sample, which is why it pays to be in that group. If you are focused and motivated enough to apply in the earliest admissions round, you have probably treated your past academic training with similar qualities. Thus, your general performance is likely to be higher overall than other candidates, and you may be part of a group that is more admissible.
This is a short post to share some actual numbers from one application review meeting. I have never seen this level of detail provided by other admissions committees – have you? Let me know in the comments section if you have seen this kind of reporting before and where.
To learn more about the different application rounds, please read my earlier posts.