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올해는 작년보다 정말 어려운가? - clearadmit 자료

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2020-12-21

바빠서 자세히 쓰기는 어렵지만 

어쨋든 올해 경쟁이 더 치열한지를 두고 clearadmit에서 사람들이 posting 한 데이터를 기반으로 분석한 게 나왔습니다. 

이는 1라운드까지만 기반으로 한 거니, 2라운드까지 결과가 다 나와봐야 정확히 알겠지만 참고하시면 좋을 것 같습니다. 

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We looked at applicant outcomes posted to LiveWire from early August through early December 2019, compared with the same time period in 2020.  The percentage of LiveWire updates representing interview invites dropped by 11% (45.6% of updates in 2019 down to 40.4% in 2020), while the proportion of rejections rose by 26% (20.2% in 2019 up to 25.6% of updates in 2020).

A closer focus on the “M7” schools (Harvard, Stanford, Wharton, Chicago, Kellogg, MIT, Columbia) shows that the proportion of interview invite updates declined by 17% (41.6% in 2019 down to 34.5% in 2020), while the proportion of LiveWire updates reflecting rejections rose by about 33% (27.8% in 2019 up to 37.1% in 2020).

While LiveWire updates reflect the outcomes of just a sub-set of applicants to the leading programs, the year-over-year differences in the proportion of updates reflecting different statuses may well point to a meaningful difference in competition between this year and last.

A number of factors have likely led to this increased competition:

  1. The pandemic has triggered an economic downturn, which has caused many young professionals to lose their jobs or feel that their employment situations are somewhat precarious. Economic downturns have historically led to increases in MBA application volume, as young professionals look to retool and bolster their resumes while riding out a recession (see 2001 and 2008 for recent examples).
  2. Many business schools offered deferrals to candidates who had been admitted for the fall of 2020, but could not attend (or preferred to defer) due to COVID-related concerns or problems with travel and visas. This means that these candidates have effectively already been admitted for the fall of 2021, resulting in fewer slots being available for this year’s applicants.
  3. The pandemic has led to schools relaxing their standardized testing requirements, with several top programs allowing applicants to waive the GMAT or GRE requirement. Given that standardized testing has long been viewed as one of the key barriers to application, these policies have potentially broadened the pool of applicants.

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