Business School

It's called "flight to quality"-the growing tendency of B-school applicants to focus all their energies on the top, best-branded schools on the theory that only those schools will give them the sure job and return on investment to justify the cost of the MBA. This flight to quality means that the "ultra-elite" business schools are becoming even more ferociously competitive. The average selectivity rate for the top MBA programs hovers around 12%. But for programs like Stanford the rate is closer to 7%. In 2008, Harvard and Wharton received over 8,400 applicants for about 1,000 spots.

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Law School

Getting into the right law school isn't impossible, though it can sure seem that way. The top U.S. law schools accept only around 12% of their applicants, and in 2009 Yale Law's selectivity rate was a daunting 7%-just 249 out of 3,677 applicants. Your LSAT score and GPA will weigh heavily in your acceptance, no doubt, but law school admissions committees must go beyond the "numbers" to build the best, most diverse classes for their schools. Your personal statement, secondary and optional essays, addenda, and letters of recommendation can all play vital roles in your application process.

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Medical School

Applying to medical school can be one of life's most stressful experiences. On top of the long timelines, grueling tests, drop-dead deadlines, and high costs, there's the simple fact that average MCAT scores and applicant volume at the most coveted schools is climbing. A great MCAT score and GPA-never easy to get-aren't good enough for admission anymore. In this fiercely competitive admissions environment, your personal statement, secondary essays, recommendation letters, and interview will all be potential deal-breakers.

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Grad School

Getting into the right graduate school isn't impossible, but it might seem that way. As more and more people look to expand their education through post-graduate study, the increase in competition is making it harder and harder for students to get accepted, forcing admissions committees to become much more selective. Graduate programs in every subject are relying less on GPA and GRE scores to determine who is accepted and who isn't. An investment in admissions consulting from Paul Bodine is a smarter move than ever before.

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