This time of year, many applicants—even highly qualified ones—face the dreaded news that they weren’t accepted into the school of their dreams. For those of you wondering if there’s a magic solution to reapplication, consider this: With just 5 percent of applicants making it into Stanford Graduate School of Business’s Class of 2012, and 12 percent landing a spot at Harvard Business School in the Class of 2013, getting into a top M.B.A. program isn’t as easy as pulling a rabbit out of a hat. However, I can recommend a few tricks that might yield more positive results.

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