25 Jan 2016

Round 2 Interview Invitations

Greetings to all of you. This post is, quite frankly, not a news flash, but more like a reminder of what we’ve said before. We’re moving along here and the plan is to send out the first wave of interview invitations on Wednesday, January 27. Our plan is for this first wave to be released at 12:00 noon Boston time.

Invitations will include detailed instructions about the sign-up process and our Campus Interview Days. Remember, where you choose to interview has no bearing on the evaluation process - all of our interviews are conducted by members of the Admissions Board. If you choose to interview in a hub city, you are still warmly invited to come to campus and attend the activities we plan for the day.

We will send out invitations in two waves. As I just said, Wave 1 is January 27. On February 3, we will send out more invitations (Wave 2) and also "release" the candidates who will not be moving forward to the interview stage. Please note that all 2+2 interview invitations will go out in this second wave on February 3.

Please don’t send any additional materials to us. We consider applications complete at the time of submission and we will not be adding information to anyone’s file.

I do know that this stage is hard - the waiting - but please channel your energy into good deeds or work or family - or a million other things besides sending things to us!


08 Jan 2016

Round 2 Interviews

Greetings from Dillon House. If we had treadmill desks, we'd all be logging in marathon miles. Happily, we have a lot of applications to keep us busy for the next few weeks.

Here's our plan for interview invitations:

  • Interview invitations will go out in two waves: January 27 and February 3
  • All candidates not being invited to interview will receive notice of their "release" on February 3
  • All 2+2 candidates will receive an invitation or be released on February 3
  • Interviews will take place between February 11 and March 4
  • Campus Interview Days will offer opportunities for class visits, student and faculty panels, and campus tours
  • Hub cities this round are:
    • London, Paris, Mumbai, Dubai, Tokyo, Menlo Park, and NYC

Detailed information will be included in the interview invitation!

Back to work,


04 Jan 2016

Countdown to January 6!

Greetings from a well-rested and excited Dillon Team! We loved our holiday break, but are VERY ready for Round Two to get underway.

Here's the scoop on what will happen this week:

The application deadline is 12:00 noon (Boston time) on Wednesday, January 6. We are not reading any applications until then so our "start" time is right after that deadline. We do not, repeat DO NOT, shut off the application system until every application in the process of submitting has been received. Your confirmation comes not from us, but from the system. If you are able to submit, we've got it.

And then we need to talk about recommenders. There are always stragglers. We will continue to accept recommendations all this week. We will begin to review your application when one recommendation has been received. Remember, it's your responsibility to ensure both recommendations have been submitted - we won't send out any "incomplete" emails.

So then what?

We need Wednesday afternoon to figure out what we've got and from where. By Friday, we'll post here a list of hub cities where we will be interviewing. We'll also give you the plan for sending out interview invitations.

And, of course, we're here if you need us. If you are experiencing technical difficulties, please email slatesupport@hbs.edu.

And Happy New Year!!


07 Dec 2015

Something for Everyone

This is the time of year when we begin to juggle: Round 1 decisions, Round 2 applications, college seniors gearing up for Round 3 2+2 applications...plus lots of you who may be already planning for next season. Also, we need to remind you of our holiday schedule.

So here's what we have to say:

  • Round 1 notification is December 9. I bet all of you Round 1ers don't need to be told that, but here are the details, one more time. On Wednesday, December 9 at 12:00 noon Boston time, your decision will be available online through your application. Remember, WE DO NOT MAKE ANY ADVANCE PHONE CALLS WITH DECISION NEWS. That's deliberate: We want you to be in control of where you are, with whom, and exactly when you get the news.
  • Round 2 deadline is coming up on January 6, which leads into the topic of our winter holiday break. Our office (and all of HBS) will be closed from December 24 through January 3 - re-opening at 9:00am Boston time on January 4. For Round 2 applicants, there will be technical support available at slatesupport@hbs.edu. We'll also be keeping an eye on our general admissions mailbox, admissions@hbs.edu, but we will not be responding during our vacation unless we think it is critical.
  • College seniors home on break may be thinking about starting Round 3 applications to the 2+2 Program. That's great. Pay no attention to rumors that Round 3 isn't a good idea: It most definitely is very suitable for 2+2 candidates. Check out our website for 2+2 specific webinars coming up.
  • Visiting campus. Well, the students are in exams now - then go home and to FIELD 2 destinations - and won't be back on campus until January 25. You're welcome to come and explore outdoor life here, but all buildings will be closed from December 24 - January 3. Information sessions and campus tours will resume on January 4. Class visits begin again the week of January 25. All of this is on our website.

This is a lot of information, but we're in high gear today.

We'll repeat some of the winter holiday info before we actually sign off for the holidays.

Back to checking lists. Twice. Three times. And then again.