07 Apr 2017

Round 3 Dates


It’s official – the Class of 2019 application cycle is now closed!  We are already immersed in reading and enjoying getting to know you through your applications. Round 3 goes quickly, so let me lay out the dates for you.

Interview invitations and “early release”
•Regular MBA applicants: Wednesday, April 12 (at noon EST)

• 2+2 applicants: Wednesday, April 19th (at noon EST)

Note that if we are unable to invite you to interview, you will receive an “early release” notification on the same day so you can move forward with other plans.

Interview locations / dates
• Regular MBA applicants: We will host on campus interviews on Friday, April 28. Hub city interviews will be available in London (April 28-30), New York City (April 28), and Menlo Park, CA (April 24 and May 2). Skype as needed/requested. 

• 2+2 applicants: We will hold on campus interviews on Monday, May 1 and Monday, May 8. Hub city interviews will be available in London (April 28-30) and Menlo Park, CA (April 27 and May 4). Skype as needed/requested.

Remember that where you choose to interview does not affect our evaluation. It is the same trained members of the Admissions Board conducting the interviews in all locations.

Decision notification
• Regular MBA applicants: Wednesday, May 10 (at noon EST)

• 2+2 applicants: Wednesday, May 17 (at noon EST)

Phew! That was a lot for one post, but hopefully it’s helpful to have all the upcoming dates in one place.

 
29 Mar 2017

Last Minute Round 3 Questions


We’re only days away from the Round 3 deadline--and the end of our Class of 2019 application cycle. I know you know the deadline to submit is Monday, April 3 at noon Boston time. (Yes, we will keep things open for a bit afterward to catch all applications in the process of being submitted…but, it is your responsibility to get it in on time.) 

Last minute questions will inevitably come up, and we’re here for you. If you are stuck, give us a call or send us an email. In addition to our normal days and hours, we will be on the phones and on email over the weekend from 12-4 p.m. (again, Boston time) on both Saturday and Sunday if you need us.

We can’t wait to read your applications!

 
13 Mar 2017

Round 3


We wrapped up Round 2 interviews last week. What a pleasure to finally get to know you in person (or via Skype) and to learn from you. We are in the midst of the (tough) final decisions and will be back in touch soon – March 22 at noon Eastern Time via the online application system.

But, a break from Round 2 decisions to connect with all of you thinking about applying in Round 3 (deadline is April 3). A few thoughts:

2+2 deferred admissions applicants: If you’re a college senior thinking about 2+2, I’d encourage you to apply! The 2+2 program is small (and, yes, competitive). But, if you are not admitted now, you can get a few years of experience and apply again. There is (absolutely) no stigma attached to this, and many have been admitted to HBS through this path. If you are admitted through 2+2, you have the wonderful certainty of HBS in your future 2-4 years from now. Also, remember there is a reduced application fee for 2+2 applications.

Class of 2019 applicants: For those of you who want to be at HBS in the Fall of 2017, we’d love for you to apply! Yes, it’s true that many seats are filled in Rounds 1 and 2, but there are also fewer applicants in Round 3. We always admit some great candidates in Round 3. Are Round 3 admits eligible for financial aid? Absolutely! The same generous need-based financial aid is available to all admits. Please do keep in mind, however, if you are an international student, being admitted in Round 3 gives you less time for visa processing.

Hope this helps. Don’t forget we have two Q&A webinars coming up on March 20 and March 27 to help you answer any last minute questions.

 
08 Feb 2017

HBS Mission, the Case Method, and Diverse Perspectives


I feel fortunate to be affiliated with an institution with such a strong sense of mission. The HBS mission—to educate leaders who make a difference in the world—is at the core of all we do. It influences how we teach, how we learn, how we build community, and how we support one another. 

For the admissions team, the mission keeps us focused on crafting an exceptional class of leaders each year from across the entire world. We welcome applications from all people, everywhere, who share a passion for learning and making a difference in the world.

This past week, I had the great pleasure of spending two days with our Round 1 admits during Admitted Students Welcome. This gave me time to reflect, again, on the power of bringing together a smart, diverse, and motivated group of leaders in a learning community. 

This is especially true at HBS since the case method thrives on diverse perspectives. Easy answers are hard to come by in the real world, so the case method and the broader learning model at HBS are designed to help you develop good judgment. Let me explain.

Over the course of two years at HBS you put yourself in the shoes of hundreds of different business leaders facing big decisions. You debate with your classmates the best course of action, and you won’t always agree. But, you learn to listen, to respectfully make counterpoints, and to understand where someone else is coming from. Your professors expertly guide the conversation toward key insights, but much of the learning comes from your peers. The case method works because students bring different perspectives to the classroom every day -- perspectives shaped by their individual experiences, upbringings, world views, and aspirations.

When I was a student, the most meaningful case discussions were the ones where I came in with a strong opinion about what the case protagonist should do, then walked out of the debate having totally changed my mind. Over the course of two years my classmates molded me into a better communicator, a person with more empathy, and a leader with better judgment. (Although I still have a lot to learn!)

So this post is a (long-winded) way of reaffirming our commitment to assembling a class of remarkable leaders who will make a difference in the world, wherever they come from. The recent U.S. executive order restricting travel to America for citizens from certain countries does not change this, nor are we changing our admissions policy or practices as a result. 

While we have limited influence on visa and residency decisions by the government, we will do our best to make it possible for each admitted student to attend HBS (and we are working with our colleagues across Harvard University to ensure that the consequences of the order, as it is being evaluated by the judicial system, are understood). The case method, our community, and the HBS mission depend on it.