15 Dec 2014

Winter Holidays - Some Information for Round 2 Applicants


We're getting ready for a holiday break (yesssss!), but we know you'll be busy so...

Our office (and all of HBS) will be CLOSED from December 24 through January 4. We re-open at 9:00am EST on Monday, January 5, 2015.

But, before we go, we'll be busy this week making sure you're all set for Round 2.

  • Campus info sessions: 12/15 at 4:00pm EST; 12/19 and 12/22 at 2:00pm EST
  • Campus tours: 12/15 at 3:15pm EST; 12/19 and 12/22 at 1:15pm EST
  • Phone #: 617.495.6128
  • Webinar: Admissions Q&A (with me) on 12/17 at 12:00 noon EST

We will not have telephone support over the break. We'll be responding to technical application support questions at slatesupport@hbs.edu over the break, but response time may be longer than normal business hours.

And while we don't advise waiting until 11:00am (the eleventh hour!) on January 6 to hit the submit button, we don't operate on a first-in, first-reviewed basis so if you have questions, it's fine to wait until we're back on Monday, January 5.

We've had a great 2014 in Dillon House. We've had two new babies, said a tearful but happy farewell to two long-term staff who have sailed off to next adventures, launched one of our favorites to a new area of HBS, and welcomed four great new hires who already feel like family.

We're looking forward to 2015.

Sending you all our warmest wishes for a safe and happy season.

Peace on earth.

 
08 Dec 2014

Round 1 Notification Day News


This info is for Round One applicants who have interviewed and are waiting (patiently) for December 10. But hearing how things happen here might be interesting for those of you planning on Rounds 2 or 3.

All interviewed candidates will get news from us on Wednesday, December 10. Hopefully this will happen at noon, EST. If we anticipate any delays, we’ll get word out. At noon, you may log in to your application and you will find a status update.

One of three decisions will be there:

  • Sorry, but we’re unable to offer you a place
  • We’d like to put you on the waitlist
  • You’re in!

All admitted candidates will have immediate access to the Prematriculation website which has lots of detail about what’s ahead.

All waitlisted candidates will receive more information about timing, updates, etc.

Candidates who are denied post-interview will learn about opportunities for touchpoint calls.

That’s about it. All I can add is that we met great people in the interview process and are honored that they want to be at HBS.

Back to checking decisions, double-checking, triple-checking and so on.

 
25 Nov 2014

Giving Thanks


As we get ready to head home for the Thanksgiving holiday, I thought a little update for both Round 1 post-interviewees and Round 2 applicants might be a good idea.

Round 1 - You've done everything we asked! There's not much more waiting time. As soon as Thanksgiving is over, it's pretty much a hibernation time here for making decisions and checking them twice. Or three times. We are on track to get decisions out on December 10 at 12:00 noon Boston time.

Round 2 - We are looking forward to "meeting" you! Because of the holiday calendar, we've already decided to move the Round 2 application deadline to January 6. We'll write more about our winter holiday schedule in a couple of weeks, but we will definitely be closed from December 24 until we re-open on January 5, 2015. Before we close for the winter break, we are offering many opportunities for you to get your questions answered about the application as well as to learn more about the school. We will be hosting webinars throughout the next month on topics like the 2+2 program, the community of women at HBS, and diversity perspectives on the MBA program. These are in addition to general Q&A webinars where we answer any questions you have about the application process. Please join us either online or in person – we will continue to offer on campus tours and information sessions until the winter break.

So, in closing, we are thankful for all the hard work you put into your applications and are honored that you want to be HBS students.

 
10 Nov 2014

Class of 2016 - “Years Out of Undergrad”


We meant to do this earlier, but got distracted by Round 1 applications.

Like many other elements of the Class Profile, please keep in mind that we are “reporting” vs. trying to signal a “template” for the design of a class.