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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.
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.
Here's what our plan is for tomorrow, October 8:
At 12:00 noon ET, we will send interview invitations via email to roughly 800 Round 1 applicants. The email will contain detailed instructions on the scheduling process.
On October 15, we will extend about 150 additional invitations. On that date we will also notify another group of applicants that we wish to "further consider" their applications in Round 2. Again, the email will provide information about the timetable and communication plan for this group. We anticipate that there will be ~200 applicants in this group.
Please don't speculate about the difference between receiving the interview invitation on October 8 vs. the 15th. It's not about you. It's about us and how we set internal deadlines for applications to be read.
Important: 2+2 candidates will be invited to interview in the October 15 wave. There will be no news for 2+2ers on October 8.
October 15 is also the date on which we will "release" candidates who are not moving forward in our process. We hope that by doing this early, we are enabling this group to pursue other options sooner vs. later.
And now, a request: Please don't send any additional materials or letters of support. We've designed an evaluation process that we believe is as thorough and fair as we can make it. It's not perfect, but it certainly is a process to which we dedicate a tremendous amount of care and concern.
Finally, I don’t think I've said this yet: Thank you to all Round 1 applicants. You met quite an early deadline! The buzz around Dillon House these past few weeks has been: Wow, this is a strong group - really strong. We're impressed and pleased and proud that HBS is the place you'd like to be. The vast majority of you are very well-qualified to be students and these decisions are tough. We're doing it the old-fashioned way - one application at a time - and wish we could say "yes" to so many more.
Back to work.
While you are happily back in your Real Lives, Dillon is in reading mode.
This is how the next stage of the process will unfold:
Interview invitations will be sent out via email on October 8 and October 15. Candidates invited to interview will receive detailed instructions about the sign-up procedure. The interview scheduler will go live the following day.
On October 15, candidates who will not be invited to interview will be notified of their release.
A group of Round 1 applicants, possibly 100-150, will be placed under "Further Consideration." These candidates will be reviewed in Round 2 and either be invited to interview or released on the Round 2 timetable.
Round 1 interviews will be conducted between October 20 and November 21. Not all dates will be available in all locations. In addition to on-campus interviews, we will be interviewing in New York City, Palo Alto, London, Paris, Shanghai, Tokyo, Dubai, Mumbai, Sao Paulo, and Santiago. Candidates who cannot travel may be accommodated via Skype.
I've said this before, but it bears repeating: We love having interviewees visit campus and will have a full day of get-to-know HBS activities, but the location of your interview plays no part in the selection process.
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