13 Apr 2016

Round 3 Interview Invitations

So sorry for being later than promised on this!

Here's the plan:

On April 20 (at 12:00 noon Boston time) we will send out all Round 3 interview invitations. We'll also be releasing all candidates not moving forward to the interview stage.

Instructions for signing up for interviews will be in the invitation.

Note: We'll be interviewing on campus on April 29 and May 2. We'll also have limited interview slots in NYC, Palo Alto, & London. Skype interviews will be available for international candidates and college students with academic conflicts.

Hope this is helpful...not too long to wait!

04 Apr 2016

It's the Last Day of the Season!!

Yes, today is the final application deadline for the Class of 2018 - but we bet you already know that!

Just a couple of details:

The deadline is 12:00 noon (Boston time). We 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. We really DO want to be able to include you in this year's application season!!

And we know that your recommenders don't ALWAYS do things according to deadlines, so we'll keep accepting recs for at least another day. We will begin to review your application as soon as one rec is submitted.

Tomorrow I'll post details about interview invitations and the interview schedule.

29 Mar 2016

Round 2 Notification Day

We're all set to get decisions out to Round 2 candidates - tomorrow, 12:00 noon Boston time.

Remember, we don't do any phone calls in advance so you can "relax" until tomorrow!

In addition to offers of admission and notification of "releases," we'll be inviting about 100 new folks to join the waitlist. This group will get detailed information about what to expect and when in a separate email from Eileen Chang.

So we'll go back to checking things twice (and probably three or four times!) and hope you all have a wonderful day!

11 Mar 2016

Round 3 - Should you or shouldn’t you?

Coming round the home stretch here and I imagine some of you are still trying to decide whether to apply to HBS in Round 3 or not.

Before I begin my "on the one hand, on the other hand" lecture, let me be clear:

If you are a college senior who has the bandwidth to complete an application, I think that you should.  


I can't think of the downside risk. Well, actually I can think of a couple:  it would be sad to miss out on the last few weeks of college life in order to be prepping for the GMAT or GRE. It would be even sadder if you jeopardize your performance academically (senior thesis anyone?) in order to get an application in under the deadline.     

Otherwise, I think that applying to 2+2 is a very smart move. It's even economical (reduced application fee)!  The worst that can happen is that you get turned down to the very small 2+2 Program. Many current students at HBS found themselves in that situation, went out and joined the work world, and reapplied successfully. Here's the info on 2+2.

For the work experienced candidate it's a bit more complicated. Many seats in the Class of 2018 are already taken. Getting a visa may be tough. That said, here are some reasons to step up to the plate now:

  • Financial aid doesn't run out: we have the same need-based funds available to Round 3 admits as we did for Rounds 1 and 2.
  • There's absolutely no stigma in being turned down - no negative implications for a future application.
  • Not too long a wait to get a decision - we'll get interview invitations out by Wednesday, April 20th at noon (12 PM EST) and final decisions will come out on Wednesday, May 11th at noon (12 PM EST).
  • Options for where you interview - interviews will be offered on campus and there will be limited number available in Menlo Park, NYC and London. Skype will also be available for some applicants.
  • History: we ALWAYS admit people from Round 3 and they are always very wonderful.