23 Nov 2022

Thank you

In the US, the Thanksgiving holiday is just around the corner. On behalf of the team, thank you for your interest in joining the HBS community.

We are continually wowed by your accomplishments and commitment to make a difference in the world. Getting to know you fills us with excitement about the future and gratitude for the present.

Happy Thanksgiving!

30 Sep 2022

Round 1 Interview Invites

A big thanks to those of you who submitted Round 1 applications earlier this month. Next Thursday, October 6, at 12:00 noon Eastern Time, all Round 1 applicants will receive an update via their Application Status page on next steps in our process. There are three possibilities:

  1. Invite to Interview – this is very good news! If you are invited to interview, you will receive additional information regarding the process on October 6 – you will then be able to sign up for an interview on October 7.
  2. Further Consideration – also good news. This is a small group of strong applicants who we ask to wait until Round 2, at which point we will review your application again. More info on this process will be shared with you directly if you receive a “Further Consideration” update.
  3. Early Release – unfortunately this means we are not able to move you forward in the process. Our hope is that by letting you know this news early allows you to move forward with other plans.

We thank everyone who submitted an application to HBS – it has been our pleasure getting to know you and your story.

28 Sep 2022

Personal Update

I write to share directly with each of you, that after six and a half years as the head of MBA Admissions and Financial Aid at HBS, I have accepted a position to serve as head of strategy in the Provost’s Office at Yale University, starting in January 2023. I hope you don’t mind a longer post than usual as I reflect.

As I shared with my team earlier this afternoon, Harvard Business School has changed my life. I distinctly remember being in your shoes applying to business schools, now about 12 years ago. I was hopeful but also worried that HBS might be out of reach for me, someone who grew up in a small, rural town in the western US. I will always be grateful to have been admitted to and subsequently transformed by HBS, first as a student and now as a member of the team.

The remarkable thing about HBS is that my story is not unique. More than any organization I’ve known, this is a place dedicated to its mission: to educate leaders who make a difference in the world. As an Admissions and Financial Aid team, we are working hard to broaden who considers HBS by making the program more accessible and affordable. We believe that enrolling students from a variety of backgrounds will enhance the learning that happens at HBS and help us fulfill our mission.

I will be at HBS through Round 1 and the end of the calendar year. In the new year, my experienced and dedicated colleagues will continue supporting you as the search for my replacement unfolds. Rest assured, the admissions and financial aid processes and criteria will remain the same during this interim period.

Let me close by thanking you for the work you are doing in your own organizations, companies, and communities to make business a force for good in society. I have always felt that one of the humbling honors of our work is getting to know you and feeling inspired by your potential to make a difference in the world. Even with all the challenges today, you give us all a sense of optimism about the future, and we’re grateful for your interest in HBS.

Given what HBS has done for me personally, I hope you too will apply and give yourself the chance to be transformed by this place.

15 Sep 2022

Meet the Class of 2024

They’re here! We’re thrilled to have the Class of 2024 on campus. As the restrictions from the pandemic have eased, it has been an especially joyful start to the academic year. We just published the Class Profile here.

This class includes about 100 people who were originally admitted to start in fall 2020. That year, due to the onset of the pandemic, we allowed incoming students to defer for 1 or 2 years. (But remember that was a one-time exception—we don’t offer deferrals, so apply in the year you are ready to enroll.) We plan to go back to our normal class size of around 900 next year.


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