15 Jan 2020

Round 2 next steps

To those of you who submitted a Round 2 application, thank you. I remember how busy it felt applying to business school while balancing work. I hope you’ve had a chance to rest and relax a bit since you hit submit!

On our end, we are a week into reading your applications and have been enjoying getting to know you better. Here are the next steps in the process, so you know when you’ll hear from us again:

  • Tuesday, February 4, at 12 p.m. eastern time: all Round 2 applications will either be invited to interview or released from the process.
  • Wednesday, February 5th at 10 a.m. eastern time: those invited to interview can sign up for a day/time. We will offer interviews in cities around the world, via Skype, and on campus.

So you still have a few more weeks of waiting as we read, review, and reread your applications. Hopefully knowing the day/time will help keep your mind off of it, as I know the waiting can be hard. Thanks for sticking with us.

23 Dec 2019

Class of 2022—Last Chance to Apply

The Round 2 deadline for the Class of 2022 is two weeks from today (January 6, 2020). Good luck to those of you working through your application between now and then. We look forward to getting to know you.

Harvard University, and our MBA Admissions office, will be closed from December 25 through January 1, 2020. We will be monitoring ApplyTech@hbs.edu if you have any technical challenges with the application; we will respond to other messages after the office re-opens.

Finally, for those of you considering applying next year, let me suggest that you sign up for a Class Visit (available dates starting in February 2020). Seeing HBS in person and the case method in action is something I recommend as you consider whether or not to apply to Harvard in the future. Can’t make it to Boston? Meet us in a city near you or watch a virtual event.

09 Dec 2019

Round 1 Decisions

Tomorrow we will release the final decisions for Round 1. I know it’s hard to wait, particularly the last 24 hours!

Let me suggest something unconventional: celebrate tonight before you know the outcome. Reflect on the journey you’ve been on and (hopefully) what you’ve learned about yourself. And, please thank someone who has helped you along the way.

A little over half of those we interviewed will receive an offer of admission. As in years past, we will also keep a small waitlist. So tomorrow, you may hear a “yes,” a “no,” or a “please bear with us.” Regardless of your decision, know that we are humbled by how much you have accomplished and by your interest in HBS.

And a special word to those on the waitlist—please know you are a strong candidate and that we appreciate how difficult it is to keep waiting. We will be in regular communication with you.

For those of you considering Round 2, I hope you will apply! The application deadline is four weeks from today—January 6, 2020. With some effort, that is still plenty of time to put a strong application together. Remember that we no longer have a Round 3, so January 6 is the last time to apply to start at HBS in Fall 2020.  Best of luck with the Round 2 applications!

07 Nov 2019


A more personal note from me today. Yesterday, Dean Nitin Nohria, announced he will be stepping down at the end of this academic year after 10 years in the role. I’m grateful to count Dean Nohria as a mentor and a friend—starting when I was a student at HBS, then working in his office as a fellow, and now serving in this role in admissions and financial aid. He is a leader of high competence and high character and has given me much to aspire to on my own leadership journey.

As an admissions team, we are grateful to meet you on your leadership journeys, through your applications and especially in the interviews. In our conversations with you, we are imagining ways that HBS can help you lead and make a difference in the world over the arc of your careers and your lives. Thank you for sharing that with us.


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