01 Sep 2020

Class of 2022 Profile

Last week, members of the Class of 2022 began their HBS journeys, and we are thrilled to have them as part of the HBS community. We just updated the Class Profile with information about this stellar group of leaders, and I want to highlight a few elements of it for you.

Over the past 18 months, a group of business schools developed and agreed to establish common standards for reporting admissions statistics. We have been enthusiastic supporters of these standards because we feel they will make it easier for you and other prospective students to compare consistent statistics across programs.

For HBS, the changes you’ll notice in our Class Profile include:

  • International student percentage: Previously we included permanent residents in this number. We are adopting the new standard to have international students include only those without a U.S. passport or permanent residency.
  • U.S. Minority percentage: Previously we showed this as a percent of the entire class. We are adopting the new standard to show U.S. minorities as a percent of domestic students and permanent residents.
  • Class size: We enrolled a smaller class of 732 students this year as a result of the deferral option we offered incoming students as they navigated the onset of the pandemic. The data presented in the Class Profile reflect these 732 enrolled students. Students who deferred will be represented in the Class Profile when they enroll over the next two years.

    As I’ve noted before, we are actively exploring increasing our class size beyond our typical 930 for the next two years, though that has not been approved yet. Please also note that the deferral option extended in 2020 was a one-time exception because of the onset of the pandemic. You should apply in the year you are ready to enroll, as we have reverted to our practice of not offering deferrals outside of personal emergency situations.

Over the summer, students, staff, faculty, and alumni have also been deeply engaged in the Dean’s Anti-Racism Taskforce to better acknowledge the continuing racism in our society—especially against African Americans—and to build an institutional plan to be more proactively anti-racist. A full report and action plan from this HBS Taskforce will be released at the end of September 2020.

  • Race / ethnicity: With this work as a backdrop, we are excited to begin sharing the racial / ethnic identities of our domestic students, including U.S. citizens and permanent residents. As we explain in the Class Profile, we are reporting race / ethnicity in two ways: according to federal reporting guidelines—which allows each student to be represented in only one racial / ethnic group—and multi-dimensional reporting—to more inclusively share students’ multiple racial / ethnic identities.  

The HBS experience puts students at the center of our dynamic, immersive learning environments. We need perspectives from diverse backgrounds in order to fulfill our mission to educate leaders who will make a difference in the world. We hope learning more about the Class of 2022 will encourage you to consider applying to HBS in the future!

25 Aug 2020

Round 1 Deadline – Two Weeks Away!

For those of you planning to apply to HBS, the deadline is two weeks from today on Tuesday, September 8 at 12:00 noon Eastern Time. We have enjoyed meeting many of you over the summer through our virtual events, and we can’t wait to get to know you better through your applications.

Over the past few months we’ve launched an MBA Application Tips Video Series to help break down the application into small, actionable steps. Hopefully these are helpful as you work on an application that is true to you and your journey. Best of luck as you near the finish line!

10 Aug 2020

GMAT and GRE Testing Extension

We understand that many of you applying in Round 1 or Round 2 may be thinking through all the elements you need to submit as part of your MBA application. If you’re like me, you may have laid out some checklists and to-do's for yourself, and taking the GMAT or GRE may be on your list. We too are busy planning for our upcoming admissions cycle and one of the many things we have been watching closely is the availability of the GMAT and GRE.

We continue to accept either the in person or online versions of each of these tests. Even with these options, we understand that some of you do not have access to taking the GMAT and GRE given the extraordinary disruptions of COVID-19. For this reason, this year we are offering a testing extension for individuals who do not have access to the GMAT or GRE to give you additional flexibility as we all try to manage through this public health situation.

If this applies to you (you cannot take the GMAT or GRE due to outside circumstances), you may request an extension that, if approved, will allow you to submit your application without a test score and provide the score as soon as it is available.  The applications must still be received by our Round 1 application deadline (September 8, 2020) or our Round 2 application deadline (January 5, 2021). The Admissions Board will only review your application once we have your test score, so we strongly encourage you to submit scores as soon as you are able. For those with an approved test extension, the last date to submit a GMAT or GRE test score and be considered for the Class of 2023 is June 1, 2021.

Given the number of testing centers that have reopened and the wide availability of online tests, we anticipate the number of approved extension requests will be small. Please request a test extension only if you do not have access to taking the GMAT or GRE as it is currently offered. To learn about the process for requesting a testing extension and to find out if you’re eligible, visit the COVID-19 FAQs.  

Thank you again for all the time and energy you are putting into your application process, especially in these difficult times. We certainly look forward to getting to know you more in the coming months.

28 Jul 2020

Virtual Interviews in the 2020-2021 Application Year

I have said it before—the interview is a highlight of the application process for us. After getting to know you first through your written application, we finally get to have a conversation and learn more about you. Invariably the 30 minutes fly by.

Given the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, we have made the decision to conduct all of our interviews virtually during the 2020-2021 application year.  We feel this approach best meets potential health and safety concerns while enabling us to get to know you and make admissions decisions.

Rest assured, the interviews will still play the same role in our admissions process. All interviews will continue to be conducted by our Interview Board—a small group of about 25 individuals, who are trained and conduct many interviews per year. For each interview, we prepare as we would for a case discussion—having thoroughly read your application and ready for an interesting and dynamic conversation with you. That will not change in our virtual interview format. 

For many years, we have conducted virtual interviews for candidates who could not travel to one of our hub cities, and this summer we conducted all of our 2+2 interviews virtually. We are confident the interview experience in this upcoming year will be a great one.

We will also be developing ways for you to engage with the HBS community virtually as you go through the admissions process. Best of luck to those of you preparing to submit an application before our Round 1 deadline on September 8, 2020.  We look forward to getting to know you through your application!


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