27 Sep 2023

Round 1 Interview Invitations

Thank you to everyone who submitted a Round 1 application. Next Wednesday, October 4, 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 in this group, you will receive additional information regarding the process on October 4. On October 5 you will be able to choose the date and time for your interview.
  2. Further Consideration – this is also good news. We ask a small group of strong applicants to wait until Round 2, at which point we will review your application again. More information will be shared with you via email if you receive a “Further Consideration” update.
  3. Early Release – unfortunately, this means we are not able to move you to the next step in our process. Our hope is that by letting you know this news early, you can move forward with other plans.

We thank everyone who submitted a Round 1 application to HBS – we enjoyed getting to know you!

20 Sep 2023

Meet the Class of 2025

Last month we welcomed the Class of 2025 to campus. It’s always such a delight to see 900+ students arriving from all over the world, representing many different backgrounds, life experiences, and professional interests. Our Class of 2025 is a remarkable group, filled with enthusiasm to connect with one another and dive into the HBS experience. Learn more about the first-year class here.

05 Sep 2023

Introducing the New Managing Director of MBA Admissions and Financial Aid

Jana Kierstead here. I’m writing with an exciting announcement: Rupal Gadhia (MBA 2004) will be the next managing director of MBA Admissions and Financial Aid, effective October 10th, 2023. We could not be more excited to welcome Rupal to the team!  

Rupal comes to HBS after a successful career across brand and strategy roles. Here in MBA Admissions and Financial Aid, Rupal will oversee our admissions process that aims to deliver a high-quality MBA class with wide-ranging talents and experiences. She will also work to build on our efforts to increase access and affordability for applicants and students from diverse socioeconomic backgrounds.

Keep an eye out for Rupal’s first blog post soon. In the meantime, you can read more about her in our Press Release.

Welcome Rupal!

17 Jul 2023

Application Fee Waived Automatically for Those Making $65,000 or Less

We believe that your financial circumstances should never prevent you from applying to, being admitted to, or attending our MBA program.

If you are applying to HBS in the 2023-2024 application cycle (Round 1 or Round 2) and your annual income at your current or most recent place of employment is $65,000 USD or less, the need-based application fee waiver will automatically apply.

If you do not automatically qualify, you may still submit a need-based waiver request form due to financial hardship once you have started your application. The fee waiver request must be submitted two weeks before the application round deadline in which you are applying, and you will receive a response to your fee waiver request before the application deadline. (If your fee waiver request is not approved, you are expected to pay the $250 application fee by the round deadline in order to be considered.)

Please note, admission to HBS is need-blind, which means we do not take your financial circumstances into account when making an admissions decision. Information collected in the fee waiver request process is not shared with the MBA Admissions Board. Read more about the application fee waiver process here.


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