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.

25 Sep 2019

Round 1 next steps: Interviews and early release

Thanks to those of you who have applied to HBS in Round 1. We are humbled by your stories of impact and by your interest in HBS.

On Tuesday, October 1 at 12:00 noon Eastern Time, each of you will receive individual news on next steps. There are three possibilities:

  • Invite to interview – this is good news!
  • Further consideration – also positive! This is a small group of strong applicants that we ask to wait with us 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 “further consideration” news.
  • Early release – unfortunately we are not able to move you forward in the process. Our hope is by letting you know this news early on in the process you can move forward with other plans.

If you are invited to interview, you will be able to view the dates, times, and locations we have available for interviews. You won’t be able to sign up for interview slots until the next day, Wednesday, October 2 at 10:00 a.m. Eastern Time.

In the past, we sent out interviews in waves in order to better manage the interview sign-up process. We know that was hard to wait through multiple days. So we are doing it altogether this year, and we believe that we have a good process in place to manage the interview sign-ups all at once. But, may I ask for your patience if we need to work through any unanticipated challenges? Thank you!

28 Aug 2019

Class of 2021 – they're here!

The admissions team sits in a small building on the HBS campus called “Dillon House” surrounded by Chase Hall, one of the many residential dorms and apartments on campus. So we’ve had the chance to catch up with many members of the Class of 2021 moving in over the past few days. We are delighted that they have joined the HBS community, and had their kickoff events this morning. What a thoughtful and talented group!

We’ve just published the Class of 2021 class profile. The profile gives you an “average” sense of the Class but misses the individual impact each has had and will have. I hope you’ll keep that in mind when you’re applying—don’t worry about where you fall relative to the “average” statistic, but instead focus on helping us get to know what you would add to the HBS community as an individual. Over the course of this year, many current students will introduce themselves to you on the MBA Voices blog; hopefully that gives you a better sense of the diverse individuals behind the averages.

A few other notes about the class profile:

You may remember that we did not have a Round 3 for the Class of 2021. We have heard from applicants that their experience was much better, as they were able to better plan for things like housing and visas. This was our goal, and we will have only have two rounds for the Class of 2022 as well.

This change did affect the number of applications that we received overall this year, so I thought I would share a bit more detail in case that’s of interest to you: In the 2017-2018 application year we received 9,886 applications overall, 551 of which we received in Round 3. So without Round 3, we received 9,335 applications in 2017-2018. This is the apples-to-apples number to compare with the 9,228 applications we received in 2018-2019 without Round 3.

We updated our job categories in the class profile to better align with the categories that the HBS Career and Professional Development office uses, so we’re all on the same page. This doesn’t affect how we read applications, interview, or make decisions in the admissions process, but should make it easier for students at HBS.

That’s it for now. Best of luck to those of you finishing up R1 applications that are due next week!

08 Aug 2019

Coming up – Round 1

We are about four weeks away from the September 4th Round 1 deadline. Still plenty of time to put together an application!

May I suggest starting by requesting your letters of recommendation? All you need to do is log into your application and share you recommenders’ names and contact info, and then we’ll reach out to them directly to submit a recommendation. Remember, they are doing you a favor, so it’s a good idea to give your recommenders plenty of time to write a strong letter. The best letters are from people who know you well in a professional context and who can provide specific examples.

For the first time, there are two MS/MBA joint degree programs – the MS/MBA: Engineering Sciences and the MS/MBA Biotechnology: Life Sciences – and those applications are due on the same deadline (September 4th). Why not see if you can earn not one, but two degrees in two years?

Good luck as you work through the application and the essay. Here are some tips I put together for different sections of the application that I hope are helpful. We are looking forward to reading your application and learning more about you.


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