10 Oct 2018

New 2+2 Cohort


We’ve posted some stats about our most recent 2+2 cohort of 109 students. They were admitted earlier this summer and are settling into their first full-time jobs after their studies. It is an impressive group. 

2+2 is a unique deferred admit program for college seniors that is now in its 10th year—if you’re admitted to this program in your final year of study you have a guaranteed spot at HBS after completing 2, 3, or 4 years of work experience.

You can see that only 8% of applicants were admitted to this program—it is small and competitive, but we like to think of it as a no-lose scenario. If you’re admitted, great! If not, you’ve been through a reflective application process and hopefully learned about yourself and about HBS. You’ll have the GMAT/GRE out of the way too, since they are both good for five years. You can always reapply to HBS in the future, and there’s absolutely no negative—HBS is very re-applicant friendly.

Want to learn more about 2+2? Check out the 2+2 webinars.

 
28 Sep 2018

Round 1 Interview Invitations - Next Week


As promised, here are a few more details about the interview invitations. The first wave of invitations goes out on Monday (October 1) at noon Eastern time via the Application Status Page. We will send out about 75% of the total Round 1 invitations on Monday. If you’re invited to interview, you will be able to see the interview times and locations we have available, but sign-ups won’t open up until Tuesday (October 2) at noon Eastern. If you’re not invited to interview in the first wave, you won’t hear anything from us or see any updates on your Application Status Page on Monday.

On Thursday (October 4), again at noon Eastern time, we will send out the rest of the interview invitations, and you will be able to sign up for the interview slots right away. (Don’t worry, we hold back plenty of interview spots for the second wave.) The process and the evaluation is the same for all on and off-campus interviews, so please sign up for an interview where it is most convenient for you.

If you aren’t invited to interview, you will hear one of two things from us on Thursday: 1) “Early Release,” which means we are not able to move you forward in the process or 2) “Further Consideration,” which means we’d like to hold on making a final decision and consider your application alongside our Round 2 applications in January. I know it’s hard to wait and you can opt out of that if you choose. There are relatively few “Further Consideration” decisions, so please take it as a very positive sign if you receive this news.

I know that’s a lot of info! Hopefully it helps demystify how things will go next week. Oh, and one last thing: If you are invited to interview, please don’t worry which “wave” your invitation comes in! That’s not an indication of how strong you are as a candidate, but helps us run a smooth sign-up process for interviews conducted around the globe.
 
26 Sep 2018

On the fence about Round 2?


As you know, we have consolidated our application process to two rounds to make things simpler for applicants and admitted students. That means that the last time to apply for the MBA Class of 2021 (starting in the Fall of 2019) is coming up on January 4, 2019. This is our “Round 2 application deadline.” 

So has anything changing for Round 2? In a word, “no”—same application requirements and steps for you, and the same careful evaluation of each candidate on our end. If anything, we’ll have more room available for Round 2 given that we won’t be holding any spots for Round 3.

It’s definitely not too late to put together a strong application in Round 2! If I did my math correctly, you still have 100 days until January 4. We have no preference on which Round you choose—we want you to apply when you feel most ready and can put your best foot forward. I hope you will choose to apply in Round 2!
 
18 Sep 2018

Round 1 Update


We are enjoying reading your applications and getting to know you! Thanks to those of you who applied in R1. I remember what it’s like to be in your shoes and know that one of the hardest parts about “waiting” is not knowing how long you’ll be waiting. So, here’s what happens next (and when).

Interview notifications: As you likely know, the next step is an invitation to interview. This is our chance to get to know you in person. We interview roughly 2x the number of people we can eventually admit, and those interview invitations come out in two waves: October 1 and October 4 at noon eastern time.

Early release: If we are not able to invite you to interview, we will let you know on October 4 that you are being “released” from the process. Of course we wish we could move more people forward—our hope is that this earlier timing is helpful to you, even if it’s not the hoped for outcome.

I’ll write a bit more about the specifics as we get closer to October 1. Thank you for your patience!