02 Jun 2020

Class of 2022 Deferral Update

As I shared in a post on 27 April 2020, we decided to allow incoming students in the Class of 2022 to defer their offer of enrollment, given the challenges and uncertainties they are facing in this unusual year. In so doing, we recognized that we would likely enroll a smaller class in Fall 2020.

Today, I am writing to share a bit more detail about what we heard back from incoming students and the expected size of the Class of 2022. Here is a message that went out to the HBS community earlier this afternoon.

The deferral window closed yesterday, and we are delighted to let you know that roughly 700 students confirmed they will join us in the fall.  After drawing from our strong wait list, and knowing there may still be some small shifts because of extenuating circumstances, we expect to enroll a class of about 720.

Moreover, the composition of the students who are joining us is similar to those who chose to defer, which means the class will have the diversity we strive for and the critical mass to carry on all of our usual curricular and extracurricular activities. 

We're equally happy to have given the other admitted students an opportunity to matriculate at a time that works better for them.  We look forward to welcoming all of them to the HBS community over the next two years and will explore increasing our class size a bit as they enroll.

Our deep thanks to those admitted to the Class of 2022 for their positivity and patience throughout this process. We are grateful for the sense of partnership that has already formed among incoming students, returning students, faculty and staff as we plan for the upcoming year.