05 Nov 2020

Updates on Class Size and Internship

Today, I am pleased to confirm that HBS will increase enrollment for the next few years—the Classes of 2023 and 2024 will enroll about 1,000 students each.

In April, when we announced our one-time deferral policy for those admitted to the Class of 2022, we were already thinking ahead to those of you applying in the next two years. We did not want you to be disadvantaged by spots already reserved for those who deferred from the Class of 2022.

For this reason, even as we prepared for this year’s class, we have been working diligently with Harvard University and our faculty and staff teams at HBS to explore increasing the HBS class size. Though uncertainty remains around the world, we have developed robust plans and contingencies for a great experience for enlarged HBS Classes of 2023 and 2024.

HBS has always strived, through a thoughtful design of the learning and student experiences, to offer the breadth of opportunity of a large business school and the intimacy of a small section of fellow students. This deliberate balance will continue as we temporarily expand enrollment at HBS for the Classes of 2023 and 2024 to about 1,000 students each.

Additionally, I want to share a note from the HBS Dean’s Office about a new summer internship requirement in the MBA program:

Last week, the faculty expressed their support for a proposal to require summer internships for MBA students. Beginning with the Class of 2022, then, students will be able to fulfill this requirement through successful completion of a summer work experience—either with an established organization or by launching an entrepreneurial venture, and in either a paid or an unpaid position. Any student facing circumstances that preclude an internship, including personal circumstances such as the birth of a child or caring for a family member, will be able to apply for a waiver.

We expect this to be seen as good news throughout the HBS community given that 99% of students usually pursue an internship opportunity. We have long considered summer internships an important extension of our curriculum—one that enhances learning and provides important practical experience. Beyond formalizing their vital role in our two-year program, the shift will benefit a number of our international students by offering them U.S. employment eligibility and ensuring that they can pursue unpaid internships.

I hope that you share my excitement on these two pieces of good news and will consider applying to HBS!