15 May 2018

News About Rounds for the Class of 2021

After careful consideration, we have decided to focus our MBA application process on two rounds — with deadlines in September and January — and to focus our spring round on 2+2 applications.
Why are we making this change? We want to make the enrollment experience as smooth as possible for incoming students.
Getting a decision earlier will give admitted students better access to on-campus housing, more cohort options for HBX CORe, and more time for visa processing. For students admitted in Round 3 in the past, the timing has always been tight. We know it takes a lot to finish up a job and move to a new city (!) and we hope the additional time will be helpful to admits on a number of fronts.
And given that we’ve seen more applicants in Rounds 1 and 2 and fewer in Round 3 in recent years, this change feels consistent with the choices you are making about when to apply.
For these reasons, Round 3 will no longer be an option. The spring “2+2 Round” for college seniors seeking deferred admission will remain.
So, mark your calendars! To be considered for the Harvard Business School Class of 2021, you need to apply in either Round 1 (September 5, 2018) or Round 2 (January 4, 2019). We have no preference between the two rounds — truly. We hope that you will apply to HBS!
20 Apr 2018

Upcoming Dates for 2+2 and Round 3

As promised, I wanted to share some upcoming dates. Happy Friday to all.

  • 2+2 Interview Notification & Early Release – April 30
  • 2+2 Notification Day – May 30
  • Round 3 Notification Day – May 9
18 Apr 2018

Looking Ahead to the Class of 2021

We are taking a small break in our Round 3 / 2+2 programming to look ahead with you to the Class of 2021—this is for those of you who will be applying in the next “application year”.
We’ve set application deadlines for Round 1 (September 5, 2018) and Round 2 (January 4, 2019), so I wanted to put those on your radar now. You can start working on the Class of 2021 application in early June 2018 when we open up the application, but in the meantime feel free to start thinking about the one required essay, which has remained the same: “As we review your application, what more would you like us to know as we consider your candidacy for the Harvard Business School MBA Program?” On Wednesday, June 6th, we will hold an optional webinar walking through each element of the application.
For those of you who recently applied for our 2+2 program, we are really enjoying getting to know you through your applications! I will post again on Friday, April 20 to let you know specifics about interview invitations and other important dates. And, for our Class of 2020 Round 3 interviewees, we can’t wait to meet you soon.


EDIT: An earlier version of this post listed the second round deadline as January 3, 2019.
30 Mar 2018

Round 3

Monday, April 2 is the Round 3 application deadline! Remember to submit all the application materials by noon eastern time, and remind your recommenders to submit your recommendations by the same time as well. Given the tight turnaround time on Round 3, we start reading right away and need a full application in order to consider you.

(We get that you have limited control over your recommenders and will allow recommendations to come in for a little while after the noon deadline, but don’t tell your recommenders this! It is still your responsibility to make sure everything is in on time.)

As I mentioned, things move quickly in Round 3. We anticipate sharing interview invitations (or “early release”) on April 11.

To those of you finishing up applications over the weekend, good luck with the final push! If you run into any challenges, here’s how to get in touch with us:

  • By phone: +1 617 495 6128 March 30 (today) until 5pm Eastern and then starting at 8am Eastern on April 2
  • By email: slatesupport@hbs.edu we’ll be monitoring this throughout the weekend and answer any urgent questions (any non-urgent questions will be answered next week)