05 Apr 2019

2+2 Application Deadline Next Week


Attention college seniors: if you are planning to apply to our 2+2 deferred admission program, the deadline is coming up next Tuesday, April 9 at noon ET. A few things to remember:

  • We look for the same qualities in this admissions process as in the general process: applicants with analytical aptitude and appetite, engaged community citizenship, and a habit of leadership.
  • We invite a subset of those who apply to a 30-minute interview with a member of the Admissions Board. This is a required step for admission.
  • If you are admitted, you can matriculate at Harvard Business School after 2, 3, or 4 years of work experience. It’s a wonderful way to keep your options open as you start your career.
  • If you are not admitted, we hope the application experience is a good one for you nonetheless—especially the reflection and direction it can provide for your career/life goals. Plus you’ll have the GMAT/GRE out of the way should you decide to reapply later. We’ve had many people not admitted to 2+2 who are later admitted to HBS through the regular process.

Looking forward to getting to know you! We hope you apply.

 
11 Feb 2019

College students – check out HBS!


If you’re currently in college and you’re intrigued by the idea of an MBA in the future, check out two programs we will run on the HBS campus in June:

  • The Summer Venture in Management Program (SVMP) – June 15-21, 2019 – For rising college seniors, designed to increase opportunity and diversity in business education
  • Peek Weekend – June 21-23, 2019 – For current college sophomores, juniors and seniors, preference is given to students who haven’t yet had exposure to business, but are intrigued by all a Harvard MBA can help you get done in the world

The applications for both programs have just opened and the deadline to apply is April 24, 2019. You can apply to both SVMP and Peek, but if you are admitted to both you will have to select one to attend.

 
25 Jan 2019

Interview invitations! Drumroll…


We are doing our final reads of your applications, and the first thing to say is, “thank you.” I remember how much heart you pour into an application, and we definitely have felt that as we have gotten to know you. As promised, here are the logistics details for interview invitations.

Jan 28 at noon Eastern time: the “first wave” of interview invitations is available via your Application Status page. This is approximately 2/3 of the total interviews.

Jan 29 (again at noon Eastern time): those invited to interview in the first wave will be able to sign up for an interview slot that works for you. In Round 2 we are interviewing in Mumbai, Dubai, Tokyo, Shanghai, London, Paris, Bay Area California, and Boston (on campus). The interviews and process are the same no matter where you interview.

Jan 31 (yes, noon Eastern): the “second wave” of interviews goes out via your Application Status page, and you will be able to sign up for interviews right away. We stagger the invitations in two waves to make the interview sign-up process smoother. (And, yes, we open up interview slots that were not available on Jan 29 so that there will be plenty of options on Jan 31).

If you are not invited to interview, you will receive an “early release” decision on Jan 31. That part of the job doesn’t get easier…we’ve come to know you and have a glimpse of what you can accomplish. We certainly wish you all well.

 
16 Jan 2019

Round 2 Interview Invitations


We are enjoying getting to know those of you who submitted your Round 2 applications. Thank you for applying! Interviews are the next step in the process, so I thought I’d share a bit more about that.

As I think you know, interviews happen with a member of the Admissions Board who has read your application and comes prepared for a friendly and deep conversation about your background. Remember that we are rooting for you!

After holistically reading each application, we invite about 1 in 5 applicants to interview with us. Typically, just over half of those interviewed are admitted.

On January 28 and 31, we will send out our Round 2 invitations to interview. We send them out in two batches to make for a smoother interview sign-up process. I’ll post a bit more about the logistics as we get closer to January 28. For now, sit tight and try to enjoy the next week or two!

 
21 Dec 2018

Class of 2021 - Last Chance to Apply!


The Round 2 deadline is two weeks from today (January 4, 2019). Good luck to those of you working through your application!

Keep in mind that Harvard University, and our MBA Admissions office, will be closed from December 22 through January 1, 2019. We will be monitoring slatesupport@hbs.edu if you have any technical challenges with the application. We’ll be back in the office on January 2, 2019 so feel free to give us a ring then at +1 617 495-6128 if you have any questions.  

 
04 Dec 2018

Round 1 Decisions – One Week from Today


Next Tuesday, December 11 at noon eastern time, we will release Round 1 admissions decisions via the Application Status page.

Some of you must be thinking: "Why not today?" I know it’s hard to wait! The truth is that we’re still making the (tough) decisions—using our best judgment to select a talented Class of diverse thinkers. So please hang with us for one more week. For each of you who applied in Round 1—thank you. We feel honored that we had the chance to get to know you over the past few months.

And for those of you considering submitting an application in Round 2, the deadline is one month from today—January 4, 2019. Remember, if you want to be considered for the HBS Class of 2021, January 4 is your last opportunity to apply since we no longer have a Round 3.  We hope you choose to apply! 

 
20 Nov 2018

The Global Experience at HBS


I’m checking back in as we wrap up the interview process for Round 1 applicants. I’ll say it again: this is my favorite part of the process—after months of getting to know you on paper, we love meeting you in person. 

This round, in addition to interviewing on campus, I traveled to Tokyo and met great candidates in both places. The HBS Japanese Research Center (JRC) in Tokyo hosted me for the interviews and also organized a get together with local alumni and the interviewees. Anytime I travel, I am reminded that the HBS community is truly global. 

The JRC is part of a network of 14 HBS global research offices. The teams in these offices partner with local management teams and HBS faculty to write new cases. About 50% of all the HBS cases written each year are about international leaders and companies. The research offices also act like small embassies for HBS—for example, sourcing great projects for Field Global Immersion, working with students on global internships and job searches, and building community with local alumni.

Matched with a global student body and a global alumni community, the research centers are key to our mission to educate leaders who know how to make a difference in the world.

 
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! 

 
05 Sep 2018

2020 Class Profile / 2021 Round 1 Deadline


The Class of 2020 has just kicked off a two-year journey at HBS! After a full year of getting to know each student, we are happy they are all here and now part of the campus community. We just published a profile of the Class of 2020 - Check it out!

As you know today at noon was our Round 1 application deadline for the Class of 2021. To those of you who applied, I remember how much work and reflection goes into putting together an application - and how good it feels to finally hit "submit!" I hope that you find some way to celebrate with a friend or family member. Thank you for applying to HBS. We look forward to getting to know you.
 
29 Aug 2018

Welcoming the MS/MBA Class of 2020


Last week, I chatted with a few of our new MS/MBA students on campus. They have just finished up their intensive System Engineering course, and they are enjoying a brief break before the HBS first year courses begin. We’re excited they are here and our newest joint degree has officially started!
We are thrilled with the talent and diversity of backgrounds we have represented in the first cohort. We have people from life sciences, aerospace, e-commerce, software, hardware, robotics, medical devices, fin tech, cybersecurity and military. To give you more of a flavor of this first cohort, check out several MS/MBA student profiles at harvardms.mba or this blog post.
If you aspire to a tech leadership role, we encourage you to learn more about Harvard’s 2 year MS/MBA program.
 
21 Aug 2018

Resume / CV - App Tips Summer Series


The last element of the application for us to chat about is your resume or curriculum vitae (CV). Your resume gives us an at-a-glance overview of your experience to date. As we get to know you, the resume helps us situate the various elements of your application and helps us see the journey you’re on as a leader. 

If you run out of room in other parts of the application, for instance in talking about awards or extracurricular activities, feel free to include those on your resume. There is no specific format or template preferred. (Really!) Be as clear and simple as you can, including dates and locations. More than one page is typically not necessary.

This is the last post in this series. My goal has been to demystify the written application process and share some practical tips. Hopefully at least one of these posts has been helpful to you.

We are deeply interested in getting to know you—everything in our process is meant to help us imagine you at Harvard Business School. So, please tell us your personal story in your voice through all the elements of the written application. We can’t wait to meet you!

 
10 Aug 2018

Extracurriculars and Awards - App Tips Summer Series


Let’s talk about Extracurriculars and Awards. These sections help us better understand what’s important to you.
Extracurricular activities: What are you involved in outside of work? What impact did these activities have on you, and what impact did you have through these activities?
Sometimes future applicants wonder what activities they should participate in so they will “look good” when they apply. While I understand this means they are really interested in HBS, this approach to extracurriculars doesn’t usually help an application. Here’s why: if you do things because it might look good to someone else, you naturally won’t be as dedicated or learn as much, and your impact will be smaller. You’re busy, and it’s likely that “going through the motions” with an activity is going to feel superficial to us on the Admissions Board—and worse, it will feel superficial to you.
Besides, there is no one extracurricular experience that we look for—we want to build a class of diverse and authentic leaders.
My advice, instead, is to pursue things that are meaningful or exciting to you. Do them well, with energy and, yes, with passion. You’ll learn a lot more, likely have more impact and probably enjoy yourself too! Many strong applicants have “common” extracurriculars, but they pursue them with uncommon purpose or persistence. That kind of approach bodes well for the impact you can have at HBS and beyond, and it will come through naturally in your application and in your interview.
Of course, we recognize that many of you are very busy with work and/or family commitments. We give you space to list three extracurricular activities, but don’t worry if you don’t have three to list; better to have 1-2 that are really meaningful to you. And, yes, totally fine to list extracurriculars from college too.
Awards: This section should be pretty straightforward. We give you the chance to list three awards from any part of your life. You’ll have a small bit of space (200 characters) to give us more detail on how you were chosen for the award or honor (the “basis of selection”). Again choose the awards that are most meaningful to you personally. I can’t think of more advice to give you on this part of the application :)
When you step back from these sections of the application, ask yourself if the things you chose to list give us a good sense of what’s important to you outside of work. Does it give us a sense of the impact you’ve had? If you can answer “yes” then check these two parts of the application off your list!
 
06 Aug 2018

Tests and Transcripts - App Tips Summer Series


Thanks to those of you who are sticking with me for this application tips series. Today we are talking about standardized tests (GMAT, GRE) and transcripts.

One of the biggest misconceptions about applying to HBS is that admissions decisions are based largely on your GMAT or GRE score. That is not how it works. We consider every element of your application to get to know you as a whole person, and we know that you are more than a standardized test score!

So why do we require a standardized test at all? In the case method at HBS, students think on their feet, debate with classmates, and analyze complex situations. The classroom is very engaging and fast-paced, and I think you’ll love it. A standardized test gives us one indication of your verbal and quantitative agility—important for thriving in the HBS MBA program and the case method.

We are agnostic about the GMAT or the GRE—really. (Really!) Take whichever one suits you best. In the admitted Class of 2019, 12% of students submitted the GRE. In the incoming Class of 2020, 14% of students submitted the GRE.

You can see from the Class Profile that we admit students with a wide range of standardized test scores. While a higher score will never hurt you, it’s not a guarantee to be admitted either. And some of the admitted students who have the biggest impact while at HBS and beyond didn’t have the highest test scores. We’re looking to craft a Class of diverse thinkers and leaders who will make a difference in the world, and that goes well beyond a test score. We always keep that in mind as we get to know you through the whole application and make our decisions.

To get at academic readiness, we also look to your transcripts, GPA, letters of recommendation, and the rigor of your work experience. The transcripts should be one of the easiest parts of the application since your undergrad degree is already behind you by the time you apply. Just upload your unofficial transcript (no need to convert or translate anything), and we’ll take it from there. We look through your classes, major(s), grades, and your journey through your degree(s).

In conclusion, let me just reiterate that test scores and transcripts are two important parts of the application but they are not more important than any other element. I hope this post is helpful to you!

 
27 Jul 2018

Recommendations - App Tips Summer Series


We get a lot of specific questions about the letters of recommendation, so let me try this post Q&A style.

What questions will you ask my recommender about me?
  1. How do the candidate's performance, potential, background, or personal qualities compare to those of other well-qualified individuals in similar roles? Please provide specific examples.
  2. Please describe the most important piece of constructive feedback you have given the applicant. Please detail the circumstances and the applicant's response.
Who should I ask to write my letters of recommendation?
Ask people who know you well in a work context. In most cases, one of the two should be your direct supervisor. The other can be someone you’ve worked with in the past or you are working with in a different capacity now. Depending on where you’re working, you can also consider a client, an investor or someone from a partner organization. Recs from professors are typically not as helpful in our process unless you’ve worked with them in a significant way.

It is a good idea to think about how the two recommendations can complement one another by drawing on different examples or aspects of your background. 

What if I am not telling my employer that I am applying to business school?
We understand, and we do not want your situation at work (promotions, bonus, etc.) to be negatively affected. If you’re in this situation you can ask someone from a prior job, or someone that you work with outside of your organization to write for you. 

Does it matter if my recommender is an alumna/alumnus of HBS? How important is her/his title?
We get this question all the time, and you should always choose people who know you well over someone who may be an HBS alum or have a big title. Remember, we are trying to get to know YOU, not your recommender. 

What are the logistics?
You will fill out your recommenders’ names and email addresses within the application. This will prompt the system to send the online form to them directly. They will submit their recommendations separately from you, and it is your responsibility to follow-up to ensure they are submitted on time.

What guidance (if any) should I give my recommender?
It is fine to share with your recommenders drafts of your application and essay and discuss with them areas where you think their perspective can help round out your story.

It is NOT ok to draft letters of recommendation or any portion of them for your recommender.

Can I send in additional letters of recommendation or support?
No. And please don’t encourage people to write in on your behalf. It is not helpful. Throughout the entire application process, we aim to be as thoughtful, fair, and consistent as possible. We review two letters of recommendation for each applicant.

What makes for a great recommendation? 
Rather than general platitudes, the best recommendations provide specific examples. That helps us understand the impact you have had and how you get things done. How are the people and the places in your world better because you were there? And, just as important, recommenders should be forthright about the feedback they’ve shared—we are all working on getting better at something and your recommenders’ perspectives on your growth help us understand your journey and your potential.

Phew! That was a lot to cover. Now that you have the ins and outs, don’t forget to ask your recommenders in plenty of time.

 
20 Jul 2018

Essay - App Tips Summer Series


Let me start by reminding you of the prompt:

“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?”

The first thing you should know about the essay is that we consider all the elements of the application to get to know you and never look at just one piece by itself. The essay isn’t more or less important than other elements of the application. If you’ve been stressed about the essay, hopefully this releases a little anxiety.

Two of the most important words in the prompt are: “what more?”  The most helpful essays build on the rest of the written application or share new information. It’s hard to say “what more” you’d like us to know if you haven’t already filled out the rest of the application (or at least thought about what you’d like to say). The essay should help you bring all the aspects of your application together.

We’ve had the same prompt for a few years now, and we like the freedom it gives you. Students who are currently at HBS have taken many (many!) different approaches to this essay and were successful in the application process. There are too many approaches to list, and if I started giving a few examples, you may feel like you had to take one of those approaches. You don’t.

Instead let me share some approaches that are NOT particularly helpful to your application:

  • Essays that are basically a paragraph version of your resume: This is surprisingly common: I went to college X then decided to take job Y and that led me to job Z, and now I’m applying to HBS. There’s nothing “wrong” with this essay per se; it just doesn’t add much to your application because we already know all of that from the other elements of your application. Of course you can build on things that are raised in other parts of the application—just make sure it’s additive.
  • Essays that are too long: I wish I could give you a general rule that essays over X words are too long, but sometimes you need more space to bring things together. And that’s the reason there’s no word limit. Use your best judgment, and try to be clear and concise in your writing. What do we need to know to understand you that hasn’t been addressed elsewhere? (And what don’t we need to know?)
  • Essays that aren’t about you: I know this sounds obvious. I like the advice I heard an HBS alum give recently: After you’ve written your essay, ask yourself, “Could this essay also describe someone else?” If so, it probably isn’t personal enough to add to your overall application, and you likely need to do some more introspection. For example, we occasionally receive essays that talk at great length about HBS or an element of the program like the case method, but only share a tiny bit about the person themselves. That’s a missed opportunity to bring us into your world, your decisions, your motivations or your formative experiences.

Final thought: I know from personal experience it’s tempting to write, rewrite and rewrite again. Be careful in all that polishing that you don’t “shine away” your personality. And, remember, the essay is just one element that we consider in the context of the overall application. Good luck!

 
13 Jul 2018

Employment History - App Tips Summer Series


I am starting with the Employment section because I think there’s a temptation to just “go through the motions” in this part of the app—maybe because it feels similar to your resume? If you do that, you’re missing an opportunity to bring us into your world. In addition to dates and titles for your most recent three jobs, we give you five open text boxes: 

-Your Role and Responsibilities
-Company/Organization Description
-Reason for Leaving [for a new role]
-Key Accomplishments
-Most Significant Challenge

You only have 250 characters for each box, but you would be surprised how much you can express in that space.

In your own words (rather than the description in your HR job posting) what is your job? In describing Your Role and Responsibilities, what has stood out as critical to you as well as to your company?

In describing your Company/Organization, keep in mind that while we are familiar with many companies around the world, we may not know much about your division or your team. If you work at a startup or your family business, giving us details beyond what is available online is also very helpful.

As for your Reason for Leaving, this can be simple and straightforward and hopefully gives you a chance to reflect on the “why” of a key transition in your work life.

In the Key Accomplishments box, think back on your time at this company—what achievement has been most meaningful to you? Try to be as specific and as honest as possible. The same goes for your Most Significant Challenge.  

The employment history section ought to be one of the more self-reflective parts of the application as you step back and take stock of your journey so far. Don’t be afraid to show a little personality in your responses! This employment section really helps us get to know you and is often a good jumping off point for the interview stage of the process.

Hopefully this is helpful to you. If you haven’t started your application yet, I encourage you to start one now. I’ll share some thoughts about the essay next week!
 
09 Jul 2018

Application Tips Summer Series


When July hits, I know from personal experience, that applying starts to feel “real” when you are planning to apply to HBS in Round 1. In addition to events and webinars, I thought a simple “Application Tips” series might be helpful to you. Hopefully, you agree!

Each week, I’ll write a few paragraphs about one element of the written application—e.g. suggestions on how to approach it, where people may get hung up, misconceptions, etc. My goal is to demystify the written application and give you some simple, practical suggestions for putting together your story. I’ll start with a post later this week about the “Employment History” section of the application. Here’s a tentative plan:

1: Employment History 
2: Essay 
3: Recommendations 
4: Standardized Tests / Transcripts 
5: Awards / Extracurriculars 
6: Resume

Before continuing with the series, let me share with you my only hesitation: that you will try to follow my suggestions too closely. The written app is for you to introduce yourself—we designed a lot of “space” in the app for you to tell your story. If you’re following a rote/cookie-cutter approach we won’t be able to get to know you. So, promise you won’t do that?

We will also be posting the tips on our Instagram page. So feel free to follow us @hbsadmissions.

 
13 Jun 2018

The Class of 2021 Application is Now Open!


I know that many of you have been waiting to get started on your application, so I am thrilled to announce that the application for the Class of 2021 is now live.  

The application deadlines are as follows:

  • Round 1  September 5, 2018
  • Round 2  January 4, 2019
  • 2+2  April 9, 2019

People sometimes ask us if we take the summers off in admissions. Wouldn’t that be nice? The truth is that we are busy reaching out to encourage people all over the world to consider HBS in the future. We do this through programs like Peek, SVMP, or the many events we host with HBS Alumni. And we love this part of our jobs. Here’s just a sample of the 50+ events (and counting!) we currently have planned for the next few months:

June 30 - HBS Information Session in Tokyo

July 11 - HBS Social Enterprise Information Session in Northern California

July 23 - HBS Information Session in Shenzhen

July 31 - Harvard Graduate School Information Session in Washington D.C.

For a complete list of information sessions, visit our events page. We hope to see you soon and good luck on your applications!

 
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)
 
20 Mar 2018

Round 2 Decisions + Upcoming Deadlines


I know I don’t have to remind you that tomorrow’s the day we release admissions decisions. You will find them at noon eastern on your Application Status page. I know it’s hard to wait the last 24 hours. Best of luck and thank you for letting us get to know you.
For those considering applying to Harvard Business School in the future, there are a few upcoming application deadlines to keep straight:

• April 2 – Round 3 - this is the last time to apply for the Class of 2020
• April 10 – 2+2 - deferred admissions
• April 18 – Peek Weekend
• May 1 – Summer Venture in Management Program
 
31 Jan 2018

Introducing the Global Opportunity Fellowship (GO:Africa)


Congratulations to all who received interview invitations yesterday for Round 2. We look forward to meeting you in cities around the world, as well as here in Boston.

We have a big announcement today: Thanks to the generosity of HBS alumni, we are honored to pilot a new fellowship for students graduating from HBS. We’re calling it the Global Opportunity Fellowship, or GO: Africa. The new fellowship will provide generous financial support to students who want to make a difference working on the continent after HBS, by supplementing the salaries they earn on the continent for the first five years after graduation. You can learn more about GO: Africa here and here.
 
29 Jan 2018

Wave 2: Invitations & Release Notifications Go Out Tomorrow


Our final wave of Round 2 interview invitations will go out tomorrow, January 30, at 12:00 PM EST. Both interview invitations and release notifications will be available for viewing on the Application Status page.

Unfortunately, we can’t move everyone forward to the next stage of the process. We know this can be disappointing and wish we could interview more of you. Thanks to all who have shown interest in HBS and applied this year.

For those of you invited to interview tomorrow, congratulations! Keep in mind that the interview scheduler will be open immediately upon notification, so it’s a good idea to have your schedule over the next month handy. Remember that you should interview in the location most convenient to you—the process and odds of admission are the same for all our interview locations.

 
25 Jan 2018

Wave 1: Invitations have gone out!


At noon today, we sent out our first wave of interview invitations via email and on behalf of the entire Admissions Board, I wanted to say that we can’t WAIT to meet you!

You have the opportunity to shine in the interview process. We want to get to know you beyond what we can learn on paper. The best advice I can give is to be yourself. Each person who comes in to interview has a different experience and background. Bring your individual perspective, your voice, to the table.

If you received an interview invitation, the interview scheduler doesn’t open until tomorrow, January 26 at 12:00 noon EST, so that you have some time to think about where and when you would like to meet with us. Just remember that interview slots and locations will be available on a first come, first served basis.

Next Tuesday, January 30, the remaining one third of our interview notifications will go out. I'll write again on Monday with more details about that.

 
16 Jan 2018

Round 2 Interviews


Congrats to those of you who submitted your application in Round 2! Hopefully you were able to spend quality time with friends and family after submitting. We have been busy reading and getting to know you ever since.

We will send two waves of interview invitations: January 25 and January 30. I know it’s tough to wait that additional few days, but we do need the time to finalize interview invitations. Here is what to expect on January 25 and 30:

• Jan 25: you may receive a message inviting you to interview, or you will hear nothing.
• Jan 30: you will either receive an invitation to interview or a "release" notification, letting you know we can’t move you forward in our process.
• These notifications will be shared with you at 12:00 noon eastern time on your Application Status page.

We hold interviews throughout the month of February in locations around the world. In addition to on-campus interviews in Boston, we will interview in the Bay Area CA, Dubai, London, Mumbai, New York City, Paris, Shanghai, and Tokyo. If none of those locations works for you, we may be able to conduct your interview via Skype. Wherever you interview, you’ll meet a member of the Admissions Board and have the same odds of being accepted.

We can’t wait to meet you.

 
18 Dec 2017

Class of 2020 Round 2 Deadline Day


Congrats again to those admitted to the Class of 2020 in Round 1! Our next application deadline is just a few weeks away on January 3 at 12:00 noon eastern time. Round 2 is a great time to apply! (And if you want to be part of our inaugural MS/MBA joint degree cohort, this is the last time to apply.)

Historically the vast majority of applications come in the ~24 hours before a deadline. We get it—and we won’t start reading any applications until after the deadline has passed. Just be sure to coordinate with your recommenders ahead of time so that all your application materials are submitted on time.

We do have an admissions Q&A webinar coming up on December 20 at 4pm eastern time. Keep in mind that HBS is closed from December 22 through January 1. During that time, there will be limited technical support available at slatesupport@hbs.edu. We’re back in the office at 8:30am on January 2 for any last minute questions you may have: 617-495-6128 or admissions@hbs.edu.

Good luck to those of you working on Round 2 applications. We look forward to getting to know you.

 
28 Nov 2017

Countdown to December 12


Just two weeks from today, we will release Round 1 admissions decisions via the Application Status page. Just log-in at noon eastern time on December 12. In the meantime, try not to think about it! (I know, easier said than done).

I promise we are not making you wait, just to wait. We are diligently going over each entire application (yes, including your post-interview reflections) as we work to shape an outstanding Class of diverse perspectives.

One last thing: keep in mind that if you are admitted, you won’t hear about financial aid yet. Admission to HBS is based on merit, but financial aid is based on need. So there is a separate (easy) process after you are admitted to apply for aid. Many are surprised to know that ~50% of HBS students receive financial fellowships that do not have to be paid back—and the average two-year fellowship is over $70K. So there is a lot of support! More details are here on our new Financial Aid website.

 
15 Nov 2017

Thanksgiving


Next week is Thanksgiving in the U.S. To those who have been part of Round 1, thank you not just for your interest in HBS - thank you for how generous you’ve been throughout the admissions process.

During on campus interview days, we have the opportunity to gather interviewees together for a lunch Q&A session. Those sessions have an interesting mix of emotions since half the room has completed the interview (they’re relieved) and half has not (they’re still anxious). What’s been heartening is to hear how encouraging and helpful the relieved crowd has been to their fellow interviewees. I also saw this play out in Brazil a few weeks ago among interviewees—and have heard from my colleagues around the world: you’re enjoying the interaction with one another and you’re hoping and helping all show their best selves in the interview.

Generosity is something we like to see. Our learning model depends on students who can give and receive, teach and learn, lead and be led. Given that most students live on campus, generosity is also a foundation for the HBS community—and for a lifetime of leadership.

So, thank you for how generous you’ve been in sharing your experiences, your dreams, and yourselves with us. And thanks for being generous with one another.

I’ll post again in about two weeks regarding specifics for Notification Day on December 12. And for those of you working on Round 2 applications, we can’t wait to meet you, too. Please reach out at +1 617-495-6128 or admissions@hbs.edu if we can be of any help.

 
05 Oct 2017

Round 1 Final Interview Notifications


Good morning! All remaining Round 1 decisions (interview invite, early release, further consideration) will be shared today at 12 noon eastern time. To access your decision, log in to your application and view your Status Update.

For those invited to interview, the sign-ups will be immediately available. And don't worry, we have managed the interview slots so there are plenty of options available today. While availability in our hub cities is typically more limited, we always have spots on campus. There is no advantage/difference to one location over another.

To those who are “released” today, I know this is hard news. As we’ve gotten to know you, of course we wish we could move more of you forward in the process. Thank you for what you have shared with us and for your interest in HBS.

 
02 Oct 2017

R1 Interview Invitations


Quick note: As promised, interview invitations will start going out today.

Approximately 2/3 of the Round 1 interview invitations will go out at approximately noon Eastern time today via email, with interview slots opening for registration Tuesday, October 3. The remaining 1/3 will go out on Thursday, October 5, along with the “further consideration” or “early release” decisions. So if you don’t hear anything today, please stick with us until Thursday!

 
20 Sep 2017

Round 1: Next Steps


For those of you who applied in Round 1, didn’t it feel good to hit the “submit” button? I distinctly remember that feeling—the culmination of some serious self-reflection and work. We don’t take that for granted and thank you for applying to HBS. On our end, every application is read in its entirety by two separate members of the Admissions Board. We’re trying to get to know you holistically.

What’s next? Interview invitations will go out on October 2 and October 5. We do it in two batches to spread out the traffic on the interview sign-up pages. On October 2, you may receive a message inviting you to interview, or you will hear nothing. On October 5, you will hear one of three things from us: 1) invitation to interview 2) "release" or 3) "further consideration." By "releasing" those of you who we cannot move forward in the process, rather than waiting until December to let you know—we hope to give you time to explore other potential options. For group 3), we would like to "further consider" your applications in Round 2, and more details will be shared directly about next steps.

Interviews are my favorite part of the process because we finally get to meet you in person. Interviews will occur between mid-October and mid-November. In addition to on-campus interviews, we also conduct interviews in Shanghai, Tokyo, Dubai, Mumbai, São Paulo, New York City, Bay Area CA, London, and Paris. Where you interview does NOT affect your likelihood to be accepted (all interviews globally are conducted only by members of the Admissions Board). Choose what’s most convenient for you, and if you aren’t able to travel, we will work something out via Skype.

So, we’ll be back in touch in about two weeks!

 
29 Aug 2017

Class of 2019 + GRE Scores


Yesterday was the first day for the Class of 2019—a truly impressive group of leaders—and we’ve updated the Class Profile here.

For the first time, we’ve published data about the GRE test—12% of the HBS Class of 2019 submitted GRE scores as part of their application; the remaining 88% submitted GMAT scores. I thought this would be a good chance to review how we think about standardized test scores. Here goes:

Test scores help us determine your preparation for an academically rigorous program, but we never look at them in isolation. 
Transcripts, work experience, recommenders, essay, interview—and everything else in our process—come together as we make admissions decisions.

The GRE and GMAT are different tests, and we are truly indifferent about which one you submit. 
Really. We are familiar with each test. Choose the one that allows you to best show your strengths, then move on to other parts of your application. 

We know you’re much more than a test score.
The whole application and interview process are designed to help us get to know you. We’re trying to imagine what you would contribute in the HBS classroom and community. As I’ve written about before, our learning model depends on a wide range of talent and perspectives in each Class—and we know that not all that talent is measurable in a test.

 
24 Aug 2017

Countdown to Round 1 & Class Visits


Students from the Class of 2019 are moving in this weekend, and that means Round 1 for Class of 2020 is just around the corner. I’ll post the final Class of 2019 Profile next week.

As you look ahead to September 6, keep a few things in mind:

  • We won’t read any applications until after the noon EST deadline. (So, there’s no advantage to submitting earlier.)
  • Your recommendations are also due at noon EST on September 6. But, we get it…and we keep the access open for recommenders for a few more days.
  • We’ll update you on interview plans in a few weeks.

For those of you applying in a later round or year, class visits are now open. Come see the case method in action! 

 
01 Aug 2017

Application Advice


Hard to believe August is here. I hope you’ve had a great few months. We’ve been on the road meeting many of you in cities all over the world, and we love it. For those of you applying in Round 1, good luck as you pull things together ahead of the September 6 deadline.

Can I offer you two words of advice? Be genuine. 

I know you’ve heard this before. Let me explain what I mean: I felt a need when I was in your shoes to write, edit, rewrite, edit, rewrite, edit…you get the picture. In doing so, there was a temptation to “gloss over” what I thought would be the weaker parts of my application and to portray everything in the most positive light.

Yes, we want you to put your best foot forward, but be careful not to be so “polished” that we can’t get to know the real you. 

It’s OK to mention setbacks or regrets as well as lessons learned and personal triumphs. And it’s OK to be conversational as you write! Just be genuine so we can get to know the real you. Since we are crafting a Class, that’s your best strategy for moving on to the interview stage.

 
18 Jul 2017

Financial Aid: Introducing the Forward Fellowship


I’m honored to announce a new fellowship opportunity for students coming to HBS. The Forward Fellowship will help support students from lower-income backgrounds—and let us better recognize how far they’ve come.  

We remain committed to merit-based admissions and need-based financial aid because we need diversity of thought, experiences, and backgrounds in our classes to make our learning model work.  

Students selected for the Forward Fellowship are eligible for awards ranging from $10,000–20,000 per year, above and beyond any HBS Need-Based Fellowships they receive. You can learn more about the Forward Fellowship here and in this blog post from Taniel Chan, a recent alumnus. 

 
13 Jun 2017

MS/MBA – Big news!


Beginning in August of 2018, HBS and the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) will offer a new joint master's degree program.

The application is live now! We expect the first cohort to be ~30 students.

To learn more, visit the MS/MBA website. I would also recommend checking out the MBA Voices Blog to hear why recent graduate Damjan Korac would have applied to the program. 

 
08 Jun 2017

Class of 2019 – Preliminary Profile


Here’s a preliminary look at the incoming Class. So hard to capture the talent and diversity of perspectives in this group. They are amazing!

We’ll post a final look at the matriculating Class in late August.

 
01 Jun 2017

Ready for 2020!


I’m happy to report that the application for the Class of 2020 is now live.

The application submission deadlines are:

MBA Class of 2020 Applicants
Round 1: September 6, 2017
Round 2: January 3, 2018
Round 3: April 2, 2018

2+2 Applicants
April 10, 2018

I’m also delighted to announce that HBS will now waive the $250 application fee for all active duty military applicants. You can read more about that update here.

The Admissions team will be traveling all over the world this summer to meet with you and chat about the MBA program. Please take a look at our Events page and fill out a “Getting Started” profile to be notified when we’re in your area. 

Hope to see you soon!

 
18 May 2017

Looking Ahead


The last week has been eventful in Dillon House—we sent out notifications to our regular admissions applicants and to our 2+2 applicants.

To all of you who applied—thank you. I hope you got some value out of the process in better understanding yourself and in clarifying the goals you have for the future. We certainly understand it is a lot of work to apply. So thank you. 

Now, we need to start looking ahead to the Class of 2020! Here are the application submission deadlines: 

• Round 1: September 6, 2017

• Round 2: January 3, 2018

• Round 3 / 2+2: TBD (sometime in early April)

The essay question will remain 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?”

We’ll open up the new application in early June. Good luck!

 
28 Apr 2017

Thoughts on Financial Aid


Last night I had the privilege of attending the 17th annual “Fellowship Dinner” at HBS. The dinner is for current students who have received need-based aid to study at HBS and the donors who make it possible. It was an impactful evening (!) and it drove home a few points for me about how financial aid works at HBS that I thought I’d share:

1. SCALE IMPACT:  There were hundreds of students and donors in attendance. I intellectually know that 50% of all HBS students receive an average fellowship of $74,000 over the two years (money that doesn’t need to be paid back). But seeing everyone together—filling up three basketball courts in the HBS gym (Shad Hall)—I was struck by how many people’s lives are impacted for good.

2. PERSONAL IMPACT:  But with that “scale” the way aid works at HBS is very individual and personal. See, when alumni give, their money is not just put in a big pot and divvied up among students with need. Nor are fellowships a behind-the-scenes way of discounting tuition for some students. The funds are real money from real people, and each donor’s contribution goes to a specific student. At the Fellowship Dinner, those giving and those receiving sit next to one another, and students are able to personally thank their benefactors. At my table last night, I saw great conversations, genuine heartfelt gratitude, and budding mentor relationships take hold. It was moving.

3. LIFETIME IMPACT: Finally, I was amazed that 150+ alumni donors and guests were present. These are busy people with busy lives all over the world. But here they are on campus to support these students. Many were fellowship recipients themselves as HBS students and feel an enduring connection to the School. 

More info about Financial Aid can be found on our website and in this webinar.

 
07 Apr 2017

Round 3 Dates


It’s official – the Class of 2019 application cycle is now closed!  We are already immersed in reading and enjoying getting to know you through your applications. Round 3 goes quickly, so let me lay out the dates for you.

Interview invitations and “early release”
•Regular MBA applicants: Wednesday, April 12 (at noon EST)

• 2+2 applicants: Wednesday, April 19th (at noon EST)

Note that if we are unable to invite you to interview, you will receive an “early release” notification on the same day so you can move forward with other plans.

Interview locations / dates
• Regular MBA applicants: We will host on campus interviews on Friday, April 28. Hub city interviews will be available in London (April 28-30), New York City (April 28), and Menlo Park, CA (April 24 and May 2). Skype as needed/requested. 

• 2+2 applicants: We will hold on campus interviews on Monday, May 1 and Monday, May 8. Hub city interviews will be available in London (April 28-30) and Menlo Park, CA (April 27 and May 4). Skype as needed/requested.

Remember that where you choose to interview does not affect our evaluation. It is the same trained members of the Admissions Board conducting the interviews in all locations.

Decision notification
• Regular MBA applicants: Wednesday, May 10 (at noon EST)

• 2+2 applicants: Wednesday, May 17 (at noon EST)

Phew! That was a lot for one post, but hopefully it’s helpful to have all the upcoming dates in one place.

 
29 Mar 2017

Last Minute Round 3 Questions


We’re only days away from the Round 3 deadline--and the end of our Class of 2019 application cycle. I know you know the deadline to submit is Monday, April 3 at noon Boston time. (Yes, we will keep things open for a bit afterward to catch all applications in the process of being submitted…but, it is your responsibility to get it in on time.) 

Last minute questions will inevitably come up, and we’re here for you. If you are stuck, give us a call or send us an email. In addition to our normal days and hours, we will be on the phones and on email over the weekend from 12-4 p.m. (again, Boston time) on both Saturday and Sunday if you need us.

We can’t wait to read your applications!

 
13 Mar 2017

Round 3


We wrapped up Round 2 interviews last week. What a pleasure to finally get to know you in person (or via Skype) and to learn from you. We are in the midst of the (tough) final decisions and will be back in touch soon – March 22 at noon Eastern Time via the online application system.

But, a break from Round 2 decisions to connect with all of you thinking about applying in Round 3 (deadline is April 3). A few thoughts:

2+2 deferred admissions applicants: If you’re a college senior thinking about 2+2, I’d encourage you to apply! The 2+2 program is small (and, yes, competitive). But, if you are not admitted now, you can get a few years of experience and apply again. There is (absolutely) no stigma attached to this, and many have been admitted to HBS through this path. If you are admitted through 2+2, you have the wonderful certainty of HBS in your future 2-4 years from now. Also, remember there is a reduced application fee for 2+2 applications.

Class of 2019 applicants: For those of you who want to be at HBS in the Fall of 2017, we’d love for you to apply! Yes, it’s true that many seats are filled in Rounds 1 and 2, but there are also fewer applicants in Round 3. We always admit some great candidates in Round 3. Are Round 3 admits eligible for financial aid? Absolutely! The same generous need-based financial aid is available to all admits. Please do keep in mind, however, if you are an international student, being admitted in Round 3 gives you less time for visa processing.

Hope this helps. Don’t forget we have two Q&A webinars coming up on March 20 and March 27 to help you answer any last minute questions.

 
08 Feb 2017

HBS Mission, the Case Method, and Diverse Perspectives


I feel fortunate to be affiliated with an institution with such a strong sense of mission. The HBS mission—to educate leaders who make a difference in the world—is at the core of all we do. It influences how we teach, how we learn, how we build community, and how we support one another. 

For the admissions team, the mission keeps us focused on crafting an exceptional class of leaders each year from across the entire world. We welcome applications from all people, everywhere, who share a passion for learning and making a difference in the world.

This past week, I had the great pleasure of spending two days with our Round 1 admits during Admitted Students Welcome. This gave me time to reflect, again, on the power of bringing together a smart, diverse, and motivated group of leaders in a learning community. 

This is especially true at HBS since the case method thrives on diverse perspectives. Easy answers are hard to come by in the real world, so the case method and the broader learning model at HBS are designed to help you develop good judgment. Let me explain.

Over the course of two years at HBS you put yourself in the shoes of hundreds of different business leaders facing big decisions. You debate with your classmates the best course of action, and you won’t always agree. But, you learn to listen, to respectfully make counterpoints, and to understand where someone else is coming from. Your professors expertly guide the conversation toward key insights, but much of the learning comes from your peers. The case method works because students bring different perspectives to the classroom every day -- perspectives shaped by their individual experiences, upbringings, world views, and aspirations.

When I was a student, the most meaningful case discussions were the ones where I came in with a strong opinion about what the case protagonist should do, then walked out of the debate having totally changed my mind. Over the course of two years my classmates molded me into a better communicator, a person with more empathy, and a leader with better judgment. (Although I still have a lot to learn!)

So this post is a (long-winded) way of reaffirming our commitment to assembling a class of remarkable leaders who will make a difference in the world, wherever they come from. The recent U.S. executive order restricting travel to America for citizens from certain countries does not change this, nor are we changing our admissions policy or practices as a result. 

While we have limited influence on visa and residency decisions by the government, we will do our best to make it possible for each admitted student to attend HBS (and we are working with our colleagues across Harvard University to ensure that the consequences of the order, as it is being evaluated by the judicial system, are understood). The case method, our community, and the HBS mission depend on it.

 
30 Jan 2017

Final Round 2 Interview Invitations


OK, we’re dotting i's and cross t’s and preparing to send out the final interview invitations on Wednesday, Feb. 1 at noon Eastern. For this wave of interviews, the online interview scheduler will go live immediately (not the day after). Don’t worry about which wave your invitation came in—we are equally excited about all our interview invitations!

On Wednesday we will also send out our “release” notifications to anyone who we cannot invite to interview. These are tough for us too…let me just plant this seed as you think about things over the next few months: If you do decide to reapply in a future year, remember that HBS IS A REAPPLICANT FRIENDLY SCHOOL. About 10% of each class is composed of students who didn’t get into HBS on their first try. Check out Ryan Hansen’s reapplication story here.

 
23 Jan 2017

Round 2 Interview Invitations


Good morning! We have had a busy few weeks, and we’re gearing up to send out our first wave of Round 2 interview invitations on Wednesday (Jan. 25) at noon Eastern. Remember, this is only a portion of the interview invites; the second (and final) wave will be distributed on Feb. 1.

The online interview scheduler will go live the day AFTER interview invitations go out, so you have time to think about dates/times/locations that work for you. 

And, a reminder, we love to welcome you on campus for interviews, but your odds of acceptance are the same if you interview in a Global Hub city, via Skype, or on campus. All interviews everywhere are conducted by members of the Admissions Board.

I know waiting is tough, but please don’t send in any additional information at this point. We consider your application complete once you hit submit. 

 
09 Jan 2017

Round 2 Applicants: What's Next?


Congratulations to all of you who submitted your applications in last week’s Round 2! Didn’t it feel good to hit the “submit” button? We had a beautiful snowfall here in Boston over the weekend, so you can imagine us, sitting by the fireplace with some hot chocolate, getting to know you.

A few Round 2 items to update you on:

• Interview invitations will go out in two waves: January 25 and Feb 1. As before, try not to worry about which day you receive an invitation to interview. It’s an administrative step for us to make sure everything goes smoothly with the interview invitations and sign-ups. Interviews will be held from February 3 – March 6. 

• In addition to on-campus interviews in Boston, we will be interviewing in Dubai, London, Menlo Park, New Delhi, New York, Paris, Shanghai, and Tokyo. No matter where you interview, a member of the Admissions Board will conduct your interview and the process and evaluation will be the same. If you do decide to come to campus to interview, you’ll also have a chance (if you want) to sit in on a class, meet fellow applicants, current students and faculty members.

And now, back to that hot chocolate…

 
03 Jan 2017

Countdown to Round 2


Happy New Year from HBS! With only 24 hours until the Round 2 deadline the Admissions team is ramping up and getting ready to read your applications.

A few things to keep in mind:

The Round 2 deadline is tomorrow at 12pm EST. 

We are available by phone and email if you have any questions or concerns.

Phone: +1.617.495.6128 
Email: admissions@hbs.edu
Technical Assistance: slatesupport@hbs.edu 

Notification day for Round 2 is Wednesday, March 22nd

Please submit your application as early as you are able, but rest assured that we will keep the application open after 12pm EST to receive all the applications that are in the process of being submitted.

We always get questions about late letters of recommendation. Just between you and me (don’t tell your procrastinating recommender), we will continue to accept recommendations all this week. Remember, it’s ultimately on you to make sure both letters are submitted.

I’ll post again in the next week or two to let you know about Round 2 interview invitation dates and hub cities – stay tuned.

 
20 Dec 2016

And Now for a Round 2 Update


Last week we welcomed the first members of the Class of 2019 to the HBS community. Hooray!

We’re now turning our attention to all you Round 2 applicants. A few notes:

• The Round 2 deadline is Wednesday, January 4th at 12pm EST. Applications will not be read before that time. We never shut down the application system until every application in the process of being submitted has been received. You will receive a confirmation email from our system once it goes through. 

• We have two webinars coming up that I encourage you to attend if you have any last minute questions or concerns:

Round 2 Application Webinar 12/21 at 12pm EST

Financial Aid Webinar 12/21 at 4pm EST

• The office (and all of HBS) will be closed from December 23 – January 2. We will be open 8:00-5:00pm EST on both Tuesday, January 3 and Wednesday, January 4. For Round 2 applicants, there will be limited technical support available over the break at slatesupport@hbs.edu. We'll also be keeping an eye on our general admissions mailbox, admissions@hbs.edu, but we will not be responding on the dates HBS is closed unless we think it is critical. I will post another update here when we return after break.

I hope you and your families have a wonderful holiday season, and we look forward to reading your applications in the New Year!

 
12 Dec 2016

Round One Decisions This Week


On my way into work this morning I tried to think about what might be most helpful to those of you who applied and interviewed with us in round one. Here goes:

First, let me start with some of the mechanics for Wednesday, December 14. Decisions will be released at 12 noon, Eastern Standard Time, via the Application Status page. (Just log in directly, you don’t need to wait for an email.) There will be one of three decisions: accept, waitlist or release. Accept and release are self-explanatory; the waitlist means that we are really encouraged about your candidacy but have not made a final decision yet. You should take it as a good sign! There will be more details on the waitlist on December 14 and in an email from Eileen Chang later in the week. 

Second, some advice. Before decisions are released, take some time (even 10 minutes) to reflect on the past couple of months. What have you learned about yourself and what’s important to you over the next few years (and decades)? How do you want to make a difference in the world and how does HBS fit into those plans? Once the decisions are released, there will be a swirl of activity, conversation and, maybe, emotion—so if you can, take time to feel as grounded as possible going into Wednesday.

We are delighted about the “accept” offers that will go out on Wednesday—we need each of your perspectives in the Class of 2019. We are grateful for all of you who have applied. 

For those applying in round two, we haven’t forgotten about you! I know it’s a busy time. I’ll post again with some more thoughts for you next week, but be sure to tune into our Round 2 Q&A webinar on December 14 at 4pm Eastern.

 
22 Nov 2016

Wrapping Up Interviews


As we packed up at the end of our last Round 1 interview day on campus, I chatted informally with a few other members of the Admissions Board about the incredible people we have met (that’s you) from around the world. Many of you told me that you were pleasantly surprised (and relieved) that the interviews were personal, conversational, and substantive. That’s music to my ears, and I hope it was true for all of you. We are really aiming to get to know you.

In the process of getting to know you, I felt the added bonus of learning so much from you—about your industries, the projects or deals you’ve worked on, the challenges you’ve overcome, your aspirations for the future, your perspectives on leadership and the role of business for good in our world. Thank you for that. Speaking with you reminds me of how much I learned from my classmates as a student here. 

Now your hard work is done, and ours begins continues. Relish in that as the Thanksgiving holiday (for those of you in the U.S.) approaches! Before you know it, December 14 and final Round 1 decisions will be here.

For those applying in Round 2—we look forward to meeting you, too. Remember that we’re here to help as you get your application over the finish line (by Jan 4!). Check out the rest of this website for great resources, and don’t hesitate to reach out to admissions@hbs.edu or +1 617-495-6128 if you have specific questions.

 
27 Sep 2016

The Scoop on Interviews/Next Steps


For someone new to Dillon House, I’ve noticed it’s been oddly quiet around here since Round One applications came in. I don’t mean we haven’t been busy—there is actually no busier time for us—but it has been audibly quiet as we’ve all been heads down, reading your (very thoughtful) applications.

The next step is interviews. We will be sending out interview invitations on the following three days: October 4, 6, and 12. Try not to read into which date you hear from us—being invited to interview on October 4 vs. October 12 does not mean you are more likely to be accepted. We spread out interview invitations to avoid congestion on the interview sign-up pages.

If you haven’t heard from us on October 4 or 6, you will hear one of three things from us on October 12: 1) Invitation to Interview 2) "Release" or 3) "Further Consideration." Let me explain. By "releasing" those of you who will not move forward with our process on October 12—rather than waiting until December to let you know—we hope to give you time to explore other potential options. For group 3), we would like to "Further Consider" your applications in Round Two.

Interviews will occur between October 23 and November 18. In addition to on-campus interviews, we also conduct interviews in Shanghai, Tokyo, Dubai, Mumbai, São Paulo, New York City, Palo Alto, London, and Paris. Where you interview does NOT affect your likelihood to be accepted (all interviews globally are conducted only by members of the Admissions Board), but if you come to Boston to interview, you’ll also have the chance to sit in on a class and interact with current students and faculty. Candidates who are not able to travel may be accommodated via Skype.

So, that’s the scoop on interviews! Now back to the best (and quietest) part of my day…reading your applications.

 
08 Sep 2016

Two Updates


Two updates for you today:

First: The HBS MBA Class of 2018 has officially started classes! It's an outstanding group, and as promised here is their final Class of 2018 profile.

Second: For the many of you who submitted your application yesterday for R1 - thank you. We received your applications and have been reading all morning. I just took a break for lunch and sat back for a few minutes to reflect on the amazing people I feel I've already met in the prospective Class of 2019. Wow. You inspire in ways big and small, and we are grateful for your interest in HBS.

Don't worry about interview invitations just yet; I will provide more details on that later. In the meantime, relish in the knowledge that your hard work is over (for now) and ours has begun. Now back to reading...

 
10 Aug 2016

“Tasting” the Case Method – Class Visits


For those of you applying in Round 1, I know I don’t have to remind you that the application deadline is less than a month away—September 7. Coming up! Good luck as you pull things together over the next couple of weeks.

What are we up to? We’ve been on the road a lot this summer, trying to spread the word about HBS. One of the things we always highlight (and receive lots of questions about) is the case method. It is the core teaching approach at HBS and, for most people, very different than their undergraduate experience. I could talk about the virtues of the case method (many!), but the rub is that it is actually very hard to describe yet easy to understand once you’ve experienced it in action—sort of like describing (vs. tasting) a new food or describing (vs. riding) a bike.

So…an invitation. Come to HBS for a visit—for a “taste” of the case method in action. In addition to  the tour and information sessions we hold on campus, you can sit in on a case method class. I still vividly remember the HBS class I visited as a prospective student. 

Sign up for class visits here. Or if you can’t make it to a visit on campus, check out this video on the case method. Current students have also written about their experience with the case method here.

 
14 Jul 2016

Class of 2018 - Preliminary Profile


Summer is in full swing in Dillon House, and one of the things we're most looking forward to is our incoming Class of 2018. Keep in mind this is a preliminary profile of the class for now. I will post the final matriculating class profile at the end of the summer.

Despite the beautiful weather in Boston, many of us are on the road over the summer encouraging people to learn more about HBS. We’d love to meet you at one of our global events. If we won’t be in your area, you can always check out one of our webinars.

 
10 Jun 2016

Business As Usual (Reprise)


Hello. Chad Losee here, writing to you for the first time. I came in to Dillon House early today to write this post; I’m sitting in an office across the hall from where I interviewed for admission into the HBS MBA program five and a half years ago. It’s surreal.

Let me begin by saying that I am humbled and honored to be serving HBS (and you) in this role. I remember quite clearly what it feels like to put yourself out there in a business school admissions process, and I am committed to keeping up the tradition of transparency and humanity that has been a hallmark of the admissions process at Harvard Business School for several years.

I’ll skip to the bottom line: I think you should apply. An MBA at HBS is a transformative experience—I learned and became so much more than what I started with. I brought one voice and one perspective to the case method classroom, but I was challenged and shaped and enhanced by the other 90 voices in the room. Now we need your distinct perspective in our classroom.

So…let me address a few things that may be on your mind:

WHO WE ARE LOOKING FOR HAS NOT CHANGED
Just to be clear: we are (still) looking for students who show 1) a habit of leadership, 2) analytical aptitude and appetite, and 3) engaged community citizenship. More on this here. We want you to apply.  

OUR ADMISSIONS PROCESS IS THE SAME
You may have already seen that our application is now live. As in years past, we will read (and re-read) and consider the application in its entirety —application, resume, essay, recommendations, transcripts, interview, post-interview reflection, GMAT or GRE scores, etc.  Said another way, no one thing will get you admitted or “released” from our admissions process. We are selecting a class with diverse backgrounds and perspectives—elements that are the foundation of learning by the case method.

WE ARE HERE IF YOU HAVE QUESTIONS OR NEED HELP 
Call us (+1 617 495 6128). Email us (admissions@hbs.edu). Come to one of our global outreach events. Join a live webinar. Drop by our office in Dillon House. Register (in September) to visit a class. We’re here for you.

More soon.