28 Jul 2020

Virtual Interviews in the 2020-2021 Application Year

I have said it before—the interview is a highlight of the application process for us. After getting to know you first through your written application, we finally get to have a conversation and learn more about you. Invariably the 30 minutes fly by.

Given the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, we have made the decision to conduct all of our interviews virtually during the 2020-2021 application year.  We feel this approach best meets potential health and safety concerns while enabling us to get to know you and make admissions decisions.

Rest assured, the interviews will still play the same role in our admissions process. All interviews will continue to be conducted by our Interview Board—a small group of about 25 individuals, who are trained and conduct many interviews per year. For each interview, we prepare as we would for a case discussion—having thoroughly read your application and ready for an interesting and dynamic conversation with you. That will not change in our virtual interview format. 

For many years, we have conducted virtual interviews for candidates who could not travel to one of our hub cities, and this summer we conducted all of our 2+2 interviews virtually. We are confident the interview experience in this upcoming year will be a great one.

We will also be developing ways for you to engage with the HBS community virtually as you go through the admissions process. Best of luck to those of you preparing to submit an application before our Round 1 deadline on September 8, 2020.  We look forward to getting to know you through your application!

23 Jun 2020

2+2 next steps: Interviews and early release

Thank you to everyone who applied to HBS via the 2+2 program. We have enjoyed getting to know you and appreciate you opening up and sharing your personal stories.

Tomorrow, June 24, at 12:00 noon Eastern Time, each of you will receive individual news on next steps. There are two possibilities:

  • Invite to Interview – Congrats!
  • Early Release – Unfortunately, we are not able to move you forward in the process, but hope you will think of HBS again and encourage you to reapply in the future.

If you are invited to interview tomorrow, the online scheduling system will be live immediately and you will be able to choose the date and time for your interview. All interviews will be conducted virtually this summer via Skype.

17 Jun 2020

Application for the Class of 2023 now open

We just opened our application for those applying to start at HBS in 2021. Our first application deadline is September 8th at Noon ET and our Round 2 deadline is January 5th at Noon ET.  You can access the application here.

Please feel free to check out a series of application tips I put together that hopefully give you some ideas for your application. Over the next few weeks we’ll also be launching a series of application videos featuring Director of Evaluation Sarah Lucas and me. Follow us on Instagram to learn when they become available!

Now more than ever we need leaders who can make a difference in the world. I hope you will consider applying to HBS. We certainly look forward to getting to know you.

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.


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