24 Nov 2015

Harvard Business School Announces Peek Weekend 2016


BOSTON—Harvard Business School (HBS) announced today the initial details for its 2016 Peek Weekend, an educational experience designed to give current college sophomores, juniors, and seniors enrolled in a bachelor’s degree program knowledge of and insight into the Harvard MBA program.

To be held on the HBS campus in Boston from Friday, June 10, to Sunday, June 12, inclusive, Peek Weekend will help participants develop a broader understanding of the challenges leaders face, the many dimensions inherent in the business world, and the impact participants can have on their community and the world through organizational leadership.

Peek, which began in 2015 focusing on candidates from women’s colleges, will expand its applicant pool this year. The 2016 Weekend will include three cohorts, with each cohort having its own specific curriculum in addition to joint sessions for all Peek participants. Students should be in the Class of 2016, 2017 or 2018 and meet one of the following criteria to attend the Weekend:

Be enrolled at a women’s college;

Be majoring in science, technology, engineering, or mathematics (the so-called STEM subjects);

Come from a family-owned business background.

“These groups can be underrepresented in business school applicant pools,” said Dee Leopold, managing director of MBA Admissions and Financial Aid at HBS. “We want to do all we can to ensure that our admissions process reaches as many qualified students as possible and help them understand the many different options and opportunities a Harvard MBA can lead to in a graduate’s life.”

The application for Peek 2016 will be available online at the beginning of March and will require eligible students to supply a resume, an undergraduate transcript, and an essay on a topic to be announced at a later date.

Materials will be due no later than noon on Thursday, April 21. There is no application fee. Decisions will be released at noon on Thursday, May 5.

The cost of the 2016 Peek Weekend will be $500, which includes case materials, weekend accommodations in the School’s on-campus dormitories, and all meals. A limited number of need-based fellowships will be available. Students will be notified of financial aid awards after their acceptance to attend the Weekend. Applicants are encouraged to inquire about additional funding that may be available from their own college or university.

Peek participants will learn from faculty members who teach MBA courses at Harvard Business School during the academic year. Using the renowned case method of instruction that HBS pioneered in the teaching of management and leadership, professors will lead participant-based class discussions on current management challenges and opportunities.

Peek students will spend their evenings preparing for class by analyzing cases based on real companies and situations. In the mornings before class, they will be part of small study groups that enable them to test out and discuss their ideas with others before joining the rest of their classmates in an HBS classroom specially designed for examining ideas through lively interaction with peers and professors. The Weekend experience will also be supplemented by sessions with HBS students, alumni/ae, and staff.

Interested students can receive updates on the Weekend by joining the Peek mailing list: https://apply.hbs.edu/register/PeekInquiryForm

For answers to any questions, please email peek@hbs.edu.


Jim Aisner

About Harvard Business School

Founded in 1908 as part of Harvard University, Harvard Business School is located on a 40-acre campus in Boston. Its faculty of more than 250 offers full-time programs leading to the MBA and PhD degrees, as well as more than 175 Executive Education programs, and Harvard Business School Online, the School’s digital learning platform. For more than a century, faculty have drawn on their research, their experience in working with organizations worldwide, and their passion for teaching, to educate leaders who make a difference in the world. The School and its curriculum attract the boldest thinkers and the most collaborative learners who will go on to shape the practice of business and entrepreneurship around the globe.