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    Application Advice

    August 1st, 2017

    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.

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    Financial Aid: Introducing the Forward Fellowship

    July 20th, 2017

    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. 

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    MS/MBA – Big news!

    June 14th, 2017

    Beginning in August of 2018, HBS and the Harvard John A.
    Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) 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 website, see the two Deans discuss the degree, or hear why recent graduate Damjan Korac would have applied to the program. 

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    Class of 2019 – Preliminary Profile

    June 9th, 2017

    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.

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    Ready for 2020!

    June 2nd, 2017

    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!

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    Looking Ahead

    May 18th, 2017

    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!

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    Thoughts on Financial Aid

    April 29th, 2017

    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.

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    Round 3 Dates

    April 7th, 2017

    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 (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 (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.

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    Last Minute Round 3 Questions

    March 30th, 2017

    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!

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    Round 3

    March 14th, 2017

    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 QA webinars coming up on March 20 and March 27 to help you answer any last minute questions.

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