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    Introducing the Global Opportunity Fellowship (GO:Africa)

    February 1st, 2018

    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.

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    Wave 2: Invitations & Release Notifications Go Out Tomorrow

    January 29th, 2018

    ?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.

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    Wave 1: Invitations have gone out!

    January 26th, 2018

    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.

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    Round 2 Interviews

    January 17th, 2018

    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.

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    Class of 2020 Round 2 Deadline Day

    December 18th, 2017

    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 QA 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 We’re back in the office at 8:30am on January 2 for any last minute questions you may have: 617-495-6128 or

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

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    Countdown to December 12

    November 29th, 2017

    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.

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    November 15th, 2017

    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 QA 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 if we can be of any help.

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    Round 1 Final Interview Notifications

    October 5th, 2017

    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.

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    R1 Interview Invitations

    October 3rd, 2017

    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!

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    Round 1: Next Steps

    September 21st, 2017

    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!

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