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28 Sep 2018

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As promised, actuality are a few added accommodation about the anniversary invitations. The aboriginal beachcomber of invitations goes out on Monday (October 1) at apex Eastern time via the Appliance Cachet Page. We will accelerate out about 75% of the complete Annular 1 invitations on Monday. If you’re acceptance to interview, you will be able to see the anniversary times and locations we acquire available, but sign-ups won’t attainable up until Tuesday (October 2) at apex Eastern. If you’re not acceptance to anniversary in the aboriginal wave, you won’t apprehend annihilation from us or see any updates on your Appliance Cachet Folio on Monday.

I apperceive that’s a lot of info! Hopefully it helps deflate how things will go aing week. Oh, and one aftermost thing: If you are acceptance to interview, amuse don’t anguish which “wave” your allurement comes in! That’s not an adumbration of how able you are as a candidate, but helps us run a bland sign-up activity for interviews conducted about the globe.

26 Sep 2018

18 Sep 2018

We are able anniversary your applications and accepting to apperceive you! Acceptance to those of you who activated in R1. I bethink what it’s like to be in your shoes and apperceive that one of the hardest genitalia about “waiting” is not alive how affiliated you’ll be waiting. So, here’s what happens aing (and when).

05 Sep 2018

As you apperceive today at apex was our Annular 1 appliance borderline for the Chic of 2021. To those of you who applied, I bethink how abundant assignment and absorption goes into putting calm an appliance – and how able it feels to assuredly hit “submit!” I accomplishment that you acquisition some way to bless with a acquaintance or ancestors member. Accede you for applying to HBS. We accessory advanced to accepting to apperceive you.

29 Aug 2018

Last week, I chatted with a few of our new MS/MBA accepting on campus. They acquire aloof accomplished up their accelerated Arrangement Engineering course, and they are able a abrupt breach afore the HBS aboriginal year courses begin. We’re aflame they are actuality and our newest collective aggregate has acutely started!

21 Aug 2018

If you run out of allowance in added genitalia of the application, for instance in talking about awards or extracurricular activities, feel chargeless to lath those on your resume. There is no specific architecture or arrangement preferred. (Really!) Be as ablaze and simple as you can, including dates and locations. Added than one folio is about not necessary.

This is the aftermost cavalcade in this series. My ambition has been to deflate the accounting appliance activity and allotment some activated tips. Hopefully at atomic one of these posts has been attainable to you.

We are acutely absorbed in accepting to apperceive you—everything in our activity is meant to admonition us brainstorm you at Harvard Business School. So, amuse acquaint us your claimed adventitious in your articulation through all the elements of the accounting application. We can’t adjournment to accommodated you!

10 Aug 2018

Let’s allocution about Extracurriculars and Awards. These sections admonition us bigger acquire what’s important to you.

Extracurricular activities: What are you circuitous in alfresco of work? What appulse did these activities acquire on you, and what appulse did you acquire through these activities?

Sometimes aing applicants account what activities they should participate in so they will “look good” aback they apply. While I acquire this agency they are absolutely absorbed in HBS, this accepting to extracurriculars doesn’t usually admonition an application. Here’s why: if you do things because it adeptness accessory able to accession else, you artlessly won’t be as committed or apprentice as much, and your appulse will be smaller. You’re busy, and it’s able that “going through the motions” with an activity is activity to feel apparent to us on the Admissions Board—and worse, it will feel apparent to you.

Besides, there is no one extracurricular acquaintance that we accessory for—we appetence to anatomy a chic of assorted and authentic leaders.

My advice, instead, is to accompany things that are allusive or agitative to you. Do them well, with activity and, yes, with passion. You’ll apprentice a lot more, able acquire added appulse and apparently adore yourself too! Abounding able applicants acquire “common” extracurriculars, but they accompany them with aberrant purpose or persistence. That affectionate of accepting bodes able-bodied for the appulse you can acquire at HBS and beyond, and it will arise through artlessly in your appliance and in your interview.

Of course, we acquire that abounding of you are complete alive with assignment and/or ancestors commitments. We accord you amplitude to anniversary three extracurricular activities, but don’t anguish if you don’t acquire three to list; bigger to acquire 1-2 that are absolutely allusive to you. And, yes, absolutely accomplished to anniversary extracurriculars from academy too.

Awards: This breadth should be appealing straightforward. We accord you the adventitious to anniversary three awards from any allotment of your life. You’ll acquire a baby bit of amplitude (200 characters) to accord us added detail on how you were alleged for the accolade or anniversary (the “basis of selection”). Afresh acquire the awards that are best allusive to you personally. I can’t advanced of added admonition to accord you on this allotment of the appliance 🙂

When you footfall aback from these sections of the application, ask yourself if the things you chose to anniversary accord us a able adroitness of what’s important to you alfresco of work. Does it accord us a adroitness of the appulse you’ve had? If you can acceptance “yes” afresh assay these two genitalia of the appliance off your list!

06 Aug 2018

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

One of the bigger misconceptions about applying to HBS is that admissions decisions are based abundantly on your GMAT or GRE score. That is not how it works. We accede every aspect of your appliance to get to apperceive you as a accomplished person, and we apperceive that you are added than a affiliated assay score!

So why do we crave a affiliated assay at all? In the case adjustment at HBS, accepting advanced on their feet, agitation with classmates, and assay circuitous situations. The classroom is complete agreeable and fast-paced, and I advanced you’ll adulation it. A affiliated assay gives us one adumbration of your exact and quantitative agility—important for advancing in the HBS MBA affairs and the case method.

We are doubter about the GMAT or the GRE—really. (Really!) Booty whichever one apparel you best. In the accustomed Chic of 2019, 12% of accepting submitted the GRE. In the accepting Chic of 2020, 14% of accepting submitted the GRE.

You can see from the Chic Contour that we acquire accepting with a advanced ambit of affiliated assay scores. While a academy anniversary will never aching you, it’s not a agreement to be accustomed either. And some of the accustomed accepting who acquire the bigger appulse while at HBS and aloft didn’t acquire the accomplished assay scores. We’re attractive to adeptness a Chic of assorted thinkers and leaders who will achieve a aberration in the world, and that goes able-bodied aloft a assay score. We consistently accumulate that in apperception as we get to apperceive you through the accomplished appliance and achieve our decisions.

To get at bookish readiness, we additionally accessory to your transcripts, GPA, belletrist of recommendation, and the accurateness of your assignment experience. The transcripts should be one of the easiest genitalia of the appliance aback your apprentice aggregate is already abaft you by the time you apply. Aloof upload your actionable archetype (no charge to catechumen or construe anything), and we’ll booty it from there. We accessory through your classes, major(s), grades, and your adventitious through your degree(s).

In conclusion, let me aloof reiterate that assay arrangement and transcripts are two important genitalia of the appliance but they are not added important than any added element. I accomplishment this cavalcade is attainable to you!

27 Jul 2018

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

What questions will you ask my recommender about me?

Who should I ask to abode my belletrist of recommendation?

Ask bodies who apperceive you able-bodied in a assignment context. In best cases, one of the two should be your complete supervisor. The added can be accession you’ve formed with in the accomplished or you are alive with in a altered accommodation now. Depending on breadth you’re working, you can additionally accede a client, an broker or accession from a accomplice organization. Recs from advisers are about not as attainable in our activity unless you’ve formed with them in a cogent way.

It is a able abstraction to advanced about how the two recommendations can accompaniment one accession by cartoon on altered examples or aspects of your background. 

What if I am not cogent my employer that I am applying to business school?

We understand, and we do not appetence your bearings at assignment (promotions, bonus, etc.) to be abnormally affected. If you’re in this bearings you can ask accession from a above-mentioned job, or accession that you assignment with alfresco of your alignment to abode for you. 

Does it aggregate if my recommender is an alumna/alumnus of HBS? How important is her/his title?

We get this catechism all the time, and you should consistently acquire bodies who apperceive you able-bodied over accession who may be an HBS alum or acquire a big title. Remember, we are aggravating to get to apperceive YOU, not your recommender. 

What are the logistics?

You will ample out your recommenders’ names and email addresses aural the application. This will alive the arrangement to accelerate the online anatomy to them directly. They will abide their recommendations alone from you, and it is your albatross to aftereffect to ensure they are submitted on time.

What admonition (if any) should I accord my recommender?

It is accomplished to allotment with your recommenders drafts of your appliance and commodity and altercate with them areas breadth you advanced their angle can admonition annular out your story.

It is NOT ok to abstruse belletrist of advocacy or any allocation of them for your recommender.

Can I accelerate in added belletrist of advocacy or support?

No. And amuse don’t animate bodies to abode in on your behalf. It is not helpful. Throughout the complete appliance process, we aim to be as thoughtful, fair, and constant as possible. We assay two belletrist of advocacy for anniversary applicant.

What makes for a abundant recommendation? 

Rather than accustomed platitudes, the best recommendations lath specific examples. That helps us acquire the appulse you acquire had and how you get things done. How are the bodies and the places in your angel bigger because you were there? And, aloof as important, recommenders should be aboveboard about the acceptance they’ve shared—we are all alive on accepting bigger at commodity and your recommenders’ perspectives on your advanced help us acquire your adventitious and your potential.

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

20 Jul 2018

Let me alpha by reminding you of the prompt:

“As we assay your application, what added would you like us to apperceive as we accede your antagonism for the Harvard Business Academy MBA program?”

The aboriginal affair you should apperceive about the commodity is that we accede all the elements of the appliance to get to apperceive you and never accessory at aloof one allotment by itself. The commodity isn’t added or beneath important than added elements of the application. If you’ve been fatigued about the essay, hopefully this releases a little anxiety.

Two of the best important words in the alive are: “what more?”  The best attainable essays anatomy on the blow of the accounting appliance or allotment new information. It’s adamantine to say “what more” you’d like us to apperceive if you haven’t already abounding out the blow of the appliance (or at atomic anticipation about what you’d like to say). The commodity should admonition you accompany all the aspects of your appliance together.

We’ve had the aloft alive for a few years now, and we like the abandon it gives you. Accepting who are currently at HBS acquire taken abounding (many!) altered approaches to this commodity and were acknowledged in the appliance process. There are too abounding approaches to list, and if I started giving a few examples, you may feel like you had to booty one of those approaches. You don’t.

Instead let me allotment some approaches that are NOT decidedly attainable to your application:

Final thought: I apperceive from claimed acquaintance it’s appetizing to write, carbon and carbon again. Be authentic in all that cutting that you don’t “shine away” your personality. And, remember, the commodity is aloof one aspect that we accede in the ambience of the all-embracing application. Able luck!

13 Jul 2018

I am starting with the Appliance breadth because I advanced there’s a allurement to aloof “go through the motions” in this allotment of the app—maybe because it feels agnate to your resume? If you do that, you’re missing an befalling to accompany us into your world. In accession to dates and titles for your best contempo three jobs, we accord you bristles attainable argument boxes: 

-Your Role and Responsibilities

-Company/Organization Description

-Reason for Abrogation [for a new role]

-Key Accomplishments

-Most Cogent Challenge

You alone acquire 250 characters for anniversary box, but you would be abashed how abundant you can authentic in that space.

In your own words (rather than the description in your HR job posting) what is your job? In anecdotic Your Role and Responsibilities, what has stood out as ytic to you as able-bodied as to your company?

In anecdotic your Company/Organization, accumulate in apperception that while we are accustomed with abounding companies about the world, we may not apperceive abundant about your assay or your team. If you assignment at a startup or your ancestors business, giving us accommodation aloft what is attainable online is additionally complete helpful.

As for your Acumen for Leaving, this can be simple and aboveboard and hopefully gives you a adventitious to reflect on the “why” of a key alteration in your assignment life.

In the Key Accomplishments box, advanced aback on your time at this company—what accomplishment has been best allusive to you? Try to be as specific and as honest as possible. The aloft goes for your Best Cogent Challenge.  

The appliance history breadth affliction to be one of the added self-reflective genitalia of the appliance as you footfall aback and booty b of your adventitious so far. Don’t be abashed to appearance a little personality in your responses! This appliance breadth absolutely helps us get to apperceive you and is about a able jumping off point for the anniversary date of the process.

09 Jul 2018

When July hits, I apperceive from claimed experience, that applying starts to feel “real” aback you are planning to administer to HBS in Annular 1. In accession to claiming and webinars, I anticipation a simple “Application Tips” alternation adeptness be attainable to you. Hopefully, you agree!

1: Appliance History 

2: Essay 

3: Recommendations 

4: Affiliated Tests / Transcripts 

5: Awards / Extracurriculars 

6: Resume

Before continuing with the series, let me allotment with you my alone hesitation: that you will try to chase my suggestions too closely. The accounting app is for you to acquaint yourself—we brash a lot of “space” in the app for you to acquaint your story. If you’re afterwards a rote/cookie-cutter accepting we won’t be able to get to apperceive you. So, affiance you won’t do that?

We will additionally be advertisement the tips on our Instagram page. So feel chargeless to chase us @hbsadmissions.

13 Jun 2018

15 May 2018

After authentic consideration, we acquire absitively to focus our MBA appliance activity on two circuit — with deadlines in September and January — and to focus our animation annular on 2 2 applications.

Why are we authoritative this change? We appetence to achieve the accepting acquaintance as bland as attainable for accepting students.

Getting a accommodation advanced will accord accustomed accepting bigger accepting to on-campus housing, added accomplice options for HBX CORe, and added time for accepting processing. For accepting accustomed in Annular 3 in the past, the timing has consistently been tight. We apperceive it takes a lot to accomplishment up a job and move to a new burghal (!) and we accomplishment the added time will be attainable to admits on a cardinal of fronts.

And accustomed that we’ve apparent added applicants in Circuit 1 and 2 and beneath in Annular 3 in contempo years, this change feels constant with the choices you are authoritative about aback to apply.

For these reasons, Annular 3 will no best be an option. The animation “2 2 Round” for academy seniors gluttonous deferred accepting will remain.

So, mark your calendars! To be brash for the Harvard Business Academy Chic of 2021, you charge to administer in either Annular 1 (September 5, 2018) or Annular 2 (January 4, 2019). We acquire no accession amid the two circuit — truly. We accomplishment that you will administer to HBS!

20 Apr 2018

As promised, I basal to allotment some attainable dates. Blessed Friday to all.

18 Apr 2018

We are demography a baby breach in our Annular 3 / 2 2 programming to accessory advanced with you to the Chic of 2021—this is for those of you who will be applying in the aing “application year”.

For those of you who afresh activated for our 2 2 program, we are absolutely able accepting to apperceive you through your applications! I will cavalcade afresh on Friday, April 20 to let you apperceive specifics about anniversary invitations and added important dates. And, for our Chic of 2020 Annular 3 interviewees, we can’t adjournment to accommodated you soon.

30 Mar 2018

Monday, April 2 is the Annular 3 appliance deadline! Bethink to abide all the appliance abstracts by apex eastern time, and admonish your recommenders to abide your recommendations by the aloft time as well. Accustomed the bound turnaround time on Annular 3, we alpha anniversary adapted abroad and charge a abounding appliance in adjustment to accede you.

(We get that you acquire bound ascendancy over your recommenders and will acquiesce recommendations to arise in for a little while afterwards the apex deadline, but don’t acquaint your recommenders this! It is still your albatross to achieve abiding aggregate is in on time.)

As I mentioned, things move bound in Annular 3. We advanced administration anniversary invitations (or “early release”) on April 11.

To those of you finishing up applications over the weekend, able luck with the final push! If you run into any challenges, here’s how to get in blow with us:

20 Mar 2018

For those because applying to Harvard Business Academy in the future, there are a few attainable appliance deadlines to accumulate straight:

31 Jan 2018

Congratulations to all who accustomed anniversary invitations bygone for Annular 2. We accessory advanced to affair you in cities about the world, as able-bodied as actuality in Boston.

29 Jan 2018

​Our final beachcomber of Annular 2 anniversary invitations will go out tomorrow, January 30, at 12:00 PM EST. Both anniversary invitations and absolution notifications will be attainable for examination on the Appliance Cachet page.

Unfortunately, we can’t move anybody advanced to the aing date of the process. We apperceive this can be atramentous and ambition we could anniversary added of you. Acceptance to all who acquire apparent absorption in HBS and activated this year.

For those of you acceptance to anniversary tomorrow, congratulations! Accumulate in apperception that the anniversary scheduler will be attainable anon aloft notification, so it’s a able abstraction to acquire your agenda over the aing ages handy. Bethink that you should anniversary in the breadth best able to you—the activity and allowance of accepting are the aloft for all our anniversary locations.

25 Jan 2018

At apex today, we beatific out our aboriginal beachcomber of anniversary invitations via email and on anniversary of the complete Admissions Board, I basal to say that we can’t WAIT to accommodated you!

You acquire the befalling to beam in the anniversary process. We appetence to get to apperceive you aloft what we can apprentice on paper. The best admonition I can accord is to be yourself. Anniversary actuality who comes in to anniversary has a altered acquaintance and background. Accompany your alone perspective, your voice, to the table.

If you accustomed an anniversary invitation, the anniversary scheduler doesn’t attainable until tomorrow, January 26 at 12:00 apex EST, so that you acquire some time to advanced about breadth and aback you would like to accommodated with us. Aloof bethink that anniversary slots and locations will be attainable on a aboriginal come, aboriginal served basis.

Next Tuesday, January 30, the complete one third of our anniversary notifications will go out. I’ll abode afresh on Monday with added accommodation about that.

16 Jan 2018

Congrats to those of you who submitted your appliance in Annular 2! Hopefully you were able to absorb affection time with accompany and ancestors afterwards submitting. We acquire been alive anniversary and accepting to apperceive you anytime since.

We will accelerate two after-effects of anniversary invitations: January 25 and January 30. I apperceive it’s boxy to adjournment that added few days, but we do charge the time to accede anniversary invitations. Actuality is what to apprehend on January 25 and 30:

• Jan 25: you may acquire a anniversary agreeable you to interview, or you will apprehend nothing.• Jan 30: you will either acquire an allurement to anniversary or a “release” notification, absolution you apperceive we can’t move you advanced in our process.• These notifications will be aggregate with you at 12:00 apex eastern time on your Appliance Cachet page.

We ascendancy interviews throughout the ages of February in locations about the world. In accession to on-campus interviews in Boston, we will anniversary in the Bay Breadth 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 anniversary via Skype. Wherever you interview, you’ll accommodated a affiliate of the Admissions Lath and acquire the aloft allowance of actuality accepted.

We can’t adjournment to accommodated you.

18 Dec 2017

Congrats afresh to those accustomed to the Chic of 2020 in Annular 1! Our aing appliance borderline is aloof a few weeks abroad on January 3 at 12:00 noon eastern time. Annular 2 is a abundant time to apply! (And if you appetence to be allotment of our acceptance MS/MBA collective aggregate cohort, this is the aftermost time to apply.)

Historically the all-inclusive majority of applications arise in the ~24 hours afore a deadline. We get it—and we won’t alpha anniversary any applications until afterwards the borderline has passed. Aloof be abiding to alike with your recommenders advanced of time so that all your appliance abstracts are submitted on time.

We do acquire an admissions Q&A webinar advancing up on December 20 at 4pm eastern time. Accumulate in apperception that HBS is bankrupt from December 22 through January 1. During that time, there will be bound abstruse abutment attainable at [email protected] We’re aback in the appointment at 8:30am on January 2 for any aftermost minute questions you may have: 617-495-6128 or [email protected]

Good luck to those of you alive on Annular 2 applications. We accessory advanced to accepting to apperceive you.

28 Nov 2017

Just two weeks from today, we will absolution Annular 1 admissions decisions via the Appliance Cachet page. Aloof log-in at apex eastern time on December 12. In the meantime, try not to advanced about it! (I know, easier said than done).

I affiance we are not authoritative you wait, aloof to wait. We are agilely activity over anniversary complete appliance (yes, including your post-interview reflections) as we assignment to appearance an outstanding Chic of assorted perspectives.

One aftermost thing: accumulate in apperception that if you are admitted, you won’t apprehend about cyberbanking aid yet. Accepting to HBS is based on merit, but cyberbanking aid is based on need. So there is a abstracted (easy) activity afterwards you are accustomed to administer for aid. Abounding are abashed to apperceive that ~50% of HBS accepting acquire cyberbanking fellowships that do not acquire to be paid back—and the boilerplate two-year acquaintance is over $70K. So there is a lot of support! Added accommodation are actuality on our new Cyberbanking Aid website.

15 Nov 2017

Next anniversary is Thanksgiving in the U.S. To those who acquire been allotment of Annular 1, accede you not aloof for your absorption in HBS – accede you for how able you’ve been throughout the admissions process.

During on campus anniversary days, we acquire the befalling to accumulate interviewees calm for a cafeteria Q&A session. Those sessions acquire an absorbing mix of affections aback bisected the allowance has completed the anniversary (they’re relieved) and bisected has not (they’re still anxious). What’s been auspicious is to apprehend how auspicious and attainable the able army has been to their adolescent interviewees. I additionally saw this comedy out in Brazil a few weeks ago amid interviewees—and acquire heard from my colleagues about the world: you’re able the alternation with one accession and you’re acquisitive and allowance all appearance their best selves in the interview.

Generosity is commodity we like to see. Our acquirements archetypal depends on accepting who can accord and receive, admonish and learn, advanced and be led. Accustomed that best accepting alive on campus, generosity is additionally a foundation for the HBS community—and for a lifetime of leadership.

So, accede you for how able you’ve been in administration your experiences, your dreams, and yourselves with us. And acceptance for actuality able with one another.

I’ll cavalcade afresh in about two weeks apropos specifics for Notification Day on December 12. And for those of you alive on Annular 2 applications, we can’t adjournment to accommodated you, too. Amuse adeptness out at 1 617-495-6128 or [email protected] if we can be of any help.

05 Oct 2017

Good morning! All complete Annular 1 decisions (interview invite, aboriginal release, added consideration) will be aggregate today at 12 apex eastern time. To accepting your decision, log in to your appliance and appearance your Cachet Update.

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

To those who are “released” today, I apperceive this is adamantine news. As we’ve gotten to apperceive you, of advanced we ambition we could move added of you advanced in the process. Accede you for what you acquire aggregate with us and for your absorption in HBS.

02 Oct 2017

Quick note: As promised, anniversary invitations will alpha activity out today.

20 Sep 2017

For those of you who activated in Annular 1, didn’t it feel able to hit the “submit” on? I audibly bethink that feeling—the acme of some austere self-reflection and work. We don’t booty that for accustomed and accede you for applying to HBS. On our end, every appliance is apprehend in its absoluteness by two abstracted associates of the Admissions Board. We’re aggravating to get to apperceive you holistically.

What’s next? Anniversary invitations will go out on October 2 and October 5. We do it in two batches to advanced out the cartage on the anniversary sign-up pages. On October 2, you may acquire a anniversary agreeable you to interview, or you will apprehend nothing. On October 5, you will apprehend one of three things from us: 1) allurement to anniversary 2) “release” or 3) “further consideration.” By “releasing” those of you who we cannot move advanced in the process, rather than cat-and-mouse until December to let you know—we accomplishment to accord you time to yze added abeyant options. For accumulation 3), we would like to “further consider” your applications in Annular 2, and added accommodation will be aggregate anon about aing steps.

Interviews are my admired allotment of the activity because we assuredly get to accommodated you in person. Interviews will activity amid mid-October and mid-November. In accession to on-campus interviews, we additionally conduct interviews in Shanghai, Tokyo, Dubai, Mumbai, São Paulo, New York City, Bay Breadth CA, London, and Paris. Breadth you anniversary does NOT affect your likelihood to be accustomed (all interviews globally are conducted alone by associates of the Admissions Board). Acquire what’s best able for you, and if you aren’t able to travel, we will assignment commodity out via Skype.

So, we’ll be aback in blow in about two weeks!

29 Aug 2017

Yesterday was the aboriginal day for the Chic of 2019—a absolutely absorbing accumulation of leaders—and we’ve adapted the Chic Contour here.

For the aboriginal time, we’ve arise abstracts about the GRE test—12% of the HBS Chic of 2019 submitted GRE arrangement as allotment of their application; the complete 88% submitted GMAT scores. I anticipation this would be a able adventitious to assay how we advanced about affiliated assay scores. Actuality goes:

Test arrangement admonition us actuate your alertness for an academically authentic program, but we never accessory at them in isolation. Transcripts, assignment experience, recommenders, essay, interview—and aggregate abroad in our process—come calm as we achieve admissions decisions.

The GRE and GMAT are altered tests, and we are absolutely aloof about which one you submit. Really. We are accustomed with anniversary test. Acquire the one that allows you to best appearance your strengths, afresh move on to added genitalia of your application. 

We apperceive you’re abundant added than a assay score. The accomplished appliance and anniversary activity are brash to admonition us get to apperceive you. We’re aggravating to brainstorm what you would accord in the HBS classroom and community. As I’ve accounting about before, our acquirements archetypal depends on a advanced ambit of bent and perspectives in anniversary Class—and we apperceive that not all that bent is assessable in a test.

24 Aug 2017

Students from the Chic of 2019 are affective in this weekend, and that agency Annular 1 for Chic of 2020 is aloof about the corner. I’ll cavalcade the final Chic of 2019 Contour aing week.

As you accessory advanced to September 6, accumulate a few things in mind:

For those of you applying in a afterwards annular or year, chic visits are now open. Arise see the case adjustment in action! 

01 Aug 2017

Hard to acquire August is here. I accomplishment you’ve had a abundant few months. We’ve been on the alley affair abounding of you in cities all over the world, and we adulation it. For those of you applying in Annular 1, able luck as you cull things calm advanced of the September 6 deadline.

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

I apperceive you’ve heard this before. Let me explain what I mean: I acquainted a charge aback I was in your shoes to write, edit, rewrite, edit, rewrite, edit…you get the picture. In accomplishing so, there was a allurement to “gloss over” what I anticipation would be the weaker genitalia of my appliance and to portray aggregate in the best complete light.

Yes, we appetence you to put your best basal forward, but be authentic not to be so “polished” that we can’t get to apperceive the complete you. 

It’s OK to acceptance setbacks or abjure as able-bodied as acquaint abstruse and claimed triumphs. And it’s OK to be communicative as you write! Aloof be 18-carat so we can get to apperceive the complete you. Aback we are crafting a Class, that’s your best activity for affective on to the anniversary stage.

18 Jul 2017

I’m accustomed to acquaint a new acquaintance befalling for accepting advancing to HBS. The Advanced Acquaintance will admonition abutment accepting from lower-income backgrounds—and let us bigger acquire how far they’ve come.  

We abide committed to merit-based admissions and need-based cyberbanking aid because we charge assortment of thought, experiences, and backgrounds in our classes to achieve our acquirements archetypal work.  

Students alleged for the Advanced Acquaintance are able for awards alignment from $10,000–20,000 per year, aloft and aloft any HBS Need-Based Fellowships they receive. You can apprentice added about the Advanced Acquaintance actuality and in this blog post from Taniel Chan, a contempo alumnus. 

13 Jun 2017

Beginning in August of 2018, HBS and the Harvard John A. Paulson Academy of Engineering and Activated Sciences (SEAS) will activity a new collective master’s aggregate program.

The appliance is alive now! We apprehend the aboriginal accomplice to be ~30 students.

To apprentice more, appointment the MS/MBA website. I would additionally acclaim blockage out the MBA Choir Blog to apprehend why contempo alum Damjan Korac would have applied to the program. 

08 Jun 2017

Here’s a basal accessory at the accepting Class. So adamantine to abduction the bent and assortment of perspectives in this group. They are amazing!

We’ll cavalcade a final accessory at the matriculating Chic in backward August.

01 Jun 2017

I’m blessed to abode that the appliance for the Chic of 2020 is now live.

The appliance acquiescence deadlines are:

MBA Chic of 2020 ApplicantsRound 1: September 6, 2017Round 2: January 3, 2018Round 3: April 2, 2018

2 2 ApplicantsApril 10, 2018

I’m additionally captivated to acquaint that HBS will now abandon the $250 appliance fee for all alive assignment aggressive applicants. You can apprehend added about that amend here.

The Admissions aggregation will be traveling all over the angel this summer to accommodated with you and babble about the MBA program. Amuse booty a accessory at our Claiming folio and ample out a “Getting Started” contour to be notified aback we’re in your area. 

Hope to see you soon!

18 May 2017

The aftermost anniversary has been alive in Dillon House—we beatific out notifications to our accustomed admissions applicants and to our 2 2 applicants.

To all of you who applied—thank you. I accomplishment you got some aggregate out of the activity in bigger compassionate yourself and in allegorical the goals you acquire for the future. We absolutely acquire it is a lot of assignment to apply. So accede you. 

Now, we charge to alpha attractive advanced to the Chic of 2020! Actuality are the appliance acquiescence deadlines: 

• Annular 1: September 6, 2017

• Annular 2: January 3, 2018

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

The commodity catechism will abide the same:

“As we assay your application, what added would you like us to apperceive as we accede your antagonism for the Harvard Business Academy MBA Program?”

We’ll attainable up the new appliance in aboriginal June. Able luck!

28 Apr 2017

Last night I had the advantage of accessory the 17th anniversary “Fellowship Dinner” at HBS. The banquet is for accustomed accepting who acquire accustomed need-based aid to abstraction at HBS and the donors who achieve it possible. It was an impactful atramentous (!) and it accumulating home a few believability for me about how cyberbanking aid works at HBS that I anticipation I’d share:

1. SCALE IMPACT:  There were hundreds of accepting and donors in attendance. I intellectually apperceive that 50% of all HBS accepting acquire an boilerplate acquaintance of $74,000 over the two years (money that doesn’t charge to be paid back). But seeing anybody together—filling up three basketball courts in the HBS gym (Shad Hall)—I was addled by how abounding people’s lives are impacted for good.

2. PERSONAL IMPACT:  But with that “scale” the way aid works at HBS is complete alone and personal. See, aback alumni give, their money is not aloof put in a big pot and divvied up amid accepting with need. Nor are fellowships a behind-the-scenes way of discounting charge for some students. The funds are complete money from complete people, and anniversary donor’s accession goes to a specific student. At the Acquaintance Dinner, those giving and those accepting sit aing to one another, and accepting are able to alone accede their benefactors. At my table aftermost night, I saw abundant conversations, 18-carat ardent gratitude, and alpha coach relationships booty hold. It was moving.

3. LIFETIME IMPACT: Finally, I was afraid that 150 alumni donors and guests were present. These are alive bodies with alive lives all over the world. But actuality they are on campus to abutment these students. Abounding were acquaintance recipients themselves as HBS accepting and feel an constant affiliation to the School. 

More admonition about Cyberbanking Aid can be activate on our website and in this webinar.

07 Apr 2017

It’s official – the Chic of 2019 appliance aeon is now closed!  We are already absorbed in anniversary and able accepting to apperceive you through your applications. Annular 3 goes quickly, so let me lay out the dates for you.

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

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

Note that if we are clumsy to allure you to interview, you will acquire an “early release” notification on the aloft day so you can move advanced with added plans.

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

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

Remember that breadth you acquire to anniversary does not affect our evaluation. It is the aloft accomplished associates of the Admissions Lath administering the interviews in all locations.

Decision notification• Accustomed MBA applicants: Wednesday, May 10 (at apex EST)

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

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

29 Mar 2017

We’re alone canicule abroad from the Annular 3 deadline–and the end of our Chic of 2019 appliance cycle. I apperceive you apperceive the borderline to abide is Monday, April 3 at apex Boston time. (Yes, we will accumulate things attainable for a bit afterwards to t all applications in the activity of actuality submitted…but, it is your albatross to get it in on time.) 

Last minute questions will appropriately arise up, and we’re actuality for you. If you are stuck, accord us a all-overs or accelerate us an email. In accession to our accustomed canicule 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 charge us.

We can’t adjournment to apprehend your applications!

13 Mar 2017

We captivated up Annular 2 interviews aftermost week. What a amusement to assuredly get to apperceive you in actuality (or via Skype) and to apprentice from you. We are in the bosom of the (tough) final decisions and will be aback in blow anon – Advance 22 at apex Eastern Time via the online appliance system.

But, a breach from Annular 2 decisions to affix with all of you cerebration about applying in Annular 3 (deadline is April 3). A few thoughts:

2 2 deferred admissions applicants: If you’re a academy chief cerebration about 2 2, I’d animate you to apply! The 2 2 affairs is baby (and, yes, competitive). But, if you are not accustomed now, you can get a few years of acquaintance and administer again. There is (absolutely) no stigma absorbed to this, and abounding acquire been accustomed to HBS through this path. If you are accustomed through 2 2, you acquire the admirable authoritativeness of HBS in your aing 2-4 years from now. Also, bethink there is a bargain appliance fee for 2 2 applications.

Class of 2019 applicants: For those of you who appetence to be at HBS in the Abatement of 2017, we’d adulation for you to apply! Yes, it’s authentic that abounding seats are abounding in Circuit 1 and 2, but there are additionally beneath applicants in Annular 3. We consistently acquire some abundant candidates in Annular 3. Are Annular 3 admits able for cyberbanking aid? Absolutely! The aloft able need-based cyberbanking aid is attainable to all admits. Amuse do accumulate in mind, however, if you are an all-embracing student, actuality accustomed in Annular 3 gives you beneath time for accepting processing.

Hope this helps. Don’t balloon we acquire two Q&A webinars advancing up on Advance 20 and Advance 27 to admonition you acceptance any aftermost minute questions.

08 Feb 2017

I feel advantageous to be affiliated with an academy with such a able adroitness of mission. The HBS mission—to brainwash leaders who achieve a aberration in the world—is at the aggregate of all we do. It influences how we teach, how we learn, how we anatomy community, and how we abutment one another. 

For the admissions team, the mission keeps us focused on crafting an aberrant chic of leaders anniversary year from aloft the complete world. We able applications from all people, everywhere, who allotment a affection for acquirements and authoritative a aberration in the world.

This accomplished week, I had the abundant amusement of spending two canicule with our Annular 1 admits during Accustomed Accepting Welcome. This gave me time to reflect, again, on the adeptness of bringing calm a smart, diverse, and motivated accumulation of leaders in a acquirements community. 

This is abnormally authentic at HBS aback the case adjustment thrives on assorted perspectives. Attainable answers are adamantine to arise by in the complete world, so the case adjustment and the broader acquirements archetypal at HBS are brash to admonition you advanced able judgment. Let me explain.

Over the advanced of two years at HBS you put yourself in the shoes of hundreds of altered business leaders adverse big decisions. You agitation with your classmates the best advanced of action, and you won’t consistently agree. But, you apprentice to listen, to respectfully achieve counterpoints, and to acquire breadth accession abroad is advancing from. Your advisers expertly adviser the babble against key insights, but abundant of the acquirements comes from your peers. The case adjustment works because accepting accompany altered perspectives to the classroom every day — perspectives shaped by their alone experiences, upbringings, angel views, and aspirations.

When I was a student, the best allusive case discussions were the ones breadth I came in with a able appraisal about what the case advocate should do, afresh absolved out of the agitation accepting absolutely afflicted my mind. Over the advanced of two years my classmates molded me into a bigger communicator, a actuality with added empathy, and a baton with bigger judgment. (Although I still acquire a lot to learn!)

So this cavalcade is a (long-winded) way of reaffirming our charge to accumulating a chic of arresting leaders who will achieve a aberration in the world, wherever they arise from. The contempo U.S. controlling adjustment akin biking to America for citizens from assertive countries does not change this, nor are we alteration our admissions activity or practices as a result. 

While we acquire bound acceptance on accepting and abode decisions by the government, we will do our best to achieve it attainable for anniversary accustomed apprentice to arise HBS (and we are alive with our colleagues aloft Harvard University to ensure that the after-effects of the order, as it is actuality evaluated by the authoritative system, are understood). The case method, our community, and the HBS mission depend on it.

30 Jan 2017

OK, we’re dotting i’s and cantankerous t’s and advancing to accelerate out the final anniversary invitations on Wednesday, Feb. 1 at apex Eastern. For this beachcomber of interviews, the online anniversary scheduler will go alive anon (not the day after). Don’t anguish about which beachcomber your allurement came in—we are appropriately aflame about all our anniversary invitations!

On Wednesday we will additionally accelerate out our “release” notifications to anyone who we cannot allure to interview. These are boxy for us too…let me aloof ball this berry as you advanced about things over the aing few months: If you do adjudge to reapply in a aing year, bethink that HBS IS A REAPPLICANT FRIENDLY SCHOOL. About 10% of anniversary chic is composed of accepting who didn’t get into HBS on their aboriginal try. Assay out Ryan Hansen’s reapplication adventitious here.

23 Jan 2017

Good morning! We acquire had a alive few weeks, and we’re gearing up to accelerate out our aboriginal beachcomber of Annular 2 anniversary invitations on Wednesday (Jan. 25) at apex Eastern. Remember, this is alone a allocation of the anniversary invites; the added (and final) beachcomber will be broadcast on Feb. 1.

The online anniversary scheduler will go alive the day AFTER anniversary invitations go out, so you acquire time to advanced about dates/times/locations that assignment for you. 

And, a reminder, we adulation to able you on campus for interviews, but your allowance of accepting are the aloft if you anniversary in a All-around Hub city, via Skype, or on campus. All interviews everywhere are conducted by associates of the Admissions Board.

I apperceive cat-and-mouse is tough, but amuse don’t accelerate in any added admonition at this point. We accede your appliance complete already you hit submit. 

09 Jan 2017

Congratulations to all of you who submitted your applications in aftermost week’s Annular 2! Didn’t it feel able to hit the “submit” on? We had a admirable blast actuality in Boston over the weekend, so you can brainstorm us, sitting by the broiler with some hot chocolate, accepting to apperceive you.

A few Annular 2 items to amend you on:

• Anniversary invitations will go out in two waves: January 25 and Feb 1. As before, try not to anguish about which day you acquire an allurement to interview. It’s an authoritative footfall for us to achieve abiding aggregate goes calmly with the anniversary invitations and sign-ups. Interviews will be captivated from February 3 – Advance 6. 

• In accession to on-campus interviews in Boston, we will be interviewing in Dubai, London, Menlo Park, New Delhi, New York, Paris, Shanghai, and Tokyo. No aggregate breadth you interview, a affiliate of the Admissions Lath will conduct your anniversary and the activity and appraisal will be the same. If you do adjudge to arise to campus to interview, you’ll additionally acquire a adventitious (if you want) to sit in on a class, accommodated adolescent applicants, accustomed accepting and adroitness members.

And now, aback to that hot chocolate…

03 Jan 2017

Happy New Year from HBS! With alone 24 hours until the Annular 2 borderline the Admissions aggregation is ramping up and accepting attainable to apprehend your applications.

A few things to accumulate in mind:

• The Annular 2 borderline is tomorrow at 12pm EST. 

• We are attainable by fizz and email if you acquire any questions or concerns.

Phone: 1.617.495.6128 Email: [email protected] Assistance: [email protected] 

• Notification day for Annular 2 is Wednesday, Advance 22nd

Please abide your appliance as aboriginal as you are able, but blow assured that we will accumulate the appliance attainable afterwards 12pm EST to acquire all the applications that are in the activity of actuality submitted.

We consistently get questions about backward belletrist of recommendation. Aloof amid you and me (don’t acquaint your dabbling recommender), we will abide to acquire recommendations all this week. Remember, it’s ultimately on you to achieve abiding both belletrist are submitted.

I’ll cavalcade afresh in the aing anniversary or two to let you apperceive about Annular 2 anniversary allurement dates and hub cities – breach tuned.

20 Dec 2016

Last anniversary we accustomed the aboriginal associates of the Chic of 2019 to the HBS community. Hooray!

We’re now axis our absorption to all you Annular 2 applicants. A few notes:

• The Annular 2 borderline is Wednesday, January 4th at 12pm EST. Applications will not be apprehend afore that time. We never shut bottomward the appliance arrangement until every appliance in the activity of actuality submitted has been received. You will acquire a acceptance email from our arrangement already it goes through. 

• We acquire two webinars advancing up that I animate you to arise if you acquire any aftermost minute questions or concerns:

o Round 2 Appliance Webinar 12/21 at 12pm EST

o Financial Aid Webinar 12/21 at 4pm EST

• The appointment (and all of HBS) will be bankrupt from December 23 – January 2. We will be attainable 8:00-5:00pm EST on both Tuesday, January 3 and Wednesday, January 4. For Annular 2 applicants, there will be bound abstruse abutment attainable over the break at [email protected] We’ll additionally be befitting an eye on our accustomed admissions mailbox, [email protected], but we will not be responding on the dates HBS is closed unless we advanced it is critical. I will cavalcade accession amend actuality aback we acceptance afterwards break.

I accomplishment you and your families acquire a admirable anniversary season, and we accessory advanced to anniversary your applications in the New Year!

12 Dec 2016

On my way into assignment this morning I accustomed to advanced about what adeptness be best attainable to those of you who activated and interviewed with us in annular one. Actuality goes:

First, let me alpha with some of the mechanics for Wednesday, December 14. Decisions will be arise at 12 noon, Eastern Accustomed Time, via the Appliance Cachet page. (Just log in directly, you don’t charge to adjournment for an email.) There will be one of three decisions: accept, waitlist or release. Acquire and absolution are self-explanatory; the waitlist agency that we are absolutely encouraged about your antagonism but acquire not fabricated a final accommodation yet. You should booty it as a able sign! There will be added accommodation on the waitlist on December 14 and in an email from Eileen Chang afterwards in the week. 

Second, some advice. Afore decisions are released, booty some time (even 10 minutes) to reflect on the accomplished brace of months. What acquire you abstruse about yourself and what’s important to you over the aing few years (and decades)? How do you appetence to achieve a aberration in the angel and how does HBS fit into those plans? Already the decisions are released, there will be a agitate of activity, babble and, maybe, emotion—so if you can, booty time to feel as ashore as attainable activity into Wednesday.

We are captivated about the “accept” offers that will go out on Wednesday—we charge anniversary of your perspectives in the Chic of 2019. We are beholden for all of you who acquire applied. 

For those applying in annular two, we haven’t abandoned about you! I apperceive it’s a alive time. I’ll cavalcade afresh with some added thoughts for you aing week, but be abiding to tune into our Annular 2 Q&A webinar on December 14 at 4pm Eastern.

22 Nov 2016

As we abiding up at the end of our aftermost Annular 1 anniversary day on campus, I chatted artlessly with a few added associates of the Admissions Lath about the absurd bodies we acquire met (that’s you) from about the world. Abounding of you told me that you were abundantly abashed (and relieved) that the interviews were personal, conversational, and substantive. That’s music to my ears, and I accomplishment it was authentic for all of you. We are absolutely aiming to get to apperceive you.

In the activity of accepting to apperceive you, I acquainted the added anniversary of acquirements so abundant from you—about your industries, the projects or deals you’ve formed on, the challenges you’ve overcome, your aspirations for the future, your perspectives on administration and the role of business for able in our world. Accede you for that. Speaking with you reminds me of how abundant I abstruse from my classmates as a apprentice here. 

Now your adamantine assignment is done, and ours begins continues. Appetence in that as the Thanksgiving anniversary (for those of you in the U.S.) approaches! Afore you apperceive it, December 14 and final Annular 1 decisions will be here.

For those applying in Annular 2—we accessory advanced to affair you, too. Bethink that we’re actuality to admonition as you get your appliance over the accomplishment band (by Jan 4!). Assay out the blow of this website for abundant resources, and don’t alternate to adeptness out to [email protected] or 1 617-495-6128 if you acquire specific questions.

27 Sep 2016

For accession new to Dillon House, I’ve noticed it’s been abnormally quiet about actuality aback Annular One applications came in. I don’t beggarly we haven’t been busy—there is absolutely no busier time for us—but it has been audibly quiet as we’ve all been alive down, anniversary your (very thoughtful) applications.

The aing footfall is interviews. We will be sending out anniversary invitations on the afterwards three days: October 4, 6, and 12. Try not to apprehend into which date you apprehend from us—being acceptance to anniversary on October 4 vs. October 12 does not beggarly you are added able to be accepted. We advanced out anniversary invitations to abstain bottleneck on the anniversary sign-up pages.

If you haven’t heard from us on October 4 or 6, you will apprehend one of three things from us on October 12: 1) Allurement to Anniversary 2) “Release” or 3) “Further Consideration.” Let me explain. By “releasing” those of you who will not move advanced with our activity on October 12—rather than cat-and-mouse until December to let you know—we accomplishment to accord you time to yze added abeyant options. For accumulation 3), we would like to “Further Consider” your applications in Annular Two.

Interviews will activity amid October 23 and November 18. In accession to on-campus interviews, we additionally conduct interviews in Shanghai, Tokyo, Dubai, Mumbai, São Paulo, New York City, Palo Alto, London, and Paris. Breadth you anniversary does NOT affect your likelihood to be accustomed (all interviews globally are conducted alone by associates of the Admissions Board), but if you arise to Boston to interview, you’ll additionally acquire the adventitious to sit in on a chic and collaborate with accustomed accepting and faculty. Candidates who are not able to biking may be accommodated via Skype.

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

08 Sep 2016

Two updates for you today:

First: The HBS MBA Chic of 2018 has acutely started classes! It’s an outstanding group, and as promised actuality is their final Chic of 2018 profile.

Second: For the abounding of you who submitted your appliance bygone for R1 – accede you. We accustomed your applications and acquire been anniversary all morning. I aloof took a breach for cafeteria and sat aback for a few anniversary to reflect on the amazing bodies I feel I’ve already met in the -to-be Chic of 2019. Wow. You affect in agency big and small, and we are beholden for your absorption in HBS.

Don’t anguish about anniversary invitations aloof yet; I will lath added accommodation on that later. In the meantime, appetence in the adeptness that your adamantine assignment is over (for now) and ours has begun. Now aback to reading…

10 Aug 2016

For those of you applying in Annular 1, I apperceive I don’t acquire to admonish you that the appliance borderline is beneath than a ages away—September 7. Advancing up! Able luck as you cull things calm over the aing brace of weeks.

What are we up to? We’ve been on the alley a lot this summer, aggravating to advanced the babble about HBS. One of the things we consistently highlight (and acquire lots of questions about) is the case method. It is the aggregate teaching accepting at HBS and, for best people, complete altered than their undergraduate experience. I could allocution about the virtues of the case adjustment (many!), but the rub is that it is absolutely complete adamantine to all-overs yet attainable to acquire already you’ve accomplished it in action—sort of like anecdotic (vs. tasting) a new aliment or anecdotic (vs. riding) a bike.

So…an invitation. Arise to HBS for a visit—for a “taste” of the case adjustment in action. In accession to  the bout and admonition sessions we ascendancy on campus, you can sit in on a case adjustment class. I still vividly bethink the HBS chic I visited as a -to-be student. 

Sign up for chic visits here. Or if you can’t achieve it to a appointment on campus, assay out this video on the case method. Accustomed accepting acquire additionally accounting about their acquaintance with the case adjustment here.

14 Jul 2016

Summer is in abounding beat in Dillon House, and one of the things we’re best attractive advanced to is our accepting Chic of 2018. Accumulate in apperception this is a basal contour of the chic for now. I will cavalcade the final matriculating chic contour at the end of the summer.

Despite the admirable acclimate in Boston, abounding of us are on the alley over the summer auspicious bodies to apprentice added about HBS. We’d adulation to accommodated you at one of our all-around events. If we won’t be in your area, you can consistently assay out one of our webinars.

10 Jun 2016

Hello. Chad Losee here, autograph to you for the aboriginal time. I came in to Dillon Abode aboriginal today to abode this post; I’m sitting in an appointment aloft the anteroom from breadth I interviewed for accepting into the HBS MBA affairs bristles and a bisected years ago. It’s surreal.

Let me activate by adage that I am ashamed and accustomed to be confined HBS (and you) in this role. I bethink absolutely acutely what it feels like to put yourself out there in a business academy admissions process, and I am committed to befitting up the attitude of accurateness and altruism that has been a authentication of the admissions activity at Harvard Business Academy for several years.

I’ll skip to the basal line: I advanced you should apply. An MBA at HBS is a transformative experience—I abstruse and became so abundant added than what I started with. I brought one articulation and one angle to the case adjustment classroom, but I was challenged and shaped and added by the added 90 choir in the room. Now we charge your audible angle in our classroom.

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

WHO WE ARE LOOKING FOR HAS NOT CHANGEDJust to be clear: we are (still) attractive for accepting who appearance 1) a addiction of leadership, 2) ytic bent and appetite, and 3) affianced association citizenship. Added on this here. We appetence you to apply.  

OUR ADMISSIONS PROCESS IS THE SAMEYou may acquire already apparent that our appliance is now live. As in years past, we will apprehend (and re-read) and accede the appliance in its absoluteness —application, resume, essay, recommendations, transcripts, interview, post-interview reflection, GMAT or GRE scores, etc.  Said accession way, no one affair will get you accustomed or “released” from our admissions process. We are selecting a chic with assorted backgrounds and perspectives—elements that are the foundation of acquirements by the case method.

WE ARE HERE IF YOU HAVE QUESTIONS OR NEED HELP Call us ( 1 617 495 6128). Email us ([email protected]). Arise to one of our all-around beat events. Accompany a alive webinar. Bead by our appointment in Dillon House. Annals (in September) to appointment a class. We’re actuality for you.

More soon.

01 Jun 2016

It’s here!  

The appliance for the Chic of 2019 is now live.

We’ll cavalcade some admonition about the Chic of 2018 over the advancing weeks – breach tuned.

11 May 2016

Today we arise Annular 3 decisions. Included in this accumulation are a few invitations to accompany the waitlist. Eileen Chang will be communicating with this accumulation via email.

We accede anybody who activated to HBS this accomplished season. While we will never be able to say “yes” as many times as we’d like,  amuse apperceive that we are accustomed to acquire received about 10,000 applications – and beholden to be the abode which attracts so abounding accomplished leaders who appetence to achieve a aberration in the world.

Now it’s time to advanced about the Chic of 2019!

Here are some accommodation – first, acquiescence deadlines:

Round 1:  September 7, 2016

Round 2:   January 4, 2017

Round 3:  April 3, 2017

And we are additionally complete the commodity question:

“As we assay your application, what added would you like us to apperceive as we accede your antagonism for the Harvard Business Academy MBA Program?”

No babble complete and no right answers. It’s all yours.

The new appliance will go live in aboriginal June –  breach acquainted for an amend aback that happens.

We’ve additionally fabricated updates to the 2 2 appliance activity – amuse see the cavalcade beneath for details. 

We ambition all of you a safe and blessed summer.

Onward!

10 May 2016

This absolutely is news.

2 2 applicants will acquire ONE DEADLINE (April 3) and ONE DECISION NOTIFICATION (mid-May).

That agency no added acrimonious circuit for academy seniors. No added anguish about ‘which annular is best?’. You will all be brash calm in April.

Why? This way we get to see abatement appellation grades and activities. And we can assay the complete basin at already – a affluence we don’t acquire in the (much larger) work-experienced pool.

So if you’d like to abide advanced than April, that’s fine. But this isn’t a “rolling” activity so your appliance won’t be brash until the April deadline.

We haven’t accomplished anniversary dates yet (it’s a year away!!) but they will best able be in backward April/early May with a notification in mid-May.

Just a refresher on what will breach the same:    

2 2 is a agent for academy seniors (and master’s aggregate accepting afterwards full-time assignment experience) to APPLY to Harvard Business School. It is NOT a abstracted educational experience.

The complete aftereffect for a 2 2 appellant is a affirmed atom in a aing chic accidental aloft accepting appliance for at atomic two years afore matriculation. Many participants acquire to assignment for three years and some for four. You’ve heard us say this afore and we’ll say it again: 2 2 apparently should be re-named “Flex 2”.  Maybe we’ll do that. Your affairs for appliance charge to be accustomed by us but we animate a advanced ambit of career exploration.

Hope this gives all of you ascent seniors commodity to advanced about…we ambition you a admirable summer.

13 Apr 2016

So apologetic for actuality afterwards than promised on this!

Here’s the plan:

On April 20 (at 12:00 apex Boston time) we will accelerate out all Annular 3 anniversary invitations. We’ll additionally be absolution all candidates not affective advanced to the anniversary stage.

Instructions for signing up for interviews will be in the invitation.

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Note: We’ll be interviewing on campus on April 29 and May 2. We’ll additionally acquire bound anniversary slots in NYC, Palo Alto, & London. Skype interviews will be attainable for all-embracing candidates and academy accepting with bookish conflicts.

Hope this is helpful…not too affiliated to wait!

04 Apr 2016

Yes, today is the final appliance borderline for the Chic of 2018 – but we bet you already apperceive that!

Just a brace of details:

The borderline is 12:00 apex (Boston time). We do not shut off the appliance arrangement until every appliance in the activity of appointment has been received. Your acceptance comes not from us, but from the system. If you are able to submit, we’ve got it. We absolutely DO appetence to be able to lath you in this year’s appliance season!!

And we apperceive that your recommenders don’t ALWAYS do things according to deadlines, so we’ll accumulate accepting recs for at atomic accession day. We will activate to assay your appliance as anon as one rec is submitted.

Tomorrow I’ll cavalcade accommodation about anniversary invitations and the anniversary schedule.

29 Mar 2016

We’re all set to get decisions out to Annular 2 candidates – tomorrow, 12:00 apex Boston time.

Remember, we don’t do any fizz calls in advanced so you can “relax” until tomorrow!

In accession to offers of accepting and notification of “releases,” we’ll be agreeable about 100 new association to accompany the waitlist. This accumulation will get abundant admonition about what to apprehend and aback in a abstracted email from Eileen Chang.

So we’ll go aback to blockage things alive (and apparently three or four times!) and accomplishment you all acquire a admirable day!

25 Jan 2016

Greetings to all of you. This cavalcade is, absolutely frankly, not a anniversary flash, but added like a admonition of what we’ve said before. We’re affective alternating actuality and the plan is to accelerate out the aboriginal beachcomber of anniversary invitations on Wednesday, January 27. Our plan is for this aboriginal beachcomber to be arise at 12:00 apex Boston time.

Invitations will lath abundant instructions about the sign-up activity and our Campus Anniversary Days. Remember, breadth you acquire to anniversary has no abode on the appraisal activity – all of our interviews are conducted by associates of the Admissions Board. If you acquire to anniversary in a hub city, you are still acquiescently acceptance to arise to campus and arise the activities we plan for the day.

We will accelerate out invitations in two waves. As I aloof said, Beachcomber 1 is January 27. On February 3, we will accelerate out added invitations (Wave 2) and additionally “release” the candidates who will not be affective advanced to the anniversary stage. Amuse agenda that all 2 2 anniversary invitations will go out in this added beachcomber on February 3.

Please don’t accelerate any added abstracts to us. We accede applications complete at the time of acquiescence and we will not be abacus admonition to anyone’s file.

I do apperceive that this date is adamantine – the cat-and-mouse – but amuse acceptance your activity into able accomplishments or assignment or ancestors – or a actor added things besides sending things to us!

Dee

08 Jan 2016

Greetings from Dillon House. If we had treadmill desks, we’d all be logging in chase miles. Happily, we acquire a lot of applications to accumulate us alive for the aing few weeks.

Here’s our plan for anniversary invitations:

Detailed admonition will be included in the anniversary invitation!

Back to work,

Dee

04 Jan 2016

Greetings from a well-rested and aflame Dillon Team! We admired our anniversary break, but are VERY attainable for Annular Two to get underway.

Here’s the beat on what will arise this week:

The appliance borderline is 12:00 apex (Boston time) on Wednesday, January 6. We are not anniversary any applications until afresh so our “start” time is adapted afterwards that deadline. We do not, echo DO NOT, shut off the appliance arrangement until every appliance in the activity of appointment has been received. Your acceptance comes not from us, but from the system. If you are able to submit, we’ve got it.

And afresh we charge to allocution about recommenders. There are consistently stragglers. We will abide to acquire recommendations all this week. We will activate to assay your appliance aback one advocacy has been received. Remember, it’s your albatross to ensure both recommendations acquire been submitted – we won’t accelerate out any “incomplete” emails.

So afresh what?

We charge Wednesday afternoon to aggregate out what we’ve got and from where. By Friday, we’ll cavalcade actuality a anniversary of hub cities breadth we will be interviewing. We’ll additionally accord you the plan for sending out anniversary invitations.

And, of course, we’re actuality if you charge us. If you are experiencing abstruse difficulties, amuse email [email protected]

And Blessed New Year!!

Dee

07 Dec 2015

This is the time of year aback we activate to juggle: Annular 1 decisions, Annular 2 applications, academy seniors gearing up for Annular 3 2 2 applications…plus lots of you who may be already planning for aing season. Also, we charge to admonish you of our anniversary schedule.

So here’s what we acquire to say:

This is a lot of information, but we’re in aerial accessory today.

We’ll echo some of the winter anniversary admonition afore we absolutely assurance off for the holidays.

Back to blockage lists. Twice. Three times. And afresh again.

Dee

28 Oct 2015

Greetings.

I apperceive this is such a alive time for candidates – Annular One interviews acquire aloof gotten underway, abounding of you (I hope) are in the boilerplate of accepting Annular Two applications ready, and academy seniors are accession out that Annular 3 is aloof accomplished for 2 2 applicants!

But I advanced I should arrest “regularly appointed programming” to accord you some news.

You may already acquire heard through the comment that I am dispatch bottomward from the Director of Admissions bench at the end of this season. That’s true. It’s been a aces ten years. This is a abundant job and HBS is an amazing abode to anatomy a career. I’m attainable for commodity new and it’s a advantage to acquire chief administration that helps cross change.

But this cavalcade is brash to be ABOUT YOU – with the ambition of transparency, which I accomplishment leads to beneath all-overs about this b-school appliance process. SO…I am actuality on-the-job until the Chic of 2018 (that’s you!) is all set and attainable to go.

As the accountable band says, it’s Business As Accustomed in Dillon House. I’ve told you abounding times that Dillonites are the Dream Aggregation – and I will say it again.

So amuse go aback to accession out how to Acquaint Yourself and Annular One interviewees should be authoritative abiding they acquire apple-pie socks best out for their interview!

As I consistently say, onward!

05 Oct 2015

Here’s what our plan is for tomorrow, October 6:

At 12:00 apex ET, we will accelerate anniversary invitations via email to about 600 Annular 1 applicants. The email will lath abundant instructions on the scheduling process. On October 8 and 14, we will extend about 350 added invitations (total).

Please don’t brainstorm about the day you acquire the anniversary allurement – it’s not about you. It’s about us and how we set centralized deadlines for applications to be read.

Note: 2 2 candidates will be acceptance to anniversary in the October 14 wave. There will be no anniversary for 2 2ers on October 6 or 8.

October 14 is additionally the date on which we will “release” candidates who are not affective advanced in our process. We accomplishment that by accomplishing this early, we are enabling this accumulation to accompany added options eventually vs. later. Additionally on this date, we will acquaint accession accumulation of applicants that we ambition to “further consider” their applications in Annular 2. Again, the email will lath admonition about the agenda and admonition plan for this group. We advanced that there will be ~100 applicants in this group.

And now, a request: PLEASE don’t accelerate any added abstracts or belletrist of support. We’ve brash an appraisal activity that we acquire is as complete and fair as we can achieve it. It’s not perfect, but it absolutely is a activity to which we abode a amazing aggregate of affliction and concern.

Before I close, all of us in Dillon are impressed. Afflicted that you met such an aboriginal deadline. Afflicted at the arrangement of agency in which you “introduced yourselves.” Afflicted that you acquire all formed so adamantine to do well. And we’re admiring – and beholden – to be allotment of this abode which you see as a training arena for aspirational leadership. We acclaim your absorbed to achieve a aberration in the world.

Onward.

21 Sep 2015

Greetings from Dillon Abode breadth we are all reading. And reading. And reading.

This is what happens next:

Interview invitations will be beatific out on the afterwards 3 days: October 6, 8, and 14. The invitations will lath abundant instructions about the sign-up procedure. On October 14, candidates who will not be acceptance to anniversary will be notified of their release.

Note: The day on which you acquire an anniversary allurement does not arresting ANYTHING  about your antagonism – we advanced out the invitations over three canicule in adjustment to abstain bottleneck in the online sign-up stage.    

Another note: ALL 2 2 CANDIDATES WILL BE NOTIFIED OF INTERVIEW INVITATIONS (OR RELEASE) ON THE SAME DATE: OCTOBER 14.

Round One interviews will be conducted amid October 26 and November 20. Not all dates will be attainable in all locations. In accession to on-campus interviews, we will be interviewing in New York City, Palo Alto, London, Paris, Shanghai, Tokyo, Dubai, Mumbai, Sao Paulo, and Santiago. Candidates who cannot biking may be accommodated via Skype.

I’ve said this before, but it bears repeating: We adulation accepting interviewees appointment campus and we will acquire a abounding day of get-to-know HBS activities, but the breadth of your anniversary plays no allotment in the accession process.

Hope this is attainable . . . amuse accumulate in apperception that there are REALLY abundant instructions in the anniversary allurement which will acceptance all your questions.

Onward.

09 Sep 2015

Yes, today is the Annular 1 deadline. Noon, EDT.

I affiance that server cartage will be aerial at aerial noon. Don’t panic. We’ll accumulate the arrangement attainable as affiliated as there are bodies aggravating to abide applications.

The “submitted” notification on the awning agency aloof that: We’ve got your application. Don’t accessory for any added notification from us about whether your appliance is complete.

Yes, you may abide your appliance afore your recommendations are in.

We’re here…waiting and watching and answering phones if you charge us!

As anon as we get through the aing day or so, we’ll cavalcade about our timing on anniversary invitations.

08 Sep 2015

Trying to advanced of what adeptness be attainable today.

Maybe this:

Some of you may be accepting recommender-induced-anxiety-attacks. All of a abrupt your recommender is traveling, for example. What happens if they don’t get the advocacy in by apex on Wednesday?

We’re acclimated to this. This is how we handle it:

We alpha to apprehend your appliance if there is one submitted rec. We accumulate the online arrangement attainable for a day or so afterwards the borderline so, yes, we will acquire backward recommendations.

It’s your albatross to achieve abiding that your recs get submitted. We won’t acquaint you if they are not. We’ll aloof assay your appliance with whatever is in your file.

More tomorrow…

03 Sep 2015

Here’s the histogram of “years from academy graduation” that we consistently broadcast at this time of year. Looks like the acceptance (you apperceive what that means) is 4 years aback college. Affluence of accepting acceptance advancing afore and after, but basal you to see this.

Try not to see this as a arrangement or target…seriously.

The accustomed adroitness admonition still holds: You charge assignment acquaintance to be at HBS, but there is no accustomed “right time to come.”

Also anniversary noting: This absolutely does change from year-to-year.

This year’s chic additionally welcomes 94 accepting who are reapplicants, i.e. they didn’t get in the aboriginal time they applied!

25 Aug 2015

17 Aug 2015

We’re cerebration about Annular 1…

And I bet abounding of you are, too!

With the borderline beneath than a ages away, we affiance to accumulate you adapted on what’s activity on actuality in Dillon Abode and activity our best admonition on how to get into acceptance mode.

I ambition you could appointment classes afore September 9. You can’t because there aren’t any. Our accepting will acceptance aback on campus in backward August, but chic visits won’t get underway until afterwards the September 9 deadline. You’re consistently able to arise to campus. We’ve got admonition sessions and tours to offer. Boston is absolutely a abundant vacation destination atom and aloof walking about our campus can accord you a appealing able adroitness of what activity is like here. The acclimate has been absurd – day afterwards day of ablaze sunshine and low humidity.

Here’s the admonition session/tour agenda (tours are at 1:15pm and admonition sessions are at 2pm – you do not acquire to annals in advanced to attend):

What are we doing? Traveling. You can see from the website that we acquire a lot of arena to awning afore allowance in to apprehend applications. While you’ll anon apprehend us say “don’t adjournment until 11:55am on September 9 to submit,” we don’t activate anniversary applications until the borderline passes so we haven’t apparent any “Introduce Yourself” responses yet!

That’s all for now…

08 Jun 2015

As promised, here’s a complete aboriginal blink at the Chic of 2017. This is a basal contour – we will cavalcade the final matriculating chic contour at the complete end of August.

01 Jun 2015

It’s June 1 and, as promised, the appliance for the Chic of 2018 is live!

You can now accepting the appliance via our website.

Stay acquainted for some added admonition about the Chic of 2017 over the advancing weeks.

15 May 2015

There is one commodity catechism for the Chic of 2018:

It’s the aboriginal day of chic at HBS. You are in Aldrich Anteroom affair your “section.” This is the accumulation of 90 classmates who will become your aing assembly in the first-year MBA classroom. Our signature case adjustment participant-based acquirements archetypal ensures that you will get to apperceive anniversary added complete well. The bonds you collectively actualize throughout this aggregate acquaintance will be lasting.

Introduce yourself.

Note: Should you acquire at HBS, there will be an befalling for you to allotment this with them.

We advanced you appearance this video afore alpha to write.

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Yes, it’s “new”…but best of you are embarking on this business academy appliance adventitious for the aboriginal time too!     

Why do we like it?

• It’s aloof about as aboveboard and activated as we can achieve it.   It gives you a adventitious to acquaint your adventitious about you choose. Brainstorm artlessly adage it out loud. This is what we beggarly aback we’ve been auspicious you to use your own “voice” aback aing this allotment of the application.  We acquire no pre-conceived anniversary of what “good” looks like. We accessory advanced to lots of variance.

• It’s useful. You will absolutely be introducing yourself to classmates at HBS. 

Why did we bead the “optional” option?

• We were aggravating to arresting that the commodity wasn’t The Best Important Aspect of the appliance so we anticipation adage “optional” adeptness achieve that. But, this season, every appellant submitted a response. We get it. You appetence to acquaint us things.

Tell us afresh what the commodity is for?

• For you: an befalling to abeyance and reflect. Business academy is a big acquaintance –  it’s exciting, it’s an unknown, it’s a beginning, it’s an advanced in your future. Stopping to reflect and accumulate your thoughts in autograph is a advantageous exercise. That’s not aloof our appraisal –  it’s what we apprehend from accepting all the time.

• For us: a adventitious to get to apperceive you aloft the elements of the appliance that feel anchored and stationary. Can additionally be a starting point for anniversary conversations.

14 May 2015

What is the purpose of this?

Meaning this blog/column/thing. Not HBS. We already apperceive that: to brainwash leaders who will achieve a aberration in the world.

Back to This Thing. As we get attainable to bang off accession admissions season, aka The Chase for the Chic of 2018, I advanced it adeptness be a able abstraction to acquaint you what we are aggravating to achieve in this space. And what we’re not. And breadth to acquisition the actuality we’re not talking about here.

So, actuality goes:

In this column, which has been re-named Complete from the Director, my algid is to allege ONLY about admissions-related issues. To acquaint applicants what is activity to happen, aback and, often, why. It will draw aback the blind as far as we can so that this acute and accelerated activity of applying to HBS is as cellophane as we can achieve it. To abstain a “black box” mentality. To abode belief that float about out there – and say which acquire some believability and which don’t. This may be best attainable at times in the agenda aback you are cat-and-mouse and wondering. Cat-and-mouse for anniversary invitations. Apprehensive about in which adjustment we apprehend applications. Cat-and-mouse for decisions. Apprehensive how they will be communicated. In fact, I advanced maybe a bigger name for this adeptness be “Waiting and Wondering”.

What I won’t be accomplishing in this cavalcade is talking abundant about activity at HBS. What it’s like to be a student. What’s activity on actuality on campus. I’ll try to be 100% admissions focused. Sometimes I’ll bandy in my claimed opinions on admissions issues. And I’ll do my best to achieve abiding your acquire all the facts aback you charge them.

But you do (really really) charge to apperceive added than that. Allotment of accomplishing your due activity about which MBA Affairs may be the best for you is to apprehend from students, adroitness and alumni about their adventures and how they fabricated this important decision. So we’re ablution a abstracted admissions blog which will do aloof that.

In the words of the Dillon aggregation on this project:

We appetence to acquaint you acute belief from about HBS. We appetence you to get to apperceive our students, alums and faculty. We appetence to admonition you get a bigger compassionate of our clubs, initiatives and the apprentice experience. We appetence you to accretion acumen into the career choices our accepting achieve and the amaranthine activities that achieve our campus arise to life. We additionally appetence this blog to advanced to fit your needs. We appetence to abode about what interests you and what you want to apperceive added about. We’re aiming to barrage this blog afterwards in May and will be afterlight it already a week.

So, I assumption this announces two things: a description of Complete from the Director (aka “Waiting and Wondering”) and the barrage of a new complete blog about the HBS Acquaintance from the Dillon Abode Team, MBA Voices.

29 Apr 2015

As we arch into Annular 3 interviews with the accomplishment band for this appliance assay in afterimage (MAY 13!!!!!), we are already cerebration about the Chic of 2018.

So we accomplishment you are too.

Class visits: abide through mid-May and there is still assurance up availability.  I would animate any abeyant Annular One appellant who would like to see the case adjustment in action to arise now aback chic visits in the abatement don’t activate until afterwards the September deadline.

On-Campus Admonition sessions:  the agenda changes to Monday and Friday at 2:00 pm Boston time alpha May 8.  No advanced apprehension required.  All of our sessions are conducted by associates of the Admissions Aggregation with affluence of time for Q&A.  We don’t accommodated alone with candidates.  Our agenda will acquaint allowance locations each week.

Campus tours:   alpha on May 8, we’ll host tours at 1:15 Boston time on Monday and Friday.  Again, no advanced apprehension adapted – just arise to Dillon Abode a few minutes before.  

If you arise to campus aback we don’t acquire annihilation scheduled, aloof stop in at Dillon Abode for a map and a affable welcome.

We’ll be hosting assorted types of presentations in many locations this summer – including abundant apprentice panels – watch the website for our schedule.

And here’s some advanced info:

·         Commodity and recommender questions will be posted on May 15

·         Appliance for Chic of 2018 will go alive in mid-June

·         Annular One appliance borderline will be Wednesday, September 9th

22 Apr 2015

Just absolution you apperceive that we are on clue to accelerate out anniversary invitations and “release” notifications today at 12:00 apex ET.

Detailed admonition for interviewees will be included.

Thanks to all of you who affianced in this year’s appliance season.

Next anniversary we’ll get some anniversary out about our summer activities for -to-be applicants and additionally acquaint you about aback the appliance for the Chic of 2018 will go live.

10 Apr 2015

Greetings to all Annular 3 applicants – here’s the plan:

On Wednesday, April 22, we will accelerate out both anniversary invitations and “release” notifications. We plan for this to be at 12:00 noon, ET. Therefore, all Annular 3 applicants will be audition commodity from us on that date.

Interviews will booty abode on campus on May 1 and May 4. Abundant instructions will be in the invitation. We will not be accomplishing any anniversary biking this round.

2 2 applicants are acerb brash NOT to accommodation their bookish commitments in adjustment to biking to HBS for the anniversary – we will align Skype interviews.

I advanced that’s all the anniversary there is!

06 Apr 2015

Coming into the home amplitude for the Chic of 2017 appliance assay – today’s the deadline!

12:00 Noon, Boston time. Don’t agitation if it takes a while to abide – we’ll accumulate the arrangement attainable for a while.

And we’ll abide to acquire recommendations for a brace of days.

We will activate to assay your appliance aback we acquire accustomed one advocacy – it’s your albatross to accumulate blockage your appliance to see that both acquire been received.

We’ll get admonition out tomorrow about anniversary days/notification!

24 Mar 2015

Greetings from Dillon House.

Many of you heard the “What’s Next” allocution aback you were actuality on campus for your interview. Does that acquire like a affiliated time ago?

We’ll be attainable to absolution decisions tomorrow at 12:00 noon, Boston time.

Here’s a epitomize of how it will work:

We’re all set…and appetence to say accede you one added time to anybody who is cat-and-mouse for tomorrow’s news.

Onward.

17 Mar 2015

Believe it or not,  it’s absolutely alpha to feel like animation actuality in Boston. Temps hit the 50s this anniversary and there are alike patches of grass arresting on campus.  But we additionally got the anniversary on Monday morning that Boston had burst its celebrated almanac for blast –  so I assumption you can say we are champions!

Every year animation agency one affair for the Admissions aggregation at Dillon House: Annular 3. 

For those of you cerebration about Annular 3, actuality are some of the FAQs we acreage already appliance all-overs bliss in:

FAQ #1: Do I acquire to adjournment for my recommenders to accomplishment afore I can abide my application?

That’s an attainable one to answer: no.

We accomplishment that all recommendations will be accustomed by apex on April 6. Of course, that rarely happens. Our advice: don’t adjournment until you get the apprehension that your recommendations acquire all been submitted afore you hit the “submit” on for your application. “Late” recommendations accustomed aural a day or two afterwards the borderline will be added to your file.  It’s your albatross to achieve abiding that both recommendations acquire been accustomed –  and for you to acquire that we may cede a accommodation based on whatever recommendations acquire or acquire not been submitted.   

FAQ #2: Can I abide my appliance afterwards an official GMAT or GRE score? What about the TOEFL?

The key babble actuality is “official” — you charge acquire either a GMAT or a GRE anniversary in adjustment to abide your application, but your actionable anniversary (i.e., the anniversary you acquire the day you booty the test) is altogether acceptable. Amuse do acquire your official arrangement beatific to HBS. We will verify arrangement of all accustomed candidates afterwards in the spring.

TOEFL arrangement are different. You can’t adjournment until the aftermost minute to booty the TOEFL because you won’t be accepting a anniversary on the assay date. 

FAQ #3: Is there any advantage to actuality “early” in a accustomed borderline period?

No, not really. We don’t activate to apprehend applications until afterwards the appliance deadline. On the night of April 6, we will activate to administer applications to the Admissions Board. Contrary to lots of speculation, there is absolutely no alternation amid aback an appliance is submitted and when, or if, a appellant is acceptance to interview. Applications are not brash in the adjustment in which they are received.

That said, I wouldn’t admonish cat-and-mouse until 11:59 am to upload your application. We advanced that server cartage will be aerial and you will be balked and afraid with the time it will booty to acquire a acknowledged submission.

FAQ #4: How should 2 2 applicants plan for interviews?

We acquire that your academy obligations arise aboriginal –  please don’t anguish that we will ask you to skip exams in adjustment to biking to Boston!  We will acquire set on-campus dates but we will consistently activity our 2 2 applicants a Skype anniversary if the dates present a battle for you. 

As always, accomplishment this is attainable – we’re actuality if you charge us!

17 Feb 2015

I’ve been staring at this for days. Nagged by my team: “Can you amuse get commodity up on the blog about Annular 3?!!!”.

Not aggravating to be lazy, but I can’t advanced aloft this. It’s a classic.

I accomplishment that the anniversary is clear.

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You appetence to go to business school. You absolutely do. But the abatement assay affectionate of got abroad from you. You were busy. Assignment was demanding. You artlessly didn’t acquire time to crouch bottomward and focus on b-school applications.

Now you’ve got it together. Ready. But there’s all this babble about Annular 3. Black and awkward noise. Let’s try to abode some of the myths.

Myth #1: There are no spots available. Not true. We administer the accession activity to ensure that there are consistently spots attainable for the candidates we want. Are there as abounding spots attainable as in Circuit 1 and 2? No. Are there as abounding applicants? No. Do I advanced a able appellant has a fair shot? Yes.

Myth #2: We’ve run out of cyberbanking aid. Not true. The complete aftermost actuality accustomed to the chic has accepting to the aloft need-based cyberbanking aid that the complete aboriginal actuality received.

Myth #3: If I get dinged in Annular 3, I can’t/shouldn’t administer the aing assay in Annular 1. Not true. There’s absolutely no stigma in re-applying 5 months later. Happens a lot. Abounding bodies in our classroom today were acknowledged re-applicants.

Myth #4: It’s too backward for 2 2 applicants. Not true. Not alike aing to true. Annular 3 is a abundant best for 2 2 applicants. Why? We can be added adjustable about the cardinal of 2 2 admits accustomed that we are not afraid about a “seat actuality occupied” for this September. Academy seniors acquire accession assay of grades to appearance us. And accession assay of activities. I additionally see a 2 2 appliance as a able dress alarm for aing applications – and possibly interviews – to lots of added authentic scenarios. If you aren’t accustomed to 2 2, we like to say (over and over): It doesn’t beggarly not ever, it agency not now. Besides, it’s a abundant deal. $100 appliance fee. A adventitious to get the affiliated tests over with aback you’re in test-taking mode. And, best of all, two or three years to yze and afresh arise to HBS.

Myth #5: There’s no Able Weekend for Annular 3 admits. True. But all the interviews will be captivated on campus so you’ll get to see us in complete time. And here’s some admonition about visiting classes and the campus:

If you appetence to see the case adjustment in action, there are abounding spots attainable to appointment a HBS chic this spring. Also, there will be bound availability for visiting a chic afore the Annular 1 appliance borderline aing fall, so this is a abundant time to visit. Annals for a chic appointment through our online scheduling system. We will additionally be hosting several added claiming on campus in the aing few months.

You can consistently accommodated us online, too. We will be hosting Admissions Q&A webinars to acceptance your questions afore the Annular 3 deadline. To apprentice more, amuse see the Admissions Claiming folio of our website.

Here’s a reminder: The Annular 3 borderline is April 6. We’ll do our accustomed posts adapted afterwards the borderline about timing of anniversary invitations. As always, accomplishment this helps.

26 Jan 2015

Greetings from Boston. Absolutely the affair of the day is SNOW and anybody actuality is alive authoritative Plan A, Plan B, Plan C, etc. depending on the backbone and breadth of the storm.

Yes, we apperceive that we are appointed to accelerate out Annular 2 anniversary invitations on Wednesday. We acquire every acumen to acquire that will arise on schedule. If we charge to delay, we will let you apperceive via this blog, a accustomed advertisement on the admissions website, and additionally with a voicemail recording on our accustomed fizz line.

Here is some GENERAL (non-storm related) admonition about Annular 2 anniversary invitations:

Back to the snow. Still too aboriginal to tell, but the Admissions Appointment may charge to be bankrupt tomorrow, January 27 if the snow is astringent and biking to and from assignment is prohibitive. We plan to administer the accustomed email box – [email protected] – remotely. And watch the admissions website and this folio for updates.

Most important…if you’re in the adeptness of this snowstorm, breach safe and balmy and booty affliction of those about you. And say acceptance to all the workers out there who will be accomplishing so much.

08 Jan 2015

Happy to abode that the Annular 2 appliance borderline went calmly and we are now in hibernation-mode and appropriately reading. (Yes, it’s authentic – it’s aught degrees actuality today – we adulation it and you will too!)

Here’s the beat on “what’s next”:

Interview invitations: Will go out in two after-effects – January 28 and February 4. Amuse don’t decay time apperception about how abounding in anniversary wave. And amuse don’t accelerate us any added abstracts or ask others to do so for you.

Interview dates: Interviews activate on February 12 and abide through aboriginal March. Abundant admonition will be included in the allurement email.

As always, accomplishment this is helpful.

05 Jan 2015

Hope your anniversary breach was as alleviation and blithe as ours.

We’re back. And we’re attainable for Annular 2.

Please agenda that I apperceive it’s not absolutely the “last minute” – it’s all relative. For some of you, it may acquire like affluence of time ’til apex tomorrow – for others, maybe it does feel like the all-overs is ticking.

For ALL of you, here’s a briefing of what happens tomorrow:

We’ll get out admonition on aback anniversary invitations will be affiliated as anon as we can get a handle on the admeasurement of the Annular 2 appliance basin – apparently by Wednesday mid-day.

We do apperceive the hub cities breadth we’ll be administering interviews – Shanghai, Tokyo, Dubai, Mumbai, London, Paris, Menlo Park, and New York City.

So…we’re actuality if you charge us via email, [email protected], or phone, 617-495-6128.

Onward!

15 Dec 2014

We’re accepting attainable for a anniversary breach (yesssss!), but we apperceive you’ll be alive so…

Our appointment (and all of HBS) will be CLOSED from December 24 through January 4. We re-open at 9:00am EST on Monday, January 5, 2015.

But, afore we go, we’ll be alive this anniversary authoritative abiding you’re all set for Annular 2.

We will not acquire blast abutment over the break. We’ll be responding to abstruse appliance abutment questions at [email protected] over the break, but acceptance time may be best than accustomed business hours.

And while we don’t admonish cat-and-mouse until 11:00am (the eleventh hour!) on January 6 to hit the abide on, we don’t accomplish on a first-in, first-reviewed base so if you acquire questions, it’s accomplished to adjournment until we’re aback on Monday, January 5.

We’ve had a abundant 2014 in Dillon House. We’ve had two new babies, said a bawling but blessed adieu to two abiding agents who acquire sailed off to aing adventures, launched one of our favorites to a new breadth of HBS, and accustomed four abundant new hires who already feel like family.

We’re attractive advanced to 2015.

Sending you all our warmest wishes for a safe and blessed season.

Peace on earth.

08 Dec 2014

This admonition is for Annular One applicants who acquire interviewed and are cat-and-mouse (patiently) for December 10. But audition how things arise actuality adeptness be absorbing for those of you planning on Circuit 2 or 3.

All interviewed candidates will get anniversary from us on Wednesday, December 10. Hopefully this will arise at noon, EST. If we advanced any delays, we’ll get babble out. At noon, you may log in to your appliance and you will acquisition a cachet update.

One of three decisions will be there:

All accustomed candidates will acquire complete accepting to the Prematriculation website which has lots of detail about what’s ahead.

All waitlisted candidates will acquire added admonition about timing, updates, etc.

Candidates who are denied post-interview will apprentice about opportunities for touchpoint calls.

That’s about it. All I can add is that we met abundant bodies in the anniversary activity and are accustomed that they appetence to be at HBS.

Back to blockage decisions, double-checking, triple-checking and so on.

25 Nov 2014

As we get attainable to arch home for the Thanksgiving holiday, I anticipation a little amend for both Annular 1 post-interviewees and Annular 2 applicants adeptness be a able idea.

Round 1 – You’ve done aggregate we asked! There’s not abundant added cat-and-mouse time. As anon as Thanksgiving is over, it’s appealing abundant a dawdling time actuality for authoritative decisions and blockage them twice. Or three times. We are on clue to get decisions out on December 10 at 12:00 apex Boston time.

Round 2 – We are attractive advanced to “meeting” you! Because of the anniversary calendar, we’ve already absitively to move the Annular 2 appliance borderline to January 6. We’ll abode added about our winter anniversary agenda in a brace of weeks, but we will absolutely be bankrupt from December 24 until we re-open on January 5, 2015. Afore we aing for the winter break, we are alms abounding opportunities for you to get your questions answered about the appliance as able-bodied as to apprentice added about the school. We will be hosting webinars throughout the aing ages on accommodation like the 2 2 program, the association of women at HBS, and assortment perspectives on the MBA program. These are in accession to accustomed Q&A webinars breadth we acceptance any questions you acquire about the appliance process. Amuse accompany us either online or in actuality – we will abide to activity on campus tours and admonition sessions until the winter break.

So, in closing, we are beholden for all the adamantine assignment you put into your applications and are accustomed that you appetence to be HBS students.

10 Nov 2014

We meant to do this earlier, but got absent by Annular 1 applications.

Like abounding added elements of the Chic Profile, amuse accumulate in apperception that we are “reporting” vs. aggravating to arresting a “template” for the architecture of a class.

07 Oct 2014

Here’s what our plan is for tomorrow, October 8:

At 12:00 apex ET, we will accelerate anniversary invitations via email to about 800 Annular 1 applicants. The email will lath abundant instructions on the scheduling process.

On October 15, we will extend about 150 added invitations. On that date we will additionally acquaint accession accumulation of applicants that we ambition to “further consider” their applications in Annular 2. Again, the email will lath admonition about the agenda and admonition plan for this group. We advanced that there will be ~200 applicants in this group.

Please don’t brainstorm about the aberration amid accepting the anniversary allurement on October 8 vs. the 15th. It’s not about you. It’s about us and how we set centralized deadlines for applications to be read.

Important: 2 2 candidates will be acceptance to anniversary in the October 15 wave. There will be no anniversary for 2 2ers on October 8.

October 15 is additionally the date on which we will “release” candidates who are not affective advanced in our process. We accomplishment that by accomplishing this early, we are enabling this accumulation to accompany added options eventually vs. later.

And now, a request: Amuse don’t accelerate any added abstracts or belletrist of support. We’ve brash an appraisal activity that we acquire is as complete and fair as we can achieve it. It’s not perfect, but it absolutely is a activity to which we abode a amazing aggregate of affliction and concern.

Finally, I don’t advanced I’ve said this yet: Accede you to all Annular 1 applicants. You met absolutely an aboriginal deadline! The fizz about Dillon Abode these accomplished few weeks has been: Wow, this is a able accumulation – absolutely strong. We’re afflicted and admiring and beholden that HBS is the abode you’d like to be. The all-inclusive majority of you are complete able to be accepting and these decisions are tough. We’re accomplishing it the ancient way – one appliance at a time – and ambition we could say “yes” to so abounding more.

Back to work.

12 Sep 2014

While you are appropriately aback in your Complete Lives, Dillon is in anniversary mode.

This is how the aing date of the activity will unfold:

Interview invitations will be beatific out via email on October 8 and October 15. Candidates acceptance to anniversary will acquire abundant instructions about the sign-up procedure. The anniversary scheduler will go alive the afterwards day.

On October 15, candidates who will not be acceptance to anniversary will be notified of their release.

A accumulation of Annular 1 applicants, possibly 100-150, will be placed beneath “Further Consideration.” These candidates will be brash in Annular 2 and either be acceptance to anniversary or arise on the Annular 2 timetable.

Round 1 interviews will be conducted amid October 20 and November 21. Not all dates will be attainable in all locations. In accession to on-campus interviews, we will be interviewing in New York City, Palo Alto, London, Paris, Shanghai, Tokyo, Dubai, Mumbai, Sao Paulo, and Santiago. Candidates who cannot biking may be accommodated via Skype.

I’ve said this before, but it bears repeating: We adulation accepting interviewees appointment campus and will acquire a abounding day of get-to-know HBS activities, but the breadth of your anniversary plays no allotment in the accession process.

Onward.

09 Sep 2014

Big day actuality in Dillon House! We’re attainable to go underground and alpha anniversary applications.

Everything seems to acquire gone smoothly, but if you’ve had any problems submitting, let us know.

Important note: We’ll accumulate accepting attainable for recommenders for a brace added days. We’ll activate to accelerate your appliance out for assay aback there is one recommendation. The added can be added later.

Thanks to all…keep watching this blog for our Annular 1 anniversary plans. We’ll be able to accord you a alley map by the end of this week.

05 Sep 2014

Round 1 borderline – 12:00 apex on Tuesday, September 9!

We’ll acquire weekend fizz advantage on Saturday, September 6 from 8:30am to 11:30am ET and Sunday, September 7 from 3:00pm to 6:00pm ET to acceptance burning appliance questions. You may additionally adeptness us during accustomed business hours on Monday, September 8 and Tuesday, September 9 from 9:00am to 5:00pm.

Our fizz cardinal is 617-495-6128.

02 Sep 2014

We are absolutely in abounding beat here. Assay out the Apprentice Activity breadth of our website for glimpses of our accepting in their aboriginal few canicule of school.

The Chic of 2016 Contour is now up on our website.

And here’s some off-the-grid admonition about the class:

Worked for a startup

236

25%

Founded a business

152

16%

Know a programming language

283

30%

Have a blog or Twitter feed

234

25%

Graduated from medical school

11

1%

Served in the armed armament of any country

74

8%

First abode of ancestors to alum from college

103

11%

Worked alfresco of home country

371

40%

Played a varsity activity in college

162

17%

Completed a triathlon

74

8%

29 Aug 2014

I’m autograph this cavalcade because I am the actuality actuality in Dillon who triages the accustomed admissions mailbox. I don’t affirmation to acceptance all the questions – and I don’t administer the phones because I’m not as nice (or knowledgeable) as the bodies who do – but, as we accepting the September 9 Annular 1 deadline, we are fielding a lot of questions that advertise a akin of all-overs about details. First, we’re blessed you’re applying. Second, we apperceive you appetence to “get it right.” But I accomplishment this cavalcade can put some of this into perspective.

We’re accepting a lot of questions about absolutely what to put on anniversary band of the online application. Abnormally in the “employment” and “education” sections. Here’s how we advanced about it:

We charge the online appliance so we can abduction a arrangement of fields to run some reports, accessory calmly aloft the appellant pool, etc.

The absoluteness is that we are anniversary your resume and transcripts anxiously to acquire what you’ve been doing.

Another absoluteness is that anybody anniversary applications has done this for a affiliated (long) time and “gets it.”

So, as affiliated as what you acceptance on the online appliance captures the accustomed facts accurately – the aing breadth you work, the dates, the website, the academy that accustomed your degrees, the extracurricular activities you appetence us to apperceive about, assay arrangement and dates – all should be fine.

This is NOT meant to about-face all-overs from one abode to another. We are not acquisitive to acquire multi-page resumes with bags of detail. Aloof appetence you to apperceive that if you don’t apperceive breadth to put commodity or how to acquaint role changes aural firms, the resume is the best place.

Maybe this is a way to summarize:

Although this is apparently YOUR aboriginal acquaintance with an HBS online application, it’s not ours! We apperceive how to aggregate things out. We will. If we can’t, we’ll let you know.

Again, acquisitive this is helpful.

25 Aug 2014

We promised that we’d be a bit added cellophane about the GMAT/GRE issue. We’ve said for a while now that not alone do we acquire both tests, but we are doubter about our preference. So actuality are some numbers. Amuse don’t over-crunch.

It’s important to agenda that candidates this year will NOT acquire an advantage to abide both tests. We charge to acutely verify arrangement and adopt to do it for alone one assay per candidate.

Those are the numbers, but the acumen abaft how we accessory at the arrangement is apparently important for you to understand. We affliction beneath about the all-embracing anniversary than we do about the components. And we accessory at the subscores in the ambience of the candidate’s profile.

For example, an architect with top grades who’s been accomplishing abominable quantitative assignment doesn’t charge a aerial GMAT/GRE-Q to argue us he/she is able of accomplishing the quantitative assignment at HBS. But an English aloft whose archetype shows no quantitative coursework and has not done annihilation quantitative professionally or in post-college academics would be helped by a able GMAT/GRE assistant score. The aftereffect is authentic too: candidates who don’t acquire a accomplishments that demonstrates all-encompassing convenance in anniversary and autograph may be helped by able exact subscores.

Another important reminder: every appellant needs to abide EITHER the GMAT or GRE at the time of application. We don’t acquire LSATs, MCATs, SATs or the actuality that you had aberrant undergraduate grades. On our application, you ascribe the actionable anniversary – the official anniversary abode can adeptness us afterwards the deadline.

Hope this is attainable . . . .

20 Aug 2014

You don’t charge me to acquaint you that business academy is an big-ticket undertaking. Aloft the complete charge and alive expenses, there are the difficult-to-truly-calculate befalling costs. Anybody whom we acquire is assuredly accomplishing VERY able-bodied out there in the Complete World. Embarking on a two year business academy adventitious is a big decision.

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We appetence to achieve it affordable.

Last year we awarded about $26 actor in need-based cyberbanking aid. We plan to acceptance the aggregate for the Chic of 2017.

Where does this money arise from? Our alumni. They accessory aback on the HBS acquaintance as accepting been transformational in both able and claimed agency and they are acquisitive to accord back. Their admired way to do this is through cyberbanking aid.

You’ve heard this afore but I appetence to echo it: our admissions activity is need-blind. Although we ask for your income, this is added for us to acquire altered industries/paths vs. annihilation to do with evaluation. Our cyberbanking aid is need-based.

Here are 3 ammo believability which may be helpful:

• We do not accolade abounding fellowships. This agency that no apprentice will be absolutely adjourned by HBS.

• You do not administer for cyberbanking aid until AFTER you acquire an activity of admission.

• We acquire a accommodation affairs for all-embracing accepting which does not crave a U.S. co-signer.

After you acquire completed a cyberbanking aid application, you will acquire an accolade amalgamation from HBS. In authoritative our awards, we await on a blueprint which takes into anniversary whether you are audible or affiliated and can be adapted for authentic aberrant circumstances. Parental assets and assets are not brash in the calculation.

Let me echo what I said earlier: we appetence to achieve HBS affordable. We appetence you to achieve post-MBA career decisions based on your dreams and aspirations, not a crushing debt affirmation obligation. We acquire in the aggregate hypothesis of our MBA – a abode breadth administration bent becomes a force to achieve a complete aberration in the world. And we are assured that our accepting will become the alumni who are agog about enabling the aing abode of HBS-aspirants to do the same.

13 Aug 2014

We’re acutely in Back-to-School acceptance and appetence you to apperceive how we able visitors to campus.

Registration for our September chic visits opens on Friday, August 15. A brace of things about these aboriginal few weeks of visits:

• The date that you can aboriginal appointment a chic is September 10th. This is afterwards the Annular 1 deadline. While we would adulation for you to see a chic in activity (we advanced our classroom acquaintance is distinctive, special, magical, etc.), whether you appointment or not does not acceptance the appraisal activity one way or the other. Should you be acceptance to anniversary and acquire to arise to campus to do so, you will acquire an befalling to sit in on a class. In the meantime, you can accustom yourself with the case adjustment through our video Axial the Case Method.

• September visits are for SECOND YEAR CLASSES. Adroitness like to accord our new aboriginal year accepting a adventitious to achieve in a bit with the case adjustment and their sectionmates afore visitors arrive. Visitors activate to sit in on aboriginal year classes in aboriginal October. Allotment will be attainable in aboriginal September.

In accession to chic visits, in September, our added year accepting activate arch our tours and admonition sessions. This is a abundant way to apprehend from accustomed accepting about the MBA program. We will additionally consistently acquire an admissions agents affiliate at these sessions as well. Amuse assay the claiming breadth of our website for the agenda of tours and admonition sessions.

I charge aing with accession agog bung for Axial the Case Method. While we do adulation you to arise see us in person, there is absolutely no charge to achieve an big-ticket pilgrimage. However, we do appetence you to acquire that the case adjustment is the signature apprenticeship actuality at HBS – every day! Watching this video will accord you a able adroitness of how and why we are so committed to this annoying way of learning.

10 Jun 2014

It’s ready.

We’ve accustomed to lath instructions that are as accustomed as possible. We apperceive that starting this activity can feel unsettling. You may be apprehensive if accomplishing b-school applications (and cerebration about b-school applications) is activity to be a full-time job.

We accomplishment not.

We’ll assignment adamantine actuality to be complete cellophane about what’s activity on here. By the end of June we’ll cavalcade a recorded admonition affair on the website that is a walk-through of the application. We’ll additionally be hosting webinars breadth you can get questions answered.

And you’re consistently able to arise to campus – no accepting or classes but it’s admirable and there’s food. And admonition sessions conducted by the Admissions Lath on Mondays and Fridays at 2pm. No all-overs necessary.

That’s all!

02 Jun 2014

Here’s a aiguille into the Chic of 2016. These numbers will change hardly – there will be some “summer melt” and we accomplishment to still be able to achieve a scattering of waitlist offers. Chic will end up about in the 930-939 range. But this is how things accessory today. These are the barebones stats we abduction from applications. Our admits are polled afterwards so we can add some added ablaze admonition about them. Those responses are still advancing in so we’ll cavalcade actuality afresh in a brace of weeks.

We’re additionally planning on advertisement added admonition about how our GMAT and GRE arrangement breach out – subscores, how abounding booty anniversary test, etc.

We’re on ambition to barrage the Chic of 2017 appliance on June 10. Until then, there artlessly isn’t a way to alpha an appliance online – so amuse don’t get frustrated. It won’t be long!

15 May 2014

I’m absolutely abashed (ok, achieve that “happy” and “impressed”) at the cardinal of inquiries we’re accepting from those of you who would like to get started on the appliance for the chic entering in August, 2015. So, with Annular 3 Chic of 2016 notification yesterday’s news, actuality we go.

This is what the (optional) “essay” catechism will be:

“You’re applying to Harvard Business School. We can see your resume, bookish transcripts, extracurricular activities, awards, post-MBA career intentions, assay scores, and what your recommenders acquire to say about you. What abroad would you like us to apperceive as we accede your candidacy?”

Use your acumen as to how abundant to acquaint us. We don’t acquire a “right answer” or “correct length” in mind. We assay all the elements of your accounting appliance to adjudge who moves advanced to the anniversary stage.

Why are we repeating this catechism aback we usually dream up commodity new? In fact, I went on almanac aftermost year as adage that we’d ALWAYS be alteration the commodity question. I was wrong. We admired it. Aback we accessory at the responses of accustomed candidates, there was a wider-than-usual ambit of how association approached it. Some are absolutely about able lives, others about acceptance assignment experience. Some are complete brief, others are not.

And, apologetic to echo myself, but accepting into HBS isn’t an essay-writing contest. If we were to broadcast 50 “essays that worked” and accession 50 that “didn’t work”, I would claiming anyone to achieve a complete distinction. It’s aloof one aspect of the application.

Now, on to recommender questions:

• How do the candidate’s performance, potential, background, or claimed qualities yze to those of added able individuals in agnate roles? Amuse lath specific examples. (300 words)

• Amuse all-overs the best important allotment of able acceptance you acquire accustomed the applicant. Amuse detail the affairs and the applicant’s response. (250 words)

The appliance itself will go “live” in mid-June. I’ll cavalcade actuality aback we’ve got a audible date. And amuse watch our website for both our in-person admonition sessions about the angel and our advisory webinars.

And finally, commodity you may appetence to know: Annular One appliance borderline will be September 9, 2014. Interviews, by allurement only, will be conducted from mid-October through end of November. Notification will be on or about December 10.

Onward!

12 May 2014

Round 3 Notification Details

Here’s the way things will arise on Wednesday for Annular 3 candidates. Decisions become attainable at 12:00noon Boston time (ET).

An email will be beatific administering you to your appliance account. The email may booty a few anniversary to get to you, so you adeptness appetence to go anon to the Appellant Cachet folio on your anniversary any time afterwards noon.

Decisions will either be:

• “Sorry, we don’t acquire a atom for you” and the letter you acquire will accord you dates/times for touchpoint calls.

• Waitlist – yes, there will absolutely be a few of these. We accomplishment these will be bound agilely and we absolutely will be authoritative offers to some in this group. Added accommodation about waitlist administration will be in the letter you receive.

• Acquire – yay! Belletrist will lath lots of accommodation on what-to-do-next and how to get to the Prematriculation site.

Here in Dillon we’ll be on assignment and planning a big boom aeon at apex on Wednesday!

29 Apr 2014

Greetings. We are re-cycling this appellation from aftermost year’s cavalcade about this time. Feels like it’s still appropriate.

Tis the assay for association to alpha cerebration about aing year, visiting campus, accession out breadth we’ll be traveling to do admonition sessions.

Last chic appointment is on May 9. We don’t acquire any summer classes so there’s annihilation to see!

Information sessions: The agenda changes to Mondays and Fridays at 2:00 pm Boston time alpha May 12. No advanced apprehension required. All of our sessions are conducted by associates of the Admissions Lath with affluence of time for Q&A. We do not accommodated alone with candidates. Amuse assay out our agenda for dates and locations of the admonition sessions.

Campus tours: Alpha on May 12, we’ll host tours at 1:15 pm Boston time on Mondays and Fridays. Again, no advanced apprehension adapted – abode to Dillon House. If you arise to campus aback a bout is not offered, you can arise by Dillon Abode (we adulation visitors) and borrow an iPod with a campus tour. You can additionally download a bout from iTunes.

We’ll be hosting assorted types of presentations about HBS this summer, including apprentice panels – watch the website for our schedule.

We’ll be ablution the appliance for the Chic of 2017 in mid-June.

Here’s some advanced info: The Annular 1 borderline will be mid-September.

New: THERE IS NO SUMMER ROUND FOR 2 2 CANDIDATES. 2 2 will chase the aloft appliance assay agenda as the “regular” MBA Program. 

14 Apr 2014

Here’s the plan:

On Thursday, April 17, hopefully at 12:00 apex Boston time, we will accelerate out both anniversary invitations and absolution notifications. Thus, all Annular 3 candidates will be audition commodity from us on Thursday. Interviewees will acquire abundant instructions via email. Interviews will be conducted actuality on campus on April 28 and May 2. Skype interviews will be attainable for all-embracing candidates and academy accepting with bookish conflicts.

Round 3 decisions (to all interviewed candidates) will go out on May 14. Noon. You apperceive the drill.

The appliance for the Chic of 2017 will go alive in mid-June. We’ll cavalcade the commodity and recommender questions afore that – best able in aboriginal June.

Onward.

Hope this is helpful.

04 Apr 2014

We’re advancing bottomward the home amplitude now.

The Annular 3 appliance borderline is Monday, April 7 at 12:00 apex EDT.

We’ll be actuality this weekend to acceptance questions: We’ll acquire fizz advantage on Saturday, April 5 from 1:00 – 4:00pm EDT and afresh on Sunday, April 6 from 3:00 – 6:00pm EDT. Abstruse questions about the appliance can be directed to [email protected]

Our aing cavalcade actuality will accord accommodation about the Annular 3 anniversary schedule.

One added affair – lots of “Am I able for the 2 2 Program?” questions advancing in. Here’s the scoop: To be brash for accepting to the 2 2 Affairs chic entering in Abatement 2016, your graduation date from your bachelor’s or master’s affairs charge be amid October 1, 2013 and September 30, 2014. The 2 2 appliance is meant for accustomed accepting who acquire not been out in the able angel yet (not including summer internships or assignment associated with aggregate programs, e.g. co-ops). Additionally, if you are in a able aggregate affairs (JD, PhD, or MD) you may administer to HBS via our accustomed admissions application, but not via the 2 2 application. As always, there is added admonition on our 2 2 website.

Hope your weekend is good…and that you feel abundant aback you hit the “submit” on.

25 Mar 2014

Countdown to Wednesday! As we advanced The Complete Aftermost Snowstorm of the Season, we’re all set to get decisions out. Here’s how it works:

As always, I accomplishment this is helpful.

21 Feb 2014

You appetence to go to business school. You absolutely do. But the abatement assay affectionate of got abroad from you. You were busy. Assignment was demanding. You artlessly didn’t acquire time to crouch bottomward and focus on b-school applications.

Now you’ve got it together. Ready. But there’s all this babble about Annular 3. Black and awkward noise. Let’s try to abode some of the myths.

Myth #1: There are no spots available. Not true. We administer the accession activity to ensure that there are consistently spots attainable for the candidates we want. Are there as abounding spots attainable as in Circuit 1 and 2? No. Are there as abounding applicants? No. Do I advanced a able appellant has a fair shot? Yes.

Myth #2: We’ve run out of cyberbanking aid. Not true. The complete aftermost actuality accustomed to the chic has accepting to the aloft need-based cyberbanking aid that the complete aboriginal actuality received.

Myth #3: If I get dinged in Annular 3, I can’t/shouldn’t administer the aing assay in Annular 1. Not true. There’s absolutely no stigma in re-applying 5 months later. Happens a lot. Abounding bodies in our classroom today were acknowledged re-applicants.

Myth #4: It’s too backward for 2 2 applicants. Not true. Not alike aing to true. Annular 3 is a abundant best for 2 2 applicants. Why? We can be added adjustable about the cardinal of 2 2 admits accustomed that we are not afraid about a “seat actuality occupied” for this September. Academy seniors acquire accession assay of grades to appearance us. And accession assay of activities. I additionally see a 2 2 appliance as a able dress alarm for aing applications – and possibly interviews – to lots of added authentic scenarios. If you aren’t accustomed to 2 2, we like to say (over and over): It doesn’t beggarly not ever, it agency not now. Besides, it’s a abundant deal. $100 appliance fee. A adventitious to get the affiliated tests over with aback you’re in test-taking mode. And, best of all, two or three years to yze and afresh arise to HBS.

Myth #5: There’s no Able Weekend for Annular 3 admits. True. But all the interviews will be captivated on campus so you’ll get to see us in complete time. And here’s some admonition about visiting classes and the campus:

If you appetence to see the case adjustment in action, there are abounding spots attainable to appointment a HBS chic this spring. Also, there will be bound availability for visiting a chic afore the Annular 1 appliance borderline aing fall, so this is a abundant time to visit. Annals for a chic appointment through our online scheduling system. We will additionally be hosting several added claiming on campus in the aing few months, including an LGBT Attainable House, -to-be Students’ Assortment Day, and lunches for -to-be women applicants with associates of the Women’s Apprentice Association.

You can consistently accommodated us online, too. We will be hosting Admissions Q&A webinars to acceptance your questions afore the Annular 3 deadline, as able-bodied as webinars featuring associates of the Women’s Apprentice Association and the Armed Armament Alumni Association. To apprentice more, amuse see the Admissions Claiming folio of our website.

Here’s a reminder: The Annular 3 borderline is April 7. We’ll do our accustomed posts adapted afterwards the borderline about timing of anniversary invitations. As always, accomplishment this helps.

28 Jan 2014

Good morning!

Tomorrow, January 29th, we will accelerate out the aboriginal of two after-effects of anniversary invitations. We accomplishment this will be at 12:00 apex Boston time and they will acceptance as an email from Harvard Business School. Anniversary invitations lath abundant admonition about locations and the activity for signing up for an interview.

We will accelerate “many,” but not “all” invitations tomorrow. The added beachcomber will go out on February 5th. At that time we will additionally accelerate “releases” to candidates who are not actuality acceptance to interview. There will additionally be a baby cardinal of candidates we would like to “further consider” in Annular 3.

All 2 2 anniversary decisions will be beatific on February 5.

I’m acquainted of all the belief about how abounding invitations go out in anniversary beachcomber and if assertive geographies or backgrounds are added able to go out in the aboriginal vs. added wave. How we breach up these after-effects varies from year to year and to abstain a lot of algorithms actuality congenital out there by those with far added adult assistant abilities than we acquire in Dillon, I’d rather aloof leave it at “many” and “some.” I can assure you that cartography and accomplishments acquire annihilation to do with the after-effects – it’s all about animal beings actuality in Dillon anniversary a lot of applications thoroughly. We allot a abundant aggregate of accomplishment to accolade the adapted antithesis amid aspersing your wait-time and maximizing the affliction and absorption we accord to anniversary application. We are not alive your applications through any affectionate of apparatus – we’re anniversary them. And anniversary again.

If you don’t acquire an allurement on January 29th, amuse don’t accelerate in added abstracts or belletrist of support. I acquire the impulse, but amuse don’t.

And, as always, I absolutely do acquire that cat-and-mouse is hard.

07 Jan 2014

Now that the adrenaline blitz of accepting the appliance submitted has passed, you may be apprehensive what happens next. Here’s the plan:

We will accelerate out anniversary invitations in two waves, January 29th and February 5th. The allurement will be an email from Harvard Business School. Annihilation will arise on any dates before, after, or in between!

On February 5th, we will additionally acquaint all Annular Two applicants who are not affective advanced in our activity that they acquire been “released”.

There will be abundant instructions about anniversary dates, locations, and the sign-up activity in the anniversary invitation.

Interviews will booty abode on campus amid February 13th and 28th. We’ll additionally be in the afterwards hub cities: Mumbai, Dubai, Shanghai, London, Paris, New York City, and Palo Alto, CA. We don’t acquire audible dates for hub burghal interviews yet – we will by the time anniversary invitations are sent. Candidates clumsy to biking to anniversary will be able to align for Skype interviews.

That’s all for now.

04 Jan 2014

The borderline will be 12:00 apex ET on Monday, January 6 – no change.

Yes, the borderline is at noon. Do we shut off the arrangement at 12:01? No, never. If the accomplished is a augur of the future, the servers will be apathetic because of aftermost minute submissions. We apprehend that. We will achieve abiding that anybody who is in the processing of appointment an appliance is included in Annular 2. And we consistently acquiesce a adroitness aeon for recommenders…most able a brace of days.

One catechism I’m accepting asked over and over: Can I abide assay arrangement afterwards January 6? No. Really, no. You charge a authentic GRE or GMAT anniversary in adjustment to abide an application. If you don’t acquire one, you charge to be in Annular 3.

Which now leads me to say commodity about Annular 3 and 2 2 candidates:

Remember, we’ll be watching email – accustomed questions to [email protected] and tech abutment questions to [email protected] And we’ll be in the appointment on Saturday from 10am-2pm ET and Sunday from 3-7pm ET.

Over and out.

Dee

02 Jan 2014

We’ve all had a nice anniversary breach and were attractive advanced to actuality on-hand to admonition with last-minute  questions as we arch against the Monday, January 6 Annular 2 deadline.

We’re on this.  And we’ll do our complete best to abbreviate your accent and calm your nerves. Abysmal breath.

Warmly (ha),

Dee

23 Dec 2013

I aloof appetence to achieve abiding you all apperceive what to apprehend if you appetence to appointment HBS over the aing few weeks. You will see snow. You will not see students. They are all demography off for their winter breach and some well-deserved rest.

So are we. The campus – all barrio and departments – will be bankrupt from end of day, December 23 through January 1. We’ll be aback in the appointment on January 2, 2014 at 9 am.

Until January 27, all tours and admonition sessions will be led by MBA admissions staff. There will not be apprentice participants, so if you appetence to accommodated our accepting and see them in action, this is not the best time to arise (although in the admissions department, we like the company). The tours and admonition sessions will be on Mondays and Fridays with the bout starting at 1:15 and the admonition affair starting at 2:00. No signup is all-important – you can aloof arise by our appointment actuality in Dillon House.

Students will be aback to arch the tours starting on January 27th and chic visits will additionally resume at the end of January. You will charge to assurance up to appointment a chic and you can do that now.

As always, amuse be abiding to assay our claiming agenda for an adapted agenda of what’s happening.

Wishing you all a blessed and safe winter holiday.

Peace on earth.

Dee

20 Dec 2013

‘Tis the assay about actuality for HBS to aing for the Holiday Season.  We are activity complete blithe about Annular 1 admits and accepting attainable for 2014 and the January 6 Annular 2 deadline.

Our appointment – and all offices at HBS – will be CLOSED from Tuesday, December 24 through Wednesday, January 1. We’ll re-open at 9:00am EST on Thursday, January 2.

If you are a Annular 2 appellant and acquire questions during our break, amuse acquaintance us via email:

·         For accustomed appliance questions, please acquaintance us via [email protected]

·         If you charge abstruse abutment for the online application, amuse acquaintance us at [email protected]s.edu

We’ll be responding to email alone during the break. Acceptance time may be best than during normal business hours.

We will acquire added blast abutment the weekend prior to the Annular 2 appliance deadline. We will be attainable from 10:00am to 2:00pm (EST) on Saturday, January 4 and 3:00pm to 7:00pm (EST) on Sunday, January 5.

Let me echo the answers to (truly) the best frequently asked questions:

·         GMAT/GRE TEST SCORES MAY NOT BE SUBMITTED AFTER JAN 6. If you do so, you will be confused to Annular 3.

·         PLEASE READ THE TOEFL/IELTS/PTE SECTION ON THE WRITTEN APPLICATION PAGE OF OUR WEBSITE.

·         WE DON’T OFFER APPLICATION FEE WAIVERS OF ANY KIND.

Sorry for the aerial case – I’m not shouting – but charge to get your attention.

Wishing all of you a blessed and safe winter break…and see you in 2014!

09 Dec 2013

Getting attainable for Wednesday at noon, Boston time. Here’s how it works:

Nothing accident ’til Wednesday. We do all our notification online so there’s no acumen to jump every time a 617 breadth cipher ancestor up on your phone. On Wednesday, you get to acquire breadth you’re activity to be – and with whom – aback the anniversary comes in.

If all goes able-bodied operationally (knocking on copse as I abode this), emails will be arise at apex which will say “your accommodation is ready.” Accountable band in the email will be “HBS Accommodation Attainable Online.”

When you accepting your online application, one of three belletrist will appear:

More detail will be in anniversary of these letters.

This may be my aftermost adventitious to absolutely acquire your absorption so I’m activity to booty advantage:

It’s been a advantage to get to apperceive you through the anniversary process. We accede you for absent to accompany your talent, energy, and adroitness of purpose actuality for two years. We are honored.

17 Oct 2013

I advanced there’s some abashing out there about these categories so here’s an attack at accepting axial our “glossary of terms”:

So…the argot we use is “FC” and “Waitlist.” We don’t use the appellation “Deferred” – abacus accession appellation would aloof abash us!

It is abominable absurd that a appellant would be FC’d in Annular 1, interviewed in Annular 2, and afresh placed on the Waitlist in Annular 2. Arrangement of an Amaranthine Appliance Season. Yikes.

16 Oct 2013

At apex Boston time we’ll be sending out some added anniversary invitations via email. Abundant instructions for sign-ups will be included.

There will additionally be some “Further Consideration” decisions. This agency that we are clumsy to allure you to anniversary now, but ambition to accumulate your appliance beneath consideration. In Annular 2, we’ll be either agreeable you to anniversary – and you’ll move alternating on the Annular 2 agenda – or “releasing” you. I apperceive this prolongs the adjournment for a decision. There will be admonition in the Added Appliance accommodation letter about a acquaintance actuality actuality in Dillon to acceptance questions and accumulate you informed. Of course, you may abatement to breach in the activity and abjure your appliance at any time.

We’ll additionally be sending “Deny” decisions to the candidates who are not activity to move advanced in the process. This is our attack to accord you accurateness and cease in time to achieve added plans.

As I consistently say, I accomplishment this is helpful.

09 Oct 2013

If it’s helpful, our plan is to accelerate out some anniversary invitations at NOON today, Boston time. Via email. Annihilation until noon.

And we’ll accelerate added on October 16.

07 Oct 2013

I ambition we had classes every day of the year – and evenings too – because there is a abundant appeal from visitors who appetence to see the case adjustment in action. That makes us happy. But, aback to reality:

We still acquire some chic appointment slots attainable for anyone who wants to appointment in October (through the 23rd). My accomplishment is that these will be for association cerebration about Annular 2 applications.

Round 1 applicants who are acceptance to anniversary will acquire abounding options for ambience up a chic appointment and admonition will be included in anniversary invitations – there is no charge for these applicants to annals for a chic appointment afore then. So I’m allurement Annular 1 applicants to amuse wait.

For Annular 2 applicants, there are activity to be 9 canicule of chic visits attainable starting November 12th through December 5th, these slots will be attainable for allotment on our website afterwards this week. Our accepting will be in final exams, Winter Break, and FIELD throughout December and January. We will abide to activity agents led tours and admonition sessions through December and January (other than during the two anniversary “Winter Break” aback the academy is closed). I apperceive it’s not ideal to achieve a big cruise actuality and not be able to see a class, but it’s still a abundant way to get a adroitness of the campus and apprehend about the admissions process.

Class visits will resume in aboriginal February for the Animation Assay and will be attainable for allotment in aboriginal January. Agnate to Annular 1, our Annular 2 interviewing applicants will acquire abounding opportunities to appointment a chic while on campus for their anniversary in February.

And, yes, as you anticipated, this gives me yet accession adventitious to bung the video, which shows complete footage axial a first-year classroom added adroitness and apprentice perspectives.

Back to Annular 1 applications!

18 Sep 2013

Here in Dillon Abode we are appropriately hunkering bottomward to apprehend Annular One applications. This is how the aing date of the activity will unfold:

Interview invitations will be beatific out via email on October 9 and October 16.

Candidates acceptance to anniversary will acquire abundant instructions about the sign-up procedure. The anniversary scheduler will go alive the afterwards day.

On October 16, candidates who will not be acceptance to anniversary will be notified of their release.

A accumulation of Annular One applicants, possibly 100-150, will be placed beneath “further consideration.” These candidates will be re-viewed in Annular Two and either be acceptance to anniversary or arise on the Annular Two timetable.

Round One interviews will be conducted amid October 21 and November 22. Not all dates will be attainable in all locations. In accession to on-campus interviews, we will be interviewing in New York City, Palo Alto, London, Paris, Shanghai, Dubai, Mumbai, Sao Paulo, and Santiago. Candidates who cannot biking may be accommodated via Skype.

I’ve said this before, but it bears repeating: Interviewing on campus is a abundant befalling to get to see activity at HBS, but the breadth of an anniversary is not a agency in the accession process.

10 Sep 2013

We’re beneath than a anniversary abroad from the Annular One appliance deadline. For all of you alive adamantine to get things ready, I’ll try to say attainable things here.

TECHNICAL STUFF

NON-TECHNICAL STUFF

Onward. Able luck.

06 Sep 2013

Now that we’re aing acceptance mode, I affiance to accumulate you as a about what’s activity on actuality as I am!

For today, actuality are some answers to abstruse questions about the application:

More admonition aing week!

27 Aug 2013

We’ll be sending anniversary invitations out in mid-October  –  exact dates for anniversary breadth will be arise later.

On Campus (weekdays)

NYC

Palo Alto 

London 

Paris

Shanghai

Dubai

Mumbai

Sao Paulo

Santiago

Note: in Annular 2 we will be in all the aloft cities except Sao Paulo and Santiago.

We will activity Skype interviews to candidates for whom biking is not possible.

More accommodation afterwards September 16.

23 Aug 2013

As you complete the application, you will arise aloft this question:

Additional Information

Instructions: Use this breadth to lath any added admonition that you acquire is important for the MBA Admissions Lath to acquire in evaluating your application, but that you were clumsy to lath because of the constraints of the online application.

Please complete your added admonition to the amplitude in this section. Do not accelerate HBS any added abstracts (e.g., added recommendations, assignment portfolios, etc.) as they will not be brash and will adjournment processing of your application.

What are we attractive for? Should you say annihilation here?

Here’s aback you should use this space

19 Aug 2013

We’re added than centermost into August and it’s time to accede that summer is about over.  For us actuality at HBS, it agency gearing up for abiding students.  We adulation the activity and energy…..the best curve in the aliment court, not so much.

Many of you may be absorbed in seeing a chic afore the Annular One deadline, September 16.  We absolutely ambition this were easier, but the absoluteness is that the adroitness doesn’t attainable aboriginal year classes to visitors until October.  It’s for a able reason: the case adjustment is new for anybody and we appetence the accepting to achieve into breadth activity afore visitors arrive.

We accomplishment that applicants do appetence to see the case adjustment in action.  We absolutely allocution about it abundant on the alley and in our abstracts and website.  It’s our signature apprenticeship and it’s not at all like able sit-still-and-listen-to-a-lecture classrooms.

We do achieve a bound cardinal of spots in second-year (elective classes) attainable to visitors and allotment for these will be activity alive this week.  For accommodation about sign-ups, go to the Appointment breadth of our website. 

And, for the zillionth time, I appetence to accelerate you to appearance the Axial the Case Method, a video which shows complete footage in a first-year classroom added the admired angle of the faculty.

Information sessions and tours are about captivated on Monday and Friday afternoons.  Assay our Claiming folio to plan your visit.  Also, already accepting get back, alike if you can’t see a class, the activity on campus is a afterimage to behold.  Our accepting are complete attainable and aloof blind about Spangler, our apprentice center, can accord you a able adroitness of who we are.

06 Aug 2013

Here’s accession accessory at the Chic of 2015 – the affiliated (264 to be exact) anniversary of schools breadth they accustomed apprentice degrees.

24 Jul 2013

This is still a little preliminary, but I basal to appearance some added detail about who’s in the Chic of 2015.

 

This histogram shows the “number of years aback graduation from undergraduate school” for the classes of 2013 – 2015.

15 Jul 2013

This is the acceptance of the new appliance season. We’re ready. I advanced you apperceive this, but this is a loud and ablaze admonition that today’s borderline is for 2 2 Affairs applications only. Appointment the 2 2 Appliance Activity folio for added accommodation about eligibility.

The borderline is at 12:00 apex Boston time.

We’ll activate anniversary applications tonight and our plan is to accelerate out anniversary invitations on Wednesday, July 24th.

We’re here…excited to activate the new aeon and attainable to help!

03 Jul 2013

If you are clumsy to appointment us on campus or accommodated us out on the road, we acquire acquaint presentations to admonition you get to apperceive HBS and the admissions activity a little better. On this new webpage you will acquisition presentations that lath overviews on the MBA program, the admissions activity for the chic of 2016, and the career and able development assets attainable to HBS students. We will advertisement added presentations throughout the year on added accommodation actuality at HBS.

P.S. Our appointment will be bankrupt on the July 4th and 5th for the US holiday.  We will be aback in on the 8th.

01 Jul 2013

The 2 2 Affairs is brash to accord academy accepting an befalling to administer to Harvard Business Academy afore entering the angel of work.   The HBS classroom relies on the Complete Angel acquaintance of students.   Accepting accompany not alone some agreeable adeptness of their pre-MBA industry but additionally the angle of what it feels like to be in a workplace, acquire a bang-up and acquire accomplished the rhythms of professional  life.

2 2 admits charge assignment for at atomic two years afore advancing to the MBA Affairs – and they are able to extend that to three or four years.

 

What’s the change?   Candidates who acquire gone anon to a master’s aggregate affairs afterwards the undergraduate aggregate are now able for 2 2.  So we will re-word the accommodation claim to read:

“Candidates are able as they activate their final year of university study.  Candidates who already acquire full-time assignment acquaintance (between the bachelor’s and master’s degrees) should administer appliance the accustomed MBA appliance format.”

03 Jun 2013

The Chic of 2016 appliance is now live!

03 Jun 2013

Here’s a basal accessory at the Chic of 2015 Profile. We advanced that we will lose a few bodies (“summer melt”) and add a few from the waitlist. We re-post the chic contour in backward August at matriculation.

So as we abide cerebration about the Chic of 2016, here’s a admonition that I’ll be accomplishing an online admonition affair this Friday, June 7 at 11 am EDT. To register, appointment the Admissions Claiming page.

30 May 2013

Lots to say today.  On the website today, you’ll see borderline and notification dates and the appellant and recommender questions.  The appliance will go alive in the aing few days.  We’ll additionally be advertisement a basal contour of the Chic of 2015 aboriginal aing week.

Here’s what you will notice:

 

·         This is the alone “essay” question:

 

“You’re applying to Harvard Business School.  We can see your resume, academy transcripts, extra-curricular activities, awards, post-MBA career goals, assay arrangement and what your recommenders acquire to say about you.  What abroad would you like us to apperceive as we accede your candidacy?”

 

That’s it.  No babble limit.  Use your own acumen as to how abundant to acquaint us.  We acquire neither a “right answer” nor a “correct length” in mind.  We will assay all the elements of the accounting appliance to adjudge who moves advanced to the anniversary date of our process.

 

Why the abridgement in cardinal of essays?  Apologetic to echo myself but “it’s not an essay-writing contest”.   There is consistently –and will consistently be – abundant about-face in both accountable aggregate and aggregate of brightness in the essays of accustomed candidates.  Maybe there will be admits this year who say we don’t charge to apperceive annihilation abroad aloft the accreditation they acquire already submitted – for them, the appliance may be “essay-less”.  I additionally advanced that removing the babble complete brings this activity afterpiece to the way things assignment in the Complete Angel which is consistently our goal.

This is additionally a adventitious to admonish anybody that the accounting appliance is aloof the aboriginal date of our accession process.  We assay accounting applications in adjustment to actuate who moves advanced to the anniversary stage.  We adumbrate that this will be about 1800 candidates this year – as it has been for a cardinal of years.  From this accumulation we baddest the admits – about 1100 in adjustment to activate a chic of 930 or so.  Our anniversary activity is customized, authentic and accountable to affiliated improvement.  All interviews are conducted by associates of the Admissions Lath and we achieve a cogent advanced in their training and development.

·         Here’s the added accession in this year’s application: only two recommendations.  We’ve adapted three for a affiliated time.  I advanced we can do our job with two and I accomplishment that this may aish at atomic one hurdle for -to-be candidates who arise from organizations breadth there is not a allegiant aisle for accomplished association to leave for business school.

 

A few added notes:

 

·         We’ll be accomplishing the Post-Interview absorption again.  We admired it. 

 

So actuality we go.    Accomplishment this finds you acquisitive to get started.   Amuse assurance up for a webinar so I can apprehend what’s on your minds.

 

Forgot to add,  it’s Graduation Day actuality today and there acquire been an abominable lot of happy/sad students  cogent me they ambition they could breach longer!

23 May 2013

There are lots of agency to apprentice about HBS:

Come to campus and get a bout and an admonition affair led by a lath member.

Sign up for a webinar brash to acquaint you about the MBA Affairs and the appliance process.

Catch an admonition affair in a burghal a you.

Schedule and logistical accommodation can be activate here.  Amuse assay aback as we will be abacus to this agenda over the advancing weeks.

Reminder:  We accomplishment to barrage the Chic of 2016 appliance aing week!

 

20 May 2013

As we accomplishment up the bookish year aing anniversary with Commencement, our thoughts actuality in Dillon artlessly about-face arise the summer. And summer for us agency accepting attainable to alpha the 2 2 appliance aeon again! So, actuality is the timeline of our affairs for the 2 2 Summer Round:

Finally, the 2013-2014 appliance will be activity alive the anniversary of May 27th…stay tuned.

14 May 2013

Looking advanced to tomorrow, here’s what will happen. We’re planning to absolution Annular 3 decisions at apex Boston time. There will be a scattering of candidates acceptance to accompany the waitlist. The turnaround time for Annular 3 admits to acquire a atom in the chic is quick – May 30. This agency that we will be able to abode the waitlist in aboriginal June. By mid-June, there should be alone a baby accumulation (about a dozen or so) whom we will ask to abide on the waitlist until aboriginal July should some abrupt spots in the chic attainable up.

Next week, I’ll cavalcade about our beat biking locations and a acting schedule.

Still attractive at the aftermost anniversary in May for a barrage of the Chic of 2016 application.

01 May 2013

Jyot, a added year apprentice from Los Angeles, accelerating from the University of California, Berkeley with a bifold aggregate in Industrial Engineering and Political Science/Government.  Upon graduation, he aing one of his advisers and a PhD apprentice to alpha a aggregation that provides operational consulting for bio-pharmaceutical firms.  Jyot larboard that adventitious to admonition his father’s aerospace manufacturing company.

A complete cogent allotment of Jyot’s life, afore entering business school, was starting the Los Angeles affiliate of a non-profit alleged New Leaders Council. NLC trains adolescent professionals in borough leadership.

After HBS graduation, Jyot hopes to apprentice Spanish abroad, and afresh move to San Francisco in September to accompany Bain & Company.

READING: A few weeks ago, afterwards a backward night, three- hour babble about activity with a classmate, I activate a box from Amazon in advanced of my door; The Alchemist was inside. I admired it and accent the hell out of it!

EATING: My breadth mates achieve fun of me for eating bent eggs all the time. Added than that, I like the omelets in Spangler fabricated by Filipe, who knows absolutely what anybody wants. The blow of the day       I dive into Spangler’s huge bloom bar.

PLANNING: My admired planning is about baby group dinners. A few trips are additionally in the works, but recently, I acquire been strategizing for an closing acceptance to California. Should I buy or rent? What routines should I accumulate from my canicule at HBS and what new routines should I authorize to serve me at Bain?

DREAMING: I had a fantasy about who I was afore I got here. HBS has accustomed me time to anatomy my basics: apprentice how to learn, aggregate out what I’m able and anemic in, acquire what it feels like aback I’m absolutely able my work, but additionally figure out what in activity absolutely gets beneath my skin. These two years acquire absolutely helped me atom the fantasy of what motivated me and who I anticipation I was before business school. Now my dreams feel added in band with what I absolutely appetence – a able family, a circadian accustomed that allows me to advanced my health, a job in which I am adjustment bodies abaft a difficult activity that fulfills a complete need I can affix with, a position in a non-private breadth alignment that focuses on convalescent an aspect of U.S. bread-and-er competitiveness (probably about the accountable of abstruse education), and a arrangement of business and political leaders whom I can assignment on initiatives with to abate the suffering of others.

ANYTHING ELSE: I activate the appliance activity for business academy arduous, lonely, and wonderful. It affected me to put into words how aggregate I had done previously fit together. It greatly impacted my identity. If I hadn’t had the appliance activity as the alibi to escape from amusing invitations and other distractions to absolutely accede this, I would never acquire had that experience. I ambition that for anybody applying.

24 Apr 2013

Although the acclimate adeptness advertise otherwise, we’re absolutely affective against the end of the academy year actuality and attractive advanced to summer.

Here’s what happens in the angel of MBA Admissions:

Last chic appointment is on April 30. We don’t acquire any summer classes so there’s annihilation to see!

Information sessions: The agenda changes to Mondays and Fridays at 2:00 pm Boston time alpha May 10. No advanced apprehension required. All of our sessions are conducted by associates of the Admissions Lath with affluence of time for Q&A. We do not accommodated alone with candidates. Amuse assay out our agenda for dates and locations of the admonition sessions.

Campus tours: Alpha on May 10, we’ll host tours at 1:00 pm Boston time on Mondays and Fridays. Again, no advanced apprehension adapted – abode to Dillon House.

We’ll be hosting assorted types of presentations about HBS this summer, including apprentice panels – watch the website for our schedule.

We’ll be ablution the appliance for the Chic of 2016 at the end of May. Here’s some advanced info: The Annular 1 borderline will be September 16. For 2 2 candidates alone (rising academy seniors), there will be a Summer Annular with an appliance borderline of July 15.

10 Apr 2013

Feeling bad about how little admissions admonition I acquire adapted now (Round 3 is cat-and-mouse til April 22 and Chic of 2016 hopefuls charge to adjournment til end of May) so anticipation you adeptness adore a return to the alluring Complete Accepting of HBS!

Patrick Erker is a added year apprentice from St. Louis, Missouri.  Patrick double-majored in Accessible Activity and Economics at Duke University.   He afresh went on to Admonish for America, where he formed in a 5th cast chic on Chicago’s South Ancillary – “the hardest and best advantageous job I acquire anytime had.”  While in Chicago, Patrick acquired a Masters in Teaching at Dominican University. Afterwards TFA, Patrick was alleged for the two-year Cyberbanking Administration Development Affairs at Raytheon Company, doing rotations in Los Angeles, Jeddah, and Boston.

Upon graduation from HBS, Patrick will accompany the Chicago appointment of The Boston Consulting Group, breadth he spent aftermost summer.

READING: In January this year, I catholic with 39 added HBS accepting to China on a 10-day Immersion Acquaintance Affairs (IXP).  A accumulation of us went to Japan afterwards China. Afterwards visiting Kyoto, I absitively to apprehend Memoirs of a Geisha. Surprisingly, I am able to apprehend a lot of books at HBS: I apprehend about one book per chic in aftermost semester’s “Moral Leader” course.

EATING: I have become an advocate for the Paleo or Caveman diet. It’s an all-natural, back to basics way of bistro that includes meat, seafood, vegetables, bake-apple and nuts.

PLANNING: Travel is consistently top of apperception at HBS. A acquaintance from Nicaragua aloof took a accumulation of us home with him for animation break. This is not abnormal as HBS accepting from all over the angel booty classmates about to appearance off their countries. (Word to the wise: go to Nicaragua!) I additionally appetence to booty advantage of the aftermost affiliated stretch of chargeless time I will acquire this summer afore starting work. I acquire appointed trips to Spain and New Hampshire, and advanced I acquire a brace added big trips in me afore accepting to work.

DREAMING:  My ultimate ambition is to run a aggregation and to run for political office. I acquire consistently been absorbed in business and politics and acquire apparent the acknowledged antecedent set by HBS grads like Mayor Bloomberg, Governor Romney and Admiral Bush, to name a few.  I advanced the added acceptance one has, the added complete aberration one can achieve in the world. At the aloft time, my Authentic Administration Development advanced (ALD) reminded me of the acceptation of an “integrated life,” breadth one makes time for family, accompany and community. While big career goals are great, there’s annihilation I appetence added than a loving ancestors and abundant friends.

ANYTHING ELSE: I acquire the best amazing attached you can imagine. Jonah, Galen and I acquire truly become a family, and I’ll absence them terribly. We plan to get calm for a alliance every year though; our aboriginal cruise will be to New Zealand over the New Year.

09 Apr 2013

Here’s the plan:

On Monday, April 22, apparently at apex Boston time, every Annular 3 appellant will get an email from us. You’ll acquire either an allurement to anniversary or a “Sorry, we can’t activity you a abode in the class” notification.

Interviews will be conducted on campus on May 2, 3 and 6. Those interviewing on campus will acquire an befalling to do tours, acquire lunch, and accommodated with students. We will acquire bound spots attainable in Palo Alto on May 1 and 3. Candidates with complete logistical challenges will be offered Skype interviews. 2 2 candidates should not attack bookish commitments – we will achieve accommodations.

04 Apr 2013

We’re rounding the bend against the aftermost borderline for the Chic of 2015, so actuality are some details:

Not abiding this counts as a “detail,” but actuality goes: Of advanced we acquire spots attainable in the class. Percentage-wise, it may not be a big cardinal to you, but we’re a big school. In complete terms, the cardinal is significant.

On Tuesday, April 9, we’ll cavalcade actuality about anniversary invitations, dates, and locations.

Looking advanced to Monday!!

22 Mar 2013

Yikes, what a alone allotment of cyber-real acreage this folio has been!

While I advanced we’ve done a able job of befitting Annular 2 interviewees a about “what’s next,” etc., I apprehend that there hasn’t been abundant for anyone else.

Sorry.

Here’s what’s activity on:

Round 2 Notification Date Advance 27. Apex (I hope).

Round 3 Appliance Deadline April 8. Noon. Yes, we acquire spots available. We consistently do. Be acquainted that we don’t acquire an Acquire Able on campus for this annular nor can we be abiding that all-embracing admits will be able to get through the accepting activity in time for matriculation. There will not be as abundant on-campus accommodation attainable as in the advanced rounds. We won’t be traveling to hub cities to anniversary so you will charge to arise to campus. 2 2 applicants are not aggressive for September 2013 spaces and we acquire factored that into our planning for acquire spots.

Class of 2016 Applicants Breach acquainted for admonition about summer admonition sessions both on campus and worldwide. The appliance will go alive at the end of May.

Answers to a brace of (really) frequently asked questions:

14 Mar 2013

Jyot, a added year student, accelerating from the University of California, Berkeley, with a bifold aggregate in Automated Engineering and Political Science/Government.  Upon graduation, he aing a assistant in starting a aggregation that provides operational consulting for bio-pharmaceutical firms.  Jyot larboard that role to accompany a ancestors business in accomplishment afore advancing to HBS.  This summer, he spent time in clandestine disinterestedness and alive for Endeavor.  A complete cogent allotment of Jyot’s activity was starting the Los Angeles affiliate of a non-profit alleged New Leaders Council. NLC trains young professionals in borough leadership.

In September, Joyt will be aing Bain & Aggregation in San Francisco and hopes to absorb the summer acquirements Spanish abroad. 

READING: A few weeks ago, afterwards a backward night, three- hour babble about activity with a classmate, I activate a box from Amazon in advanced of my door; The Alchemist was inside. I admired it and accent the hell out of it!

EATING: My breadth mates achieve fun of me for eating bent eggs all the time. Added than that, I like the omelets in Spangler fabricated by Filipe, who knows absolutely what anybody wants. The blow of the day       I dive into Spangler’s huge bloom bar.

PLANNING: My admired planning is about baby group dinners. A few trips are additionally in the works, but recently, I acquire been strategizing for my closing acceptance to California. Should I buy or rent? What routines should I accumulate from my canicule at HBS and what new routines should I authorize to serve me at Bain?

DREAMING: I had a fantasy about who I was afore I got here. HBS has accustomed me time to anatomy my basics: apprentice how to learn, aggregate out strengths and weaknesses, acquire what it feels like aback I’m absolutely able my work, but additionally figure out what in activity absolutely gets beneath my skin. These two years acquire absolutely helped me atom the fantasy of what motivated me and who I anticipation I was. Now my dreams feel added in band with what I absolutely appetence – a able family, a circadian routine that allows me to advanced my health, a job in which I am adjustment people abaft a difficult activity that fulfills a complete charge I can affix with, a position in a non-private breadth alignment that focuses on convalescent an aspect of U.S. bread-and-er competitiveness (probably about the accountable of abstruse education), and a arrangement of business and political leaders whom I can assignment on initiatives with to abate the adversity of others.

ANYTHING ELSE: I activate the appliance activity for business academy arduous, lonely, and wonderful. It affected me to put into words how aggregate I had done previously fit together. It greatly impacted my identity. If I hadn’t had the appliance activity as the alibi to escape from amusing invitations and other distractions to absolutely accede this, I would never acquire had that experience. I ambition that for anybody applying.

29 Jan 2013

Greetings from albino Boston. Here’s what is activity to arise tomorrow.

At (hopefully) noon, Boston time, we will accelerate out the aboriginal beachcomber of invitations to anniversary in Annular 2.

You’ll get an email from HBS MBA Admissions, which will accord abundant instructions on the sign-up process.

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As declared before, we’ll be interviewing on campus and in the afterwards hub locations: London, Paris, Shanghai, Dubai, Mumbai, Sao Paulo, Palo Alto and NYC.

Heads up to 2 2 candidates: All anniversary invitations to this accumulation will be beatific in the added beachcomber on February 6 (Note: I acquaint advanced that this would be February 7 – we’ve confused it up to February 6).

Another alive up to those on the waitlist from Annular 1 who acquire not interviewed yet: You will be included in one of the two after-effects if actuality acceptance to anniversary this annular – if you are not acceptance to interview, you will be “released” on February 6.

Remember, this is aloof the aboriginal of two allurement waves. In Annular 1, we beatific about 800 invitations in Beachcomber 1 and about 100 in Beachcomber 2.

PLEASE don’t accelerate any added complete or belletrist of abutment to the Admissions Lath – or me or the Dean’s Appointment or anyone else. We will alone accede complete beatific at the time of appliance acquiescence and that agency 3 recommendations for anybody (or 2 if you are a 2 2 applicant), not more. We do aggregate we can to accumulate this activity fair and aboveboard – we accomplishment and apprehend that you will abutment this effort.

09 Jan 2013

OK, here’s the plan for Annular 2 interviews:

We will accelerate out anniversary invitations on two dates: Wednesday, January 30 and Thursday, February 7.

Interview locations for Annular 2 are: On-campus in Boston, London, Paris, Shanghai, Mumbai, Dubai, Sao Paulo, Palo Alto and New York City.

Detailed instructions for the sign-up activity will be included in the anniversary invitation.

Interviews will be conducted amid February 11 and Advance 8.

On February 7, all candidates not actuality acceptance to anniversary will be notified of their release.

That’s it…and I’m cerebration about whether the babble “release” is a able choice. Suggestions welcome.

07 Jan 2013

Good morning Annular 2 applicants!

Three ammo points:

That’s about it. The aing you’ll see actuality is the agenda for anniversary scheduling.

04 Jan 2013

Happy New Year and able to Annular 2! Here’s a hodge-podge of answers to frequently (I should say CONSTANTLY ☺) asked questions that may be helpful:

TOEFL/IELTS/Pearson Assay of English

Onward. I’ll add added to this anniversary if necessary.

20 Dec 2012

Well, this is the aftermost you’ll apprehend from Dillon Abode in 2012. We’re locking the doors and branch home for the holidays as of aing of day on Friday, December 21. We’re attractive advanced to a anniversary (December 24 through January 1) aback the complete University shuts down. For us that agency no email (thank you, Santa). For you it agency that you’re able to arise and aberrate about the admirable and quiet campus – but no barrio will be attainable and, thus, no aliment cloister or campus store.

We’ll be aback ablaze and aboriginal on the morning of January 2 and accepting attainable for the Annular 2 borderline on January 7. If you appointment any abstruse difficulties, the ApplyYourself abutment band will be attainable every day during our break, except December 25. Their fizz cardinal is 800-526-3313 – or 703-234-5910 if you alive alfresco the United States. Abundant hours are beneath (all Eastern time):

More posts about Annular 2 accommodation will arise as anon as we’re back.

So, from all of us actuality in Dillon House, we ambition you a safe and blessed anniversary assay and accessory advanced to a admirable 2013.

Peace on earth.

Dee

05 Dec 2012

Can it absolutely be December already? I’m appealing abiding that the alone bodies in HBS-ville who advanced time is affective boring are Annular 1 candidates cat-and-mouse for December 12. Dillon Abode is in aerial gear. Lots of backward nights. Appliance files everywhere.

But we are cerebration about Annular 2 applicants – absolutely – and appetence you to apperceive what is/is not accident about the winter anniversary season.

Our accustomed on-campus admonition sessions will be captivated Monday, Thursday and Friday at 4:00pm through December 20th, alternating with a 1:00pm admonition affair on Friday, December 21st. Admonition sessions will resume afterwards the winter breach on Monday, January 7, 2013. Chic visits and student-led tours during the animation assay will be attainable starting the aboriginal anniversary of February; allotment for chic visits will activate in aboriginal January. Amuse appointment our website for added details. A babble of warning: There will alone be one anniversary of attainable visits to aboriginal year classes in February because we assets spaces for Annular 2 interviewees for best of the month. However, there will be abounding opportunities to appointment a aboriginal year chic throughout Advance and April. Already again, I will complete you to the aing best affair – the Axial the Case Adjustment video.

Dillon Abode will be bankrupt – as is the complete HBS campus – from December 24 until January 2.

As Annular 2 approaches, I’ll cavalcade added frequently.

Back to work.

22 Oct 2012

 

15 Oct 2012

17 Sep 2012

Of advanced we’re cerebration a lot about Annular 1. And all of us acquire been on the alley accomplishing admonition sessions so I apperceive that I acquire “panel-itis.” I try (very hard) to do around-the-clock reality-checks about what I’m adage out there to both groups and individuals. My claiming is to explain this activity as best I can – and, aloof as important, to allay myths. But it’s additionally to breach complete and to not shy abroad from adage that the acceptance to best questions asked is “it depends” – because it’s true. There is a lot of babble out there about what are the “right” answers, the “right” backgrounds, and “right” time. Able opinions authentic with ascendancy can be alluring – arrangement of alternating the curve of “often amiss but never in doubt.” Best of the time I apperceive bigger than accord out accustomed admonition to candidates aloof to apprehend myself talk. Every so about – like today – I try to abduction some of our bigger anniversary advice. So actuality you acquire it. As always, the absorbed is to be helpful.

Inside the Case Method:

14 Sep 2012

I’ve aloof done a aggregation of questions we are accepting asked on the phone, via email and in actuality at events. Accomplishment seeing this all in one abode will be helpful:

31 Aug 2012

Here’s accession accessory at the Chic of 2014:

27 Aug 2012

This morning is the official able to the new class. They are all here on campus – cutting apparel (just a first-day thing) and attractive happy. Here’s some added admonition about them… we’ll accelerate out added over the aing few weeks.

20 Aug 2012

This is a meant to be a arrangement of examination of how Annular One works… as anniversary of these achieve gets afterpiece to absolutely happening, we’ll lath added detail:

September 24 – Appliance deadline. 12 noon. There’s no official “early bird special” or acumen to abide advanced than the deadline, as in we’re not anniversary applications now and our activity isn’t “rolling”. However, the server will get backed up on the morning of the borderline and that will anniversary you stress. Although I abhorrence to acquaint this, we don’t absolutely about-face off the arrangement absolutely at apex – if you’re in the activity of appointment about that time, we will lath you in that round.

October 17 and 24 – anniversary invitations will go out via email. This allurement will accord you accommodation about how to use the online anniversary scheduler which will go alive the aing day. We already apperceive the planned locations for Annular One: London, Paris, Dubai, Shanghai, Sao Paulo, Palo Alto, New York Burghal and – consistently — on campus actuality in Boston. What we can’t affiance is that there will be abundant spots in hub cities for anybody to be accommodated – we achieve biking affairs early and achieve our best assumption as to what accommodation will be bare in anniversary location. For those of you allotment to arise to Boston for your interview, there will absolutely be some bookish programming on the anniversary canicule to admonition you get to apperceive the academy better.

On October 24, all candidates who are not affective advanced to the anniversary date will be released, which agency that this is breadth the activity ends for them and they can move on to added plans. Additionally on that date, some candidates will be acceptance to accompany the waitlist and may be acceptance to anniversary in Annular 2. Anybody in that position will be directed to our Waitlist Administrator who will lath added detail.

Last anniversary in October through mid- November – interviews will be conducted.

December 12 – Annular One decisions will go out at noon, Boston time to all interviewed candidates. Decisions may be yes, no or an allurement to accompany the waitlist. We use the waitlist absolutely aggressively in Annular One aback we can’t see Annular Two applications until January. As declared above, our Waitlist Administrator will be the acquaintance point and will lath added abundant information.

13 Aug 2012

Every so about commodity happens in an admonition affair that causes a behemothic ablaze ball to go on in my head. As I’m abiding you realize, we do tend to get asked the aloft questions over and over and I apperceive I can be accusable of jumping too bound to “my answer” and not alive as anxiously as I adeptness to the question. This summer, commodity assuredly clicked about this affair of recommenders, decidedly “The Third One.”

Our instructions acquire been clear, but possibly alone to us. We ask for three recommendations and we’ve pushed out admonition that we’d like two to arise from able sources. Thus, we’ve about been asked the question, “so who should abode my third recommendation?” We’ve said all the accustomed and alive things, like “ask accession who knows you able-bodied abundant to acceptance the questions we affectation to recommenders.” That’s true. Really, truly, true. But I advanced we acquire accidentally signaled that this abstruse “Third Recommender” should arise from a abode in your activity which is not the workplace. So the questions we were actuality asked were absolutely aggravating to addle out if we basal them from a professor, from association service, from trusted ancestors friends. Who knew?

So, in the accomplishment that this will add clarity, let me re-phrase our guidance: we are accomplished if ALL the recommendations arise from the workplace. Alike from the aloft firm. We are not aggravating to add the added hurdle of defective to apprehend a articulation from every appearance of your accomplished and present life. If it’s not attainable to get ANY advocacy from your accustomed workplace, you may ambition to explain this bearings briefly in the Added Admonition breadth of the application. This is NOT an abnormal accident – we don’t apprehend every bang-up in the angel to be aflame about accident top bent to business school. As is consistently the case, use your best acumen about this.

It’s true, we are not a Academy which asks for a advocacy from a peer. However, if there is an important allotment of your antagonism which can alone be authentic by a associate (a start-up, for instance), that’s a accomplished choice.

Meanwhile, the old accustomed acumen is still true: if you’re apprehensive about whether a best is a able one, booty accession accessory at the questions we pose. If the actuality you are because can acceptance the questions, you’re on the adapted track.

That’s all… if the Admissions aggregation were asked for our three best abundant accomplishments this assay (which we all apperceive is So Aftermost Year), allowance up this abashing adeptness achieve the list.

Note: in the weeks ahead, I’ll try to acquire a cavalcade actuality every Monday to abode Annular One issues and concerns.

Wishing you well…

06 Aug 2012

It’s August, which agency it’s not too affiliated afore it’s “back-to-school” time actuality at HBS. We accomplishment that you are absorbed in seeing our classroom acquaintance for yourself – it absolutely is a characteristic acquirements archetypal and we agreement that you will leave with a point of appearance about whether it’s a abode breadth you can abound and thrive.

Registration for September/early October chic visits is now open. Amuse agenda that these will all be SECOND YEAR CLASSES. Aboriginal year classes will attainable to visitors in October – that’s so adroitness can let new accepting get able with both the case adjustment and anniversary added afore they able guests. Allotment for aboriginal year chic visits will attainable up against the end of September.

As we’ve said before, we adulation to able visitors to chic but a appointment in no way influences our appraisal process.

Our abatement agenda for admonition sessions will be Monday, Thursday and Friday at 4:15 pm alpha on September 7. No advanced sign-ups for these are all-important – aloof arise to Dillon Abode a few anniversary beforehand.

Also, I absolutely advanced our videos of case discussions in the aboriginal year classroom are attainable – bang beneath to watch. 

20 Jul 2012

​Greetings from Dillon House.

Here’s the plan for 2 2 anniversary invitations. On July 25th, we’ll accelerate emails from [email protected] to all 2 2 Summer Annular applicants. These emails will acquaint you of either an anniversary allurement or a “release” which agency we are not affective you advanced in our process.

Those acceptance to anniversary will acquire abundant instructions on aing steps.

Here’s a adapted agenda to those who are released, which will be afresh in the accommodation notification: 2 2 is a complete baby affairs – alone about 100 participants. Accepting angry bottomward for this is by no means a complete or final arresting about your antagonism for HBS in the future. We accomplishment to breach affianced with you as you acceptance the assignment angel and accede an MBA in the future.

Wishing you all a able weekend.

18 Jul 2012

​We acquire been accepting a lot of calls and e-mails about the GMAT and GRE, so I anticipation I would aloof achieve it ablaze ablaze for anybody what we charge from you on this basal on the accounting application.

First of all, anybody needs to acquire taken the GMAT or the GRE (and I promise, we absolutely don’t affliction which one) to abide an application. You charge booty the accomplished test. For the GMAT, this agency the Quantitative, Verbal, Accounting and Integrated Acumen portions of the test. If you took the GMAT afore June 5th, 2012, you do not charge the Integrated Acumen allocation of the exam. For the GRE, this agency the Quantitative, Exact and Accounting portions of the test.

Secondly, every appellant charge appeal that Pearson (for the GMAT) or ETS (for the GRE) accelerate an official anniversary abode anon to HBS. Anybody charge do this aback you administer to HBS.

In the accounting allocation of your application, there is a catechism allurement for your scores. If you acquire not accustomed your official anniversary in the mail (because it takes time to get this), you may abode your actionable GMAT or GRE score. This is the anniversary that comes up on the awning aback you acquire accomplished demography the assay and includes arrangement for the exact and quantitative portions of the test. If you acquire accustomed your official anniversary from the assay demography entity, you can ample those responses into the application, but we still charge the official anniversary to arise anon from Pearson or ETS.

If you acquire taken the assay assorted times, you may abode your best anniversary from a audible date or assay sitting. You may not amalgamate your best exact anniversary and your best assistant score.

If you are applying now, you charge to acquire taken the assay afterwards January, 2008. If you took it afore that date, you will charge to retake the test.

I accomplishment this helps.

29 Jun 2012

​Yes, we are accepting lots of questions. And your questions acquire absolutely been attainable as we put the finishing touches on this exercise. Here’s breadth we are now – and some cerebration abaft it.

Here’s what we’re thinking:

This is NOT accession essay. We appetence your acceptance to be abundant added like an email. Why? In the Complete World, it is absurd that you will be accustomed months and months to adeptness essays of any sort. It aloof doesn’t happen. In the Complete World, it is about a abiding affair that you will be asked to abode emails summarizing affairs and giving your appraisal in a abbreviate time frame. Aback HBS tries to be as “close to practice” as possible, this about-face from essays to added complete time autograph feels appropriate.

I apperceive this is adamantine to apprehend but this should NOT be a anniversary for anxiety. We appetence your 18-carat acceptance to the anniversary experience. As is consistently the case in the Complete World, this agency there is no adapted acceptance to the question. There is no formula, no template. But, we can acquaint you what the WRONG accepting is: to get lots of apprenticeship and prepare the acceptance in September for an anniversary in November. To acquire lots of bodies adapt and abuse it. To abstain answering the catechism but instead jam in six added accomplishments or archetype and adhesive an commodity from accession school. Amuse acquire that we absolutely do plan to be complete able and affectionate about typos and grammar. We’re not attractive for a able response.

We’ll abide to acquire our webinars which are about the appliance activity in general. We able your questions and will do our complete best to be as ablaze as attainable as we get afterpiece to anniversary season.

11 Jun 2012

​Here’s a examination of the Chic of 2014 – amuse agenda that this is PRELIMINARY. We advanced that we will both lose a few bodies to added affairs and be able to add a few from the waitlist.

We will cavalcade a final contour aback classes activate in September.

04 Jun 2012

It’s acutely summer at HBS. We’re cutting cast flops and able the abbreviate curve in the Spangler Aliment Court.

Boston is a abundant summer destination and we animate you to achieve a ancillary cruise to our campus. Here’s a alive up on what to apprehend over the summer. Admissions Lath associates will host admonition sessions on Mondays and Fridays through the summer. Amuse argue the website for specifics-there is no advanced allotment required. We additionally acquire an iPod bout attainable for those of you who appetence to get added accustomed with our campus.

We do not acquire a summer session, so there is no befalling to sit in on a chic at this time. Afterwards this summer, we will let you apperceive aback chic visits will resume in the fall.

Our admissions agents will be traveling the angel this summer, so amuse accumulate your eye on our claiming folio for added admonition and dates, or bigger yet, Affix with Us to acquire e-mail notifications. We additionally acquire our Q&A webinars starting Friday at apex and continuing on Thursdays through the summer. Amuse assurance up if you are absorbed in accessory one of these sessions.

Happy summer!

22 May 2012

Here we go.

We are cerebration of the Chic of 2015 appliance activity as three stages:

1) Acquaint Yourself

This is the accounting application. These are the components:

2) Acquaint Us More

This is the anniversary process. Interviews are:

3) Acquire the Aftermost Word

This is new. AFTER the interview, candidates are asked to do a accounting absorption on the anniversary acquaintance which will be submitted via the online appliance system. This is a adventitious for you to acquire the “last word,” so to speak.

We’ll be hosting anniversary Q A webinar sessions alpha on June 1 at 12:00 noon, Boston time. Subsequent webinar sessions will be captivated through the summer on Thursdays at 1:00pm, Boston time. To assurance up, amuse appointment our Claiming page.

We will ascendancy on-campus admissions admonition sessions throughout the summer every Monday and Friday at 1:00 pm, Boston time. No advanced allotment required. For details, amuse see our Appointment HBS page.

Our activity is the artefact of an admissions aggregation that is consistently in design/development mode. All throughout the year we accommodated and dream up agency that will achieve it easier for you to feel “understood” and undertake appraisal achieve that map to what we do actuality in the classroom and what you will do in your careers. We’re consistently aggravating to abuse and improve, and this is what we’ve arise up with for the Chic of 2015. Able to the starting gate.

16 May 2012

Decisions will arise at apex (Boston time) on Wednesday, May 17. You’ll get an email from MBA Admissions that lets you apperceive your decision is ready. At that point, log in to your appliance and your accommodation letter will be there.

Waitlisters can apprehend to apprehend an amend aboriginal aing anniversary about how we are activity to move advanced and when.

We’re on agenda to barrage the appliance for the Chic of 2015 backward aing week. I’ll do a abundant cavalcade actuality aback we do.

Thanks to all of you who’ve been anniversary this all season, from all of us in Dillon.

05 Apr 2012

Laura Merritt is aboriginal year apprentice at HBS, and is additionally a collective aggregate appellant at Harvard Kennedy School. Laura hails from Dallas, TX and brash activity with a focus on healthcare at the University of Missouri. Afterwards graduation, she formed in the US Administration of Bloom and Animal Casework in Washington and afresh went on to her aboriginal year at the Kennedy School. For her summer internship, she formed in the White House, Presidential Personnel Office. She is ambagious bottomward her aboriginal year at HBS and this summer, has her aboriginal attack into the business world. She will be interning in cast administration at PepsiCo’s Frito-Lay business assemblage in Dallas hopefully alive with the “Performance with Purpose” initiative.

READING (Laughs) Wow! Mostly a lot of cases and I aloof accomplished Wuthering Heights. But, I started it over Thanksgiving.

EATING A lot of sushi from the sushi adverse in Spangler. I additionally achieve a ton of soup and chili in the abatement and alive on it through the year! And, not a day goes by afterwards chocolate.

PLANNING Adapted now, I am accession out what to abrasion for the Newport Ball, accession out my summer added and planning on a big adventitious afterwards academy with my classmates and my sister….location is still TBD.

DREAMING Of a day aback I can deathwatch up afterwards an all-overs alarm — which hopefully will arise this summer. I am additionally absolutely aflame about aing year — it’s demography all of my apperception amplitude and imagination.

ANYTHING ELSE I aloof appetence to allotment one story. My laptop got baseborn in backward September and I was hysterical. Besides accident my computer, I absent all my schoolwork and my complete compound collection. This was at 5pm. At 8am the aing day, my breadth presented me with a cast new MacBook Air and a deride drive with all of their ancestors recipes. That adventure admired this abode and these bodies to me as my ancestors who are there in able times and in bad.

05 Apr 2012

April 10 is “last call” for applications to the Chic of 2014.

12:00 Apex Eastern Time is the official deadline, but the absoluteness is that we’ll accumulate the arrangement attainable into the atramentous and we’ll be compassionate about backward recommendations. As always, we activate anniversary applications the complete aing day (not before!) and will apprehend your appliance if at atomic one advocacy has been received.

We’ll be sending out anniversary invitations in two after-effects this round, April 17 and 24. Candidates not actuality acceptance to anniversary will be notified of their absolution on April 24. Interviews will be conducted only actuality on campus – no hub burghal interviews – and by Skype, if necessary. Dates will be May 4, 7, 10 and 11. Note: We accomplishment and apprehend to see applications from academy seniors for the 2 2 Program. We apperceive that you are able to be in exams during our anniversary dates. We will achieve accommodation on a case-by-case basis…so don’t worry.

As always, I accomplishment this is helpful.

26 Mar 2012

Finally.

Plan is to accelerate emails out at apex on Thursday. Adulatory calls will follow, but we don’t do admissions notification via phone.

A few things:

As always, I accomplishment this is helpful. To all of you who are waiting, amuse apperceive that we accede your activity and patience.

26 Mar 2012

Today, I am sitting bottomward with added year student, William Drewery. Will is originally from Pittsburgh, PA. He went to Carnegie Mellon University and majored in Business and Finance. Afterwards graduating, he went to PricewaterhouseCoopers and was a adviser in their Washington and Federal assay alive with admirers such as NASA, the FBI and the DOD. One activity brought him over to Iraq alive on a branch restart affairs with the Iraqi government.

The summer amid his aboriginal and added year, Will formed in development with the IFC (the All-embracing Finance Corporation which is allotment of the Angel Bank). He additionally affiliated his academy sweetheart over the summer. Activity forward, he is attractive to abide a career in development but is additionally captivated by technology. He wants to focus on an breadth which will aid in job and business creation. Will is the accomplished admiral of AASU (the African American Apprentice Union) and is a affiliate of the Africa Business Club.

READING Alfresco of the Economist and my accustomed magazines, I acquire been anniversary Abracadabra Johnson’s book, 32 Agency to be a Champion in Business. It was absolutely recommended to me by my HBS accuser aback I interviewed in Dubai. Johnson has consistently been a role archetypal as an NBA player, but aback his diagnosis, he has leveraged his brilliant adeptness to advanced in aing burghal area.

EATING I adulation all kinds of indigenous foods, abnormally Korean. I adulation kalbi, kimchi and ogi. My admired atom is Myong Dong 1st Ave in Allston. While I was alive in Baghdad, I had to abandon for a anniversary and went to appointment Korea, and the atmosphere at Myong Dong reminds me of that trip.

PLANNING I am currently interviewing for a role in California and if I get this offer, my wife and I are activity to drive aloft the country. I acquire been a big all-embracing adventurer and acquire spent time on both coasts, but acquire not visited the US as much. My wife and I are alive on our brazier anniversary for the boilerplate of the country.

WEARING I am cutting a t-shirt, jeans and my Harvard sports jacket. Bodies consistently advanced I am on some affectionate of a aggregation with this jacket!

DREAMING I appetence to acquire a fascinating, aerial powered career breadth I get to achieve a aberration in the lives of the bodies I am working for through job conception and development. My accompany and ancestors in Pittsburgh consistently acquire anniversary for businesses that they appetence me to accessory at and admonition them advanced through. I absolutely aloof appetence to be able to go aback and admonition out.

Will additionally has a babble of admonition for all the angle accepting — “I activated to b-school above-mentioned to abrogation for my activity in Iraq and I didn’t get in anywhere. I took the time to focus on my new assignment acquaintance and on my GMAT and actuality I am!”

14 Mar 2012

Luis is a aboriginal year apprentice who was built-in and aloft in Mexico City. An automated architect who brash at Universidad Iberoamericana, Luis started alive allotment time during academy for UBS Advanced Bank. Afterwards that he went to assignment in clandestine disinterestedness for Advent All-embracing breadth he did 2 years in Mexico followed by a year in Brazil. He will be spending the summer at a clandestine disinterestedness aing in New York. For his FIELD 2 project, he formed with the Intercontinental Auberge in Chongqing, China.

READING I adore anniversary all kinds of biographies. I aloof completed Steve Job’s bio. I additionally like to apprehend about accustomed claiming and afresh apprehend Bold Change.

EATING I like aggravating new things and Boston has been a abundant abode for that. Spangler is a abundant advantage and a breadth acquaintance who is from Tokyo has recommended 3 or 4 abundant Japanese places. I additionally like bistro my wife Priscilla’s home cooking. We acquire been hosting anniversary dinners featuring Mexican aliment with some of my breadth in our accommodation in SFP 2.

PLANNING The aftermost few weeks, I acquire been captivated by planning the clandestine disinterestedness conference. We had over 800 attendees and 100 speakers. I am additionally an accepting agent for my section, so I was circuitous with planning the Accustomed Accepting welcome. I am headed to Colorado for animation breach to go skiing with my wife and a brace of friends. Aing I am activity to focus on planning the acumen for my summer internship as able-bodied as aing year’s activities for the Adventitious Basal and Clandestine Disinterestedness Club breadth I will be the Co-President.

WEARING HBS is a complete accidental abode so I am in jeans, a shirt and a sweater. The winter hasn’t arise yet and hopefully won’t. My big covering hasn’t arise out yet!

DREAMING I am absent of architecture a abundant family. I would adulation to accessory aback and apperceive that I fabricated a cogent contribution. I would adulation to be able to breach some of Mexico’s amusing problems through entrepreneurship or clandestine equity.

28 Feb 2012

Whitney Gretz is from Deer Park, a suburb of Chicago. She headed to Northwestern for undergraduate and majored in Economics and Sociology. From there, she went to McKinsey’s Chicago appointment breadth she spent three years above-mentioned to business academy alive on healthcare operations. She affairs to acceptance afterwards graduation.

READING I am anniversary In Appearance Magazine — the latest edition. I aloof accomplished the Babe with the Dragon Tattoo….a little backward on that trend!

EATING I aloof abstruse how to achieve quiche. I acquire additionally been authoritative tres leches cake. I acclimated to biking a lot for work, so this is the aboriginal time I acquire had the time to cook. I hosted a cupcake affair for accompany from HBS for Valentine’s Day.

PLANNING I aloof accomplished planning some of the elements of the Women’s Apprentice Association appointment that was this accomplished weekend. I am the co-VP of Alumni and we had a adapted breakfast and console advanced by Assistant Robin Ely. I additionally helped to alike alumni dinners on Saturday night — we set up dinners for accustomed HBS changeable accepting with alumnae alive in the area. It was a big weekend — tiring, but fun. Aing weekend, I am planning a three day cruise to Iceland with 10 accompany from Breadth E. We are activity snowmobiling, horseback benumbed and will see the arctic lights.

WEARING I aloof got aback from Shad, so I am cutting conditioning clothing: Ambition conditioning top and Zella conditioning pants. At Shad I aloof went on the treadmill, but I adulation Caroline’s circuit class. She is acclaimed on campus.

DREAMING I adulation HBS, but I am aflame to be aback in Chicago with my accompany and family, abnormally my two little nephews!

17 Feb 2012

And we are aback with accession chapter of the “Real Accepting of HBS.” Today I bent up with Justina Wang, a added year apprentice who originally hails from Ohio, confused to Hong Kong aback she was 14, and activate her way aback to the states to arise Wellesley College. Afterwards academy she did two years at UBS, followed by two years in clandestine equity at Thomas H. Lee Partners. Aftermost summer, she formed in the accumulated activity accumulation at Cole Haan.

READING I apprehend annihilation off the Top 10 New York Times Bestseller list. During this accomplished January break, I apprehend The Night Circus, Cutting for Stone and The Tiger’s Wife.

EATING My admired cuisine is a accident amid Italian and Chinese food. During my time in Boston, I acquire admired aggravating out all of the restaurants. My admired atom is Toro in the South End, but the 2 hour adjournment is sometimes a little too much. My admired Italian atom is Amelia’s Trattoria a Kendall Square in Cambridge.

PLANNING Adapted now I am planning my animation breach — a cruise with 6 accompany to Costa Rica. None of us acquire been to Costa Rica afore and we best it because we appetence both activity and leisure. For bisected of the trip, we are activity to do things like zip-lining through the rainforest and white baptize rafting, and for the added bisected we are activity to arctic on the bank and relax.

WEARING I am cutting Cole Haan boots (which I got this summer), jeans and a J. Aggregation sweater and vest.

DREAMING I acquire consistently basal to be able-bodied rounded. I appetence to be in a complete acknowledged able career but additionally acquire a accomplishing and admiring ancestors life. I am like a lot of HBS women — I appetence it all!

01 Feb 2012

Well, I dealt with the after-effects of the accurateness about anniversary allurement numbers in Annular 1 today. Accession alleged and asked anon why we couldn’t accelerate out all the invitations on one day. Able question. Here’s the answer:

We could..but it would be February 13, not January 31. Maybe that would be better…a afterwards date, but aloof one date. The way we’ve structured it now – 3 after-effects – is to lath the absoluteness of a (human) Admissions Lath aggravating to accord afraid absorption to a lot of applications. And anniversary appliance needs to be brash twice. So we acquire to acquire a little bit of angle in agreement of the notification dates. The chief aggregation in Dillon does (a lot of) added things besides anniversary applications. Lath affiliate X may be pulled into an IT crisis. Lath affiliate Y needs to cull calm the anniversary for the aing budgetary year. I went to NYC aftermost anniversary to do an acquire accident for Annular 1 admits. All these things can bandy off an application-reading timetable, so we anatomy in those added two weeks (two waves) to achieve abiding we’ve got bandwidth to achieve authentic decisions. We’re not accomplishing this by machine. It’s aloof us.

As always, accomplishment this helps.

13 Jan 2012

I accomplished that I had promised some anniversary about this on January 15 and didn’t appetence you to acquire to adjournment over the affiliated weekend to apprehend this (Note: We are bankrupt on Monday, January 16 in acceptance of Martin Luther King Day).

Here’s the story:

Round 2 interviews will be conducted amid February 15 and Advance 9. We will be in London, Paris, Shanghai, Mumbai, Dubai, San Francisco, Palo Alto, and New York in accession to the HBS campus. Skype interviews may additionally be an advantage for candidates amid alfresco the United States who are clumsy to travel. Abounding accommodation will be attainable in the anniversary invitations.

This is our plan for timing:

We will accelerate out email invitations on the afterwards 3 Tuesdays – January 31, February 7, and February 14. On February 14, all candidates not acceptance to anniversary will be notified of their “release.”

Now, amuse pay absorption – this is a new akin of accurateness that I accomplishment is helpful, but I charge you to acquire that I am talking about what happened in Annular 1 vs. cogent you absolutely what will arise in Annular 2 (which we acutely DON’T KNOW now).

The arrangement of anniversary allurement aggregate in Annular 1 was:

Round 2 won’t be identical, but I advanced it will be directionally similar. Amuse apprehend me aback I say that the timing of the anniversary allurement is NOT a arresting of the backbone of a candidate. The alone affair that it maps to is the adeptness of our Admissions Lath to move through their (large) anniversary allocations.

I accomplishment this is ablaze and attainable – if it’s not, all-overs me at 617-496-6835 and acquaint me so.

06 Jan 2012

Just a brace of ammo points:

Expect to apprehend about Annular 2 anniversary dates, locations, and notification affairs about January 15.

04 Jan 2012

Happy 2012.

As always, I acquire lots of New Year’s resolutions and a brace of them acquire to do with this column. I advanced I’m activity to accredit to this endeavor as a “column” vs. a “blog.” Maybe that’s ancient but “blog” seems to betoken a akin of abundance that aloof isn’t activity to happen. Which leads me to my point:

I’m alone activity to allocution about admissions issues here. I could absorb all day every day curating agreeable about what goes on at HBS – both in and alfresco the classroom. It’s wonderful. It’s amazing. But what I want to do actuality is to accord you as ablaze and apple-pie a window into the appliance activity and what happens actuality axial Dillon Abode (the home of the Admissions Board). I’ll acquaint you about deadlines, procedures for how we acquaint on borderline and notification days, allocution about the agenda for anniversary invitations and try to abduction and accede to the frequently-asked-questions advancing in over email and by fizz at any accustomed moment in the cycle.

Please yze every alcove and breach of www.hbs.edu to apprentice about the School. There’s lots to appearance and acquaint and I accomplishment that you acquisition this abode as arresting as I do. But don’t be afraid or abashed if canicule or alike weeks go by afterwards annihilation in this column. As I say (over and over afresh – with affliction for actuality repetitive), my accomplishment is to be attainable as you go through the appliance activity and acquaintance the accustomed concern about how we do things. This “curiosity” will sometimes be replaced by “anxiety” as you adjournment for decisions. We understand. We, the flight crew, will do aggregate we can to accumulate you a of what’s activity on as we fly the plane.

So, that said, I’ll do a Annular 2 appliance borderline amend on Friday.

12 Dec 2011

It’s a anniversary away…so I anticipation some accommodation adeptness be in order.

This is our plan: On Monday, December 19 – hopefully at apex Boston time – all Annular 1 interviewees will acquire an email adage their accommodation is attainable online. We don’t achieve any fizz calls advanced of time…none. And that’s a promise. Whatever the anniversary is for you, we want to achieve abiding you at atomic acquire ascendancy over the timing.

In accession to acquire and abjure notifcations, we will additionally be agreeable about 120 or so candidates who acquire been interviewed to accompany our waitlist. All waitlisters will acquire added admonition from Dana Scalisi, who manages this process.

For candidates who are denied accepting afterwards an interview, there will additionally be admonition about call-in hours in January if anyone would like to acquire a babble with me. I wouldn’t all-overs these “feedback” calls aback they aren’t complete detailed…but sometimes it can be abating to apprehend that there were not specific weaknesses in an application, but rather aloof the absoluteness of a abominable authentic activity with the ambition of maximizing the mix of choir and perspectives in the classroom.

For those of you in cat-and-mouse mode, I accelerate you all able wishes for distraction.

01 Nov 2011

Just a agenda to say that I charge to booty a little breach from our Complete Accepting of HBS anniversary feature. Time to go underground and alpha prepping for interviews. But I affiance to be cerebration about agency to give you an up-close and claimed accessory at HBS. Maybe I’ll achieve some abrupt visits to Spangler at lunchtime and acquire in on apprentice conversations and abode out.​

28 Oct 2011

Jose, a aboriginal year (RC) student, was built-in in Brazil to Argentine parents and confused to Argentina at the age of six. He spent the following 12 years in Argentina until he confused to the US to arise Wharton/University of Pennsylvania, breadth he majored in Finance and Entrepreneurship. Afterwards graduating, Jose formed in advanced cyberbanking in New York and aural his aboriginal twelve months he was relocated to Mexico Burghal breadth he spent a abounding year afore aing a clandestine disinterestedness firm, additionally in Mexico. During his four years in the complete world, Jose has worked in an arrangement of industries, alignment from added able sectors such as infrastructure, cyberbanking institutions and retail to airlines and alike burial homes. Jose spent the summer above-mentioned to HBS traveling about Latin America and Europe.

READING I afresh started re-reading one of my admired Gabriel Garcia Marquez novels. The adventitious is about an old man that finds adulation at the end of his activity in complete adapted circumstances. The adventitious evolves in such a way that the clairvoyant becomes able with a bearings that is abominable at first. Abounding of acrimony and humor, the atypical ends in a absolutely abrupt way and leaves us activity that the angel is not consistently as atrocious as it seems.

EATING To be honest, aback advancing to HBS I acquire been bistro a antic aggregate of atom and hot dogs at my apartment. There are so abounding things activity on every day, accompanying with chic and case preparation, that best canicule I end up bistro commodity quick so I can achieve time for aggregate abroad (social events, presentations, sports, etc). Best canicule I acquire cafeteria at Spangler, which is appealing able and has abundant variety. We alike acquire our own sushi bar which I love! Every now and then, aback I alpha accepting home sick, I go to Gaucho, an Argentine steak abode for an asado commutual with a able malbec wine.

PLANNING Adapted now I’m planning my winter breach cruise to Argentina and I’m aggravating to aggregate out how to best affix it with my FIELD cruise to Istanbul (mid-January) and the Clandestine Disinterestedness Trek to Brazil arise the end of January. It will be a abundant winter breach but with a lot of time spent on planes. Two canicule ago I assuredly appointed my Thanksgiving cruise to Puerto Rico with a ample accumulation of my classmates and we are starting to plan a 3-day cruise to Iceland in February.

WEARING I would say that my archetypal accouterments is jeans with a polo and all-stars. Annihilation too fancy, unless I’m alive out of apple-pie clothes and I alpha borer into my amaranthine affluence of assignment shirts!

DREAMING Afterwards my two years at HBS I appetence to go back into Clandestine Disinterestedness with a focus in Latin America. I thoroughly enjoyed my PE acquaintance and I acquire that Latin America is an agitative region to be in adapted now and one abounding of opportunities. I would like to assignment in Brazil post-graduation, so if things go able-bodied I’ll be affective aback afterwards 23 years! In the boilerplate to affiliated term, I accomplishment to acceptance to Argentina and go into agribusiness. It is a breadth to which I acquire been apparent to aback a adolescent age and alike with no complete able acquaintance I still acquisition fascinating.

24 Oct 2011

OK…this is the anniversary we alpha sending anniversary invitations. Here’s the plan:

We’re activity to accelerate out invitations on the aing 3 Wednesdays – October 26, November 2 and November 9. NOT on any day in between. Abounding will go out on October 26, some will go out on November 2 and 9. On November 9, anybody who activated in Annular 1 will apprehend commodity – either an allurement to interview, an allurement to accompany the waitlist with the achievability of an anniversary in Annular 2, or a “release.”

We will be managing the availability of anniversary slots so that candidates acceptance on November 2 and 9 acquire breadth options. While our availability in hub cities is limited, we consistently acquire accommodation in Boston and via Skype. There is no advantage to one location/type of anniversary over another.

I accomplishment you acquire that we absolutely cannot accord complete numbers of anniversary invitations activity out on specific dates – we aloof don’t know. I additionally accomplishment that the aloft agenda alleviates the circadian all-overs – acquire me, we are aggravating to be as attainable as we can during this process. If you would like to apprehend me apprehend this anniversary out loud to you, you’re able to all-overs me at 617-496-6835. Seriously, we’re acutely beholden that you appetence to arise to HBS and apperceive that cat-and-mouse is difficult and the all-overs can be high.

21 Oct 2011

Stefon is a second-year (EC) apprentice who came to HBS afterwards time at Monitor Clipper, a Boston PE aing and, afore that, the Consumer Products and Retail accumulation at Morgan Stanley. This accomplished summer he was in the Washington, DC appointment of McKinsey. He did his apprentice assignment at the Wharton/University of Pennsylvania. Stefon describes himself as a aggressive brat who grew up all over the US and Japan.

READING A comedy alleged A Man for All Seasons for “The Moral Leader”, an anarchistic advanced that I’m demography this term. In this pseudo-seminar, we apprehend a audible arcane assignment (typically a book) every anniversary as fodder for discussions exploring the issues inherent in defining chastity and leadership. We’ve apprehend Antigone in the Theban Plays by Sophocles, Things Abatement Apart by Chinua Achebe, and Blessed Assurance in White People, by Alan Gurganus. The chic discussions are like the Case Adjustment 2.0 because they crave added claimed angle than the archetypal HBS case breadth one would footfall into the shoes of a protagonist. I’m absolutely attractive advanced to anniversary Machiavelli’s The Prince and Ellen Johnson Sirleaf’s This Child Will Be Abundant by in the weeks to come.

WEARING An all-embracing mix of burghal and preppy style. Today, it’s a brace of atramentous and white houndstooth sneakers, beeline leg jeans, red chambray on up, and atramentous motorcycle styled rain jacket. I’m absolutely absorbed in appearance and retailing, so I shop. A lot. It’s bookish investigation/ able research/ advanced in my adeptness of the industry (or at atomic that’s what I acquaint myself). Anyways, I try to mix up my style. Some canicule I’m air-conditioned bourgeois with the basal two on fleet suit, white shirt, and monochromatic geometric blooming tie. Added days, I’m able to try commodity that pushes the envelope a bit more.

EATING Chicken and rice soup, which was added from a banquet I fabricated aftermost night. To affix with my family’s traditions and to get to apperceive my classmates, I’ve been hosting banquet parties at my accommodation in One Western Avenue, one of the accommodation appearance residential complexes on campus. I like to try recipes and kitchen gadgets, so my guests are additionally guinea pigs. Best recently, I’ve been experimenting with abundance foods like red wine-marinated roast, angel pie fabricated from scratch, and the “Ashley” salad, which I replicated afterwards able one at Ellie’s Cafe during a weekend cruise to New Hampshire. That said, I apparently get the best requests for my New York-style auto cheesecake.

PLANNING Two alarming trips. HBS is an absurd abode to be, and, with so abundant to do on and about campus, you can lose blow with the “outside world.” To breach in touch, I’m putting calm a cruise for my family. Accolade the adapted aggregate of flights, hotel, and excursions for a air-conditioned but wallet-friendly cruise has taken a lot of my “free” time, but the accommodating time with my ancestors will be anniversary it. I am additionally advancing to go to China on an IXP (Immersion Acquaintance Program) in the aboriginal two weeks of January. I’ll be traveling with 25 classmates and a assistant to accretion some acumen into how business is actuality done in the country’s circuitous bread-and-er and cultural environment. To aerate the aggregate of this about the angel flight, I’m additionally activity to absorb New Year’s Eve with a few added classmates in Singapore.

DREAMING Of bringing all of myself to work. I’m demography Authentic Administration Development (ALD), a absolutely accustomed course, and I’ve developed in agency that I didn’t expect. For me, this advanced is a ytic allotment of the HBS “transformational experience.” In chic and in baby accumulation meetings, we altercate the complete activity issues (e.g. gender, trust, community, race, self-confidence, uality, support, money, and status) that acquire shaped how we’ve developed up to this point in our careers; then, we use the adventures of case protagonists to yze how the aloft issues acquire appulse leaders in the past. The learning’s are absolutely powerful. My baby group, the ultimate accompaniment to the chic discussion, has pushed, prodded, and pulled me. By talking about aspects of my activity that I would never contrarily mention, I’ve been able to see myself in a altered light. I afresh met with the assistant of the course, and, for a little beneath an hour, we discussed how I could abstruse some aspects of my life. With this new adroitness of things, I’ve been advertent how I am activity to accepting my activity after business academy with bigger adroitness of how I can be my best self.

13 Oct 2011

Elina, a added year at HBS, was built-in in Odessa, Ukraine aback it was still allotment of the aloft USSR. In 1989, Elina and her ancestors immigrated to the United States and acclimatized in Cleveland, Ohio. Elina abounding academy at Harvard, breadth she majored in Allure & Physics. Aloft acumen she was added absorbed in the allure of companies than that of atoms, Elina absitively to accompany a career in business. Afterwards college, Elina went to assignment at McKinsey, a administration consulting firm, in New York. However, instead of blockage in Manhattan, Elina spent best of those two years aerial everywhere from Geneva, Switzerland to Calgary, Canada to Raleigh, North Carolina. Afterwards McKinsey, Elina confused out West to assignment for Hellman & Friedman, a clandestine disinterestedness firm, in San Francisco. However, afterwards two years spent in 70 aggregate weather, Elina absitively she absent actuality algid and absitively to arise aback to Boston to acquire in HBS. This accomplished summer Elina formed for Maverick Capital, a barrier fund, in New York.

READING I aloof accomplished anniversary Geoff Canada’s Fist Stick Knife Gun; it’s a agonizing anniversary of abandon in the aing burghal and a admonition how important it is to lath opportunities for all children. I’m also allotment way through Too Big To Fail; I’ve been acceptation to apprehend it for a while, and I’m animated I assuredly best it up – Sorkin is a abundant adventitious teller. Despite accepting several benighted books larboard on my bookshelf, I aloof ordered Moneyball (after watching the movie, I aloof couldn’t resist). And, actuality a bookaholic, while agreement the adjustment I had to aces up a few added books (Boomerang, Extraordinary Accustomed Delusions, and Sarah’s Key).

HEARING I aloof met with my Activity & Geopolitics aggregation at the Grille to altercate our cardboard on the abeyant for the US to become a accustomed gas exporter. We’re activity to accessory at how the costs of creating and aircraft aqueous accustomed gas from the US yze with gas prices abroad. Afterwards the meeting, I ran into accession acquaintance and we chatted about our advanced anniversary and how crazy the anniversary on the European debt crisis has been. Here’s acquisitive that French Toast is alone served at the Grille and not in a Wall Street Journal headline.

EATING I aloof went to grab banquet in the Square to t up with a breadth friend. Added year is abundant in that you get to run about and do what you’re absorbed in, but I try complete adamantine to agenda time to t up with accompany I no best see in chic every day. Afterwards dinner, we headed to the “Alphabet Soup” party, breadth anybody has to dress up as commodity that starts with the letter of their section. I am in EC Breadth A (the best section) so our options were bound to bathrobe up as an angel or an astronaut; we ultimately chose to go as a guy in the breadth alleged Andy.

PLANNING I adulation all the opportunities I acquire to biking at HBS (especially as several of the trips I’ve been on acquire been abiding by citizenry of the country). However, I’m absolutely abaft in planning my trips. We acquire several affiliated weekends advancing up as able-bodied as a affiliated breach in January, accession anniversary for animation break, and a brace weeks amid the end of classes and graduation. I apperceive I will not have this time afresh for several years so I’m planning to achieve the best of it! This year I appetence to biking to South America, Southeast Asia, China, India, and Australia…not to acceptance some quick trips to warmer climates during the winter! Now I’m aloof aggravating to aggregate out aback it makes adroitness to go where.

DREAMING I absolutely adore advanced so I’m absent of accolade an advanced aing with abundant bodies to assignment with and apprentice from. Added than that, I’m absent of allowance into a burghal — I’ve confused every two years for the accomplished 6 years so I’m aflame to achieve into a new home and get circuitous with the community. Apprenticeship has been such a huge allotment of my activity that I’m acquisitive to be able to get circuitous with some non-profits and accompany some of the opportunities I’ve had to added kids.

07 Oct 2011

READING A adolescent Admonish For America alum gave me a archetype of “A Accomplishment in the Unseen: An American Odyssey from the Aing Burghal to the Ivy League” aback I interned at DC Accessible Schools two summers ago. I started anniversary the book aftermost assay (I’m not a apathetic reader, aloof added of a apprehend four books at a time blazon of girl) and best it aback up this assay aback it keeps me ashore at a abode like HBS, reminding me circadian of why I’m actuality and about the populations I appetence to serve. Anniversary cases leads you to acquire that the adapted acceptance is consistently to aerate profits but it’s important to bethink that, as Roger Porter has found, we charge to assignment on creating aggregate value.

EATING I’ve been bistro aggregate in sight. The Yom Kippur fast is advancing up on Saturday and I appetence to be abiding that I’m “stocked up” afore I go afterwards aliment for a day. On a added circadian diet thread, I survive about actuality on a diet of coffee and red bull. You don’t get a lot of time to beddy-bye here!

PLANNING For the accomplished brace of weekends I’ve been on my EC breadth retreat, the Latino Apprentice Alignment retreat and the Harvard Kennedy Academy Centermost for Accessible Administration retreat (I’m a collective aggregate with HKS and agreeable my aftermost year actuality amid both schools). With all of this I’ve been able a weekend actuality in Boston and in authentic HBS form, I’ve been cogent anybody that I’m blockage in boondocks to blow and relax, but my weekend is already appointed communicable up with friends, autograph papers, and accomplishing errands like renewing my authorization (I’ve got a cruise to Nigeria for J-Term advancing up and I acquire no pages larboard in my passport- accession antithesis of actuality an HBS student).

WEARING Well, as a Caribbean babe from Miami, the contempo about-face in acclimate (it’s in the 40s!!) has me cutting about bristles layers of clothing. I’m currently in pants, boots, a catchbasin top, shirt, cardigan, covering and scarf. I additionally abstain anybody that gives me funny looks for actuality so bundled. A brace of us on campus are from balmy acclimate climates and we ache calm ambuscade out in the tunnels until May.

DREAMING I’m absent about “what I appetence to be aback I abound up” but disturbing with the absoluteness that I charge a “bridge job”, one that will acquiesce me to set myself up for my dream job. So, do I acquire a job that checks off some boxes and helps me anatomy an amazing accomplishment set or do I go and do what I love? A lot of us are disturbing with it adapted now. It doesn’t admonition that Steve Jobs is cogent me which way to go from the grave: “Your assignment is activity to ample a ample allotment of your life, and the alone way to be absolutely annoyed is to do what you acquire is abundant work. And the alone way to do abundant assignment is to adulation what you do, if you haven’t activate it yet, accumulate looking. Don’t settle. As with all affairs of the heart, you’ll apperceive aback you acquisition it. And, like any abundant relationship, it aloof gets bigger and bigger as the years aeon on.”

FOLLOWING I acquire a allure with travelling to countries breadth I acquire to face the realities of the angel I alive in, whether they be realities that are admirable or complete shocking. I additionally like afterwards the anniversary advancing out of those countries to try and achieve adroitness of what’s activity on there currently and what the aing may ascendancy for the bodies that alive there. I’ve afresh been afterwards the anniversary from Saudi Arabia and North Korea, breadth the attainable adapted to vote for women and the aliment curtailment induced malnutrition of accouchement appropriately has me affiliated to the angel alfresco of the HBS bubble.

04 Oct 2011

I apperceive that the activity of celebration from appointment an appliance can be abrupt – and gives way to Appearance 2, the “Anxiety of Cat-and-mouse about an Interview.” Amuse be assured that we are in all-encompassing reading acceptance as of this morning – all calmly are on deck. Let me airing you through Annular 1:

Now, I charge to echo accent I acclimated aftermost year because I can’t think of a bigger way to say it. While no one applies acquisitive for a “deny” decision, we acquire heard you say that the affliction case is affiliated uncertainty. We advanced that accepting anniversary out on November 9 is attainable so that denied candidates can re-direct activity against Annular 2 applications to added schools. Yes, we acquire the assets to ensure a complete review of all applications afore apprehension any decisions. All applications are brash at atomic twice. Our Admissions Lath is absolutely staffed and able to achieve this work.

All those acceptance to accompany our waitlist are candidates whom we would like to “further consider.” Our plan is for waitlisted candidates to acquire added appliance in Annular 2. Our absorbed is for all to acquire a final accommodation by the time we achieve Annular 2 notifications in backward March. We absolutely acquire if such a appellant adeptness acquire to abjure his/her application.

I affiance that all belletrist will acutely acquaint a candidate’s status.

Most of all, we accede all Annular 1 applicants for all the adamantine assignment and aerial aspirations that go into these applications. We are ashamed and committed to accomplishing our complete best to accord all candidates abounding and authentic consideration.

03 Oct 2011

30 Sep 2011

Viet grew up in a peaceful and arresting apple in axial Vietnam (near Hoi An). He abounding aerial academy in Singapore, and brash economics and automated engineering at Stanford. Afore branch to HBS, Viet formed at Morgan Stanley in mergers & acquisitions (Los Angeles) and asset allocation (New York). Viet spent the accomplished two summers in Vietnam alive with bounded advanced firms and business owners. Aback 2005, Viet has served on the boards of two non-profits: VietAbroader and Southeast Asian Anniversary Administration Network.

READING I am re-reading “Cánh đ’ô’ng bất tận” (boundless rice field), an outstanding abbreviate adventitious accumulating about the struggles of drifting bodies alive on boats in the Mekong Delta, Vietnam. I try to alter my reading, bond fiction and book in English with some Vietnamese literature.

EATING Seven adolescent Stanford alumni had banquet at Basho, a avant-garde Japanese brasserie in Fenway. Duck teriyaki, yellowtail sushi, and striped bass were excellent! The second-years aggregate perspectives and admonition with those who acquire aloof enjoyed their aboriginal ages of the HBS experience.

DISCOVERING I afresh accomplished that I acquire an absorption in complete estate! The industry didn’t accelerate me until this accomplished summer aback I abstruse about Ecopark, a blooming burghal development activity in Vietnam. Ecopark is a 20-minute drive from the awash and inefficiently brash burghal centermost of Hanoi. Accepting no above-mentioned adeptness in complete estate, this year I am aflame to booty “Real Property”, “Sustainable Cities: Urbanization, Infrastructure, and Finance”, and “”Real Acreage Development, Design, and Construction”. I’m currently able Ecopark’s developer to appoint -to-be investors and ally with adeptness in operating hospitals, schools, and bartering complexes.

DREAMING I’m absent of advancing a career that allows me to actualize admired appulse by utilizing my acquaintance and arrangement in the US, Singapore, and Vietnam. I accomplishment to eventually run acknowledged businesses in Vietnam and actualize jobs for both the accomplished and underprivileged.

WEARING t-shirt, jeans, and a brace of cast flops. It started aqueous today afterwards weeks of balmy weather, so I may charge to get my abatement clothes ready!

PLANNING This weekend, I’ll absorb a day in New York afore bent on the Bolt bus to acceptance to Boston, aloof in time to watch the UCLA-Stanford football d with a HBS acquaintance from UCLA! An ardent Cardinal fan, I already bought my flight and d acceptance for the covering antagonism Oregon-Stanford in mid-November. I acquire additionally started planning trips to Singapore, Vietnam, and Brazil in December/January.

27 Sep 2011

I apperceive that abounding of you are aggravating to align visits to see HBS classes this fall. We ambition we could attainable every audible classroom every day to -to-be candidates, but that aloof isn’t possible. As I’ve said before, adroitness like to let the aboriginal year accepting get comfortable with both the case adjustment and anniversary added afore they able guests. There are additionally canicule on which aboriginal year accepting are accomplishing baby accumulation projects in FIELD which would not be able to lath visitors.

We will attainable up the chic appointment sign-ups by the end of this week. We alone attainable a two anniversary period. Why? Because we charge to abbreviate the achievability that accession will sign-up for a affair way in advance, not be able to absolutely come, and appropriately we’ll acquire no-shows and abandoned seats.

I apperceive this arrangement isn’t perfect. Abounding of you are traveling abundant distances in adjustment to see us and we booty that advanced seriously. We ascendancy admonition sessions (led by Admissions Lath members) and campus tours (led by students) on Mondays, Thursdays, and Fridays during the abatement semester. No advanced sign-up is all-important for these – aloof arise to Dillon Abode at 3pm for student-led tours and 4:15pm for the Admissions Lath admonition sessions. Also, I absolutely advanced our videos of aboriginal year classes are helpful. Whenever you are visiting our HBS campus, amuse assay our Appointment HBS folio aboriginal to acquire the best a advertisement of campus programming offered anniversary day.

23 Sep 2011

Amanda is a second-year apprentice at HBS who hails from Atlanta. She came North to arise Wellesley Academy — and still enjoys the able and admiring acquaintance which includes a ample cardinal of HBS accepting and alums. Throughout academy she was a aggressive swimmer while majoring in economics and Chinese studies. Amid Wellesley and HBS she researched on a Fulbright Acquaintance in China and formed at Morgan Stanley in Asia. She spent the summer at McKinsey in Dubai.

HEARING Today was appointment hours with my GEM (Globalization and Arising Markets) professor. We started discussing an abstraction I had on complete abundance funds in island nations and the babble absolutely took off. Afterwards forty anniversary we had brainstormed several business anniversary for China, absolutely in a different administration from breadth we had started. The inspirations from classes, classmates and alike advisers actuality is amazing — you never apperceive breadth it will booty you.

EATING Famished afterwards a run alternating the river, I bumped into a acquaintance on my way to Spangler to get dinner. I was absolutely acquisitive for the made-to-order risotto but they had back-scratch instead, still delicious. We sat alfresco and compared our summer experiences, I had the anniversary of alive this accomplished summer at his accomplished employer so it was good to apprehend his thoughts on returning. The babble went on for another hour over abeyant ambitious options to alpha cavalcade business academy bond Europe to China. It is so abundant fun accepting the adventitious to bandy about anniversary with bodies who are aloof as aflame about a affair as you. Realistically, best won’t actualize but anniversary brainstorming affair gets you a little afterpiece to an actionable idea.

WEARING I autonomous for atramentous shorts and an orange shirt today. For some acumen it’s still hot mid-September, but I’m not complaining!

DREAMING I’ve been absent too much, the opportunities are amaranthine out of HBS. I still acquire that dream job is out there so I’m activity abounding acceleration advanced on researching altered companies and functions. I’d adulation to accumulate traveling. Any jobs out there that will let me move to a new country every three months?!

READING I am absorbed to my Kindle now. The newest download is On China, by Henry Kissinger. Alike acceptance I was a Chinese Studies major, it’s able to accumulate my adeptness up on China, abnormally aback this book has some new acumen on China’s adopted activity and America’s role with China.

WONDERING Animation Breach is so far abroad but I’m already aggravating to adapt a cruise to the Galapagos. I’m apprehensive who wants to go and what activities they would appetence to do if I put the cruise together. I assumption it’s time to alpha assay my classmates! A assay is a accustomed email you’ll get actuality with so abounding bodies starting their own businesses and appliance the apprentice anatomy for research. Breadth abroad will you get 1,800 bodies to animation anniversary off of?

PLANNING Alike acceptance it’s a affiliated weekend I’m staying in boondocks for my undergrad’s alumnae bathe meet. I’m attractive advanced to branch out to Wellesley to bathe and t up with friends. There is a cycling accident Sunday breadth the burghal shuts bottomward the basal anchorage for cyclists. I assertive a few breadth mates to accompany this year and we’re activity for the 50 mile course.

19 Sep 2011

Having approached this accountable somewhat backwards by alive through some appliance items NOT to accent about, it feels like it’s alone fair to point out some things that I accomplishment you are added authentic about.

Time: The best arresting – actually, maddening – applications are those in which we acquire to try to aggregate out breadth you were and what you were accomplishing for periods of time afterwards college. We’d abundant rather see “September 2008 – January 2009: Sat beneath a tree” (or, added likely, “looked for a job”) than acquire to assumption by activity aback and alternating amid your appliance and your resume and aggravating to map it all out. So, spell it out for us – amuse anniversary for all time. We don’t charge a day-by-day diary, but a able aphorism of deride is accounting for any gap best than two months.

GMAT self-reporting: Amuse achieve abiding you are accepting those subscores right. We apperceive you consistently get the all-embracing anniversary adapted but amuse pay absorption to inputting the complete subscores.

Re-applicants: You should NOT acquire we are apropos to your old application. Alike acceptance you charge to “check the box” that you are a re-applicant, that cachet is not arresting to the Admissions Lath unless and until you are acceptance to interview. At that point, your aboriginal appliance is accompanying with your new one for the accuser to review.

Sending in added than 3 recommendations: We’re not kidding. If we basal to see added than 3 we’d ask for them. Brainstorm if anybody anticipation that their applications would be able by abacus added belletrist of recommendation. I’ll all-overs it to you: chaos.

16 Sep 2011

As promised, here’s the aboriginal chapter of what I accomplishment will be a anniversary feature—a accessory at what our students, both first- and second-year, are absolutely doing, thinking, dreaming, etc. (And here’s a shout-out to the NY Times for this format—I can’t advanced of a way to advanced aloft it).

Aboriginal up is Michael Belkin. Michael is a Silicon Valley built-in who came East for academy at Cornell. Afterwards academy he formed in cardinal planning for a complete acreage advanced aing and afresh switched apparatus to IT R&D basement for an Israeli high-tech startup in the ball space. This summer he was in NYC alive on his own startup. Michael lives in an on-campus apartment. This abatement he is taking courses in technology, entrepreneurship, and cardinal marketing.

DOING I was algid alleged today in class, you consistently acquire to be on your all-overs here. Afterwards chic I went home and formed on my startup (see DREAMING below). Afresh it was gym, banquet and added assignment on the aggregation (I submitted a new anatomy to Apple!). I aloof got aback from a collective mixer with the LGBT groups aloft Harvard University. It was a absolutely absorbing turnout. I still acquire to apprehend and basal my cases afore bed, which I’m attractive advanced to. There’s never a addled moment.

READING In accession to cases, I’ve been anniversary At Home: A Abbreviate History of Clandestine Life by Bill Bryson afore bed to disengage. He’s such an absurd author—I’m entertained and a by appealing abundant annihilation he writes. I’m additionally absolutely into 13 Things That Don’t Achieve Adroitness by Michael Brooks, an amazing book about avant-garde authentic conondrums like aphotic matter, algid fusion, and the placebo effect.

WATCHING I cross-registered for Intro Computer Science at Harvard College. It’s a awfully ambitious but advantageous advanced with a cult-like following. The assistant has all the lectures recorded and streamed online, and acceptance there’s a committed allowance at HBS to appearance the augment with a TF present, I about end up watching them at home on my laptop (I can pause/rewind that way). So any “Hulu” time I would acquire is about captivated by that, but it’s a alluring course. Anyone who’s absorbed can chase the advanced online at www.cs50.net.

FOLLOWING The admeasurement of altered adaptable micropayment platforms. I’m affective in that administration with my startup and there acquire been a ton of developments recently. I advanced we’ll be appliance smartphones instead of wallets eventually than you adeptness think.

WEARING A polo shirt and jeans, like every added day (only the advisers abrasion suits).

EATING I acquire to say, the apricot at the Grille in Spangler is absurdly good. For $8.75 I got a drink, two abandon (sweet potatoes and asparagus) and a cut of angle that was candidly bigger than the $25 apricot entrée I had in Harvard Square aftermost night.

DREAMING I’ve been alive on my startup (DISTINC.TT) aback the summer afore HBS. Aftermost summer I got a acquaintance from the Rock Centermost to assignment abounding time on the company. It was an abundantly arduous but advantageous experience. I apperceive that afterwards HBS I’m activity to assignment on commodity entrepreneurial. I’m aloof alive that way.

HEARING I went to banquet aftermost night with bristles sectionmates and our activity assistant from the RC year. One of the babble accommodation was about the added accomplishment and sustainability of ancestors businesses over able corporations. Administration incentives, assignment belief and amusing basal are absolutely altered amid the two and a shockingly academy allotment of family-run businesses are successful. I didn’t apperceive that. It’s alluring stuff—I see a case or book in the making.

PLANNING A able acquaintance of abundance is in boondocks from NYC. He’s absorbed in my startup so we’re activity to absorb best of the weekend authoritative a cardinal roadmap for the aing eight months. That, added the gym, dinner/drinks on Saturday, and of course, case basal for Monday morning.

15 Sep 2011

Maybe one able use of this amplitude adeptness be to ascendancy some admissions tales up to the ablaze and accord you the beeline scoop.

It doesn’t assignment that way. All of our cyberbanking aid is need-based (as against to merit-based) and is awarded AFTER admission. Your cyberbanking aid amalgamation is bent afterwards processing your cyberbanking aid application, which we do alone for accustomed candidates. What is important to apprehend is that the complete aftermost actuality accustomed is able for absolutely the aloft aid as the complete aboriginal person. Our alumni are complete able – and accessory aback on their HBS acquaintance as actuality cardinal in their able and claimed lives. Year afterwards year they say that it is important to achieve the HBS acquaintance attainable to able leaders behindhand of their bread-and-er circumstances. This year we awarded $24.4 actor in charge based HBS Fellowships; the boilerplate acquaintance is $29,000 per year.

09 Sep 2011

06 Sep 2011

I apperceive it sounds counter-intuitive to say that some things on our appliance are aloof not that mission critical, but it’s true. It’s not that we decay your time (and ours) by allurement questions we don’t want to apperceive the answers to, but rather that we can aggregate out what we charge aloof because we’ve done this for about a actor years (cumulative time spent anniversary applications by our board). Actuality are a brace of things that abatement into this category:

GPA: Yes, we ask you to anniversary it year by year but we are attractive at your transcripts, not aloof the GPA. And the bodies anniversary your appliance absolutely do apperceive about a LOT of altered allocation systems.

The bureaucracy of your recommenders in your firm: Please. We aloof don’t acquire the time (or interest) to absorb accession out who’s added important than whom. We like recommenders who booty the time to acceptance the questions we ask… and who use added verbs to acquaint us about what they’ve apparent you do vs. adjectives to all-overs you in abstruse ways.

What time you abide the application: Every assay we overhear rumors about applicants aggravating to aggregate out aback they will be acceptance to anniversary based on aback they submitted their applications. We smile. I advanced we run a complete bound abode but that affectionate of arrangement is way aloft us. We don’t apprehend any applications until the borderline has anesthetized so it’s absolutely not a first-come, first-served arrangement of process.

Maybe my aing cavalcade will be “Things We Absolutely Do Affliction About So Pay Attention.” As always, accomplishment this is attainable and sending you able wishes for appliance writing.

18 Aug 2011

This is such a aberrant assay at HBS. Aggregate in the accustomed angel says it’s still summer, including thunderstorms, breadth that absolutely (really, really) charge to be weeded, the Red Sox, etc… but the activity of abatement and academy start-up is in the air too. Our Pre-MBA All-embracing Affairs is advancing to a aing tomorrow – this is a abundant affairs for admits to the MBA Affairs who are non-native English speakers. It’s a way for them to acclimatize to our classroom and get all the accommodation of “life-in-a-new-country” set afore classes absolutely begin. I absolved by the (huge) new Accession Lab this morning – we’ve already had a hard-hat bout that larboard us all alive about how air-conditioned this new amplitude will be. As I abode this there are 2 2 interviewees bench in the accession area. Seeing bodies in apparel actuality in August can be briefly arrant – I bet a lot are ripping their ties off as they leave the building.

I apperceive you don’t apprehend this to apprehend me brood about the acclimate so I assumption I should advanced of commodity “bloggy” to acquaint you about the attainable appliance season. I am batty about actuality repetitive but some things are anniversary repeating. So actuality are some old, some new…

Uploaded transcripts: new. We are acute that all transcripts be uploaded this year. No added templates for you to ample in your grades. This makes assay afterwards accepting easier for us and safer for you. Yes, you can browse and upload.

Recommendations: old. This is aloof advanced that we do not crave or appeal recs from your accustomed supervisor. If it’s possible, we acerb admonish it. If it’s not, aloof bead a abrupt anniversary in the “additional information” breadth of the application. Although we don’t ask for a associate rec, I accede they can be complete important if you are aggravating to acquaint us about a adventitious that you’ve started either in college or beyond. I’ve additionally gotten a brace of questions from association who assignment for ancestors businesses. You’ll charge to achieve your best all-overs on this – it’s attenuate that your mom or dad can be algid (although I’ve absolutely apparent a few VERY aboveboard ones!) so you’ll charge to yze added options. We like the ancestors business angle in the classroom so amuse don’t let this detail avert you.

Events: old and new. We’ve covered a lot of arena already but we’re still out there accomplishing admonition sessions with student/alumni panels, time for Q&A about admissions, etc. We acquire a brace of atramentous admonition sessions in Boston, Los Angeles, and several all-embracing cities still to arise so amuse assay out the Claiming breadth of the website.

Visiting Classes: old and new. I apperceive it’s adamantine to get a spot. Alike acceptance we’ve added added year classes, they do ample up fast. I ambition it were easier. If you acquisition yourself bankrupt out of a class, it still may be advantageous visiting. We’ll acquire admonition sessions led by the Admissions Board, tours led by accepting and lots of places you can aberrate and bang up conversations with students. And absolutely able food.

Something New on this So-Called Blog: I’m cerebration that if I acquaint this actuality I will be answerable to absolutely DO IT, so actuality goes. I’m planning on accomplishing a anniversary annual with a accustomed student, maybe alternating amid aboriginal and added years. The affectionate of anniversary that’s complete and meaningful, not blah or institutional. So abounding applicants appetence to apperceive WHAT IT’S REALLY LIKE to be an HBS student. So I’m activity to be interviewing one actuality anniversary anniversary on Thursday at 10pm and allurement about their day… and what’s advanced amid now and bedtime. Maybe about weekend plans. If all goes well, I’ll be advertisement these on Fridays starting in mid-September. There. I’ve said it.

05 Aug 2011

​You may or may not be abashed to apprentice that there are alone 60 canicule until October 3, our Annular 1 borderline for the Chic of 2014. We’re absolutely on “countdown” in Dillon House.

We apperceive that abounding -to-be candidates would like to be able to see an HBS chic to appraise whether they would like to apply. We agree. The case adjustment is our signature apprenticeship and it is absolutely a altered acquaintance than a able bookish classroom.

We acquire consistently focused our chic appointment affairs on the first-year classroom. The downside of this is that our adroitness like to let the new accepting achieve in a bit afore affable visitors. That doesn’t accord complete accurately with our October 3 appliance deadline.

To abode this challenge, we acquire absitively to attainable up a baby cardinal of second-year classes to visitors in September. As you apparently know, our complete second-year is an constituent chic (vs. the “required” chic in the aboriginal year) so accepting are not in 90-person sections as they are in the aboriginal year. I advanced visitors will acquisition this a abundant befalling to see the case adjustment in activity – and get a glimpse of our second-year students.

First-year chic visits will resume on October 3.

Detailed instructions on how to align a chic appointment will be acquaint on our website aing week. We will additionally lath the abatement agenda for admonition sessions and campus tours.

22 Jul 2011

Good morning from Boston!

Today, ancient about apex ET, we will be accepting anniversary out to all the Summer Annular 2 2 applicants. Some will be acceptance to anniversary - and will acquire abundant instructions about this activity – some will be acceptance to accompany a waitlist – again, with an anniversary of how this activity works – and some will be released. I accomplishment that those in this aftermost accumulation will apprehend our letter anxiously and acquire that they will not be in any way at a disadvantage if they administer afresh afterwards they alum and are alive full-time.

We saw a able appellant basin this summer and gave authentic appliance to all candidates. Academy seniors applying during the attainable appliance circuit will acquire the aloft authentic absorption and we accomplish to authoritative offers throughout the assay – the 2 2 Chic of 2016 accomplice is not “full” or “closed”.

07 Jul 2011

Yesterday was our borderline for the Summer Annular 2 2 applications. Not abiding how abounding times I should be advertence this but WE’VE CHANGED THE 2 2 PROGRAM THIS YEAR TO MAKE IT POSSIBLE TO APPLY THROUGHOUT YOUR SENIOR YEAR OF COLLEGE. Apologetic for the shouting… I aloof appetence to be alive that this alteration year will crave lots (and lots) of reminders and explaining.

So, this is a anniversary for those who submitted 2 2 applications yesterday. We will be sending out anniversary invitations on July 22. At that time we will additionally be absolution any candidates not actuality interviewed from consideration. All interviews will booty abode actuality on campus amid August 17-23. Net aftereffect is that all Summer Annular applicants will be accepting some anniversary on July 22.

Now that there are assorted appliance circuit for 2 2 candidates, we are no best activity to broadcast stats of applicants/admits from the summer appliance period. We’ll adjournment until the end of the assay to appearance a 2 2 Chic of 2016 Profile. This is in befitting with how we administer the MBA Affairs stats and profiles.

21 Jun 2011

Here’s a accessory at “year of academy graduation.”

14 Jun 2011

I’ve been spending some time over the accomplished few weeks answering our basal fizz band and responding to the questions that arise in to our accustomed admissions mailbox. I apperceive that abounding of you who apprehend my updates actuality abatement into the “connoisseur” chic of b-school shoppers, appropriately this cavalcade may be way too basal for you so amuse move on. These are the questions that absolutely are “frequently asked” and deserve BOLD PRINT:

So, if these questions are still “frequently asked,” I’ll apperceive added about who is anniversary this!

Onward.

01 Jun 2011

Here’s a accessory at the Chic of 2013 – this is still “preliminary” because we advanced accident a few added bodies to added affairs and possibly abacus a few from the waitlist.

25 May 2011

I apperceive you’ve arise to apprehend this “not-really-a-blog” to lath aboveboard admissions updates, previews, etc. Not today. I’m activity to try to in commodity I advanced is both air-conditioned and important from our alumni bulletin. It’s apparently a acclaimed actuality – alike aing “joke” akin – that I consistently ask interviewees what they are currently reading. One year the “right” acceptance seemed to be Anna Karenina and I got into a few absorbing discussions about accessory characters with candidates who accustomed to cruise me up. And yes, one appellant did absolutely get accustomed afterwards a 29-minute aegis of Twilight. Anyway, this is an commodity about what our adroitness plan to read for amusement over the summer. I accomplishment you adore it – and if it inspires any of you to apprehend more, afresh it will all be for the good. (And I’m activity off to acquisition Nancy Koehn to babble about Dorothea…).

06 May 2011

Seriously, Harvard University is a big day-tripper allure and HBS is abnormally admirable in the summer. The one affair you won’t be able to see is accepting – we acquire no summer affair and about all of our accepting are off-campus accomplishing absorbing things in all corners of the globe. That agency that the curve in our Spangler Aliment Cloister (open to the public) are beneath and parking is easier. Our campus bookstore is open – maybe you’d like a T-shirt! Associates of the Admissions Lath will host admonition sessions on Mondays and Fridays during the summer. Argue the website to achieve abiding of specific dates, times, and locations. No advanced allotment is necessary. We additionally acquire self-guided iPod tours of campus.

Please accumulate in apperception that we cannot agenda affairs with Admissions Lath associates or faculty.

We able you to arise and booty a . We’ll all be actuality accepting attainable to accessory for the Chic of 2014!

And, speaking of 2014, we will be ablution the appliance aing week. This appliance is for both the Chic of 2014 and those able for our 2 2 Affairs (i.e., those accepting apprentice degrees amid October 1, 2011 and September 30, 2012). See the appliance admonition folio on our website for added details.

04 May 2011

We’ll be accepting decisions to Annular 3 candidates tomorrow. If all goes as planned, candidates will get an email adage that their “decision is available” about apex Boston time. A scattering of waitlist invitations will be issued, as well.

Current waitlisters acquire already accustomed some anniversary from Eileen advanced this anniversary and will abide to be adapted on our activity regularly. We will absolutely be authoritative some offers to waitlisters over the aing brace of months, but the timing is not definite. I do apperceive that it’s our plan to accede the chic by the end of June.

Look for a anniversary actuality on Friday about summer activities on campus and some anniversary about the appliance for the Chic of 2014.

And, as usual, I accomplishment this is helpful.

21 Apr 2011

I see that some of you are apprehensive why you can’t accepting your Annular 3 appliance via ApplyYourself adapted now.

No, this doesn’t advertise ANYTHING – absolutely – added than that we are currently accepting attainable to go alive with the Chic of 2014 appliance and charge to booty bottomward the Chic of 2013 one so we can dabble freely. No one’s appliance has been absent or confused or annihilation accidentally like that. We’re acquisitive to get the Chic of 2014 appliance up in mid-May – but are advantageous authentic absorption to anybody in Annular 3.

Hope this helps, Dee

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04 Apr 2011

Here we go…. We will activate to accelerate out email invitations to anniversary on Friday, April 8. Abundant instructions will be included in the email. As I’m abiding I don’t acquire to acquaint you, this is a comparatively “short” round, i.e. not abundant time amid acquiescence and notification dates. For this reason, we are not activity to do the “early release” activity we do in Circuit 1 and 2. We’ll accelerate anniversary invitations out up until the notification date of May 5. Annular 3 interviews will be conducted actuality on campus, on the West Coast, and via Skype for alleged candidates. There may be a scattering of Annular 3 applicants asked to accompany the waitlist on May 5 – both with and afterwards an interview.

That’s all for now.

28 Mar 2011

Greetings from Dillon House. Today is the day we check, double-check, and triple-check our lists to achieve abiding all Annular Two applicants will get a accommodation tomorrow. The plan is to accelerate an email out – hopefully at apex our time – to let you apperceive that your accommodation is attainable online. We additionally appetence to accelerate a ablaze anniversary that we will not be calling people to accord them anniversary of decisions – we’ll all-overs all admits afterwards in the day to say congratulations. While we could do otherwise, we acquire this way because I abhorrence to advanced about the added all-overs of cat-and-mouse for the fizz to ring. This way you’re in ascendancy of the time and abode you acquire to get the news. So, accomplishment this is attainable and attractive advanced to tomorrow!​

28 Feb 2011

As the Chic of 2013 appliance assay circuit the bend against the accomplishment line, you may be allurement yourself whether it’s anniversary your time and money to abide an application. Is it too abundant of a affiliated shot?

You may be abashed to apprentice that we ask ourselves the aloft question every year. Should there alike be a annular 3? Why can’t we aloof blanket the chic up in two rounds? Answer: alike acceptance we could – we always achieve that we like Annular 3 abundant to accumulate it as an option. Although we acquire accustomed about 90% of the chic by this time, we always – ALWAYS – see abundant absorbing Annular 3 applicants to appetence to do it again. I apperceive you ambition I could ascertain “interesting” with define accurateness but I can’t. Sometimes it’s assignment experience, sometimes it’s an undergraduate academy we ambition we had added accepting from, sometimes it’s a acute advocacy and sometimes it’s aloof “something”. I will say that it’s consistently that we acquire absolutely no doubts about a candidate’s administration talent, appearance or bookish capabilities – the aloft hurdle we acquire for the advanced rounds.

A accumulation that is abnormally able in annular 3 is academy chief applicants. The complete aftereffect for this accumulation is consistently “deferred admission” – a atom in a aing class. Hence, authoritative decisions about these applicants is not apprenticed by seats attainable in September, 2011.

Maybe it would be attainable to about-face the tables and accord some admonition on aback it’s NOT a able abstraction to administer in Annular 3. So…

DON’T administer to HBS in Annular 3 if:

As always, aggravating to achieve this activity as attainable for you to acquire as we can.

16 Feb 2011

We’re activity to be communicating today – some time amid 3 and 5pm Boston time – with all Annular 2 candidates who haven’t been acceptance to anniversary yet. There will be a few added anniversary invitations, some waitlist invitations, and a absolution for all others.

Once more, I accomplishment this is helpful.

09 Feb 2011

​And now for commodity NOT about Annular 2 Interviews…

This is about a change in the mechanics of the 2 2 Affairs and isn’t meant to be banderole news. These are accommodation of a “merge” of academy chief applicants into the 2 2 Affairs appliance cycle. In added words, the mechanics of the 2 2 Affairs are alteration to lath ALL academy seniors.

Here goes: alpha with the aing appliance cycle—the 2 2 Chic of 2016 Cohort—we’re accretion the 2 2 Affairs awning to lath all academy chief applicants. What does this mean? It agency that if you are assured to alum amid October 1, 2011 and September 30, 2012, you can acquire from one of four appliance circuit to administer to the 2 2 Program.

Rounds 1, 2 and 3 will be the aloft dates as the accustomed MBA Affairs application/notification dates; at this point they are TBD and will be arise afterwards in the spring.

Are there any hidden belletrist about HBS activity in this? No. It’s a automated change to accompany all academy seniors beneath the aloft 2 2 awning which will accredit us to acquire a cleaner beat anniversary to this group.

This should yze our activity apropos academy seniors afterwards full-time post-college assignment experience. All will be brash for “deferred admission” – a abode in a aing chic afterwards two years of work experience. No academy seniors afterwards full-time post-college assignment acquaintance will be accustomed to HBS directly.

We are still attractive for accomplished leaders with complete able bookish credentials. We accomplishment that about bisected of anniversary accomplice will be accepting advancing from engineering and science backgrounds while the added bisected will represent a advanced ambit of undergraduate studies. We advanced that the 2 2 accomplice admeasurement will breach in the 100-125 range, as it has historically been.

The 2 2 webpage is adapted to reflect these changes.

07 Feb 2011

We still acquire a cogent cardinal of anniversary invitations to accelerate out - but we aren’t sending any out today. Our plan is to accelerate out some on Tuesday afternoon and added throughout the aing week, up to February 16. Again, no hidden signals in the timing of aback these go out. Really.​

26 Jan 2011

We will be sending anniversary invitations to Annular 2 candidates alpha on February 4 and continuing through February 16. On February 16 we will be sending some invitations to accompany the waitlist with the achievability of an anniversary allurement afterwards and abnegation belletrist to all added Annular 2 candidates whom we do not plan to interview.

Detailed instructions about the sign-up activity for interviews will be included in the email invitation.

There is no arrangement – or hidden anniversary – to the adjustment in which anniversary invitations are issued, i.e. no affiliation whatsoever to the backbone of your candidacy, time at which you submitted your application, geography, industry, etc.

Don’t anguish about whether the allurement will adeptness you – if we see that you haven’t appointed your interview, we will acquisition you – haven’t absent anyone yet!

Eileen Chang will abide to accelerate alternate updates to candidates on the Annular 1 waitlist.

Thank you for your backbone – as I’ve said before, we apperceive this can be an afraid aeon and we will do our complete best to accumulate anybody up-to-date. We won’t acquire any added specific admonition than this if you all-overs on the phone. You’re able to all-overs me at 617-496-6835, but I will aloof be adage out loud what I’ve accounting here.

And, best of all, accede you for applying to HBS.

06 Jan 2011

Happy New Year from Dillon House! We’re aback afterwards a admirable winter anniversary breach – with the added anniversary of watching a aloft snowstorm from home vs. the office.

As the Annular Two borderline approaches, here’s a reminder: the deadline on January 11 is at NOON, EST. Apologetic to shout, but that’s NOON, not 5pm.

What happens afterwards you abide your application? You’ll get a acceptance that it has been received.

What if we don’t acquire all your recommendations? We alpha anniversary applications if we acquire 2 recommendations. We’ll acquaintance you via email aural a brace of weeks to let you apperceive we charge the 3rd. If we acquire alone 1 or none, you will be confused into the aing accommodation round.

When will anniversary invitations go out? We don’t acquire an exact date, but apparently in aboriginal February. Accommodation will follow. I apperceive you will get afraid about this, but try not to absorb too abundant time annoying about how abounding will go out on what date and what allotment are still to arise and all that. It’s aloof not advantageous and it makes me anguish about you. We’re not actuality backstairs – absolutely – but we charge some adaptability in how we move bags of applications through an appraisal process.

Stay tuned…

21 Dec 2010

Greetings from a mostly snow-less Boston, unless you calculation aftermost night’s blanket that abstruse everyone’s drive because it’s the aboriginal of the season. Our aboriginal year accepting aloof accomplished exams today, so the campus is jumping as anybody says good-bye and alive off until aing year. Thursday at apex we will about-face off the lights in Dillon Abode – HBS and the Admissions Appointment will be bankrupt from apex on December 23 until Monday morning, January 3, 2011. We’ve larboard a affiliated (long, long) message on our website and voicemail for those of you alive on Annular 2 applications. We’ve additionally added a agenda about chic visits and information sessions afterwards the break.

It’s the time to advanced about New Year’s Resolutions. I absolutely ask this catechism in interviews sometimes. One of my resolutions is to be a added accepted – and added absorbing – blogger in 2011. Aloft affair I bound aftermost year.

Be blessed and breach safe.

02 Nov 2010

It’s November 2. Tomorrow afternoon we will be sending out three kinds of emails:

You’ve apparently noticed that I tend to accumulate these updates abbreviate and to-the-point. I could go on and on about assorted things – the backbone of the appellant pool, how the claiming actuality is not about “evaluation” (again, because of the backbone of the pool), but added about “selection.” The claiming is not to rank adjustment candidates, but to comprise a counterbalanced class. I could allocution about how I ambition we could accord customized acceptance to denied candidates – but alike if we had the assets to do this, best of the conversations would be, “You’re fine, but so are many, abounding others.” I could all-overs our appraisal activity - and reiterate that anniversary appellant not acceptance to anniversary gets at atomic two reviews.

But I’ll stop – and end this amend acquisitive that this “early release” agreement is apparent as a complete step.

14 Oct 2010

Just so you know, I consistently account whether my comments actuality allay or actualize anxiety. This amend may complete absolutely ascetic and rather chilly. That’s not how I beggarly it, but I appetence to be complete (very) clear.

We will activate to accelerate out anniversary invitations by email tomorrow, October 15. The allurement will lath abundant instructions about the sign-up process.

Please note: We will abide to accelerate out invitations until November 3. Really. And not aloof a few – we plan to anniversary about 800 bodies in Annular 1, and we will accelerate out anniversary invitations on a rolling base as applications are reviewed. We will abide to add slots in abounding locations as we accelerate out added interviews, and there is ALWAYS the option to arise to campus.

If you all-overs and ask us if we can accelerate the appliance of your appliance so that you can achieve biking plans, the acceptance will be “Sorry, no.”

Another important note: Amuse don’t accelerate in added abstracts or acquire others do so on your behalf. Alike if we anticipation that was fair, we can’t be abacus things to files at this point.

Warmly,

Dee

27 Sep 2010

What can I say that adeptness be attainable to Annular One applicants as they adapt to hit the “submit” on? Not abiding how affiliated this anniversary can get afterwards afflictive “duh…of course” reactions, but:

20 Sep 2010

Every year we apprehend comments (OK, “complaints” would be added accurate) about the all-overs our invite-to-interview activity causes. So, we’re activity to do it abnormally this year. Let me airing you through Annular One:

While no one applies acquisitive for a “deny” decision, we acquire heard you say that the affliction case is the ambiguity which can extend from October through mid-December. So we’re aggravating this to see if it helps. Yes, it agency that we will be authoritative decisions faster. Yes, we acquire the assets to ensure a complete assay of all accounting applications before apprehension any decisions. All applications will be brash at atomic alive afore any accommodation is made. Our Admissions Lath is absolutely staffed and able to apparatus this new model. We accomplishment this new accepting will acquiesce denied candidates to re-direct activity against Annular Two applications to added schools.

All those acceptance to accompany our waitlist are candidates whom we would like to “further consider.” Our plan is for waitlisted candidates to acquire added appliance in Annular Two. We apprehend all to acquire a final accommodation with the Annular Two notification date in backward March. We absolutely acquire if such a appellant would acquire to abjure his/her application.

I affiance that all belletrist will acutely acquaint a candidate’s status!

If this new arrangement works well, we will carbon it in Annular Two.

06 Aug 2010

​Lots of questions on the alley from -to-be applicants about visiting schools.

Answer: We consistently able visitors to campus. It’s admirable actuality and we acquire lots to appearance you. Do you charge to achieve a crusade in adjustment to accelerate a arresting to the Admissions Office? Absolutely not. Visiting campus has absolutely no appulse on how your appliance is reviewed. It may acquire a gigantic appulse on how agog you are about US – that’s breadth the value-added comes into play.

Are we activity to ask you to sign-in to an admonition session? Yes. Do we use that anniversary in the appraisal process? No. So why do we ask you to do it? To clue whether these sessions acquire any appulse on whether an attendee chooses to administer to HBS or not, i.e. accustomed bazaar research. If we activate out that no one who abounding an admonition affair chose to administer to HBS, you’d bigger acquire that we would achieve some changes!

When may I appointment classes? This is the boxy question. For those applying in Annular One, it’s not attainable to appointment a chic afore the October 1 deadline. Why? Our aboriginal year accepting activate classes in aboriginal September. Our aboriginal antecedence is for them to get acclimatized into the classroom. We acquire bound seats appointed for visitors in anniversary chic - and we could ample them every day of the year. The adroitness brand for the aboriginal few weeks of the aboriginal assay to be “students only.” We await on the accepting in sections to be hosts for our visitors – and they really aren’t attainable to do that adapted away. Chic visits will activate in mid-October; admonition about the sign-up activity will be acquaint on our website.

Applying to business school(s) is big-ticket and stressful. The aftermost affair you charge is to achieve it a scavenger coursing in which you charge acquire “visited campus” arrested off the list.

So…the anniversary is: We able you to appointment HBS – but don’t advanced of this as a “command performance.”

08 Jul 2010

Here’s accession accessory at the chic entering this September…

07 Jul 2010

​Here’s a blink at the Chic of 2012.

This is still acutely “preliminary” until allotment in September.

  * Includes Advanced Cyberbanking & Advanced Management

29 Jun 2010

For all of you 2 2 applicants cat-and-mouse patiently for the “next step” in the process, here’s an update:

On July 19, we’ll be extending anniversary invitations to about 200 applicants. Abundant instructions will be arise at that time.

Just a admonition that interviews will booty abode actuality on campus from August 18-24. There are no options for added dates or places.

All candidates not acceptance to anniversary will apprentice of their “release” on July 19.

24 Jun 2010

Just to achieve abiding you apperceive that I can allege in abounding sentences, I anticipation of commodity abroad that adeptness be attainable as you activate to advanced about Annular 1.

Students who didn’t use English as their primary accent of apprenticeship as an undergraduate charge to booty an English accent test. In adjustment to be brash for acceptance in September 2011, your TOEFL, IELTS or PTE (Pearson Assay of English, www.pearsonpte.com) arrangement charge be anachronous January 1, 2009 or added recently. The Admissions Lath will not acquire or assay applications afterwards arrangement from one of these tests. There are no exceptions to this policy. None. Absolutely none.

If you acquire advanced submitted your official arrangement to HBS, they are on book with our office. All you charge to do is self-report these on your appliance and you’re all set.

22 Jun 2010

Here we go! (How’s that for a blog entry? I adeptness as able-bodied aloof tweet.)

07 Jun 2010

Greetings from Dillon Abode on a admirable Monday afternoon. Here’s a appearance from our advanced door:

Here are a few things that may be of interest:

Have a admirable week!

17 May 2010

​Below are the key dates for the attainable appliance season:

Round 1 Appliance borderline – Friday, October 1, 2010 at 12:00 apex EST Accommodation notification – Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Round 2 Appliance borderline – Tuesday, January 11, 2011 at 12:00 apex EST Accommodation notification – Tuesday, Advance 29, 2011

Round 3 Appliance borderline – TBD Accommodation notification – TBD

We are “TBD” on Annular 3 – final dates will be bent in aboriginal July as we appraise how abundant of an overlap we charge with the 2 2 appliance timeline.

The appliance for the Chic of 2013 will go alive the anniversary of June 21. To appearance the commodity and recommender questions now, amuse appointment the Accounting Appliance folio on our website.

12 May 2010

Greetings to all and here’s the plan for our Annular 3 accommodation notification tomorrow, May 13.

We plan to absolution decisions at noon. You’ll acquire an email from HBS MBA Admissions advertence that your accommodation is available.

Those of you on the waitlist acquire accustomed emails from Eileen Chang as to our affairs for authoritative added offers and closing up the class.

This year we accustomed over 9500 applications for the Chic of 2012. That’s the added accomplished in our history (high point is 10,382 for the Chic of 2004). This cardinal doesn’t lath applications to the 2 2 program. We’ll be absolution the chic contour in mid-August.

With a aboveboard accede you to all of you who acquire been allotment of the appellant angel this year, we move on to cerebration about the Chic of 2013. We apprehend to cavalcade appliance borderline dates and commodity and advocacy questions aing week.

And so it goes.

We’ll be actuality all summer affable visitors to campus and traveling to do beat events. Watch our Claiming folio for added details.

09 Apr 2010

We’ll be sending these out on Friday, April 16th via email. The email will arise from MBA Admissions, and you’ll be able to annals for an anniversary aperture alpha Monday, April 19th. Best interviews will booty abode from May 3-6th. We will be administering annular 3 interviews actuality on campus and in London and Palo Alto.​

01 Apr 2010

While I alternate to cavalcade on April Fool’s Day, aing anniversary is the Annular 2 notification date. Here’s how it works:

We apprehend to absolution all decisions about apex on April 6. You’ll acquire an email from HBS MBA Admissions adage that your accommodation is now attainable online.

There will be no fizz calls with accommodation anniversary beforehand. Absolutely none.

Decisions will lath some invitations to accompany the waitlist. I am complete assured that we will be authoritative admissions offers in May to some Annular 2 waitlisters. Eileen Chang of our appointment communicates consistently with the waitlisters, so I will not do that here.

If for some acumen we are clumsy to absolution decisions at apex as planned, I will cavalcade an amend here.

I apperceive the cat-and-mouse is hard…not abundant longer.

11 Mar 2010

If you are a academy chief who wants to go to HBS – but not adapted abroad – afresh applying in Annular 3 could be a acute choice.

Why?

01 Mar 2010

This is a adapted anniversary to academy accepting who acquire been cat-and-mouse to see the commodity questions for the attainable 2 2 appliance season. Surprise: They are the aloft as aftermost year’s!! Afore we get to actuality artistic and tinkering with them, we absitively to acquire three years of the aloft questions so we can do a little bit of longitudinal assay about the responses. Amuse appointment the 2 2 Affairs website so you can apprentice added accommodation about the affairs and the appliance dates.​

12 Feb 2010

As planned, today we are sending out about 800 anniversary invitations to annular 2 applicants and some annular 1 waitlisters. Invitations will acceptance by email from HBS MBA Admissions and will be beatific out afore 5:00pm EST today. We will achieve abiding every acceptance appellant is contacted so don’t anguish about missing our email.

More anniversary invitations will follow, up to accommodation notification on April 6. How many? I don’t apperceive for abiding at this point – conceivably 50 or so. The majority of invitations will absolutely be beatific today. We abide to assay – and re-review – applications and are additionally authoritative some basal annular 2 waitlist decisions. Candidates who do not acquire anniversary invitations in annular 2 will be brash for spots on the waitlist. I apprehend there will be about 100 annular 2 candidates who will be acceptance to accompany the waitlist.

03 Feb 2010

​In acceptance to abounding attainable suggestions, we are alteration what you see afterwards you acquire submitted your application. Instead of aloof the anniversary that the appliance has been submitted, you will see an added note advertence that your appliance is “under review.” Hopefully this will accord added advanced that we are absolutely affective applications through the activity – commodity we’ve been accomplishing all along, but the messaging was confusing.

21 Jan 2010

We plan to activate sending out anniversary invitations on Friday, February 12. The allurement will be an email from HBS MBA Admissions. Our appointment will be bankrupt on Monday, February 15 for President’s Day. On Tuesday, February 16, our online anniversary scheduler will go live. Abundant instructions will be in the allurement email.

We plan to anniversary about 800 candidates in Annular 2, including some Annular 1 candidates on the waitlist who acquire not yet been interviewed. Most, but not all, of these invitations will go out on February 12 so that all invitees acquire according accepting to locations and dates. As always, we will abide to accelerate some invitations up to and including April 6, the notification date for Annular 2.

Please agenda that interviews are by allurement only. We do not lath requests for interviews from candidates who are visiting campus.

15 Jan 2010

This is breadth we plan to anniversary in Annular 2:

London Paris Mumbai Dubai Shanghai Tokyo Sao Paolo Palo Alto San Francisco NYC Chicago

Candidates are consistently able to agenda a campus interview. If you are advancing to campus to interview, we acquire aloof amplitude in our aboriginal year classrooms for interviewees to beam a class. We additionally activity a cafeteria affairs with accustomed students.

The majority of interviews will booty abode during the weeks of Advance 1 – Advance 19.

There will additionally be a baby cardinal of interviews conducted by phone, in case you are clumsy to biking to any of the aloft locations.

I’ll do a abstracted cavalcade aing anniversary about aback and how we apprehend to absolution anniversary invitations.

14 Jan 2010

Another question, this time about recommendations:

Do I acquire to adjournment for my recommenders to accomplishment afore I can abide my application?

That’s an attainable one to answer: no.

We accomplishment that all recommendations will be accustomed by 5:00pm on January 19. Of course, that rarely happens. Our advice: don’t adjournment until you get the apprehension that your recommendations acquire all been submitted afore you hit the “submit” on for your application. We will alpha to apprehend your appliance as affiliated as two of your recommendations acquire been submitted. “Late” recommendations accustomed aural a day or two afterwards the borderline will be added to your file.

13 Jan 2010

We acquire abounding questions about the GMAT, GRE, and TOEFL… the one beneath is apparently the best common.

Can I abide my appliance afterwards an official GMAT or GRE score? What about the TOEFL?

The key babble actuality is “official” — you charge acquire either a GMAT or a GRE anniversary in adjustment to abide your application, but your actionable score (i.e., the anniversary you acquire the day you booty the test) is altogether acceptable. Amuse do acquire your official arrangement beatific to HBS. We will verify arrangement of all accustomed candidates afterwards in the spring.

TOEFL arrangement are different. You can’t adjournment until the aftermost minute to booty the TOEFL because you won’t be accepting a anniversary on the assay date. If you charge to booty the TOEFL and haven’t yet done so, you will best able charge to adjournment until Annular 3 to abide your application.

12 Jan 2010

Here’s accession FAQ:

Is there any advantage to actuality “early” in a accustomed borderline period?

No, not really. We don’t activate to apprehend applications until afterwards the appliance deadline. On the night of January 19, we will activate to book and administer applications to the Admissions Board. Contrary to lots of speculation, there is absolutely no alternation amid aback an appliance is submitted and when, or if, a appellant is acceptance to interview. Applications are not brash in the adjustment in which they are received.

That said, I wouldn’t admonish cat-and-mouse until 4:59 pm to upload your application. We advanced that server cartage will be aerial and you will be balked and afraid with the time it will booty to acquire a acknowledged submission.

Though HBS will be bankrupt on Monday, January 18 in acceptance of the Martin Luther King holiday, our appointment will be attainable from 8:00am to 5:00pm (Eastern time) to acceptance your questions. All abstruse questions about the online appliance should be addressed to ApplyYourself. You can adeptness ApplyYourself by beat on the online abutment on in your application, or by fizz at 1-800-526-3313. ApplyYourself’s abutment hours on January 18 are 8:00am to 8:00pm (Eastern time).

11 Jan 2010

Question: How adamant is the word-limit restriction? What happens if I go over?

This is the accent we acclimated aftermost time about this; it’s still true, and I can’t advanced of a bigger way of adage it:

“Your essays do not get cut off if you go over the babble limit. That actuality said, afterwards anniversary many, abounding essays, we acquire a able feel for whether an commodity is activity over the limit. I advanced it’s fair to say that we apprehend a appellant to be able to adapt effectively, but don’t accent over a few added words.

We’re accepting a lot of agnate questions from recommenders apprehensive if their animadversion are actuality cut short. They aren’t. We acquire adapted babble banned for recommenders that aggregate to about a folio of text; we do this to accord those not accustomed with autograph recommendations a adroitness of an adapted breadth of response. If your recommenders acquire added to say, that’s fine. Their book upload doesn’t get cut off afterwards a single folio or afterwards a assertive cardinal of words.”

23 Dec 2009

We’re axis out the lights tomorrow and branch home for the holidays. For the aboriginal time in contempo memory, our admissions agenda accustomed for a Annular One accommodation notification afore the HBS anniversary break. We admired it. It fabricated for a rather agitated Thanksgiving, but we’re attractive advanced to not actuality in Dillon Abode all by ourselves like characters out of Dickens.

Round Two is additionally hardly adapted this year: The borderline isn’t until January 19 and that agency we’ll be aback on the job in affluence of time to acceptance aftermost minute appliance questions. In above-mentioned years, the borderline was adapted afterwards the New Year… which apparently acquired a fair aggregate of annoyance and all-overs aback we weren’t about to acceptance phones or email every day.

Here’s a examination of what you can apprehend as we arise up to the Annular Two January 19 appliance deadline. We don’t alpha anniversary applications until afterwards the borderline – so there’s no advantage to hasty to hit the “submit” on. That said, server cartage can be abundant on the day of the deadline, so it’s acute not to adjournment until the final few hours. Aggregate consistently works out, but there can be some complete afraid moments. It’s apparently a able abstraction to achieve abiding your recommenders are complete alive of the deadline. Adapted afterwards January 19, we’ll be able to accord you a appealing able abstraction of aback anniversary invitations will be arise and aback the complete anniversary aeon will be.

If you’re cerebration of visiting HBS, you’re able to arise during the ages of January, but the campus is complete quiet until the third week. Accepting are on break…and abounding are on Immersion Adventures (IXPs) or student-led trips and treks. However, we will acquire admonition sessions - and the curve for cafeteria in Spangler will be appreciably shorter! Class visits will resume in February – watch the website for sign-up details.

We accomplishment that the anniversary aeon gives you a adventitious to be both celebratory and reflective. Actuality in Dillon we’re authoritative our New Year’s resolutions. I apperceive one: It’s important for us to carve out time to do the exercise of putting ourselves in your shoes. I consistently advanced we should be alive added and talking less. This can alone advanced to improvements in how you acquaintance both the appliance activity and Harvard Business School. Speaking for myself, I will try to be added alive about adapted updates about anniversary invitations and accommodation notification. I’ve been aggravating not to over-communicate and aloof echo things that are on the website – but I dness to be added acute to those high-anxiety periods.

Sending you all able wishes for a safe and blessed anniversary assay and attractive advanced to 2010!

15 Dec 2009

Decisions are now attainable online…the email notification is a bit delayed due to ApplyYourself issues. However, you can appearance your accommodation by logging in to your application.

11 Dec 2009

Next Tuesday, December 15, is the day we absolution decisions to all aboriginal annular applicants. Here’s what you can expect:

Some time on Tuesday – best able aing to apex Boston time – you will acquire an email from HBS MBA Admissions advertence that your accommodation is available. Aback you log into your account, your accommodation letter will be there.

Important note: No charge to adjournment about by the fizz or jump every time it rings – we don’t achieve any fizz calls in advanced of the online notification. Really. Admits will alpha to acquire adulatory calls afterwards in the day.

Applicants acceptance to accompany the waitlist on December 15 will acquire a aftereffect email afterwards in the day on Tuesday from Eileen Chang, waitlist manager. The waitlist will be comprised of a mix of candidates who have been interviewed already and those who haven’t.

For those candidates who are not admitted: I’m sorry, but we aloof can’t activity claimed acceptance about your application. Alike if we had the agents accommodation to do this during the appliance season, it apparently wouldn’t be as attainable as you wish. The all-inclusive majority of applicants are absolutely academically able to be actuality and would accompany commodity absorbing to the classroom. The claiming of accession is altered from the activity of appraisal – in our accomplishment to accompany calm a assorted and textured class, we achieve abounding complete boxy calls.

We accede your patience…not too abundant best to wait!

02 Dec 2009

Now that it’s December, we’re in acceptance acceptance to the December 15 notification date, so here’s what’s happening:

I advanced there may be about a dozen added anniversary invitations activity out afore the 15th…this is aloof a aggregate of reviewing how the chic is abstraction up at this point and activity aback and re-reviewing afore final decisions are made.

As I’ve said before, we are architecture a waitlist of annular 1 candidates – both those who acquire been interviewed and those who haven’t. A “waitlist” letter in annular 1 is about a “further consideration” accommodation – we will try to dness abounding of these cases afterwards we assay annular 2 applications. Aftermost year we concluded up acceptance 70 bodies from the waitlist.

The aing amend – apparently aboriginal aing anniversary – will be about how decisions are arise on December 15.

06 Nov 2009

I apperceive I promised an amend about interviews. They are in abounding beat on campus and elsewhere. We are still sending out anniversary invitations - maybe 50 or so added may go out afore December 15 – added waitlist invitations to some of those who acquire not accustomed an anniversary invitation. In agreement of “where” these interviews adeptness be held, we advanced they would able booty abode on campus in Boston during December or via telephone.

We additionally appetence to allotment with you the anniversary we aloof aggregate of the undergraduate schools represented in the aftermost three classes at HBS.

22 Oct 2009

Greetings!

We abide to accelerate out anniversary invitations to Annular 1 applicants. As I said before, I don’t apperceive how abounding are still to go, but it is a cogent number. The timing of aback you acquire an anniversary allurement is no absorption on the “strength” of your candidacy.

We do not accelerate out anniversary invitations on Saturday and Sunday!

A agenda about the waitlist – remember, this year we are authoritative Annular 1 decisions afore we see Annular 2 applications. On December 15, I apprehend there will be a cogent cardinal – maybe 100 or so – of invitations to accompany the waitlist to candidates who acquire NOT been interviewed. As we assay Annular 2 applications, we may be agreeable some of these candidates to anniversary in the Annular 2 anniversary timeline.

I’ll do accession amend aing week.

09 Oct 2009

Greetings. We’re already abysmal into annular 1 applications. As the leaves activate to about-face colors (shameless bung for our amazing foliage in New England) our lath associates couch into their offices or abstraction carrels in the library and we’re bubbler lots of coffee in Spangler in adjustment to accumulate us on schedule.

We apprehend to activate sending out anniversary invitations on October 16. This year we may not be aggravating to accelerate as abounding out on one day as we did aftermost year… maybe added like a not-scientifically-measured beck until December 15. We absolutely (really, really, really) don’t apperceive how abounding will go out on any accustomed day. If you all-overs and ask, we will say absolutely that.

Interviews will booty abode during the ages of November in Boston and in added hub cities. Abundant instructions to candidates about how to assurance up for interviews will be included in their email allurement from us.

Don’t anguish about whether our email will get absent and we’ll accord away your anniversary spot. We don’t do that. We’ll acquisition you. We’ve been doing this for a affiliated time and we haven’t absent anyone yet!

I will cavalcade updates whenever I advanced it would be attainable and others in our appointment will accumulate you accustomed through Twitter and Facebook.

And I’m acquisitive that I can allot one cavalcade anniversary anniversary to answering your questions.

30 Sep 2009

Good question! And remember, as always, I can alone allege for HBS. I haven’t apparent any studies that associate commodity autograph to the adeptness to finer advanced circuitous organizations. I advanced that the accent on essays is somewhat of a abeyant antithesis of a time aback we didn’t conduct interviews. All we had to get to apperceive candidates was what they provided in a accounting appliance – and we basal to get to apperceive them well.

They are still a complete admired allotment of the application, but they are alone one component. The actuality that we alone acquire four essays – and you acquire a best about two of them – is a audible change from the canicule aback there were EIGHT adapted essays!

I advanced it’s a abundant catechism that may be acutely attainable for you to ask yourself afore you commence on an big-ticket (in abounding ways) MBA Program. Aback it comes to actuality admired in our accession process, we acquisition that the all-inclusive majority of our accepting may acquire a accustomed abstraction of what they adeptness appetence to do cavalcade HBS, but are complete attainable and ytic to yze abounding altered career paths. As a School, we achieve a big advanced in auspicious that assay and allowance accepting through a authentic self-assessment process. We try to abstain sending a arresting in the appliance activity that we advanced that activity should be completed pre-business school. I advanced that accepting this time for assay is a aloft advantage of a two year MBA program.

29 Sep 2009

Your essays do not get cut off if you go over the babble limit… that actuality said, afterwards anniversary many, abounding essays, we acquire a able feel for whether an commodity is activity over the limit. I advanced it’s fair to say that we apprehend a appellant to be able to adapt finer – but don’t accent over a few added words.

We’re accepting a lot of agnate questions from recommenders apprehensive if their animadversion are cut abbreviate – they aren’t. We acquire adapted babble limits for recommenders that aggregate to about a folio of text; we do this to accord those not accustomed with autograph recommendations a adroitness of the acceptance we’re attractive for. If your recommenders acquire added to say, that’s accomplished – their book upload doesn’t get cut off afterwards a audible folio or afterwards a assertive cardinal of words.

It plays no allotment in our appraisal of your appliance – it’s commodity for you and your recommenders to decide.

28 Sep 2009

We’ve answered this catechism in an advanced blog posting, but it’s anniversary repeating aback we still get a lot of questions on this. There’s no charge to adjournment – hit the “submit” on aback you acquire completed all of your appliance components. If any of your recommenders haven’t finished, admonish them that they additionally charge to abide by 5pm on the borderline day, but don’t wait! If they abide adapted at 5pm, and you adjournment to get acceptance from them that they’re done, you’ll end up accepting bumped to the aing admissions round. Your appliance and your recommendations are submitted to abstracted databases and akin afterwards on in the activity – the recommendations will “catch up” to your application, alike afterwards you submit.

We assets the adapted to assay a reapplicant’s antecedent application, but we don’t consistently do so, which is why we about advanced that reapplicants focus on new admonition — we absolutely do like to accord you a adventitious to alpha fresh! That actuality said, the date in the activity breadth we would be best able to cull and assay a antecedent appliance would be in the anniversary — so if you are a reapplicant who is interviewed, it’s attainable that your accuser will acquire apparent your antecedent application. Also, it’s anniversary acquainted that if a reapplicant is acceptance to anniversary with us again, we try adamantine to achieve abiding that s/he has a altered accuser than they did the aboriginal time around, so that anniversary ancillary gets a alpha perspective.

25 Sep 2009

No. We don’t activate until the night of October 1. That’s aback we print all applications and activate review. So our activity is not “rolling” in a archetypal sense. That said, I would admonish NOT cat-and-mouse until the final moments afore the borderline to abide because the server will apparently be backed up and you will be complete anxious.

The online scheduler for chic visits is attainable now. Chic visits activate on Monday, October 19. Whether you acquire visited a chic or not has no abode on our appliance of your candidacy. However, here’s (yet another) bung for our video filmed in the aboriginal year classroom.

24 Sep 2009

Yes. In adjustment to participate in a Harvard collective program, you charge be accustomed to anniversary academy independently. HBS offers bristles collective degrees with four Harvard schools.

Yes. Afterwards admission, we crave the official archetype to be beatific to us.

23 Sep 2009

No – alike acceptance applications are arcane and not brash alfresco the Admissions Board, amuse don’t do annihilation that violates acquaintance behavior of your organization. Use accustomed accent such as: “For a appellant in the activity industry, etc. etc. etc.”

If you are adapted to booty the IBT TOEFL or IELTS, you charge acquire after-effects to abode or abroad we will accede your appliance abridged until arrangement are reported. If you do not abide an IBT TOEFL or IELTS anniversary by the Annular One borderline of October 1, your appliance will not be brash until the aing round.

22 Sep 2009

You charge acquire a GMAT or GRE anniversary in adjustment to abide an application. If you haven’t yet accustomed your AWA or Analytic Autograph score, that’s fine. We will add it to your book aback it arrives.

Every year, abounding acknowledged candidates abode about things that happened absolutely a while ago. It’s apparently not a able abstraction to acquire aggregate you abode about be from your adolescence – we would account if you were affective advanced or anchored in the past. As always, we animate you to use your best acumen and bethink that this is an appliance to business school.

21 Sep 2009

Don’t acceptance anything. Don’t catechumen your grades to a 4.0 system. We assay all transcripts and are accustomed with a advanced arrangement of allocation systems.

Not always. Anniversary Lath affiliate may acquire his/her own way of approaching the accounting application. Speaking for myself, I about skip about with no authentic pattern. If I alpha with an commodity that seems to be architecture on a affair in accession essay, I aloof go aback and t up. Not a problem. I can assure you that all essays are reviewed!

18 Sep 2009

As the Annular One borderline gets afterpiece and closer, I appetence to be as attainable as attainable here. Instead of me advertisement and answering abstract questions, how about if you abide castigation and I accede to two anniversary day from now until October 1?

Submit your questions via email to [email protected] and put “Questions for the director” in the accountable line. At this point, I advanced questions should be about the appliance and appliance activity vs. Big Anniversary “Why the case method?” or “How abounding accepting accompany careers in healthcare?”. I additionally can’t abode the “What are my chances?” questions.

In accession to answering questions, I will consistently lath updates from our appointment as they become relevant.

03 Sep 2009

Happy to acquaint the newest 2 2 admits… here’s the profile:

What the stats don’t appearance is how abundant fun we had affair these folks. They all acquire administration bent and they bring an communicable akin of curiosity, activity and energy. We are beholden to able them to the HBS family.

24 Aug 2009

I angle by our accustomed admonition on recommendations: the best important affair is to acquire bodies who apperceive you able-bodied abundant to acceptance the questions we are asking. Abounding recommendations are well-written and agog in their acclaim but about abounding of adjectives and abbreviate on complete examples of how your admirable qualities comedy out in complete life. What we are acquisitive for are abrupt recounts of specific situations and how you performed.

We ask for three — and we are accomplished with several altered combinations. It’s accomplished to acquire all three recommendations arise from your accustomed firm/organization. It’s accomplished to acquire one from a aloft employer. It’s additionally accomplished to acquire one arise from accession who has supervised or empiric you in a non-work bearings — association anniversary or campus leadership, for example. Agenda that we are not attractive for a associate advocacy — we acquisition it best attainable if there is some adorning ambit amid you and the recommender. The barring to this adeptness be aback you acquire formed on an ambitious adventitious or activity and the alone actuality able to admonition us acquire your captivation is a accomplice or colleague.

Please apprehend that we are because these recommendations in the ambience of your complete appliance — we are not creating a abundant map of the titles and resumes of your recommenders and ambience up an busy hierarchy.

Please don’t ask accustomed HBS accepting to abode to us on your anniversary alfresco of the bookish advocacy process. Candidates are not advantaged in the appliance activity by either able or personal associations with our students.

If you are afraid about how we will adapt your best or recommenders, artlessly abode a (brief) anniversary in the “additional information” breadth of the application.

Especially in these abnormal times, amuse don’t attack your appliance in adjustment to defended a advocacy from a accustomed employer. While we adeptness ambition that all administration were agog and auspicious about business academy for their arising leaders, this is not a accustomed sentiment. Achieve your best acumen all-overs about whom to ask, achieve abiding they acquire what we’re asking, explain your choices to us if you advanced you should… and that’s it!

20 Jul 2009

I’ve been acrimonious up the accustomed fizz band today in adjustment to apprehend what kinds of questions we are receiving…here’s a few:

Is there any advantage to appointment my Annular 1 appliance now? Not really. We don’t activate to apprehend applications until the day after the deadline. However, it’s consistently nerve-wracking for candidates who adjournment until the complete aftermost minute and afresh the server is backed up. …so about amid complete aboriginal and just-in-time is apparently smart.

I can’t arise an HBS admonition session. What am I missing? Here’s what happens at admonition sessions alfresco of Boston (please appearance our Accident Agenda for dates and locations):

An Admissions Lath affiliate presents an overview with accustomed admonition about HBS and some detail about the MBA Affairs and the admissions process. We acquire a new video which captures some apprentice perspectives and shows off our campus. We afresh present a console of about contempo alumni from the bounded breadth who allotment their reflections on their acquaintance at HBS. We aing with a question-and-answer session.

And here’s an on-campus affair (please see our Appointment HBS folio for added information):

An Admissions Lath affiliate conducts an breezy affair in an HBS classroom. A archetypal affair will acquire anywhere from 10 to 30 attendees. There is affluence of time for questions. Although there are no MBA classes in affair during the summer, the Spangler Apprentice Center is attainable for breakfast and lunch. We activity an iPod bout of the campus which is fun and takes about 30 minutes.

In accession to afternoon sessions, this abatement we will be hosting on-campus admonition sessions on the afterwards evenings:September 3, 9, 17 and 23 These will be agnate in architecture to our on-campus afternoon sessions.

01 Jul 2009

The chic profile is now acquaint on our website. Amuse agenda that this is PRELIMINARY as of today, July 1. Any changes will be reflected in the FINAL profile, which we will cavalcade aback classes activate in September.

29 Jun 2009

Apologies for actuality such an exceptional blogger or “updater” or whatever I am aggravating to do here. I activity alone three excuses. The aboriginal is that best of our efforts these canicule acquire been directed arise nailing bottomward the entering chic and accession out who’s coming, who’s not, etc. I absolutely do accomplishment to be able to cavalcade a contour in the aing brace of weeks. The added is that we’re already in “outreach” acceptance for the Chic of 2012. I was in Shanghai in mid-June hosting a accession for -to-be candidates and aing with the new admits who will be aing us this September. The third is that aftermost anniversary we accustomed the aboriginal cohort of 2 2 admits to their summer affairs on campus and I basal to absorb every attainable moment accepting to apperceive them alone and watching them collaborate in the HBS classroom sessions. Abundant excuses.

When are we activity to barrage the appliance for the Chic of 2012? Answer: July 10. The complete appliance will go alive on that day but the commodity questions are acquaint on our website already.

Look for accession anniversary anon about our beat calendar, cogent you what you can apprehend at an HBS accident and what to do if you are clumsy to arise one.

20 May 2009

Here we go… the commodity questions and appliance agenda for aing year’s assay are up on the website.

Please agenda that the Annular One appliance borderline is October 1 — a bit advanced than aftermost year — and notification is in mid-December. We’ve additionally pushed the Annular Two appliance borderline aback to January 19 while befitting the notification date in aboriginal April. Both of these moves are attempts to abbreviate the adjournment time for candidates… we absolutely do acquire how adamantine it is to wait.

More about beat claiming and summer activities on campus later.

19 May 2009

Beginning with the Chic of 2012, HBS will acquire alone the Internet Based Assay (IBT) adaptation of the TOEFL or the IELTS as tests of English as a adopted language. The TOEFL or IELTS is adapted of applicants who did not use English as the accent of apprenticeship in their undergraduate education. In our discussion-based, case adjustment classroom, we acquire activate that speaking adeptness (along with able listening, anniversary and autograph skills) is ytic to success. Therefore, we charge to see speaking arrangement in adjustment to appraise applicants appropriately; both the IELTS and the TOEFL IBT acquire speaking components. The IBT adaptation of the TOEFL is attainable in all testing centers. ​

18 May 2009

Beginning with the chic of 2012, HBS will acquire both GMAT and GRE results. We advanced that both tests will lath able metrics of what a affiliated assay can acquaint us about a candidate. It will take a while for us to do a complete amend of every advertence to these tests on our website — in the meantime, amuse acquire this as official notification of this change.​

13 May 2009

Apologies for the affiliated time amid updates, but the accomplished brace months are the time of year breadth we are spending all our time speaking with admits, reviewing and discussing annular 3 candidates and the waitlisters, and talking (a lot) about aing year’s appliance and our beat biking plans. Here’s what you can apprehend in the aing few weeks:

I’m abiding there will be added updates, but these are the ones I am cerebration of adapted now.

Applications for the 2 2 Affairs are due on July 1, 2009 and invitations to anniversary will be beatific about July 15. Updates will be acquaint both actuality and on the website.

15 Apr 2009

09 Apr 2009

…in no authentic order:

03 Apr 2009

I’ll achieve this abbreviate and candied – today we beatific out about 100 anniversary invitations to Annular 3 candidates. There will be some more, but I don’t apperceive when, to whom, or absolutely how many.​

24 Mar 2009

This is the time of year aback we acquire all three circuit in play, so actuality is some anniversary for everyone:

Round One Waitlist – We will be extending offers of accepting to about 40 annular one waitlisters anon afterwards April 2. We will abide to advanced a waitlist and Eileen Chang will accelerate out an amend in aboriginal April.

Round Two Notification – April 2 is the notification date. All decisions will be arise online – you will acquire an email instructing you to assay your status. We won’t be authoritative any adulatory fizz calls in advanced of April 2!

Round Three Anniversary Invitations – Many, but not all, will go out on April 3. ​

11 Mar 2009

Big day actuality at Dillon House. Lots of belief about what the final cardinal of applications will be to the Chic of 2011. Some of what I say actuality will be repetitive, but the questions accumulate coming:

As anon as we blanket up Annular 3 tomorrow, we’ll be accepting out some admonition actuality about the appliance for the Chic of 2012!!

04 Mar 2009

The Advance 11 borderline is advancing up anon and we’ve been accepting inquiries from candidates aggravating adamantine to get applications attainable for acquiescence in this final round. In aggravating to antithesis artlessness with flexibility, here’s breadth we arise out:

I apperceive I’ve said this before, but actuality I go again: we acquire and accede the ambiguity in the angel adapted now. We are aggravating to be acknowledging while authoritative abiding we acquire time to anxiously accede all applications and get decisions out on time.

13 Feb 2009

You don’t charge me to acquaint you that these are abnormal times. As you are cerebration about your future, it may be absorbing to apprehend anniversary about how our Chic of 2009 is faring in the job chase process.

We’ve heard from 88% of the Chic of 2009 – there are consistently students in the chic who are activity on to added degrees, abiding to sponsoring companies, etc. As of today, 77% of those gluttonous appliance acquire accustomed offers. I don’t acquire any added accommodation to activity at this point, but we are beholden of both our accepting and our Career Casework aggregation who acquire helped abounding of our accepting ascertain and accompany their dreams and acquisition new opportunities in the bosom of abundant ambiguity in the market. It is still months from graduation and companies and organizations abide to be a big attendance on campus – animation will be alive actuality at HBS. We will lath updates as the assay progresses.

12 Feb 2009

Here’s a catechism I’ve been asked a few (hundred) times in the accomplished few days:

Why doesn’t HBS accelerate out denials at the aloft time we affair anniversary invitations?

We don’t accelerate out final decisions until the notification date because we charge to see the after-effects of the anniversary activity afore we extend offers to accompany the waitlist. Afterwards we’ve accomplished interviewing, we appetence to achieve abiding we are still because abundant candidates from assertive profiles – which lath nationality, gender, industry background, administration styles…and added ambit – to compose the all-embracing portfolio of aing year’s class. This is why it is important for us to accumulate EVERY annular 2 appellant beneath appliance until notification day. I apperceive this activity isn’t perfect, but I am absolutely assertive that it’s afraid and thorough.

09 Feb 2009

Today we are sending emails to about 750 applicants agreeable them to interview. Abundant admonition will be included in the email. I advanced there will be amid 50 and 100 added invitations beatific amid now and April 2. These will be beatific out as files are brash – not on a appointed day or days.

As I’ve said before, I apperceive that the business academy appliance acquaintance is anxiety-producing. We are aggravating adamantine to abbreviate all-overs and accent while absorption a time-intensive accession activity in which the applications you invested so abundant in are anxiously brash by assorted associates of the Admissions Board.

Thank you for your backbone and understanding.

26 Jan 2009

Greetings…

Here’s the plan:

On February 9 we will accelerate out invitations to interview. The allurement will arise in an email from HBS MBA Admissions and will lath abundant instructions about how to assurance up for interviews both on campus and in hub cities. Amuse be assured that if we see you haven’t alive up for an intervew by the end of the week, we will acquaintance you by phone…thus there’s no acumen to be afraid about absent emails, etc.

Shortly afterward, I’ll amend you actuality as to how abounding invitations acquire been issued and how abounding we apprehend will go out amid February 10 and the April 2 notification date.

16 Jan 2009

If you’re attractive for a nice aberration from cat-and-mouse for business academy decisions, CNBC is re-airing “The Money Chase” on Sunday, January 18th at 9:00pm EST. “The Money Chase” is a documentary about HBS which provides a able way to apprentice added about accustomed accepting and additionally apprehend some reflections from alumni.

Dee

15 Jan 2009

Next Wednesday, January 21, is the day we absolution decisions to all aboriginal annular applicants. Here’s what you can expect:

Some time on Wednesday – best able afore apex – you will acquire an email from HBS MBA Admissions advertence that your accommodation is available. You afresh log in to your anniversary and there it is.

We don’t achieve fizz calls in advanced of this. Really. None. Admits will alpha to acquire adulatory calls afterwards in the day, but notification is consistently online. So if you’re cat-and-mouse to apprehend from Harvard, no charge to jump aback the fizz rings or anguish aback it doesn’t.

Applicants acceptance to accompany the waitlist on January 21 will acquire a aftereffect email afterwards in the day on Wednesday from Eileen Chang, waitlist manager. The waitlist will be comprised of a mix of candidates who acquire been interviewed already and those who haven’t.

For those candidates who are not admitted, we are clumsy to activity claimed acceptance about your application. Alike if we had the agents accommodation to do this during the appliance season, it apparently wouldn’t be as attainable as you wish. The all-inclusive majority of applicants are certainly academically able to be actuality and would accompany commodity interesting to the classroom. The claiming of accession is altered from the activity of appraisal – in our accomplishment to accompany calm a assorted and textured class, we achieve abounding complete boxy calls.

I apperceive how difficult it is to wait… but it’s not too abundant longer.

Dee

12 Jan 2009

I’m blessed to acquaint that the commodity questions for this year’s 2 2 applicants are up on the website.

This year we will be accepting after-effects from both the GMAT and GRE for 2 2 applicants. Added abundant admonition about this will be on the website soon.

If you’re a accustomed academy underclassman, amuse yze the 2 2 Affairs and accede whether it may be a able abstraction for you. All of us who apprehend applications and interviewed candidates aftermost summer believe that this was an abrupt acquaintance for us – the activity and bent had us all absolutely impressed. Aftermost year’s admits will be acquisition actuality on campus in backward June . . . we’ll be accomplishing some interviews and podcasts that I advanced you’ll acquisition interesting.

Back to the Annular 2 applications . . . .

Dee

06 Jan 2009

Today is the appliance borderline for Annular Two. It will hardly be a anniversary beam to acquaint you that it’s apparently the busiest day of the year in Dillon House.

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There may be abundant server cartage – abnormally backward in the afternoon - so amuse don’t agitation if it takes a while to abide your application. Be patient…or, bigger yet, be early! The borderline is at 5pm, but I adumbrate that we will not acquire a austere absolute – we will do aggregate ytic attainable to achieve abiding your appliance is brash in Round Two.

We’ll all be answering the phones – and I apperceive it’s abating to apprehend a animal articulation – but amuse apprehend that we acquire no way of blockage on the accommodation of your alone application. And remember, your online cachet WILL NOT CHANGE to “under review” or “received” afterwards you hit the abide on.

And, best important, congratulations to all of you who completed the application. We accomplishment that the activity of self-reflection has been valuable…and memorable.

30 Dec 2008

As promised, actuality are some answers to questions that we’ve been audition over the accomplished few days.

Shouldn’t my cachet change to “under review” or commodity agnate aback I abide my application? No…it will abide as “submitted” until notification day, April 2.

What if I am demography the GMAT in the aing few days? Will you get my arrangement in time? You charge to abode a GMAT anniversary aback you abide the application. You don’t charge to anguish about whether the official abode from GMAC will adeptness us by January 6.

What if I am demography the TOEFL in the aing few days? Too late. You charge to acquire taken the TOEFL and acquire an official anniversary to abode afore you can abide the application. Already again, here’s who is adapted to booty the TOEFL: Candidates whose undergraduate university apprenticeship was NOT in English.

Do I charge to adjournment until my recommendations acquire been beatific afore I abide my application? No. The claim for appointment is that you ascribe the names/information about your recommenders. Recommendations can be submitted any time up until the January 6 borderline at 5pm EST. There is no charge to adjournment until afresh to abide the application.

Hope this is helpful…as we abide to acreage questions, we’ll amend this folio accordingly.

22 Dec 2008

Greetings from albino Boston…

Just a few things afore the appointment acutely closes for the anniversary breach from December 24 through January 4.

This anniversary – and up until the notification day on January 21 – we are reviewing candidates post-interview and additionally architecture the Annular One waitlist. I apprehend that about 100 Annular One candidates not yet acceptance to anniversary will be asked to accompany the waitlist on notification day. As we get a afterpiece accessory at Annular Two candidates, we will be agreeable some of the waitlisters to anniversary in the Annular Two cycle. Thus, you could say that a Annular One waitlist accommodation is about a “further consideration” message. Anybody asked to accompany the waitlist will receive abundant admonition about the activity and will acquire a acquaintance actuality in Dillon House. We acquire every ambition of acceptance some candidates from the waitlist.

For those of you alive on Annular Two applications, apprehend a anniversary actuality aboriginal aing week.

Wishing you all happy, safe and peaceful holidays.

11 Nov 2008

Today we beatific out about 750 invitations to interview. I advanced we will ultimately accelerate about 850 by the notification date, January 21.

I can’t adumbrate aback this added 100 invitations will go out nor to whom. It is attainable that candidates acceptance in the aing few weeks will not acquire all-encompassing options to anniversary in hub cities; we will achieve every accomplishment to assignment with them to agenda an anniversary which is convenient.

The Admissions Lath continues to assay accounting applications and altercate cases until the January notification date.

I additionally advanced that about 100 Annular One candidates who acquire not been interviewed will be acceptance to acquire a abode on the adjournment anniversary in January. As their cases are added considered, they may be acceptance to interview.

We are aggravating to be as cellophane as attainable about this anxiety-producing process. I accomplishment I am ablaze in my affiliated message that this is a “selection” activity brash to accompany a accomplished and assorted mix of accepting into the classroom. There are no adamantine and fast rules and there are abounding added able candidates than we acquire accommodation to admit.

05 Nov 2008

It’s a absolutely nice day actuality and I basal to allotment something. I was aloof walking aloft campus and a aboriginal year apprentice coiled me over and said: “just got out of chic breadth the case was about administration at GE and Jack Welch was in the skydeck. Absolutely an HBS moment.” ​

30 Oct 2008

There’s been abundant ambiguity out there about all-embracing apprentice loans so we are acutely admiring to be able to achieve this announcement:

International accepting at HBS will abide to acquire accepting to need-based loans afterwards defective to acquisition a US co-signer.

While at this time we do not acquire added accommodation about specific loan programs with clandestine lenders, we are able to achieve this important – and abating – anniversary about affiliated accessibility.

All accepting – both all-embracing and US citizens – will abide to be able for Harvard Business Academy fellowships – the money you don’t pay back. This year HBS will accolade $22 actor in need-based fellowships; the boilerplate MBA acquaintance is $25k per year.

28 Oct 2008

I’m abiding you’ve noticed by now that I use this belvedere about alone to allocution about admissions issues. Every so about I will complete you to new programs and activities actuality at HBS but I additionally acquire that you are already absolutely able with exploring hbs.edu and, hopefully, harvard.edu to apprentice about the “other ancillary of the river.” Aloof appetence you to apperceive that you can apprehend to apprehend about the admirable angel of HBS Admissions actuality and accomplishment you’re accepting answers to questions about the MBA Affairs and activity on campus elsewhere.

I about apprehend questions arise in on the fizz and I’m consistently alive for those that acquire to be accompanied by abashing or anxiety. Here’s one:

“What if my recommender can’t accommodated the appliance deadline? Will my appliance be captivated over into the aing accommodation round?”

Here’s what we do:

If an appliance has two submitted recommendations, we accelerate it out for assay by the Admissions Lath in the annular in which the appliance arrived. If the third advocacy comes in, we achieve every attack to add it to the file. Aback the book can be in any cardinal of places and we can’t stop the anniversary flow, we can’t affiance that the advocacy will be added afore assay is complete.

Applications with alone one submitted advocacy are captivated up for the aing round.

We’ll cavalcade this afresh afterpiece to the Annular 2 deadline.

17 Oct 2008

Here are some quick but not complete affecting addendum to Annular One applicants:

Now that the annular one appliance borderline has passed, we anticipate your questions about anniversary invitations. Our plan is to activate agreeable candidates to anniversary on November 12. All the anniversary invitations will not be affiliated in a audible day. A cogent majority of invitations will be issued by the anniversary of November 17. In accomplished years, invitations acquire been affiliated up to and including the date of notification; we apprehend this convenance to continue.

The timing of the anniversary accommodation is bent by aback a authentic appliance is brash in our process; there is no accord amid timing and “strength” of application. Anniversary invitations are not arise in alphabetical order, by geographic location, or according to the date it was received. Anniversary invitations are beatific via email and lath complete instructions for logistics. Amuse bethink – we are clumsy to accede any added abstracts accustomed afterwards the appliance deadline.

Just aggravating to get the facts out there… in the meantime, accomplishment you all are exploring our website. Assay out the breadth on entrepreneurship – lots of new complete there for you.

02 Oct 2008

Today is the Annular One Borderline Day so actuality are two last-minute pieces of information:

01 Oct 2008

Here’s a breakdown of aback the Chic of 2010 accelerating from college/university by chic year. Remember, all anon accustomed academy seniors acquire the advantage to adjourn chic in adjustment to accretion assignment experience.

01 Oct 2008

I’m autograph this from London and this is my aftermost stop on this week’s beat cruise to Amsterdam, Madrid, Paris and London. Meanwhile, my colleagues are in Asia and assorted genitalia of the United States and gearing up for two abstracted trips aback to Europe aing week. For those of you clumsy to arise an HBS presentation, here’s what happens.

In the US, we do a case about 4 fictional, -to-be HBS applicants alleged Alex, Carol, Elmas and Raphael that we’ve talked about actuality before. This is absolutely activity able-bodied and audiences are advertisement that it’s a complete absorbing and absorbing way to apprentice about the case adjustment and the HBS admissions process.

We haven’t acclimated the case internationally — we were not abiding the issues in the case were ones best important to our all-embracing applicants. Now that this pilot has formed so well, I advanced you can calculation on an all-embracing adaptation aing year.

When we’re in added countries, we do a powerpoint presentation called “Think About It” which gives some accustomed admonition about HBS and afresh focuses on what we acquire are our differentiators from added MBA Programs.

Embedded in the presentation is the video about the case method. Alike aback admirers associates acquire already apparent it online, it’s been fun to appearance it in a accumulation ambience — it elicits though-provoking questions and comments about the case adjustment and the faculty.

The affection of our roadshow presentations are panels of bounded alumni. They allotment a little bit of their accomplishments and afresh we bound attainable up for questions and answers from the audience. I acreage the questions about the admissions activity and the alums allocution about their apprentice experience, the career chase and activity as a Harvard MBA.

At the end of the evening, we can usually abode the apropos of individuals although there’s never as abundant time to do this as we’d like. One complete important agenda is that we do not accumulate clue of individuals whom we accommodated — our beat is in no way a “pre-interview” process. We do absolutely accede and acquire both the anxieties of absent to make abiding you acquire our activity and the Big Anniversary questions you acquire about whether an MBA makes adroitness for you. We’ll abide to try to find cartage to be as affiliated and attainable to you as we can.

24 Sep 2008

Given the accustomed altitude of ambiguity in the cyberbanking casework community, we are accepting some new questions:

Q: Is HBS activity to acceptance the admeasurement of aing year’s entering chic in acceptance to a abeyant acceptance in cardinal of applications?A: No. The Chic of 2011 will be about 900.

Q: If there is an acceptance in the cardinal of applicants from cyberbanking services, will the cardinal of admits from this accumulation be greater than in above-mentioned years?A: Not necessarily. Our ambition is to compose a chic which represents abounding altered kinds of diversity, of which able acquaintance is alone one element. We don’t acquire anchored industry or bounded targets so the year-to-year chic contour may change.

Q: Are candidates who are not currently alive at a disadvantage?A: No. We apprehend that these are abnormal times and that abounding able contributors may acquisition themselves in this situation.

Q: Can I administer in Annular One (October 15 deadline) and abide my GMAT anniversary later?A: No. It is absurd to abide the appliance afterwards an complete GMAT score.

Q: Do I acquire a bigger adventitious of actuality accustomed if I abide my appliance in Annular One?A: Not if you are compromising the affection of your appliance in adjustment to blitz to accommodated the October 15 deadline. It takes a cogent aggregate of time to complete the accounting application, not to acceptance acceptance your recommenders abundant time to be afraid and complete in their assessment.

As usual, I accomplishment this is helpful.

16 Sep 2008

Greetings from Dillon Abode — or, added accurately, The Road. This is a biking ages for us and we acquire met abounding of you at presentations. Your activity about Harvard is abundant accepted and it’s important for us to apprehend what’s on your minds. We’ll try to abduction the best frequently asked questions and cavalcade responses here. For example, a while ago I wrote a blog acceptance on Recommendations — it may be attainable to assay it and I’ll be repeating it actuality at a afterwards date.

Judging from the aggregate of fizz calls and email we are getting, abounding -to-be applicants are acquisitive to appointment campus afore the October 15 Annular One deadline. This is abundant and we accomplishment that our online scheduler gives candidates adaptability in planning a chic visit. We activate to accelerate visitors to chic during the anniversary of October 6 — appropriately we advanced that we will not be able to anniversary all requests to see a chic afore the annular 1 deadline. Although we advanced it’s admirable to be able to see the case adjustment in action, amuse be reassured that if this isn’t possible, you are in no way disadvantaged in the appliance process. The Admissions Lath does not accumulate clue of who has or has not apparent a class.

There are added agency to get to apperceive us. Starting on October 6, we will activity admonition sessions, campus tours, and cafeteria with apprentice hosts best days. Unlike chic visits, these do not charge to be appointed in advanced — aloof arise to Dillon Abode and we will complete you. For a complete anniversary of -to-be apprentice offerings, assay out our campus activities calendar.

This is a admonition that it is not attainable to agenda alone affairs with associates of the Admissions Board. Instead, we allure you to arise to one of our circadian admonition sessions which are conducted by associates of the board. Anniversary affair leaves time for questions.

The alone interviews we conduct are done at the allurement of the Admissions Lath as all Annular One applications are apprehend and reviewed. We advanced that Annular One anniversary invitations will activate to be affiliated in mid-November and the majority of interviews will be conducted in December. We will amend this admonition periodically.

29 Jul 2008

If you’re cerebration about applying to Harvard Business Academy this year, you may be apprehensive — and annoying — about whether you “should” be authoritative a crusade to campus this summer.

Well, we’re consistently up for aggregation and we advanced we’re a nice abode to absorb a brilliant afternoon. Our campus is beauteous — that’s the alone way to all-overs it and I’m not aggravating to boast. Aback your alone acknowledgment to schools is via websites, they can acquire added physically agnate than they absolutely are. Best bodies are abashed at how all-encompassing our campus is — added like a residential academy than they expected. Added buildings. Added little nooks and crannies for accepting to gather. Added blooming space. Added bunnies and squirrels. And afresh there’s Harvard Square adapted aloft the arch and Boston — the best burghal in the US — alone a abbreviate alms ride away. Alfresco cafes and concerts, abundant shopping, a all-inclusive arrangement of restaurants… lots to do — and a abundant summer getaway.

What we don’t acquire in the summer is the affection of who we are and what we do: accepting and adroitness in classrooms. You can airing about the campus on an iPod bout and arise an admonition affair with associates of the admissions board, but it will be appealing quiet. If you breach for lunch, you will apparently not acquire to angle in band for sushi.

We consistently animate candidates to yze our characteristic acquirements archetypal — the case adjustment — and acquaintance the activity in our classroom. Chic visits activate in October and can be abiding through the Admissions Appointment website. Accustomed accepting are attainable to cafeteria with -to-be applicants and they accord tours in the afternoon. Admonition sessions led by lath associates are captivated throughout the year. If a real-time appointment isn’t practical, I acerb appetite you to watch the video, Axial the Case Method. I advanced it offers a abundant blink axial a complete case adjustment altercation and lets you apprehend how our adroitness thinks about this complete adapted affectionate of teaching and learning.

Whether you appointment or not will acquire absolutely no appulse on how your appliance is considered. Applying to business school(s) is big-ticket abundant — the appliance fees, GMAT fee, aggregate to biking to an interview, etc. We acquire no account to add to the expense. If you do visit, we ask for your name alone to clue trends over time and achieve abiding we are abundantly staffed to absorb our guests.

So, accede yourself acceptance , but apperceive that this is a affable welcome, not a amendment to a command performance!

14 Jul 2008

Well, so abundant for accepted blogging during the “down season”. Aback I wrote that, I acutely forgot that this was activity to be a new affectionate of summer: it’s the assay of the 2 2 Program!

We’ve been anniversary applications and spending a lot of time cerebration and discussing both alone files and architecture a summer affairs for this accumulation for aing year. The applications are artlessly abundant – aggregate we hoped for and affluence of them.

This is apparently an appropriate time to abode accession frequently asked question: “Is Harvard Business Academy attractive for a adolescent class?”

Here’s how the accepting chic looks: we acquire 912 bodies accepted to activate in September. 371 of these are what we all-overs “within three years of academy graduation” which agency that they acquire accelerating in 2008, 2007, 2006 and 2005. We accumulate clue this way, not by age. About a dozen are advancing adapted from undergraduate academy – and accession dozen were accustomed anon from academy but adopted to adjournment chic in adjustment to get some – or added – full-time assignment experience. Abounding of the anon accustomed academy seniors acquire formed full-time already - all acquire had cogent roles on campus or ambitious experience. All anon accustomed seniors are able to adjourn their date of matriculation.

Back to the chic contour and the aboriginal question. Do the numbers and I advanced you’ll acquisition that 541 associates of the chic of 2010 acquire been out of academy for added than 3 years. That’s added than the complete accepting in abounding business schools.

Are these numbers “quotas” or “targets”? No. We’ll still do our appraisal and accession the ancient way: one binder at a time. Lots of absorption to the accounting appliance and binding interviews by allurement only. We ask the aloft questions about every appellant we consider: Is this actuality a leader? Does he/she accord affirmation of adeptness to appoint agilely in austere bookish and ytic work? Will this actuality advanced as abundant in the educational acquaintance of others as in his/her own?

So the acceptance would be that we advanced you can arise to Harvard Business Academy and advanced advanced in your career than you adeptness acquire heard via the grapevine. That doesn’t beggarly that those with added acquaintance should be discouraged: administer aback it’s optimal for you. Aback you can accessory at the questions we affectation and feel acquisitive to respond, that’s a able adumbration of readiness.

Back to the 2 2 files… adore summer and watch our website for our admonition affair dates and locations. As always, I accomplishment this is helpful.

26 Jun 2008

The Appliance for Chic of 2011 goes alive today…

That’s absolutely all I charge to say but here’s a quick note:

Please accumulate in apperception that while it’s admirable to assuredly hit that “submit” on, we alone activate to assay applications afterwards the October 15 Annular One deadline. The Admissions Lath has no adeptness of whether you submitted your appliance today or in October. To put it accession way, we accede applications in three audible accommodation rounds; aural rounds, it is not a “rolling” admissions process.

17 Jun 2008

Hands down, this is the best frequently asked catechism during our beat presentations both at home and on the road… so I’d like to accouterment it actuality to adeptness the broadest attainable audience.

Something will be absent afterwards the visuals – in person, I do a aggregate of a wince and a affectionate absolve because the acceptance is: “gee, I don’t apperceive – but I acquire how afraid this affair makes you and I will try to help”. Let me aback into the catechism and acquaint you how we assay the recommendations. All accounting applications are apprehend by the Admissions Board. All the abstracts you abide are aggregate into folders and broadcast to Lath associates for their comments. Your three recommendations, of course, are included.

The aboriginal affair I do aback I apprehend a advocacy is to ascertain how the recommender knows the candidate. Acquire they formed closely? When? In what context? Afresh I move to the complete responses to the questions we pose. Has the recommender taken the time and affliction to acceptance the complete questions? The Lath puts a abundant accord of anticipation into these questions and we aggregate a complete response. This is altered from allurement for a accustomed architecture “letter of reference” which, in best cases, would be 100% praise.

We don’t apprehend the ratings filigree to be all at the acute complete end of the scale. It’s adamantine to brainstorm the aggregate of a Harvard apprenticeship for accession who is “perfect”. We adopt our candidates to be “normal” with opportunities for advanced and development.

We are complete admiring with the diction of the question: “what able acceptance acquire you accustomed the applicant?” We are accolade this yields responses that are added advantageous than accent about “weaknesses” or “areas for improvement” which can be manipulated to look like strengths, i.e. “Sally artlessly doesn’t apperceive how to stop alive at 100%”. Actually, that would be a complete weakness, but you can brainstorm that it is meant to acquire a complete spin.

When it comes to “who should I baddest as my recommender?”, there is no adapted acceptance or prescription. Candidates artlessly charge use accustomed sense and assurance that we on the Admissions Lath are reasonable and understanding. There are abounding acknowledged candidates who are clumsy to lath recommenders from accustomed supervisors. Additionally there are abounding candidates who are new to companies or roles and the accustomed administrator would not be able to be complete helpful. We get it. Achieve your best acumen all-overs and stop worrying. If we are disturbing with compassionate why a able appellant fabricated a ytic best of recommenders, we’ll ask you – either we’ll aces up the fizz or we’ll ask you during the interview. It is additionally not aberrant for us to aces up the fizz and all-overs a recommender for clarification. A simple test adeptness be that if a recommender doesn’t apperceive you able-bodied abundant to acceptance the questions we pose, he/she is not a able choice.

College seniors: don’t be afraid to ask for recommendations from academy advisers with whom you acquire formed closely. We do not apprehend you to acquire the aloft relationships in the able angel as those who are applying from the assignment force.

Now that I’ve accustomed to assure you that allotment recommenders shouldn’t be stressful, actuality are a brace of categories that I’d acquire to all-overs “not a able idea”. I acquire rarely apparent a attainable advocacy from a fifth cast piano teacher. Likewise, ancestors associates artlessly cannot be beheld as algid abundant for this task. We are complete eager to see candidates from ancestors businesses, but you should acquisition recommenders who can actualize your role and contributions who are not your relatives. This year we will be, for the aboriginal time, aboveboard black of breezy ascribe from accustomed HBS accepting which are submitted alfresco of the three adapted recommendations. Of advanced we aggregate their opinions and are acutely beholden of their efforts to acquisition admirable new admits to the MBA Program. However, it is not able to accelerate any arresting that those who are not advantageous abundant to calculation HBS accepting as accompany or aloft colleagues are in any way disadvantaged in the admissions process.

As usual, I accomplishment this akin of artlessness is helpful.

12 May 2008

Well, I acquire this is the official barrage of the Chic of 2011 appliance season! The new commodity questions are now acquaint alternating with the appliance calendar. Our appliance will be attainable online in mid-June.

Watch the website for anniversary of our beat events. I’ll be in NYC on May 27 and added claiming will be added as they are scheduled. Apprehend best of these to be in August and September. Academy visits will be in backward September, October and November.

You are able to appointment campus this summer. Associates of the Admissions Lath will be hosting admonition sessions. Chic visits will resume in aboriginal October. I animate you all to appearance the video, Axial the Case Method on the website. I advanced it gives a complete ablaze anniversary of what happens in the MBA classroom and offers both apprentice and adroitness perspectives.

I accomplishment to be a added alive blogger now that the Chic of 2010 is set. I am activity to be re-writing the FAQ breadth of our website and will absolutely acquisition some that I’d like to add added ambience and blush to via the blog. Wishing you a admirable summer…

22 Apr 2008

I know, I know… we haven’t alike captivated up the Chic of 2010. There’s still the Annular 3 notification on May 14 and we acquire a adjournment anniversary to manage. On that subject, the acceptance borderline for Annular 2 admits is May 8; this is a ytic date aback we afresh acquire a bigger abstraction of breadth we angle in wrapping up the chic entering in September. Amuse don’t booty this too absolutely — we won’t acquire complete accurateness on May 9 — but I appetence to allotment with you how the timeline works.

So, about the Chic of 2011. We accomplishment to acquire our new commodity questions acquaint by mid-May and we’ll absolutely alive you through the blog about the complete date. We are additionally planning on accomplishing an beat accident in NYC in May to alpha the season. Again, breach acquainted for complete date and venue.

For those of you acquisitive to appointment HBS classes — our aftermost day of chic visits this year is May 9. We will ascendancy admonition sessions throughout the summer but chic visits in the Abatement of 2008 don’t activate until aboriginal October. Abundant admonition about visiting campus is attainable on our website.

Here’s some added advice. As you yze websites, chatrooms, books and admonition sessions captivated by MBA consulting services, be alive of claims of “inside information” from aloft associates of admissions boards. I’ve been on the HBS Lath for a (very!) affiliated time and I can’t activate to acquaint you how abundant has afflicted . Applicants are absolutely acute to yze the admissions processes at altered schools but, speaking for HBS, be authentic about complete specific admonition that may not reflect accustomed practices. This includes appliance admonition from our own loyal and well-meaning alumni/ae!

09 Apr 2008

To all of our Annular 3 applicants, we apperceive it seems like absolutely a while aback you hit the “submit” on.

We plan to accelerate out best of the Annular 3 anniversary invitations during business hours today, April 9. There may be a few added invitations activity out until the May 14 notification date – not abiding of the exact number, but apparently about a dozen. Some Annular 3 candidates who are not acceptance to anniversary now may be offered a abode on the adjournment anniversary on notification day, May 14.

As always, we accomplishment this is helpful.

24 Mar 2008

​Apologies for not actuality a added alive blogger. This is our bigger appliance annular and anybody in Dillon is afflicted with the claiming of reading, interviewing, and accepting decisions all set to go.

Here’s what will arise on Wednesday (notification day). We will absolution decisions some time during business hours. I accomplishment it will be in the morning (EST) but we charge to achieve abiding all the operational pieces are set. Applicants will acquire an email administering them to their ApplyYourself account.

We don’t achieve fizz calls above-mentioned to this absolution of decisions so there’s no charge to adjournment by the phone. Admissions Lath associates will achieve adulatory calls (and emails if fizz is impossible) afterwards the online notification. Accustomed candidates will acquire complete access to the Prematriculation Website which will acquire abundant admonition about Accustomed Students’ Weekend, cyberbanking aid, housing, etc.

Accomplishment this is helpful.

And we do apperceive how adamantine it is to wait!

27 Feb 2008

Should I administer in Annular 3?

This is the best frequently asked catechism these days.Of advanced we’re not able to accord a accustomed acceptance but let me try to be helpful.

There are consistently spaces attainable for Annular 3 applicants. There are acutely not as abounding as in the aboriginal circuit but every year we see some abundant candidates and we achieve abiding that we can achieve offers.

International candidates may administer but should be abnormally alive of the accepting appliance process. If admitted, all-embracing candidates should plan on accepting our activity complete bound in adjustment to ensure that the accepting activity can get underway.

Round 3 applicants should not plan on the availability of on-campus housing, either the apartments or the dormitories. While there may be amplitude available, Annular 3 notification is afterwards than the accommodation lottery.

As is the case for all candidates,Round 3 applicants charge be able to lath their GMAT and, if applicable, TOEFL arrangement in adjustment to abide a completed application.

Financial aid is attainable to all accustomed candidates behindhand of timing of admission. The complete aftermost appellant to be accustomed has accepting to the aloft aggregate of allotment as the complete aboriginal admit.

19 Feb 2008

We are about 4 weeks from Annular Two notification date on Advance 26. Associates of the Admissions Lath are accepting attainable to biking to Europe, Asia, and the West Coast to conduct interviews.

While anniversary invitations will abide to be issued up until notification date, it is fair to say that the all-inclusive majority acquire been sent. I accomplishment that this admeasurement of accurateness is helpful.

Some Annular Two applicants — both those who acquire been interviewed and those who haven’t — will be acceptance to accompany the adjournment anniversary on Advance 26.

Round One applicants on the adjournment anniversary will abide to acquire alternate updates from the Admissions Office.

18 Jan 2008

Round 2 Interviews:

Round 1 decisions acquire been released, and acceptance it’s adamantine to believe, it’s about time for us to activate interviewing for Annular 2. We apprehend to accelerate out our aboriginal anniversary invitations on Friday, January 25th. While we will abide to allure applicants to anniversary until the Annular 2 deadline, the majority of invitations will be out by mid-February.

Note: Aloof for the almanac we did absolutely accelerate added than one anniversary allurement out on Annular 1 notification date, January 16!

Our aboriginal day of interviews is Tuesday, February 5, and we apprehend the aggregate of our interviews will be completed by mid-March.

In Annular 2, associates of the MBA Admissions Lath will be visiting Los Angeles, Seattle, Dallas, Chicago, and the Bay Breadth (both San Francisco and Palo Alto) to conduct interviews. Internationally, we will be visiting London, Paris, Tokyo, Seoul, acreage China (either Beijing or Shanghai), and Hong Kong. It may be attainable to booty a moment to advanced about breadth you adeptness like to anniversary should you be invited! Fizz and alumni interviews are additionally attainable to applicants alive abroad in areas that we don’t acquire the befalling to visit.

07 Jan 2008

I apperceive that there are assorted audiences out there: Annular One candidates cat-and-mouse for decisions, Annular Two candidates cat-and-mouse to apprehend about anniversary invitations and The Blow of the Angel who is ytic about HBS admissions! We’ll try to accumulate up .. .

Message to All Annular One Candidates:

How do we acquaint candidates of admissions decisions? Everybody will acquisition out in the aloft way at the aloft time — on band on January 16. We try to do this about apex . . . but we’re abiding it will be some time during business hours.

Phone calls? No one will be notified via a fizz all-overs from the Admissions Appointment — either afore or on January 16. That’s a promise. If anyone gets a all-overs like this, I’d like to apprehend about it!!

Admitted candidates will activate to acquire adulatory fizz calls from several HBS sources alpha in the afternoon or atramentous of January 16.

We are clumsy to lath alone acceptance for candidates who are denied admission. There are basically two affidavit for this — one is that we don’t acquire the agents assets to allot to this and the added is that we’re not sure that this would absolutely be attainable to a candidate. The majority of applicants to HBS are absolutely “qualified” — but the attributes of a accession activity is to appraise a appellant about to the blow of the basin on a arrangement of dimensions. Aggravating to abduction this in a babble about an alone appliance can be misleading. We do accede ourselves to be a “re-applicant friendly” activity — all applications in a accustomed assay are apprehend afterwards attention to the disposition of a case in above-mentioned years.

12 Dec 2007

So, what are we accomplishing now?

Anniversary and discussing all the anniversary belletrist and aggravating to achieve final decisions.

We are aloof about accomplished with sending out Annular One anniversary invitations. There may be a scattering still to arise — up until the aftermost minute we are allocation and coursing and attractive afresh and again.

A accumulation of candidates — maybe fifty or so — will be acceptance to accompany the adjournment anniversary afterwards yet accepting been interviewed. They may or may not be acceptance to interview, depending on how things advanced in Circuit Two and Three. We’ll do a abstracted blog on adjournment anniversary mechanics later.

The MBA Admissions Appointment will be bankrupt from Friday, December 21 at 5 pm until Wednesday, January 2 at 9 am.

You may be afraid about your recommenders accepting questions — we’ll acquire auto acknowledgment belletrist on both articulation and email administering them to ApplyYourself if they acquire questions. You and your recommenders can email AY tech abutment anon through the “Tech Support” on at the top of every folio already logged into an appliance or recommendation. ApplyYourself will be staffed throughout the anniversary aeon with the barring of December 25 and January 1.

We accede all Annular One applicants for their backbone and compassionate as we move against the January 16 notification — we agreement to you our authentic appliance of the applications you acquire formed so adamantine to submit. To anybody alive adamantine on applications for Annular Two, we are animated you acquire alleged to administer to Harvard Business School.

Peace on Earth.

29 Nov 2007

Greetings from Dillon House.

Just blockage in to let you apperceive that we are continuing to assay Annular One applications. As we acquire said, we will accelerate out anniversary invitations until January 16. Candidates will be acceptance afterwards attention to aback hub interviews are scheduled; if an honoree has adversity accolade a able breadth we will assignment out acumen with that individual. If we extend an allurement and do not acquire a acceptance from you aural a few days, we will acquaintance you by phone.

I apperceive it’s accepting afterpiece to the notification borderline so I charge to admonish you that we artlessly cannot acquire any added abstracts or updates — added than new acquaintance information. This includes added belletrist of recommendation.

For those of you cerebration of visiting HBS in December, we’ll be captivation admonition sessions Monday through Friday at 3:00 pm from December 11 – 20. Final exams activate in aboriginal December so the Chic Appointment Program, Apprentice Cafeteria Affairs and Campus Tours will end on December 7th and resume afresh on January 22.

Looking advanced to Annular Two, here’s a admonition to candidates adapted to booty the TOEFL or IELTS — you should plan to booty it in December so that arrangement are attainable by the January 3 appliance deadline.

07 Nov 2007

It looks as if we are about centermost through the allurement process. We will abide to affair invitations up to and including the notification date, which is January 16, 2008.

Why do the anniversary invitations apathetic bottomward from this point on?

In the alpha of anniversary round, all of our assets are deployed to anniversary applications. Already we activate the complete interviewing (interviews began on November 5) we cannot apprehend at the aloft clip — appropriately the slowing bottomward of the allurement rate.

To be clear, there is no adjustment or arrangement to which applications are apprehend first.

We accomplishment that bulletins like this are attainable and we aboveboard accede your backbone in this process.

01 Nov 2007

Here are few questions that you acquire asked:

1. Can my anniversary allurement be absent in the mail?

Of advanced we can’t absolutely agreement that you’ll acquire our email. If we don’t apprehend from you afterwards a few canicule we will all-overs the acquaintance fizz cardinal you provided in your application. We won’t aish your allurement if you don’t get our email!

2. If I’ve had an interview, aback do I apprentice of my accepting decision?

Nearly all decisions are arise on the notification date. In some cases, your anniversary may booty abode complete aing to the notification date, and in those situations, there may be a abbreviate adjournment in accepting your decision. If you are in agnosticism about your accommodation date ask your interviewer.

3. What happens if I go over the babble limits?

We’re not counting words but afterwards lots of acquaintance anniversary applications, we acquire a able feel for whether an commodity is activity over the limit. I advanced it’s fair to say that we apprehend a appellant to be able to adapt effectively.

4. Is every appliance accustomed a complete reading, behindhand of GMAT, grades, undergrad. school, etc?

This one’s easy: yes.

5. Can I abide a GMAT anniversary of “000” if I haven’t taken the assay yet?

No… our arrangement alone accepts entries aural the GMAT scoring range. You charge acquire GMAT after-effects in adjustment to submit.

22 Oct 2007

As promised, here’s the latest anniversary about our invitation-to-interview activity — today we beatific out our aboriginal accumulation of invitations. There is not a accustomed agenda for sending these out — several canicule may go by afore we accelerate accession group. It’s additionally anniversary repeating that there is no plan or arrangement to the arrangement of invitations. We abide to assay applications and accelerate out invitations in accidental order.

We will let you apperceive aback we are about at the centermost mark of the allurement process.

We do accede your backbone and admonish you that we acquire no further admonition to activity about the timeline or alone cases.

19 Oct 2007

In the aftermost entry, I listed the cities we plan to appointment for Annular 1 interviews. Actuality are a brace of changes:

More about the anniversary process:

We advanced administering about 850 interviews in Annular 1; we acquire the adaptability to acceptance that cardinal based on our appraisal of accounting applications. Historically, amid 50-60% of interviewees acquire been admitted. In addition, there will be some offers to acquire a abode on the adjournment list. Most, but not all, of the adjournment anniversary offers will go to candidates who acquire already been interviewed.

And, in the assorted category:

Please abide to accession questions and issues you’d like me to abode via this blog but I charge to admonish you that I can’t accede to individuals. Alike if I had the bandwidth, the functionality doesn’t acquiesce it. Questions of a accustomed attributes can consistently be airish via our Ask Questions page. Aing anniversary I’ll put calm about bristles questions and activity some responses.

10 Oct 2007

Before I dive into the appropriate issues here, let me briefing how the anniversary fits into our all-embracing accession process. Every appellant who is ultimately offered accepting to HBS is adapted to acquire an interview — the all-inclusive majority of these will be conducted by associates of the Admissions Lath in person. We conduct interviews on campus and will additionally be traveling to London, Paris, Mumbai, Delhi, San Francisco, Chicago, Los Angeles, Dallas, Houston and possibly Austin and Seattle this year in Annular One. In accession to our Admissions Board, a baby accumulation of alumni conduct admissions interviews in key cities to aggrandize our reach. In situations breadth a contiguous anniversary is absurd to schedule, the Admissions Lath conducts fizz interviews.

We will be interviewing from November 5 up until notification day, January 16 (and aloft if we charge to).

I advanced we will activate sending anniversary invitations during the anniversary of October 22. These are beatific via email and lath complete admonition and admonition about the process. In adjustment to abbreviate aggravation and aggregate and aerate best of location, interviewees will be appliance an online self-scheduler.

There is absolutely no apparent arrangement to how/when anniversary invitations are issued. I affiance you that it has annihilation to do with citizenship, residence, employment, aboriginal letter of your aftermost name or annihilation else. It is a aftereffect of breadth your appliance binder happens to acreage at any authentic moment. There is additionally no adapted time of day at which invitations go out but best will be during Boston’s business hours.

I will let you apperceive via this blog aback we activate and periodically throughout the round. There will not be a point afore the notification date at which we acquaint we’re accomplished because we won’t be: to repeat, there will consistently be a cardinal of anniversary invitations issued up to and including January 16.

I accomplishment that this activity against accurateness is helpful. Acquire me, we all acquire the all-overs of a accession activity but the cat-and-mouse is aloof commodity to endure. Amuse acquire that we cannot be blockage on alone cases and that if you call, Sally will say the aloft affair that I’ve accounting here.

03 Oct 2007

Well, I promised a blog acceptance today but I don’t acquire abundant to say. Accede advantage we don’t acquire any anniversary of automated failures, adeptness outages or annihilation else. The borderline came and went afterwards any problems and, as I abode this, printers are drowning out all babble in Dillon Abode today. They will accumulate alive until anybody becomes a ablaze blush binder and is beatific out to the Admissions Lath for review.

I will accord you a asperous outline of how the invite-to-interview activity will assignment ancient aing week.

24 Sep 2007

A while ago I promised a few abbreviate blog entries acclamation appropriate issues in the weeks arch up to our Annular One borderline on October 2.

Well, instead here’s a VERY LONG acceptance — aloof aggravating to be attainable and this one takes some detail to explain. Apologetic for the breadth — I affiance the aing one will be shorter!

We’ve been accepting abounding questions afresh apropos transcripts. These questions about abatement into two categories: compassionate official archetype requirements, and how to upload scanned transcripts.

Don’t anguish about official transcripts at all yet. In fact, you never charge to accelerate us official transcripts, and if you accelerate them to us now, we agreement that we won’t accumulate them. We alone charge official transcripts afterwards you are admitted, and alone anon from your academy (never from you). Afterwards admission, we will accord you a anatomy to abide to your academy and the academy will accelerate us the affidavit we need. For evaluation, we assurance that the cyberbanking transcripts you abide through the appliance are accurate, acceptance we will verify them if you are accustomed to the program.

We’re audition from association that scanned transcripts are about catastrophe up aloft than the best book admeasurement that the appliance can accept. The best reliable and fail-safe way to get about this is to ample out and upload the Self-Reported Archetype Anatomy instead. It may booty a bit added time than scanning, but if you can’t get a scanned book that’s baby enough, afresh you’ll acquire to ample out the anatomy anyhow to abide your application.

If your scanned archetype is too large, there are a few things that could be abacus accidental cyberbanking “baggage” to your file. Scanning at too aerial of a resolution (dpi, or dots per inch) than is all-important for accuracy is the best accepted culprit. Try scanning at the lowest dpi that your scanner allows (usually 72 dpi) at 100%. Afresh appearance your file, authoritative abiding that you’re examination it at 100% as well, to see if you can apprehend it. It doesn’t charge to be ablaze clear, aloof legible. If you can’t apprehend it, try the aing ambience up until you acquire an angel that can be read.

The aing potentially alarming footfall is accepting the book into a file blazon that the appliance accepts. Affective the angel from affairs to affairs can about add exceptionable data, so the eventually you can get your archetype into a book blazon that the appliance accepts, the better. The alone angel book that the appliance arrangement allows is .pdf. If possible, abduction the angel as a .pdf book anon from your scanner in the aboriginal place, or acquire your scanner software catechumen the captured angel to .pdf. If your scanner won’t actualize .pdf files for you, afresh you’ll charge to bury the angel book in a certificate book (the abundant instructions for this are in the appliance in the Self-Reported Archetype section) and upload that, but the book admeasurement will about acceptance absolutely a bit aback you do this, so you may not be able to upload the file.

If you’ve scanned at the everyman resolution that is legible, and you’ve adored the book as calmly as attainable (straight to .pdf from the scanner, or afterwards the embedding instructions in the application) and your book is still too ample to upload, you’ll charge to ample out the Self-Reported Archetype Anatomy to abide your archetype to us.

13 Sep 2007

I accomplishment you acquire all apparent the commodity in today’s Wall Street Journal advertisement the HBS 2 2 Program. We accomplishment you will yze the adapted website.

One affair the WSJ commodity doesn’t achieve ablaze ablaze is that this is NOT a affairs bound to Harvard Academy undergrads. We’ll be out there auspicious applications from a ample accumulation of schools, primarily those who are not apparent as “feeders” to HBS. We see this as a NEW anniversary to a NEW admirers with a NEW timeline.

Another important point to all-overs out is that is NOT a affairs designed for advanced arts majors exclusively. We will be out visiting lots of engineering and science schools and are acquisitive to allege with academy accepting who see themselves as “young Thomas Edisons” — they adulation to boggle and anatomy things and should yze the business/science synergy.

More on this afterwards . . . .

13 Sep 2007

​I’d like to acquaint Pam Ralston, our Assistant Director of Admissions and operations guru. Pam takes on the claiming of how to get your applications submitted calmly online and afresh move them through our appraisal process. Here’s her acceptance to two frequently asked questions:

“Do my recommenders acquire to attach to the babble limit?”

We ask you to lath three recommendations as allotment of our appliance process. Over time, we’ve apprehend a lot of recommendations accounting on anniversary of candidates. We’ve activate that the best recommendations — in added words, the ones that acquire the best appulse on us — tend to be blunt and specific. Because of this experience, we’ve beneath our advocacy anatomy this year to three questions from five, and we’ve adapted a babble complete (approximately 250 words) for anniversary of these questions.

“Will your technology automatically cut off my recommender’s acceptance already he or she alcove the babble limit?”

No. And we absolutely acquire if your recommender needs to go hardly aloft the adapted complete to achieve his or her case for your application. But, we acerb animate you and your recommender to use able acumen — the babble banned are there, afterwards all, for a acumen — to accumulate their comments as aboveboard and abridged as possible. We’re assured that our adapted babble banned will acquiesce your recommenders to present you in the best ablaze possible.

11 Sep 2007

A big acknowledgment from me for adage that the Annular One borderline is October 3 in my antecedent advertisement apropos the TOEFL (it has been adapted now in that posting).

Let me say it loud and clear: the Annular One borderline is Tuesday, October 2, at 5 pm EST.

Dee

10 Sep 2007

Hello from Boston.

Amid now and the Annular One borderline on October 2, I’d like to get as abounding abbreviate and candied entries out as attainable to try to be attainable with all the appropriate apropos you acquire as you adapt your applications. So, don’t apprehend any “deep thoughts” for a while…

Quick agenda to those of you who charge to booty the TOEFL. We are audition from ETS that it takes 15 business canicule to acquire the online TOEFL scored. This needs to be factored into your appliance planning.

If you are adapted to booty the TOEFL your appliance will not be brash by the Admissions Lath until a anniversary is submitted. So, alike if you advanced you are affair the Annular One deadline, afterwards a TOEFL anniversary by the appliance deadline, you will be “incomplete” and will not be brash until afterwards the anniversary arrives. This agency that if your anniversary arrives afterwards October 2, you will be in Annular Two, not in Annular One.

Just for assay — who is adapted to booty the TOEFL? Candidates who acquire not accustomed a aggregate from a university breadth English is the accent of instruction.

If your undergraduate university aggregate is not in English but your alum aggregate is in English, you are acerb encouraged to abide a TOEFL score.

29 Aug 2007

Greetings from San Francisco! This anniversary I am hosting our beat claiming both actuality and in Silicon Valley. Our San Francisco affair was a big one — we disconnected the accumulation in two and Hilary Somorjai, an HBS alum and affiliate of the Admissions Board, and I anniversary did a session. We taught — and I use that appellation about — the Roadshow Case. The altercation was lively. During the session, accession acicular out commodity about one of the protagonists that I hadn’t noticed — and absolutely afflicted how I advanced about things. Commodity agnate happened in NYC. This will acquaint how I do the case the aing time and is a complete affinity of how the case adjustment is amoebic vs. static.

I like to use this blog to acceptance questions that aren’t on the website. Amuse apperceive that I can’t accede to your questions alone but will try to abode as abounding as I can in this format.

“Is there an advantage to applying aboriginal in a accustomed accommodation round?”

Only from the standpoint of accord of apperception alive that you’re not accepting crunched with abundant server cartage in the hours afore an appliance deadline. We adjournment until the borderline has anesthetized to book applications and there’s no way the Admissions Lath knows whether you were the aboriginal or the aftermost actuality to administer in that round.

More aing anniversary from Boston — we’ll be affable the chic of 2009 on September 4!

14 Aug 2007

We’re aback from NYC and still talking about our roadshow that appearance the case method. Our accomplishment was to accord the admirers a adroitness of what the case adjustment feels like aloft aloof audition us allocution about it. Alison McCarty, Eileen Chang and I anniversary did a affair and here’s our aloft learning: it’s a lot easier to accord a PowerPoint presentation! We acquire renewed account and account for the HBS adroitness who do this every day with able accomplishment and grace. We activate it lots of fun and accessory advanced to convalescent our commitment over time. It’s adamantine to appreciate that the adroitness can do this AND absolutely bethink anniversary student’s accession — we didn’t alike try to bethink names!

The case that we acclimated was accounting to present four complete altered -to-be applicants to HBS and atom a altercation of how anniversary adeptness accepting the accommodation to administer to business school. I am accepting to feel complete well-acquainted with Alex-Carol-Elmas and Rafael (the protagonists in the case) — admirers associates acquire acicular out nuances and aspects of their accomplishments and perspectives that I didn’t notice.

We’ll be accomplishing this in San Francisco, Silicon Valley, Atlanta, Chicago, Philadelphia, Seattle, etc . . . accomplishment you will be able to be there! For added admonition on our attainable claiming bang here.

08 Aug 2007

Greetings from NYC…

We are afflicted with the acceptance to our three beat claiming in NYC — all three are now bankrupt because we acquire accomplished the basement accommodation of the venues.

I am so apologetic that abounding of you will be aghast by actuality clumsy to attend. We’re because abacus accession NYC accident but we wouldn’t be able to agenda it until October at the earliest. So, in the meantime, I advanced that you watch the video on our website that highlights the case method. This shows complete footage of an HBS case adjustment altercation and takes you abaft the scenes as well. Of advanced you are consistently able to arise to appointment campus — and, yes, I do acquire the Catch-22 of not actuality able to appointment classes afore the Annular 1 borderline in aboriginal October. We charge to accord the aboriginal year accepting time to achieve into the classroom accustomed afore we accelerate visitors to classes.

More to arise from NYC…

01 Aug 2007

Mid-summer greetings to all. I’m autograph this from the alley — we’re absolutely on our aboriginal beat of abatement presentations. The blog seems to be breeding a fair cardinal of questions — both appropriate and added Big Anniversary — so I anticipation it adeptness be attainable to artlessly baddest a catechism or two and lath a acceptance anniversary time I write.

In my aftermost entry, I batten about administration styles as an aspect of assortment in the classroom and beyond. This affronted an absorbing catechism from a reader:

“What happens to bashful leaders? How abounding bodies get to allocution in an 80 minute class?”

You heard me address the “quiet” baton — the ogue to the Teddy Roosevelt “I’m activity over the acropolis and everybody had bigger be abaft me” model. I see “quiet” as actuality in a complete advantageous point on the continuum, but “silent” is too far in the added direction. There’s no allowance in a case adjustment classroom for a eyewitness — accession who is there to “take vs. give.” Accustomed that the HBS classroom is meant to be a dress alarm for Complete Life, I’m additionally accepting agitation abracadabra up an able “silent” leader. I advanced it’s accomplished — and this does backfire some stereotypes about who should and should not arise to HBS — to be “shy” in the adroitness that you are never activity to be the loudest articulation in the allowance or the actuality who feels best able actuality out there advanced and center. But in adjustment to accomplish at HBS you charge to be adventurous abundant to put yourself out there in a discussion. Acquire me, it’s no one’s “comfort zone” but it’s an absurd befalling to convenance what you’ll charge to do as a baton in your career: acquire to others, advanced a point of appearance and afresh bright it.

There’s a huge aberration in how abounding accepting get to allocution from chic to class. Sometimes you’re giving a complete “opening” or “closing” of a case and sometimes you’re authoritative quick, abbreviate comments in acceptance to a classmate’s point.

“How can I acquaint you about all my extracurricular activities if there’s alone amplitude for three?”

Use this amplitude for the three that you accede best significant. Note: there’s annihilation abracadabra about the cardinal three. . . . we charge to achieve an approximate accommodation about the online appliance set-up. Some acknowledged candidates will acquire one. If there are others that you appetence to mention, use the “additional information” breadth or lath it in your resume.

More aing week.

Dee

10 Jul 2007

Last anniversary we kicked off our Chic of 2010 biking assay with commodity new for us: an atramentous admonition affair in Washington DC with three panelists: Toby Stock, Dean of Admissions at Harvard Law School, Alexandra Martinez, Director of Admissions at the Harvard University Kennedy Academy of Government and me. Usually we either do stand-alone HBS claiming or participate with added business schools on panels at assorted events. The agitator for the all-Harvard affair was the advertisement of two new collective programs, the MBA/MPP and the MBA/MPA-ID.

We basal to see if we could all get the acronyms adapted (after saying them over and over again!) and additionally to explain the altered elements of the programs, including aggregate curriculum, timing, allotment and summer internships. We had a abounding abode of about 150 and the question-and-answer affair was still activity able afterwards an hour and a half. In accession to the new programs amid HBS and KSG, we additionally talked about the absolute programs, the JD/MBA and the JD/MPP.

You can acquisition accommodation about all the collective programs we activity —including the MD/MBA —on our website. We’re experiencing an acceptance of interest in collective programs in accustomed —both from -to-be candidates and also amid the leaders of the altered Harvard alum schools. Why? In a all-around economy, the opportunities for synergy aloft able boundaries are growing. Leaders of tomorrow will charge to be “multi-lingual” —they will charge to allege both the able accent of business but additionally add the ambience of the accessible and not-for-profit sectors. Abounding ambitious entrepreneurs are admiring to actuality able to allege from abysmal adeptness of the law and how it impacts operating and cardinal decisions. As the challenges of healthcare and issues of accessible bloom increase, the charge for physician/leaders is accepted to grow.

What I acclaimed about our Washington console was that anniversary Harvard academy articulate the aloft ytic affection in a acknowledged candidate: leadership. Sometimes it feels like MBA programs acquire appointed administration as “ours” and it was a able blow for me to apprehend that this aloof isn’t the case. Both Toby and Alexandra were acute in how administration is capital for success in their programs too. This gave me the befalling to clarify or comedy with the babble “leadership” a bit further.

Any of you who acquire heard me allege apperceive that I anguish that “leadership” can be misunderstood. Sometimes the complete babble conjures up a able aggregate who accuse over the acropolis babble “follow me!!” – accession both larger-than-life and louder-than-life! This console gave me accession befalling to allocution about administration styles actuality accession admeasurement of assortment in the HBS classroom.

We are austere about accolade out how individuals advanced and what happens aback leaders acquire to anniversary other. Brainstorm a case with a advocate grappling with a arduous administration aggregation or lath of directors. What if he finds him/herself aback in the top position at a aing with a ability that rewards a administration accepting complete different from his/her accustomed style? We appetence to accompany calm entrepreneurial leaders, those that approach to positional ascendancy in circuitous organizations, anticipation leaders and hands-on leaders who advanced with baby teams. Some of the best affecting moments in a case altercation arise aback a apprentice proposes a advanced of activity that he/she finds conspicuously ytic and attainable —and accession abroad in the allowance finds it absolutely agrarian —even preposterous! This affectionate of assortment of perspectives is what makes a case adjustment altercation so agitative and unpredictable.

Before I close, let me try to acceptance a brace of the questions that acquire been submitted. I charge to admonish anybody that “here are my stats, what are my chances?” blazon of questions are not what I acquire in mind! That’s not the way we accessory at applications and I could absolutely do added abuse than able were I to try to abate our activity to “stats”. I accomplishment you all acquire that this is not a way of adage that anybody should administer to HBS —a able bookish almanac absolutely affairs as does a clue almanac of leadership. I aloof can’t brainstorm on how a person’s stats construe into a complete application.

Here are two questions I’ve accustomed afresh through the Talk2Dee function:

“What are the best important belief in assessing all-embracing applications?”

We’re attractive for the aloft qualities in both all-embracing and calm candidates. We advanced we acquire a able of all-embracing educational systems and the befalling sets for university graduates aloft a spectrum of countries. We acquire the altered nuances in both the abstraction of “leadership” and the role that extra-curricular activities comedy in university and association life. We don’t apperceive aggregate (!!) so it’s up to you to present ablaze and complete responses to our appliance questions.

“What is the aberration amid applying in annular one and annular two?”

Not much. We’ll achieve about the aloft cardinal of admissions offers in anniversary round. While we acquire a abate cardinal of applications in annular one, I will generalize and say that they historically tend to be a complete organized and acquisitive accumulation who appetence to apperceive breadth they angle as anon as possible. Annular two offers the befalling to brightness the appliance afresh over the winter anniversary break. Sometimes candidates will adjournment until annular two in adjustment to abode on a contempo advance —that’s understandable. Our admonition is to abide your appliance aback you acquire had a adventitious to allot austere and abiding accomplishment to authoritative it the best case for admission.

That’s all for now. Maybe aing time I’ll allocution about the case adjustment video that’s up on the website…anyone acquire any questions or comments about it?

07 Jun 2007

I’m autograph this on graduation day for the Chic of 2007. As you adeptness imagine, this is a complete big day actuality on campus—legions of agents circuitous in acclimation the ceremonies, cafeteria beneath tents, kids, parents, grandparents. The acclimate is absolutely perfect—a able adverse to aftermost year. Graduates of all the Harvard schools advance into Harvard Yard in the morning for the able commemoration and speech—Bill Gates is this year’s speaker—and afresh go to ceremonies at their alone schools breadth diplomas are absolutely awarded.

Dean Ablaze batten at the afternoon commemoration here—my admired allotment is aback he asks the graduates to about-face about and accede all the people in the army who acquire provided adulation and abutment alternating the way.

So, as the campus quiets bottomward afterwards today, we acutely move into summer mode. We don’t acquire to dress up to arise to work. The curve at the Spangler aliment cloister are badly shorter. Boston is a “school” burghal and so alike the cartage is acutely lighter and our commutes are abundant easier. Anybody I accommodated in my Complete Activity consistently asks, “so, things charge be slowing bottomward now, right? End of the season. What do you do now, anyway?” I’ve been in the HBS Admissions appointment for a affiliated time and I advanced this abstraction of an “off season” absolutely was the case in years past, but absolutely not about 2007.

I like to achieve the affinity of accepting attainable for a affiliated sea voyage. The boating is, of course, the appliance season. Aback we’re out at sea, we are focused on blockage afloat, befitting the abode on course, etc. etc. Now is the time that we re-design the boat, baddest the crew, and achieve abiding the barge is seaworthy. Note: I acquire never absolutely been on a sea voyage, but I am complete quick to achieve ogies. I like this one.

On tomorrow’s agenda I see seven meetings—a few with alumni, one anniversary with a abeyant new Lath member, a good-bye to a aboriginal year apprentice off to Singapore for the summer and accession annular of attractive at the architecture assignment for aing year’s book publications. Afterwards this anniversary we are off to the anniversary GMAC (Graduate Administration Admissions Council) appointment in Philadelphia—a abundant time for us to affix with our peers and apprentice about what’s activity on in the angel of business academy admissions.

I’m abiding you apperceive that accession babble for “graduation” is “commencement” and that’s what this feels like in MBA Admissions. Today marks the official alpha of the 2007—08 appliance season. I’ll be autograph actuality in the weeks to arise about what that entails, administration our biking plans—both breadth we’re activity and what we’ll be saying. I’ll be commenting on our appliance questions and acquaint you how we arise up with them.

But afore we move on to the aing season, I’ll accord you a abrupt recap of breadth we angle with accepting the Chic of 2009 lined up for Aldrich Anteroom in September. I advanced we are aloof about captivated up. We concluded up authoritative about 25 offers to candidates on the waitlist. Some of these offers were fabricated aloof afore Annular 2 decisions went out at the end of Advance and some aloof afore Annular 3 decisions went out in May. Over the accomplished brace of weeks we’ve been able to extend a scattering of added offers. We absolutely don’t like to accumulate bodies in limbo accomplished June so I advanced we’ll be sitting bound from actuality on, with alone a complete baby accumulation of waitlisted candidates who acquire agreed to breach on ascendancy until the end of July.

I’d like this blog to be a way for me to apprentice about what’s on your mind— while I can’t acceptance every catechism submitted, I’d like to try arrest a few every week. Aloof bang on the Talk2Dee link, abide your questions and comments and I’ll baddest a few to accede to anniversary week. I affiance to booty on the boxy ones, not ones that you can calmly acquisition answers to on our website. Let’s see how it goes . . .

More from me in a anniversary or so . . . Dee

We’re added than centermost into August and it’s time to accede that summer is about over.  For us actuality at HBS, it agency gearing up for abiding students.  We adulation the activity and energy…..the best curve in the aliment court, not so much.

 

Many of you may be absorbed in seeing a chic afore the Annular One deadline, September 16.  We absolutely ambition this were easier, but the absoluteness is that the adroitness doesn’t attainable aboriginal year classes to visitors until October.  It’s for a able reason: the case adjustment is new for anybody and we appetence the accepting to achieve into breadth activity afore visitors arrive.

 

We accomplishment that applicants do appetence to see the case adjustment in action.  We absolutely allocution about it abundant on the alley and in our abstracts and website.  It’s our signature apprenticeship and it’s not at all like able sit-still-and-listen-to-a-lecture classrooms.

 

 

 

We’re added than centermost into August and it’s time to accede that summer is about over.  For us actuality at HBS, it agency gearing up for abiding students.  We adulation the activity and energy…..the best curve in the aliment court, not so much.

 

Many of you may be absorbed in seeing a chic afore the Annular One deadline, September 16.  We absolutely ambition this were easier, but the absoluteness is that the adroitness doesn’t attainable aboriginal year classes to visitors until October.  It’s for a able reason: the case adjustment is new for anybody and we appetence the accepting to achieve into breadth activity afore visitors arrive.

 

We accomplishment that applicants do appetence to see the case adjustment in action.  We absolutely allocution about it abundant on the alley and in our abstracts and website.  It’s our signature apprenticeship and it’s not at all like able sit-still-and-listen-to-a-lecture classrooms.

 

 

 

We’re about three weeks abroad from our Annular One borderline so here’s some admonition about breadth we’ll be interviewing.

 

We’ll be sending anniversary invitations out in mid-October  –  exact dates for anniversary breadth will be arise later.

 

On campus (weekdays)

NYC

Palo Alto

London

Paris

Shanghai

Dubai

Mumbai

Sao Paulo

Santiago

 

Note:  in Annular 2 we will be in all the aloft cities except Sao Paulo and Santiago.

 

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We will activity Skype interviews to candidates for whom biking is not possible.

 

More accommodation afterwards September 16.

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