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Admitted to Harvard Business School Class of 2011! [#permalink] New post 28 Jan 2009, 18:06
Hello fellow admits! TL kicked us off the applicant thread, so let's start a thread to talk about admit weekend, financial aid, summer analytics, that looooong checklist, etc :-)

It's gonna be wicked cold, but it's gonna be wicked awesome!

(ps - will someone add this to the Pants Pooping admit thread?)
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congratulations again BigBAD :) are you also required to take Analytics? I feel like we're going to see a fair chunk of the class there. I'm an engineer by birth and trade, so I can do numbers, just not MBA-type numbers (yet!).

Also worried a bit about financial aid...I've never been this antsy to fill out my tax return haha.
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Re: Admitted to Harvard Business School Class of 2011! [#permalink] New post 28 Jan 2009, 19:06
Have you guys decided where you guys are staying yet for ASW?
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Re: Admitted to Harvard Business School Class of 2011! [#permalink] New post 28 Jan 2009, 20:41
Yes, I am required to take Analytics. I can do math, but haven't in a long time... like, since high school...

As far as hotels, I think there is a DoubleTree near there. I'm also considering the merits of staying with friends in town. It would be cheaper, but tough since they're in different neighborhoods.

Is anyone going to the West Coast social tomorrow night? I have to go read the assigned case study :shock:
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Re: Admitted to Harvard Business School Class of 2011! [#permalink] New post 29 Jan 2009, 06:08
I'm not required to take analytics, but I kind of wish I was. You guys will have 2 additional weeks to bond with classmates and you'll know lots of people not in your section!

I'll probably just end up staying with a friend for ASW. Look forward to meeting you all!
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Re: Admitted to Harvard Business School Class of 2011! [#permalink] New post 29 Jan 2009, 15:53
I'm attending ASW and we're staying at the Doubletree. It's where I stayed when I interviewed and it's definitely walking distance to HBS (they also have a free shuttle). My checklist recommends that I take the Analytics Program. Everyone I have talked to about this said it is extremely worth it. Besides the material, I think it will be a great way to get a head start on everyone else and really get used to the teaching method.
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Re: Admitted to Harvard Business School Class of 2011! [#permalink] New post 02 Feb 2009, 13:34
Just saw this... first time I've seen a firm number (24%) in regards to R1 applications at HBS. we're "the best set of applicants ever"! I wonder how many classes he's said that to :wink:

http://www.mbamission.com/blog/2009/01/ ... er-at-hbs/

MBA News: Toughest Year Ever at HBS?

January 25th, 2009 | Posted in News, Blogroll

Many MBA candidates learned their fates this week, after patiently (or maybe impatiently?) waiting for HBS to release its admissions decisions. Of course, for those who were disappointed by the results, it is difficult to take solace in the clichés offered by the admissions offices, pertaining to the competitiveness of the application process and the quality of applications this year. But, is there some truth behind the clichés? Could this year actually be that competitive? The answer, at HBS at least, is yes.

Gaining admission to HBS this year will be challenging not only because of the volume of applications but also because of the quality of applicants – a fact to which HBS Dean Jay Light attested on his Virtual Learning Series call (December 16th). During this alumni call, for paid members of HBS’s alumni associations, Dean Light told listeners that applications in the first round were up by 24% (which would indeed put HBS on pace to receive a record number) and declared that this was the “best set of applicants ever.” Dean Light added that it was the biggest cyclical response recorded in the history of the school. According to a listener, Dean Light stated that the school was considering taking in extra students and joked that they may even add an extra section. We would not recommend that MBA candidates hold their breath for the extra section, but it is possible that HBS may try to squeeze a few extra seats into the classroom. Time will tell…
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Re: Admitted to Harvard Business School Class of 2011! [#permalink] New post 02 Feb 2009, 15:17
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Just saw this... first time I've seen a firm number (24%) in regards to R1 applications at HBS. we're "the best set of applicants ever"! I wonder how many classes he's said that to :wink:


Wow, this makes me feel simultaneously proud of myself and also kind of nervous since I'm from a non-traditional academic background. I'm going to wind up taking a lot of summer school in order to keep up with all the other brainiacs!
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FYI - If anyone's still figuring out where to stay for ASW, I just got a really good deal.

I booked the Doubletree Guest Suites on Priceline by bidding $70 (parameters = 3.5 stars, Cambridge...it's in Boston, but by Priceline neighborhood guides it's considered Cambridge). There's only one other 3.5 star hotel in the Cambridge section, so your chances are good for getting Doubletree.
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Re: Admitted to Harvard Business School Class of 2011! [#permalink] New post 11 Feb 2009, 05:59
Has anyone who is unable to attend R1 ASW found out whether or not it's ok for us to attend R2 ASW? I emailed them about it, but no response. :(
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Re: Admitted to Harvard Business School Class of 2011! [#permalink] New post 14 Feb 2009, 12:45
Class of 2009 Employment Update
Date: February 13, 2009

You don't need me to tell you that these are unusual times. As you are thinking about your future, it may be interesting to hear news about how our Class of 2009 is faring in the job search process.

We've heard from 88% of the Class of 2009 - there are always students in the class who are going on to other degrees, returning to sponsoring companies, etc. As of today, 77% of those seeking employment have received offers. I don't have any more details to offer at this point, but we are proud of both our students and our Career Services team who have helped many of our students discover and pursue their dreams and find new opportunities in the midst of great uncertainty in the market. It is still months from graduation and companies and organizations continue to be a big presence on campus - spring will be lively here at HBS. We will provide updates as the season progresses.

http://www.hbs.edu/mba/admissions/blog.html
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Re: Admitted to Harvard Business School Class of 2011! [#permalink] New post 24 Feb 2009, 18:41
I'm not going to admitted students weekend this weekend, but I'm going to be doing a bar crawl through Mass Ave from Harvard Sq to Central Sq on Saturday. Come meet up with us if you want a tour of Cambridge bars.
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Re: Admitted to Harvard Business School Class of 2011! [#permalink] New post 25 Feb 2009, 08:11
63% of HBS students watch less than 1 hour of TV per day

70% of respondents get their news from online news services such as NY.com and CNN.com

43.4% of HBS students don't subscribe to any magazines

33.6% of respondents spend 2-3 hours on the internet each day

72.4% of HBS students watch 0-1 movies at home or in the theater each week

41.4% of respondents do not read books at all or read very rarely each month


http://media.www.harbus.org/media/stora ... 3392.shtml
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Re: Admitted to Harvard Business School Class of 2011! [#permalink] New post 25 Feb 2009, 08:28
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63% of HBS students watch less than 1 hour of TV per day

70% of respondents get their news from online news services such as NY.com and CNN.com

43.4% of HBS students don't subscribe to any magazines

33.6% of respondents spend 2-3 hours on the internet each day

72.4% of HBS students watch 0-1 movies at home or in the theater each week

41.4% of respondents do not read books at all or read very rarely each month


http://media.www.harbus.org/media/stora ... 3392.shtml


Interesting post. I bet the numbers for 1st years look even worse. 13 cases per week is pretty rough...
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Re: Admitted to Harvard Business School Class of 2011! [#permalink] New post 27 Feb 2009, 06:46
Hey all, have fun at ASW this weekend! Looking forward to a recap on the weekend's festivities since I won't be able to make this one :(
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Re: Admitted to Harvard Business School Class of 2011! [#permalink] New post 02 Mar 2009, 07:21
Finally had some time to watch The Money Chase... it's a pretty interesting CNBC documentary on life at HBS. It's still pretty relevant since they filmed current students (class of 2009 and 2010). http://www.hulu.com/watch/59462/cnbc-or ... ess-school

How was ASW?
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Hey Yall, ASW was really fun and I met msday! The faculty panel really sold me on the case method, and the career services people made me feel really good about not knowing what I *really* want to do after school. HBS seems to be a great place to be if you want to explore several career paths. I'd even say the experience was a bit touchy feely, and they are really serious about HBS being a 'transformational experience.'

I have no doubt that the numbers nink posted above are accurate. In fact, those numbers seem very true for me today and definitely were true for me in undergrad. This is going to be a huge commitment, but well worth it.
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Hello after a semi-long hiatus! It was a pleasure meeting THE BigBad. Meeting her and others at ASW confirmed for me that an MBA is the right thing to do at this time. The people I met had done such interesting, different things than I had (especially BigBad, who is the polar opposite of me!), and I can foresee some exciting discussions with the 90 others in my section if I end up at HBS.

The scheduled events were pretty standard (admissions talk, student association talk, fin aid, career services, professors, residence hall open house). The highlights of the day for me were:

1. champagne social - met a lot of the HBS admits.
2. watching Rev. Tom Doyle speak at dinner: http://www.hbs.edu/news/releases/060303 ... award.html
3. hanging out with potential future classmates @ Cambridge bars.
4. the surprising down-to-earth-ness (yes, I know that is not a real phrase) of everyone I met.

The weather was surprisingly nice - a few showers at night, but upper 40s during the day.

Now, I've presented a very positive view of HBS so far. The main downsides I foresee (for me):
1. It's going to tough to break into consulting while competing with 900 really talented classmates, many of whom come with star-studded Ivy ugrad/IB/PE/MC resumes.
2. 13+ cases every week might wear me out after a while.

Overall, the day met my unreasonably high expectations. I know I would be very happy going here - it's a great fit.
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Re: Admitted to Harvard Business School Class of 2011! [#permalink] New post 02 Mar 2009, 19:13
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1. It's going to tough to break into consulting while competing with 900 really talented classmates, many of whom come with star-studded Ivy ugrad/IB/PE/MC resumes.


Are you kidding? :-D
You are like the cream of the crop in any pool of bschool students.
I am just ecstatic that I won't have to compete with you for internships, jobs, or even grades in the same school. May God have mercy on your classmates.... :twisted:

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