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Harvard Business School Essays: word limits question [#permalink] New post 28 Sep 2005, 05:57
Hello Linda:
How are you? I hope doing great.
I am currently polishing up my Harvard Business School application essays for submission for round 1 consideration.

My question is: how do my essay word counts look below compared to the limit Harvard is asking for? Would submitting them at such lengths be okay (especially essay number 6 length)?

Kind Regards.
-Kinyua.

1. What would you like the MBA Admissions Board to know about your undergraduate academic experience? (400-word limit) [currently 399 words]

2. What are your three most substantial accomplishments and why do you view them as such? (600-word limit) [currently 605 words]

3. Discuss a defining experience in your development as a leader. (400-word limit) [currently 414 words]

4. In your career, you will have to deal with many ethical issues. What are likely to be the most challenging and what is your plan for developing the competencies you will need to handle these issues effectively? (400-word limit) [currently 406 words]

5. What are your strengths and weaknesses as a leader? (400-word limit)[currently 415 words]

6. What are your career aspirations and how can an MBA help you to reach them? Why now? (400-word limit) [currently 459 words]

7. What do you wish the MBA Admissions Board had asked you? (400-word limit) [currently 408 words]
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Re: Harvard Business School Essays: word limits question [#permalink] New post 29 Sep 2005, 21:46
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kinyua wrote:
Hello Linda:
How are you? I hope doing great.
I am currently polishing up my Harvard Business School application essays for submission for round 1 consideration.

My question is: how do my essay word counts look below compared to the limit Harvard is asking for? Would submitting them at such lengths be okay (especially essay number 6 length)?

Kind Regards.
-Kinyua.

1. What would you like the MBA Admissions Board to know about your undergraduate academic experience? (400-word limit) [currently 399 words]

2. What are your three most substantial accomplishments and why do you view them as such? (600-word limit) [currently 605 words]

3. Discuss a defining experience in your development as a leader. (400-word limit) [currently 414 words]

4. In your career, you will have to deal with many ethical issues. What are likely to be the most challenging and what is your plan for developing the competencies you will need to handle these issues effectively? (400-word limit) [currently 406 words]

5. What are your strengths and weaknesses as a leader? (400-word limit)[currently 415 words]

6. What are your career aspirations and how can an MBA help you to reach them? Why now? (400-word limit) [currently 459 words]

7. What do you wish the MBA Admissions Board had asked you? (400-word limit) [currently 408 words]


Our rule of thumb is up to 10% over is OK. (They don't sit there and count words.) So all of your essays are OK, except #6. Try to cut that down a little more.

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thanks linda. [#permalink] New post 01 Oct 2005, 08:26
Thanks Linda:
I have trimmed essay #6 to 429 words.
I appreciate your advice.
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Re: thanks linda. [#permalink] New post 03 Oct 2005, 15:02
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Thanks Linda:
I have trimmed essay #6 to 429 words.
I appreciate your advice.
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-Kinyua

You're most welcome Good luck!
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