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Re: Harvard (HBS) - Calling all WAITLISTED applicants - 2016 [#permalink] New post 30 Apr 2014, 21:00
Anyone know when the R2 payment due date is tomorrow? Is it 12 noon EST like all the other deadlines?

What happens next to us? From what I can gather from prior year threads, most of the WL admissions will come out between now and May 14th (R3 decision date), and then about a week after that HBS will cut down the WL to ~40-50 candidates (from ~175, assuming prior year distributions - creating the summer waitlist), and then around 3rd week of June is when they ding the last few. Admissions from the summer waitlist could happen anytime between the cut to 40-50 candidates through late June. Does this match up with what you guys have been able to gather? Just curious. Of course, best of luck to everyone.
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Re: Harvard (HBS) - Calling all WAITLISTED applicants - 2016 [#permalink] New post 30 Apr 2014, 22:02
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Anyone know when the R2 payment due date is tomorrow? Is it 12 noon EST like all the other deadlines?

What happens next to us? From what I can gather from prior year threads, most of the WL admissions will come out between now and May 14th (R3 decision date), and then about a week after that HBS will cut down the WL to ~40-50 candidates (from ~175, assuming prior year distributions - creating the summer waitlist), and then around 3rd week of June is when they ding the last few. Admissions from the summer waitlist could happen anytime between the cut to 40-50 candidates through late June. Does this match up with what you guys have been able to gather? Just curious. Of course, best of luck to everyone.


I would like to believe that everyone who wants to join has put in their payment by now - which means the adcom should have a pretty good idea about how many they will pull off the waitlist. Waiting for the update mail from their end. That said, I would guess they wait till all R3 interviews and decisions are made before reviewing those of us who are on the Waitlist. . So we should stay hopeful for possibly atleast a week after the R3 decision date. The rest of your numbers are all in line with what I have been reading. Fingers crossed for happy news!
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Re: Harvard (HBS) - Calling all WAITLISTED applicants - 2016 [#permalink] New post 04 May 2014, 06:13
Hi all,

Round 2 waitlist candidate here and I got the call with an offer for admission on Thursday morning (5/1). Best of luck to everyone! Wanted to let you know the spot offerings seem to have started......
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Re: Harvard (HBS) - Calling all WAITLISTED applicants - 2016 [#permalink] New post 04 May 2014, 22:59
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Round 2 waitlist candidate here and I got the call with an offer for admission on Thursday morning (5/1). Best of luck to everyone! Wanted to let you know the spot offerings seem to have started......


Heartiest Congratulations! What a sweet end to a painful wait. Here's wishing that atleast some of us hear happy news this week.
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Re: Harvard (HBS) - Calling all WAITLISTED applicants - 2016 [#permalink] New post 05 May 2014, 08:46
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Hi all,

Round 2 waitlist candidate here and I got the call with an offer for admission on Thursday morning (5/1). Best of luck to everyone! Wanted to let you know the spot offerings seem to have started......


Awesome, congrats!

It seems there are four periods during which one can get in (if we were WL'd in R2), where the first two are probably highest likelihood:
Period 1: on R2 payment due date (last Thursday)
Period 2: on R3 decision date or thereabout (next Wednesday + 1 week)
Period 3: on R3 payment due date (anyone know when this is? I'm assuming early June)
Period 4: after Period 3 ends

Given past distributions and a total of 25-50 people being admitted off the WL, it doesn't sound like they have a lot of calls to make - so I'm figuring there won't be anymore calls coming for "Period 1" - they were all made on 5/1. R3 interviews last through 5/7 I believe, so the next time we could hear could be next Wednesday or later. I could be wrong, just my take on it. Thoughts, anyone?
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Re: Harvard (HBS) - Calling all WAITLISTED applicants - 2016 [#permalink] New post 07 May 2014, 12:29
Everyone get the update email?

Sounds like any day between now and June 1 we can be admitted or released, with a maximum of 20 total admission offers being made. Seems lower than past years...but at least we have a date. Good luck all!
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Re: Harvard (HBS) - Calling all WAITLISTED applicants - 2016 [#permalink] New post 08 May 2014, 13:53
Has anyone officially been "released" from the waitlist? Sounds like that can happen as early as this week, and will happen on a rolling basis.
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Re: Harvard (HBS) - Calling all WAITLISTED applicants - 2016 [#permalink] New post 13 May 2014, 18:18
I can't help but think there may be a little bit of waitlist movement tomorrow given that it's decision day for round 3 applicants. It's just a hunch, but I'm ready for 12:00PM EST to get here so that my hunch is either confirmed or denied... Fingers crossed (tomorrow through June 1st!)
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Re: Harvard (HBS) - Calling all WAITLISTED applicants - 2016 [#permalink] New post 15 May 2014, 03:12
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I can't help but think there may be a little bit of waitlist movement tomorrow given that it's decision day for round 3 applicants. It's just a hunch, but I'm ready for 12:00PM EST to get here so that my hunch is either confirmed or denied... Fingers crossed (tomorrow through June 1st!)


The date has come and gone, but no movement reported yet? Since we're all in this agonising wait together - do report in if you get accepted or released.
The last update mail mentioned at max 20 acceptances - wondering if any of those decisions have been made yet (those of us on this thread probably form a small part of the large waitlist pool).

Preparing myself for the eventuality that it's not going to materialise (very disappointing feeling indeed). Hopefully better luck this season!
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Re: Harvard (HBS) - Calling all WAITLISTED applicants - 2016 [#permalink] New post 15 May 2014, 09:42
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I can't help but think there may be a little bit of waitlist movement tomorrow given that it's decision day for round 3 applicants. It's just a hunch, but I'm ready for 12:00PM EST to get here so that my hunch is either confirmed or denied... Fingers crossed (tomorrow through June 1st!)


The date has come and gone, but no movement reported yet? Since we're all in this agonising wait together - do report in if you get accepted or released.
The last update mail mentioned at max 20 acceptances - wondering if any of those decisions have been made yet (those of us on this thread probably form a small part of the large waitlist pool).

Preparing myself for the eventuality that it's not going to materialise (very disappointing feeling indeed). Hopefully better luck this season!


I was placed on the waitlist yesterday after interviewing in R3.

Can you share the date of the update email to which you are referring? what has been your waitlist strategy? I know a fair number of people at HBS - do you think it's worth it if they reach out to my interview or other people on the adcom on my behalf? Not necessarily to advocate for me, though that would be nice, but maybe some feedback on why I landed there.

In hindsight, I think I screwed up my interview pretty badly (maybe even reflection) even though superficially it went well. Most answers were generic, revealed nothing new/compelling/unique/value add about me.

But perhaps there was someone else with my profile (just ok) and an ok interview who is on the waitlist and I came along and they thought maybe me instead of them, only I ended up being so so. Now me and this other person(s) are neck and neck, but why not just pick them?

It could also be my test scores and GPA which are both below average.

I'm not sure what the rationale is for putting people on the WL in R3 - seems pretty pointless. I'm so sad right now.
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Re: Harvard (HBS) - Calling all WAITLISTED applicants - 2016 [#permalink] New post 15 May 2014, 10:03
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SteveJackson wrote:
I can't help but think there may be a little bit of waitlist movement tomorrow given that it's decision day for round 3 applicants. It's just a hunch, but I'm ready for 12:00PM EST to get here so that my hunch is either confirmed or denied... Fingers crossed (tomorrow through June 1st!)


The date has come and gone, but no movement reported yet? Since we're all in this agonising wait together - do report in if you get accepted or released.
The last update mail mentioned at max 20 acceptances - wondering if any of those decisions have been made yet (those of us on this thread probably form a small part of the large waitlist pool).

Preparing myself for the eventuality that it's not going to materialise (very disappointing feeling indeed). Hopefully better luck this season!


I was placed on the waitlist yesterday after interviewing in R3.

Can you share the date of the update email to which you are referring? what has been your waitlist strategy? I know a fair number of people at HBS - do you think it's worth it if they reach out to my interview or other people on the adcom on my behalf? Not necessarily to advocate for me, though that would be nice, but maybe some feedback on why I landed there.

In hindsight, I think I screwed up my interview pretty badly (maybe even reflection) even though superficially it went well. Most answers were generic, revealed nothing new/compelling/unique/value add about me.

But perhaps there was someone else with my profile (just ok) and an ok interview who is on the waitlist and I came along and they thought maybe me instead of them, only I ended up being so so. Now me and this other person(s) are neck and neck, but why not just pick them?

It could also be my test scores and GPA which are both below average.

I'm not sure what the rationale is for putting people on the WL in R3 - seems pretty pointless. I'm so sad right now.


Welcome (I guess?) to the waitlist. I think we all are familiar with the feeling you're experiencing right now. But...you don't know what you don't know - there is absolutely no need to kill yourself thinking about what went wrong. All you need to know is that you are still in the running, and it's over when it's over. Believe in yourself (though I know it's tough after yesterday for you), and good things will happen.

The email update mentioned above came last Thursday I believe, and they said we'll know one way or the other by June 1st. The waitlist strategy for HBS is basically sit and wait. Unless you know a very influential alum (not current student), who gave the school millions of dollars or has the recognition of MIchael Porter, then I would think to avoid asking them to contact the adcom - it could annoy them. But it's up to you, that's just my thinking. Good luck!
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Re: Harvard (HBS) - Calling all WAITLISTED applicants - 2016 [#permalink] New post 15 May 2014, 10:15
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Welcome (I guess?) to the waitlist. I think we all are familiar with the feeling you're experiencing right now. But...you don't know what you don't know - there is absolutely no need to kill yourself thinking about what went wrong. All you need to know is that you are still in the running, and it's over when it's over. Believe in yourself (though I know it's tough after yesterday for you), and good things will happen.

The email update mentioned above came last Thursday I believe, and they said we'll know one way or the other by June 1st. The waitlist strategy for HBS is basically sit and wait. Unless you know a very influential alum (not current student), who gave the school millions of dollars or has the recognition of MIchael Porter, then I would think to avoid asking them to contact the adcom - it could annoy them. But it's up to you, that's just my thinking. Good luck!



haha thanks for the Welcome! I'm hoping by this weekend I'll be back to some sense of normalcy. My grandfather also passed away yesterday and I feel like I'm being pushed to relocate for my upcoming promotion at work (I don't like the proposed new location). It's been a stressful eight weeks

June 1st is new news. When I interviewed, Dee mentioned June 15, June 30 but the Thursday (May 8th) update came later. At least the end of the wait is in sight.

As for influential alums - long shot but good fortune has been known to smile on me. I'll give it a shot.
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Re: Harvard (HBS) - Calling all WAITLISTED applicants - 2016 [#permalink] New post 17 May 2014, 03:03
Hi all,

I am waitlisted from R2.
So far no news since the May 7th email.
June 1st deadline is getting close. Feels like they will do a bulk communication at least for releases...

Good luck to everybody!
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Re: Harvard (HBS) - Calling all WAITLISTED applicants - 2016 [#permalink] New post 20 May 2014, 03:53
philfr84 wrote:
Hi all,

I am waitlisted from R2.
So far no news since the May 7th email.
June 1st deadline is getting close. Feels like they will do a bulk communication at least for releases...

Good luck to everybody!


Yup, looks like it's going to be a bulk release closer to 1st June. Any idea when is the deposit date for R3 admits?
Wondering if the adcom has already made the ~20 decisions and cleared the openings or if they are waiting till R3 deposit date to figure out the final number and only then extend the final invites.

Either way, we're not too far now.
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Re: Harvard (HBS) - Calling all WAITLISTED applicants - 2016 [#permalink] New post 23 May 2014, 08:58
Did anybody receive an update/release yet?
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Re: Harvard (HBS) - Calling all WAITLISTED applicants - 2016 [#permalink] New post 23 May 2014, 09:29
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Did anybody receive an update/release yet?


Still nothing neither....
Getting anxious :shock:
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Re: Harvard (HBS) - Calling all WAITLISTED applicants - 2016 [#permalink] New post 23 May 2014, 12:30
Released a few minutes ago...definitely didn't want to end the bschool cycle on an L but excited to go to wharton with a half tuition fellowship!

Best of luck to everyone else!

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Re: Harvard (HBS) - Calling all WAITLISTED applicants - 2016 [#permalink] New post 23 May 2014, 12:36
philfr84 wrote:
dudedude wrote:
Did anybody receive an update/release yet?


Still nothing neither....
Getting anxious :shock:


Well, anxiousness is over. Also got the release notification few minutes ago...

Good luck to the remaining ones
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Re: Harvard (HBS) - Calling all WAITLISTED applicants - 2016 [#permalink] New post 23 May 2014, 19:06
philfr84 wrote:
philfr84 wrote:
dudedude wrote:
Did anybody receive an update/release yet?


Still nothing neither....
Getting anxious :shock:


Well, anxiousness is over. Also got the release notification few minutes ago...

Good luck to the remaining ones


Have been released. Definitely disappointing but will give it another go this year.
Best of luck to those still waiting.
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Re: Harvard (HBS) - Calling all WAITLISTED applicants - 2016 [#permalink] New post 26 May 2014, 00:09
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