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Welcome to all Harvard full time and 2+2 MBA applicants! Use this platform to know each-other, build network, exchange ideas/information, discuss application strategies, share interview /school visit experiences, and boost one-another's morale to face the tough admission process.

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Harvard Business School Admissions is not adverse to change and here are a few elements in the 2016-17 application that are different:

• The essay question itself is different and much more straight-forward than last year's question. It is very similar to the question posed two years ago, which I though was an excellent question.

• HBS 2+2 applications will only be reviewed R3. There is no advantage to 2+2 applicants applying in Round 1 or 2.

• Unlike the last few years, there is no advice on the Direct from the Director blog giving insight into the question. The silence is probably because the current director, Dee Leopold, is leaving this position shortly, and the new director, Chad Losee (HBS MBA 2013), will assume the director role in June.

• The deadlines are only slightly different from last year. The Round 1 deadline is Sept. 7, 2016, just two days earlier than last year's Sept. 9 round 1 due date.

What has stayed the same:

• The essay is required, unlike two years ago, and like last year.

• There is NO word limit.

There is one question for the Class of 2019:

As we review your application, what more would you like us to know as we consider your candidacy for the Harvard Business School MBA program?

There is no word limit for this question. We think you know what guidance we're going to give here. Don't overthink, overcraft and overwrite. Just answer the question in clear language that those of us who don't know your world can understand.

Before you begin to write I have two suggestions for you:

1. Review Harvard's criteria for admission.
2. Watch the embedded video on the case method at HBS.


I'd also like to quote one piece of advice Dee offered for last year's question that is highly relevant to this year's question for HBS and actually for most b-school essay questions: "The essay is a chance to get to know you beyond the elements of the application that feel fixed and stationary."

I think that's true this year too. The essay is a chance for HBS to get to know you beyond your resume and the limited and limiting boxes.

Now THINK. What else – really and truly -- do you want HBS to know about you? The HBS admissions committee has told you what it wants to know in the other sections of the application. What do you want the HBS readers to know? The answer to that question is not something I can give or even suggest to you in a blog post aimed at the many. (For individual advice, please see Accepted’s MBA Admissions Consulting.) It should be different for each of you. Again, refer to the HBS criteria, as you contemplate possible topics, but the options are infinite. A few possibilities:

• Context for events described in the required elements.

• Motivations for the decisions or commitments you have made.

• Challenges you have faced.

• Something you would like to do at HBS.

• More depth on an activity or commitment that is particularly important to you.

Please don’t limit yourself to these suggestions. I am offering them to stimulate your creativity, not to shut it down.

Since I’ve been in MBA admissions consulting (over 20 years now), HBS has valued concision. And, in today’s tweet- and sound-bite-driven world, it is requiring even shorter responses, at least in the other portions of the application. Don’t take the absence of a word limit on this essay as a license for verbosity. Make every word count. If you must pull a number out of me, keep it under 1000 words. And if you can say what you need to say in less than 1000 words, do so. A few caveats and warnings on the essay. It is not:

• Stanford’s “what matters most to you and why?” or Columbia's #3.

• The kitchen sink in which you throw everything.

• An autobiography.

• A resume in prose or a rehash of your transcript and honors.

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Re-applying in R1. Was dinged after deferred decision last year.

At the point of matriculation I will have 36 months of post-undergrad work experience for a social venture in Bhutan. Managing 10 people, received 2 fast track promotions. During my undergrad degree I already worked for 10 months for a social venture in Rwanda.
GMAT: 750; IELTS: 8.5
Graduated with a degree in International Management in 2014 from a business school in Germany. GPA 1.87 in German system (1.0 best, 5.0 worst) - approx. top 12%.
Extracurriculars: Initiated a cooperation between Bhutanese and German school. Founded a Model UN association at my university. Started a football club in the village I live in in Bhutan.
Short-term goal: gaining additional exposure to various social ventures through consulting work in development sector, interested in combining with design thinking (e.g., ideo.org).
Long-term goal: founding agricultural social venture leveraging technology in a developing country (no geographical preferences but based on past experience likely to be South(-East) Asia or East Africa.
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The application in now live. Start filling those forms guys!
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Just wanted to say "best of luck" as you start the HBS application process. I'll pop in as much as I can to answer any questions you might have!

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FROM HBS Admissions Blog: Class of 2019: Here We Go!
It’s here!

The application for the Class of 2019 is now live.

We’ll post some information about the Class of 2018 over the coming weeks - stay tuned.
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FROM HBS Admissions Blog: Business As Usual (Reprise)
Hello. Chad Losee here, writing to you for the first time. I came in to Dillon House early today to write this post; I’m sitting in an office across the hall from where I interviewed for admission into the HBS MBA program five and a half years ago. It’s surreal.

Let me begin by saying that I am humbled and honored to be serving HBS (and you) in this role. I remember quite clearly what it feels like to put yourself out there in a business school admissions process, and I am committed to keeping up the tradition of transparency and humanity that has been a hallmark of the admissions process at Harvard Business School for several years.

I’ll skip to the bottom line: I think you should apply. An MBA at HBS is a transformative experience—I learned and became so much more than what I started with. I brought one voice and one perspective to the case method classroom, but I was challenged and shaped and enhanced by the other 90 voices in the room. Now we need your distinct perspective in our classroom.

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

WHO WE ARE LOOKING FOR HAS NOT CHANGED
Just to be clear: we are (still) looking for students who show 1) a habit of leadership, 2) analytical aptitude and appetite, and 3) engaged community citizenship. More on this here. We want you to apply.

OUR ADMISSIONS PROCESS IS THE SAME
You may have already seen that our application is now live. As in years past, we will read (and re-read) and consider the application in its entirety —application, resume, essay, recommendations, transcripts, interview, post-interview reflection, GMAT or GRE scores, etc.  Said another way, no one thing will get you admitted or “released” from our admissions process. We are selecting a class with diverse backgrounds and perspectives—elements that are the foundation of learning by the case method.

WE ARE HERE IF YOU HAVE QUESTIONS OR NEED HELP 
Call us (+1 617 495 6128). Email us (admissions@hbs.edu). Come to one of our global outreach events. Join a live webinar. Drop by our office in Dillon House. Register (in September) to visit a class. We’re here for you.

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