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Good luck to everyone preparing for R3 interviews and to those re-applying at R1! Wanted to share this blog entry from MBAOver30.com - it's my story and his coaching was a really helpful resource for me; hope others can find it helpful as well.

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Round 3 Update [#permalink]

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FROM HBS Admissions Blog: Round 3 Update
Just letting you know that we are on track to send out interview invitations and release notifications today at 12:00 noon ET.

Detailed information for interviewees will be included.

Thanks to all of you who engaged in this year's application season.

Next week we'll get some news out about our summer activities for prospective applicants and also tell you about when the application for the Class of 2018 will go live.
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Re: Calling all HBS Applicants - (2015 Intake) Class of 2017 [#permalink]

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Quick announcement: HBS pre-MBA travel is $100 off through Friday via TripWeave. Thanks!

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Winding Down and Gearing Up [#permalink]

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FROM HBS Admissions Blog: Winding Down and Gearing Up
As we head into Round 3 interviews with the finish line for this application season in sight (MAY 13!!!!!), we are already thinking about the Class of 2018.

So we hope you are too.

Class visits: continue through mid-May and
there is still sign up availability.  I would encourage any
potential Round One applicant who would like to see the case method in action
to come now since class visits in the fall don’t begin until after the
September deadline.

On-Campus Information sessions:  the
schedule changes to Monday and Friday at 2:00 pm Boston time beginning May
8.  No advance notice required.  All of our
sessions are conducted by members of the Admissions Team with plenty of time
for QA.  We don’t meet individually with
candidates.  Our calendar will announce room locations each
week.

Campus tours:   beginning on May 8,
we’ll host tours at 1:15 Boston time on Monday and Friday.  Again,
no advance notice required - just come to Dillon House a few minutes
before. 

If you come to campus when we don’t have anything scheduled,
just stop in at Dillon House for a map and a friendly welcome.

We’ll be hosting various types of presentations in many
locations this summer - including great student panels - watch the
website for our schedule.

And here’s some advance info:

·       

Essay and recommender questions will be posted
on May 15

·       

Application for Class of 2018 will go live in
mid-June

·       

Round One application deadline will be
Wednesday, September 9th
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Winding Down and Gearing Up [#permalink]

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FROM HBS Admissions Blog: Winding Down and Gearing Up
As we head into Round 3 interviews with the finish line for this application season in sight (MAY 13!!!!!), we are already thinking about the Class of 2018.

So we hope you are too.

Class visits: continue through mid-May and
there is still sign up availability.  I would encourage any
potential Round One applicant who would like to see the case method in action
to come now since class visits in the fall don’t begin until after the
September deadline.

On-Campus Information sessions:  the
schedule changes to Monday and Friday at 2:00 pm Boston time beginning May
8.  No advance notice required.  All of our
sessions are conducted by members of the Admissions Team with plenty of time
for QA.  We don’t meet individually with
candidates.  Our calendar will announce room locations each
week.

Campus tours:   beginning on May 8,
we’ll host tours at 1:15 Boston time on Monday and Friday.  Again,
no advance notice required - just come to Dillon House a few minutes
before. 

If you come to campus when we don’t have anything scheduled,
just stop in at Dillon House for a map and a friendly welcome.

We’ll be hosting various types of presentations in many
locations this summer - including great student panels - watch the
website for our schedule.

And here’s some advance info:

·       

Essay and recommender questions will be posted
on May 15

·       

Application for Class of 2018 will go live in
mid-June

·       

Round One application deadline will be
Wednesday, September 9th
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Gearing Up for Round 1 at Harvard Business School [#permalink]

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With the official end of the 2014-2015 MBA admissions season just over a week away, Harvard Business School‘s Director of Admissions and Financial Aid Dee Leopold previewed what’s ahead for next season’s Round 1 applicants.

One important tip for candidates aiming for the first round is to plan for a campus visit right now, if possible, while there’s still signup availability over the next 10 days. There will be no opportunity to see the famous Case Method in action prior to the September 9th deadline.

Beginning May 8th, on-campus info sessions will take place Monday and Friday at 2 pm with AdCom members with plenty of time for questions, Leopold assures, noting that the calendar will post room locations each week. No advance notice is required.  Also as of May 8th, HBS will conduct campus tours at 1:15 pm on Monday and Friday.

Finally, the director says essay and recommender questions will be posted on May 15th, and the application for Class of 2018 will go live in mid-June. Stay tuned!
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Waiting and Wondering [#permalink]

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FROM HBS Admissions Blog: Waiting and Wondering
What is the purpose of this?

Meaning this blog/column/thing. Not HBS. We already know that: to educate leaders who will make a difference in the world.

Back to This Thing. As we get ready to kick off another admissions season, aka The Search for the Class of 2018, I think it might be a good idea to tell you what we are trying to accomplish in this space. And what we’re not. And where to find the stuff we’re not talking about here.

So, here goes:

In this column, which has been re-named Direct from the Director, my objective is to speak ONLY about admissions-related issues. To inform applicants what is going to happen, when and, often, why. It will draw back the curtain as far as we can so that this intense and intensive process of applying to HBS is as transparent as we can make it. To shun a “black box” mentality. To address myths that float around out there - and say which have some credibility and which don’t. This may be most helpful at times in the calendar when you are waiting and wondering. Waiting for interview invitations. Wondering about in which order we read applications. Waiting for decisions. Wondering how they will be communicated. In fact, I think maybe a better name for this might be “Waiting and Wondering”.

What I won’t be doing in this column is talking much about life at HBS. What it’s like to be a student. What’s going on here on campus. I’ll try to be 100% admissions focused. Sometimes I’ll throw in my personal opinions on admissions issues. And I’ll do my best to make sure your have all the facts when you need them.

But you do (really really) need to know more than that. Part of doing your due diligence about which MBA Program may be the best for you is to hear from students, faculty and alumni about their experiences and how they made this important decision. So we’re launching a separate admissions blog which will do just that.

In the words of the Dillon team on this project:

We want to tell you compelling stories from around HBS. We want you to get to know our students, alums and faculty. We want to help you get a better understanding of our clubs, initiatives and the student experience. We want you to gain insight into the career choices our students make and the myriad activities that make our campus come to life. We also want this blog to evolve to fit your needs. We want to write about what interests you and what your want to know more about. We’re aiming to launch this blog later in May and will be updating it once a week.

So, I guess this announces two things: a clarification of Direct from the Director (aka “Waiting and Wondering”) and the launch of a new comprehensive blog about the HBS Experience from the Dillon House Team, MBA Voices.
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Class of 2018 - The Essay Question [#permalink]

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FROM HBS Admissions Blog: Class of 2018 - The Essay Question
There is one essay question for the Class of 2018:

It's the first day of class at HBS. You are in Aldrich Hall meeting your section. This is the group of 90 classmates who will become your close companions in the first-year MBA classroom. Our signature case method participant-based learning model ensures that you will get to know each other very well. The bonds you collectively create throughout this shared experience will be lasting.

Introduce yourself.

Note: Should you enroll at HBS, there will be an opportunity for you to share this with them.

We suggest you view this video before beginning to write.

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Yes, it’s “new”...but most of you are embarking on this business school application journey for the first time too!    

Why do we like it?

• It’s just about as straightforward and practical as we can make it.   It gives you a chance to tell your story however you choose. Imagine simply saying it out loud. This is what we mean when we’ve been encouraging you to use your own “voice” when approaching this part of the application.  We have no pre-conceived ideas of what “good” looks like. We look forward to lots of variance.

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

Why did we drop the “optional” option?

• We were trying to signal that the essay wasn’t The Most Important Element of the application so we thought saying “optional” might accomplish that. But, this season, every applicant submitted a response. We get it. You want to tell us things.

Tell us again what the essay is for?

• For you: an opportunity to pause and reflect. Business school is a big experience -  it’s exciting, it’s an unknown,it’s a beginning, it’s an investment in your future. Stopping to reflect and gather your thoughts in writing is a useful exercise. That’s not just our opinion -  it’s what we hear from students all the time.

• For us: a chance to get to know you beyond the elements of the application that feel fixed and stationary. Can also be a starting point for interview conversations.
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Harvard MBA Essay Question: Now Required and New [#permalink]

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And the Harvard MBA essay question is...
It's the first day of class at HBS. You are in Aldrich Hall meeting your "section." This is the group of 90 classmates who will become your close companions in the first-year MBA classroom. Our signature case method participant-based learning model ensures that you will get to know each other very well. The bonds you collectively create throughout this shared experience will be lasting.

Introduce yourself.

Note: Should you enroll at HBS, there will be an opportunity for you to share this with them.

We suggest you view this video before beginning to write.

You can read Dee Leopold's full thoughts on this question at on her blog, Direct from the Director, as well as her reasons for making this required as opposed to optional, as its been for the last 2 years.

Dee also reviews the purpose of the essay. On one had its a chance for you the applicant to reflect, organize your thoughts, and relate them as you embark on the adventure of business school.  In addition and something that is critical for you to realize as you start that reflection process and choose what to write: The essay is "a chance to get to know you beyond the elements of the application that feel fixed and stationary. Can also be a starting point for interview conversations."

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Business School Rankings by Industry - Top MBA Programs in Finance for [#permalink]

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By Paul Lanzillotti, Amerasia Consulting Group
Today's blog post is going to be the first in a series that covers business school rankings. More specifically, it's Amerasia's attempt at ranking top MBA programs by industry and based on publicly available data. Our motivation for doing this is quite simple - business school rankings differ quite drastically from publication to publication. US News seems to be the most consistent and widely followed. After Businessweek ranked Fuqua at number one, they decided to change their methodology.  Whether the two are correlated is up for debate. John Byrne over at "Poets and Quants" covered the change quite extensively here.

Regardless, we've never felt completely comfortable with the rankings because (to our knowledge) the raw data that drives the rankings has never been fully disclosed. Yes, we do know that the methodology (ranking model) has been discussed on relevant websites, but it's a cursory explanation of the process in our opinion. Also our opinion - that the process is still very much a black box.  So we decided to start over and see what we could come up with.  Most importantly we started with the very numbers that the school's career centers are reporting via their respective employment reporting.

Our opinion is that recruiting (i.e. who's hiring) drives most programs "investment" decisions - in students, faculty, courses, experiential initiatives, alumni outreach, etc.  So to know to what a specific MBA program is really all about, you need to see the end result. In other words, what industries are hiring MBA graduates and from what schools?

Now before we get into the numbers, a few words of caution. What we have done is our first attempt at a numerically based ranking and its not perfect. It's based on our interpretation of the numbers put forth by top business schools. Let us explain. Most MBA career centers report employment numbers according to the categories that we use in our rankings. Some schools break "industry" categories into further sub-categories. Other programs - i.e. Michigan Ross - roll up their industry categories under more general headers like "manufacturing". So you could be a "marketing" professional but be within the manufacturing industry. To be forthright, it's a little confusing. (This is why we have decided to exclude Michigan Ross from some categories until we gather a little more insight into their self-reported numbers.)

None-the-less, we have tried to make sense of it all and to do this we did combine some categories in order to get an apples-to-apples comparison across schools. Clear as mud?  That being said, we welcome any constructive feedback you may have. Either post your comments below or email us at MBA@amerasiaconsulting.com.

Top MBA Programs in Finance (2015)
AKA THE RANKING OF BUSINESS SCHOOL PROGRAMS BY PERCENTAGE OF GRADUATES ENTERING THE FINANCE INDUSTRY IN 2014.
Our first ranking is "Finance" and Chicago Booth comes out on top.

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Top MBA Programs in Finance by Percentage of Graduates Entering the Industry (2015)[/caption]

 

Source Data:

We compiled this ranking based on information taken directly from the following MBA employment reports.
Haas

http://haas.berkeley.edu/groups/careercenter/reports/14-15ReportSummary.pdf

UCLA Anderson

http://www.anderson.ucla.edu/Documents/areas/adm/cmc/2014%20PARKER%20CMC%20Employment%20Report%2002.10.15%20LR.pdf

Stanford GSB
https://www.gsb.stanford.edu/sites/default/files/documents/Stanford%20GSB%20Employment%20Report%202013-14.pdf

MIT Sloan

http://mitsloan.mit.edu/pdf/Class_of_2014-intern_employment_report.pdf

HBS

http://www.hbs.edu/recruiting/mba/data-and-statistics/recruitingreport/

http://www.hbs.edu/recruiting/mba/data-and-statistics/employment-statistics.html

Wharton

http://www.wharton.upenn.edu/mba/your-career/career-statistics.cfm

Kellogg

http://www.kellogg.northwestern.edu/career_employer/employment_statistics.aspx

Chicago Booth

http://www.chicagobooth.edu/employmentreport/

Columbia

https://www8.gsb.columbia.edu/recruiters/employmentreport

NYU Stern
http://www.stern.nyu.edu/programs-admissions/full-time-mba/career/employment-statistics

Tuck

http://www.tuck.dartmouth.edu/careers/employment-statistics

Yale SOM

http://som.yale.edu/yale-som-connect/recruiting/employment-statistics

Michigan Ross

http://michiganross.umich.edu/our-community/recruiters

Duke Fuqua

http://www.fuqua.duke.edu/mba_recruiting/recruiting_duke/employment_statistics/

Cornell Johnson

http://www.johnson.cornell.edu/Career-Management/Employment-Report-for-Two-Year-MBAs

UVA Darden

http://www.darden.virginia.edu/recruiters-companies/hire-an-mba/employment-reports/

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If you're applying to HBS this fall (2015), you really should watch the video that Deep Leopold and friends reference in their essay instructions.

Per Dee's instructions on the "Direct from the Director" admissions blog:

 
There is one essay question for the Class of 2018:

It's the first day of class at HBS. You are in Aldrich Hall meeting your "section." This is the group of 90 classmates who will become your close companions in the first-year MBA classroom. Our signature case method participant-based learning model ensures that you will get to know each other very well. The bonds you collectively create throughout this shared experience will be lasting.

Introduce yourself.

Note: Should you enroll at HBS, there will be an opportunity for you to share this with them.

We suggest you view this video before beginning to write.
[embed]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eA5R41F7d9Q[/embed]

For your convenience and viewing pleasure, I have embedded the video - Inside the HBS Case Method (2007) - that HBS reference above.

For your enlightenment, I am including key points from the video below. 
  • The Case Method really mirrors what managers do in the real world.
  • The Case Method puts the student in the seat of that manager or employee confronting a problem.  It helps to imagine yourself as the protagonist; analyze and respond accordingly. Think - “what would I do if I were the protagonist in the case?”
  • Learning (via the Case Method and at HBS) is fun, but it is also challenging. You have to be prepared each day and for each class.  Nothing is spoon fed and you have to come ready to play every day.
  • The Case Method establishes an open dialogue in class and in your learning team/group. You have to be intensely prepared for your case and for class. This is crucial because if you are not prepared for class you will not be able to have a friendly and dynamic discussion with all your classmates. (The video seems to drill this point home again and again.)
  • The Case Method also allows professors to engage each other with different views about the same material – of course, the same goes for students – you can look at the same facts and come to very different conclusions.
  • At the 5 min, 51 second mark (https://youtu.be/eA5R41F7d9Q?t=5m51s), the video takes you into Aldrich Hall – which is the building referenced by the HBS essay prompt! This is where all the Learning Team magic happens - that is - it's where your Learning Team will meet and where you hold each other accountable for developing a vetted perspective on the case.
  • At HBS and with every Case, there is someone who has direct personal experience with that individual Case. I suppose this is a testament to how diverse and experienced HBS students are.
  • Through the learning environment (produced by the Case Method), each participant should prepare to have their thinking changed or evolved into another paradigm, and after discussing it with your learning team.  This is your chance to go out on a limb to discuss your ideas.
  • Knowing that you may be called upon to articulate your intelligent opinion in front of other people that you respect is a powerful motivator to properly prepare your Case before class.
  • Everyone at HBS does a really good job of listening and then coming up with reasons as to why they agree or disagree.  And then (of course) articulating their point in turn.
  • Great class discussions are where the debate is "still raging 20 mins after class."
  • Professor says "We need people in many ways the courage to act under uncertainty.  The facts in the case are always limited.  The amount of information you have at hand is by design quite compressed. You are working under great time pressure."
  • Another Professor says "We are asking people to learn how to take a stand.  Learning at Harvard is not a passive process and management in the real world is not a passive process.  At Harvard you get to try out a lot of this process in the classroom.  You need to build muscles around proper judgment.  If you can leave Harvard with good judgment, you have a depth of knowledge in your head and in your gut – you know when to go left as opposed to right."
  • Per HBS – “There are special moments that pull everything we have learned into focus. When theory, practice, experience and talent all come to one sharp point -- a decision that shapes a definitive course of action. When it's no longer an issue of what can be done, but of what you will do.”

Overall, HBS has made some very clean and beneficial changes to their essay that help candidates respond in a way that is on point. They also do a much better job at clarifying what type of person succeeds in the HBS learning environment - the Case Method being core to the DNA of the school. Overall, what Dee Leopold is really looking for has remained intact.  

To find out more about that and how we can help you with your app, email us at mba@amerasiaconsulting.com

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Top MBA Programs in Technology (Updated 2015) [#permalink]

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OUR RANKING OF BUSINESS SCHOOL PROGRAMS BY PERCENTAGE OF GRADUATES ENTERING THE TECHNOLOGY INDUSTRY IN 2014.
Today's blog post is a follow up to our Top MBA Programs in Finance ranking. It's also our continued attempt at ranking top MBA programs by industry and based on publicly available data.

UC Berkeley Haas comes out on top when it comes to sending graduates (as a percentage of all graduates in 2014) back into the technology industry. UCLA Anderson is second, but it's not even close. Hands down, Haas is the place to be if you're into technology and want to work for a related firm in the industry.
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Now before you get too far into interpreting the numbers, a few words of caution. What we have done is an inaugural attempt at a numerically based ranking and its not perfect. It's based on our interpretation of the numbers put forth by top business schools.
  • Let us explain. Most MBA career centers report employment numbers according to the categories that we use in our rankings. Some schools break "industry" categories into further sub-categories. Other programs - i.e. Michigan Ross - roll up their industry categories under more general headers like "manufacturing". So you could be a "marketing" professional but be within the manufacturing industry. To be forthright, it's a little confusing. (This is why we have decided to exclude Michigan Ross from some categories until we gather a little more insight into their self-reported numbers.)

None-the-less, we have tried to make sense of it all and to do this we did combine some categories in order to get an apples-to-apples comparison across schools. Clear as mud?
WHY WE USE EMPLOYMENT DATA TO RANK SCHOOLS
Our opinion is that recruiting (i.e. who's hiring) drives most programs "investment" decisions - in students, faculty, courses, experiential initiatives, alumni outreach, etc.  So to know to what a specific MBA program is really all about, you need to see the end result. In other words, what industries are hiring MBA graduates and from what schools?

We compiled this ranking based on information taken directly from the following MBA employment reports.

Haas http://haas.berkeley.edu/groups/careercenter/reports/14-15ReportSummary.pdf

UCLA Anderson http://www.anderson.ucla.edu/Documents/areas/adm/cmc/2014%20PARKER%20CMC%20Employment%20Report%2002.10.15%20LR.pdf

Stanford GSB https://www.gsb.stanford.edu/sites/default/files/documents/Stanford%20GSB%20Employment%20Report%202013-14.pdf

MIT Sloan http://mitsloan.mit.edu/pdf/Class_of_2014-intern_employment_report.pdf

HBS http://www.hbs.edu/recruiting/mba/data-and-statistics/employment-statistics.html

Wharton http://www.wharton.upenn.edu/mba/your-career/career-statistics.cfm

Kellogg http://www.kellogg.northwestern.edu/career_employer/employment_statistics.aspx

Chicago Booth http://www.chicagobooth.edu/employmentreport/

Columbia https://www8.gsb.columbia.edu/recruiters/employmentreport

NYU Stern http://www.stern.nyu.edu/programs-admissions/full-time-mba/career/employment-statistics

Tuck http://www.tuck.dartmouth.edu/careers/employment-statistics

Yale SOM http://som.yale.edu/yale-som-connect/recruiting/employment-statistics

Michigan Ross http://michiganross.umich.edu/our-community/recruiters

Duke Fuqua http://www.fuqua.duke.edu/mba_recruiting/recruiting_duke/employment_statistics/

Cornell Johnson http://www.johnson.cornell.edu/Career-Management/Employment-Report-for-Two-Year-MBAs

UVA Darden http://www.darden.virginia.edu/recruiters-companies/hire-an-mba/employment-reports/
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Our updated 2015/2016 “How to Apply to Columbia” guide is now available for immediate download. This 12-page PDF is the starting point for prospective MBA applicants to CBS and is provided to at no cost.  Download the Columbia Business School Guide >

Columbia is one of the most interesting and unique business schools in the world, defined by what we see as a series of unique contradictions (no fault of the school’s, we might add).  It’s a program with incredible international resources, yet is a draw for many international candidates primarily because it is seen as so quintessentially “American” being in New York City.   And the location creates another curious push-pull, which is that being in Manhattan gives CBS a huge resource advantage and almost a “business school buffet” where students can access anything and everything they need … yet Columbia must battle against having a “commuter school” feel more than just about any other program by virtue of so many students already living in New York before attending.  Then, of course, there is the Employment Report.  Perhaps no other business school combines the traits of “incredible launching pad for careers” and “very concerned about applicants’ career goals” quite like Columbia.  On its face, many of these contradictions seem like problems, but they aren’t.  They can actually make for an incredible b-school experience … as well as a chance to candidates to thread a needle and show just how perfect they can be for Columbia.

What does this mean and what does it look like for your candidacy?  In a nutshell, it means that Columbia pays closer attention to your career goals (particularly in the short term) than any other business school … which is saying something considering how carefully most MBA programs are checking out short-term goals.  One might go so far as to call Columbia “paternalistic” in their approach, but at the very least, the school is being extremely cautious about who it admits into the program and is using career services as a sounding board to help determine whether specific career aspirations are achievable with a Columbia MBA.   Further, it means showcasing how you will get involved, be part of a community, and bring a unique, expansive perspective with you to campus.

All of this actually serves to create a wonderful opening for those students who are able to probably identify what matters most to Columbia and then communicate a desire to be part of the school’s transformation, while also showing a nuanced and balanced understanding of both the power and limitation of an MBA as it related to securing a job.

If that sounds intimidating, you can rest easy in knowing that we have created this 10-step approach to applying to Columbia.  The following guide will help you understand all of the key hot button issues and major thematic touch points – as well as critical admissions strategies – that will make or break your prospects for gaining admission to one of the world’s most famous business schools.

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In an effort to accelerate the progress of women leaders, Harvard Business School announced this week it will launch the Gender Initiative to to support research, teaching, and knowledge dissemination that promotes gender equity in business and society. Inspiration for the Gender Initiative emerged during the 2013 commemoration of the School’s 50th anniversary of admitting women to its two-year MBA program.

“So much of what people think they know about gender is simply not substantiated by empirical evidence but instead is based on gender stereotypes,” says Robin Ely, Harvard Business School’s Diane Doerge Wilson Professor of Business Administration and Senior Associate Dean for Culture and Community.

“We want to develop the Initiative so that Harvard Business School becomes the ‘go-to place’ on gender issues, where both researchers and practitioners can come together to find ways to advance gender equity in the workplace and help both women and men lead whole, fulfilled, and sustainable lives.”

The news comes just as we release the results of Stacy Blackman Consulting’s annual survey of prospective business school applicants, in which more than 34% of respondents believe that the admissions process is less rigorous for women.  Our survey also revealed that 63.46% feel that the lower number of women in business school is a significant issue.

“We have seen that women are very successful in the admissions process, as well as in business school and throughout recruiting,” says Stacy Blackman, President of Stacy Blackman Consulting.  “The issue of women in business school is in the spotlight, and the good news is that it may encourage more women to apply and more schools to improve the environment for women.”
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HBS Admissions to Launch New ‘MBA Voices’ Blog [#permalink]

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Dee Leopold, director of MBA admissions at Harvard Business School, made a couple of interesting announcements on her blog last week. For one, the space has been renamed “Direct from the Director,” and will continue to focus solely on updates and information related to the MBA admissions process in an attempt to make the experience as transparent as possible.

The director also revealed that the team at Dillon House will debut a brand-new blog later this month called “MBA Voices,” which will have the following purpose:

“We want to tell you compelling stories from around HBS. We want you to get to know our students, alums and faculty. We want to help you get a better understanding of our clubs, initiatives and the student experience. We want you to gain insight into the career choices our students make and the myriad activities that make our campus come to life.”

MBA hopefuls will no doubt welcome having this insider view of the top-ranked business school, which may help the undecided take the plunge and apply. We’ll keep you updated here on the launch of this new online space, and make sure to bring to your attention all of the most relevant, interesting stories to come from Harvard Business School’s “MBA Voices” blog. Stay tuned!
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Tuesday Tips: 2015 Harvard Business School MBA Application Essay Tips [#permalink]

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This year Harvard Business School has decided to continue with one open-ended essay. The question has changed slightly and focused emphasis on the case method and your interaction with classmates. The HBS admissions director blog notes that the “optional” element was dropped because: “this season, every applicant submitted a response. We get it. You want to tell us things.”

The most challenging part of this essay is remaining disciplined. With unlimited space to make your case, you may be tempted to compose a laundry list of everything interesting or impressive you have ever done. That urge could backfire, as the essay is used to determine who isn’t a fit for HBS as much as those who deserve the chance to move into the interview round. Maturity, accomplishment, and leadership are highly valued qualities and this essay is your chance to display those qualities through the stories you choose and the voice coming through your writing.

There is one question for the Class of 2018 application essay:

It’s the first day of class at HBS. You are in Aldrich Hall meeting your “section.” This is the group of 90 classmates who will become your close companions in the first-year MBA classroom. Our signature case method participant-based learning model ensures that you will get to know each other very well. The bonds you collectively create throughout this shared experience will be lasting.

Introduce yourself.

Note: Should you enroll at HBS, there will be an opportunity for you to share this with them.

A note on word count: HBS values brevity in essays. Do not be tempted to go overboard with a 2,000 word essay, rather focus on concise and clear writing and consider keeping this essay to 1,200 words or less. Our clients have successfully composed essays anywhere from 500-1,300 words, though you should take a pass through your essay to cut any unnecessary words if you find yourself on the upper end of that range.

The goal of this essay is to know yourself, know HBS, and know how to match the two to demonstrate your fit for the school as you introduce yourself to your classmates. Your first task should be to evaluate all of the other aspects of your candidacy – what is the story your resume tells? What do you think recommenders will say? How does your transcript communicate your skills, accomplishments and interests? Then you need to evaluate how to fill the gaps with the essay.

When you view the recommended video on the case method you can see that diverse perspectives are valuable to the case method experience. Think about what diverse experience you bring. We have found that both personal and career oriented topics can work, and most candidates tell more than one story in the essay. Consider that from your classmates’ perspective the most interesting information will be both personal and professional. You will be studying together and socializing together. Later, you will be professional contacts in your classmates’ career network. In the past we have observed that successful HBS essays also demonstrate of a core driving passion.

As you consider possible stories to tell in this essay keep in mind that HBS has always been highly focused on leadership and wants to accept candidates who have a track record of leadership impact and a success trajectory that indicates upper management potential. Accomplishments have traditionally been a strong focus of HBS essays, and using at least one accomplishment story in this essay may be a good strategy, particularly if your accomplishments are not obvious when reading your resume or transcripts.

A note on what not to do: We see many applicants tempted to include “why HBS” type information in HBS essays. Explaining why the case method specifically is a good fit for you and your learning style is absolutely appropriate, but more detailed “why HBS” content has never been asked for in an HBS application essay question. HBS admissions is quite clear on the value of an HBS degree, and they would rather see you use the space to provide more information about yourself and your candidacy.

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Harvard Business School 2015-2016 Application Deadlines [#permalink]

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Harvard Business School has announced the following deadlines for the MBA Class of 2018.
Round 1
Application Due: September 9, 2015

Notification: December 2015 (date TBA)
Round 2
Application Due: January 6, 2016

Notification: March 2016 (date TBA)
Round 3
Application Due: April 4, 2016

Notification: May 2016 (date TBA)

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Application materials are at 12 noon EST on submission deadline dates. To avoid overwhelming server traffic generated by the high volume of applications, candidates are encouraged to submit their application as early as possible prior to the deadline of each round. HBS encourages applicants to apply in the first or second round, as space in the class may be limited by the third round.
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Harvard Business School has announced the following deadlines for the MBA Class of 2018.
Round 1
Application Due: September 9, 2015

Notification: December 2015 (date TBA)
Round 2
Application Due: January 6, 2016

Notification: March 2016 (date TBA)
Round 3
Application Due: April 4, 2016

Notification: May 2016 (date TBA)

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Application materials are at 12 noon EST on submission deadline dates. To avoid overwhelming server traffic generated by the high volume of applications, candidates are encouraged to submit their application as early as possible prior to the deadline of each round. HBS encourages applicants to apply in the first or second round, as space in the class may be limited by the third round.
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Harvard Business School has decided to switch things up this season and will forgo the optional essay prompt of the previous two years. According to the admissions website, there is one question for the Class of 2018:

It’s the first day of class at HBS. You are in Aldrich Hall meeting your “section.” This is the group of 90 classmates who will become your close companions in the first-year MBA classroom. Our signature case method participant-based learning model ensures that you will get to know each other very well. The bonds you collectively create throughout this shared experience will be lasting.

Introduce yourself.

Note: Should you enroll at HBS, there will be an opportunity for you to share this with them.

Harvard Business School admissions suggests you watch this video about the Case Method before beginning to write. Note that there is no word limit for this question, but as always, the team stresses that the goal is not to overthink, overcraft, and overwrite. Just answer the question in clear language that anyone outside of your industry would understand.
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Change has once again come to the Harvard Business School MBA application. For the upcoming 2015-26 application cycle, there is now one required essay.  For the last two years, it has been optional. Also the prompt has changed.

As it did last year, Harvard does not suggest a word limit. It leaves it to your judgment. The operative word is judgement. Harvard has in the past requested a significant amount of information in the boxes on its application and last year (this year's app isn't live yet.) there were significant word and character limits.

Also, HBS has virtually the same deadlines this year as last. Its round 1 deadline is so far the earliest at September 9, 2015.

There is one question for the Harvard MBA Class of 2018. Here it is:
It's the first day of class at HBS. You are in Aldrich Hall meeting your "section." This is the group of 90 classmates who will become your close companions in the first-year MBA classroom. Our signature case method participant-based learning model ensures that you will get to know each other very well. The bonds you collectively create throughout this shared experience will be lasting.

Introduce yourself.

Note: Should you enroll at HBS, there will be an opportunity for you to share this with them.

We suggest you view this video before beginning to write.

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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.

While the advice offered on the site is good, I also want to quote from additional information Dee Leopold gave on her blog as to why they chose this question:
• It’s just about as straightforward and practical as we can make it. It gives you a chance to tell your story however you choose. Imagine simply saying it out loud.  This is what we mean when we’ve been encouraging you to use your own “voice” when approaching this part of the application.  We have no pre-conceived ideas of what “good” looks like. We look forward to lots of variance.

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

Tell us again what the essay is for?

• For you: an opportunity to pause and reflect. Business school is a big experience -  it’s exciting, it’s an unknown, it’s a beginning, it’s an investment in your future. Stopping to reflect and gather your thoughts in writing is a useful exercise. That’s not just our opinion -  it’s what we hear from students all the time.

• For us: a chance to get to know you beyond the elements of the application that feel fixed and stationary. Can also be a starting point for interview conversations.

I think the last element that I quoted is critical. "The essay is a chance to get to know you beyond the elements of the application that feel fixed and stationary. Can also be a starting point for interview conversations"

That quote reminds me of last year's optional HBS question:
"We can see your resume, school transcripts, extra-curricular activities, awards, post-MBA career goals, test scores and what your recommenders have to say about you. What else would you like us to know as we consider your candidacy?"

Finally, before you approach the question, watch the video about the HBS case method as recommended by Harvard. We embedded it above.

Note the focus on conversation in both the video and Dee Leopold's advice. How will you start the conversation with your section mates? What would you want them to know about you? Keep in mind that the admissions committee is listening this time, and its members may want to use what you write as a starting point for the "interview conversation."

Other important themes in the video: preparation, engagement, imaging yourself as the protagonist -- the decision maker.   The use of the case method as practice in decision making. If you think other elements of this video are important, please add in the comments box below.

And realize that they want this conversation starter to go beyond what's in the rest of the application.

So what else – really and truly -- do you want both the HBS admissions committee and your future section mates to know about you? What do you want to share  that will show you can participate in the conversation that is the HBS classroom? 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 that may be of interest to your section mates.

•  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.

•  A skill they may be useful to your section

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 required portion of the application. Don’t take the absence of a word limit on the essay as a license for verbosity. Make every word count. If you must pull a number out of me, don’t go over 800 words. And if you can say what you need to say in less than 800 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.

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2016 Application Deadlines:

Application Due   
Decisions Released

Round 1   
 09 Sept 2015
 Dec 2015

Round 2
06 Jan 2016
 Mar 2016

Round 3
04 Apr 2016
 May 2016

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