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MBA News: HBS Admissions Webinars and Q&A

Harvard Business School (HBS) aspirants should be interested to learn that a series of admissions webinars and Q&A sessions is being hosted by the school’s admissions staff on most Wednesdays throughout the summer. These webinars are not only an opportunity to get an overview of what the admissions committee will be looking for, but also for you to pose any general questions of your own. In addition, HBS will post a “comprehensive” presentation about the program and the admissions process on its Web site at the end of next week.

We listened in on a webinar earlier this week and found the information to be general but still useful. The admissions office informed listeners that the school is attempting to assemble the most interesting class possible and asked applicants to consider what they can bring to the table. Moreover, the admissions officers stated that candidates must exhibit three key attributes: a habit of leadership, an analytical aptitude/appetite and engaged community citizenship. These might serve as guiding principles in deciding how you present yourself across various components of the application.

As mentioned in our HBS essay analysis, the school is requiring only one essay this year. The prompt is left intentionally vague—and without any word limit—which means you will need to show judgment in assessing what has not yet been covered by other aspects of your application. The admissions staff also mentioned during the Q&A session that when applicants are being disingenuous or insincere in their essays, this is easily apparent. You always want to put your best foot forward, but portraying yourself honestly is equally crucial.

Finally, the admissions committee offered some figures in the way of selectivity that applicants might want to keep in mind:

  • Applications: ~9,000
  • Interviews: ~1,800
  • Offers: ~1,000
  • Matriculants: ~900



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