HBS Admissions Answers Common Questions

Admissions Director Deirdre Leopold of Harvard Business School updated the Director’s Blog earlier this week with some answers to early bird questions coming in by phone and email.

Here are the Q&A’s she highlights from her time spent answering the general phone line.

Is there any advantage to submitting my Round 1 application now?

Not really. We don’t begin to read applications until the day after the deadline. However, it’s always nerve-wracking for candidates who wait until the absolute last minute and then the server is backed up. …so somewhere between very early and just-in-time is probably smart.

I can’t attend an HBS information session. What am I missing?

At information sessions outside of Boston, an Admissions Board member presents an overview with general information about HBS and some detail about the MBA Program and the admissions process. We have a new video which captures some student perspectives and shows off our campus.

We then present a panel of relatively recent alumni from the local area who share their reflections on their experience at HBS. We close with a question-and-answer session.

During an on-campus session, an Admissions Board member conducts an informal session in an HBS classroom. A typical session will have anywhere from 10 to 30 attendees and there is plenty of time for questions. We offer an iPod tour of the campus which is fun and takes about 30 minutes.

In addition to afternoon sessions, this fall we will be hosting on-campus information sessions on the following evenings:
September 3, 9, 17 and 23
These will be similar in format to our on-campus afternoon sessions.

When will class visits begin?

Early October…although the exact date hasn’t been set yet. In September we will post the date and there will be a link to an on-line scheduler. Lunches with students and campus tours will get underway then, too.


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