MBA Admissions: HBS Announces 2016 Application Deadline

Posted by Chioma Isiadinso

[For our latest HBS 2016 MBA essay tips read my post, How to Write a Great 2016 HBS MBA Essay.]

Will Harvard Business School admissions board change the application essay question this year?

This is the question every applicant, who is considering applying to Harvard Business School for admission to the 2018 class, is asking.

This decision is in the hands of Dee Leopold, managing director of MBA admissions and financial aid at Harvard Business School.

And this isn’t a decision that is taken lightly.

Each year, the admissions committee members get together to discuss how the past year went and one of the items on the agenda is always the essay question.

HBS Admissions Review

Here are the types of questions the HBS admissions board will likely ask themselves:

Did we receive the information we were looking to get from applicants or did the question miss the mark?

Was there information that we believe is important that we didn’t get from the essay responses and would a different essay question elicit those answers?

Should we add another question?

What value does an additional essay add? Would it simply add a lot more work on our lean team?

Should we get rid of essays completely and what’s the downside/upside of that decision?

We don’t have a crystal ball to deduce what Harvard adcom will decide regarding the HBS 2015-2016 admissions essay question.

What we do know is that this announcement will be made on May 15th on the HBS director’s blog, The Direct from the Director Blog.

You can check out Dee Leopold’s interview with Poets & Quants last year for her views on the HBS application essay.

The fact that this past year was the second year that the adcom used this question may suggest that they liked the information they were able to get from the essays and may not make drastic changes this year.

What Can You Do While You Wait?

You can start by reading our tips on how to tackle the previous HBS essay.

Begin right away to reflect on your personal and professional life to draw out the different stories that have shaped and defined who you are.

Regardless of the size of the canvas (number of essays or essay topic) you will be ready to tackle whatever HBS adcom throw your way because you know yourself and your story.

Our advice to all applicants is to be prepared no matter what.

Contact EXPARTUS for a free assessment. We look forward to helping you figure out the best way to communicate your story so you can become the clear choice candidate.

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Chioma is a former Harvard Business School admissions officer and the CEO and Co-Founder of EXPARTUS, the first MBA admissions consulting company to use personal branding as a key part of the b-school application process. Chioma is the author of The Best Business Schools' Admissions Secrets, one of the leading books on how to successfully navigate the MBA admissions process.
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