Harvard published in its admissions committee’s blog some last tips and guidelines for Round 1 applicants who will apply next week:
- “Try to resist the urge to make “standing out” your primary goal in the admissions process. If you have made traditional choices all along (college, extra-curriculars, major field of study, jobs), own it. You’ll look silly if you try to portray yourself as a rogue daredevil. There are plenty of people at HBS who come from traditional backgrounds.
- Do your homework about the case method. It’s our signature pedagogy and it is nothing like traditional academia. Watch Inside the Case Method (link below) on our website and ask yourself if you find this method of learning intriguing and exciting. If it’s not for you, choose another school now vs. later.
- When choosing recommenders, determine whether or not they can answer the question we pose: what piece of constructive advice have you given to the candidate? If they can’t answer, they probably don’t know you well enough to write a helpful recommendation.
- Realize that we’re serious when we say that our challenge is “selection” vs. “evaluation.” Our promise to our faculty and to every student is to deliver the most diverse class – on multiple dimensions – as we possibly can. I’ve never heard an HBS student say: “I wish there were more students just like me in my section.” Selection can look mysterious to the outside world because not all of the elements of diversity can be captured in metrics. Some, like leadership style, are subtle and communicated more obliquely.
- GMAT/GRE scores – you must have a score in order to submit an application. Unofficial scores can be submitted on the application. The official score report can reach us later.
- Recommenders – you need to input their names and contact info IN ADVANCE of the application deadline. That’s the only way they will be able to access the recommender form.
- Resume – one-page is still a good guideline. Don’t think that because we are reducing the number of essays we are encouraging you to include really extensive detail on the resume.
- Class visits – the online scheduler for first-year class visits will open on Monday. Here’s the link. Again, we love to have visitors but that plays absolutely no part in how we evaluate applications.
- Informational webinars – check for upcoming dates and times. Here’s the registration link.
- Financial aid – it’s all need-based and is NOT awarded at the time of admission because we need more detail from you which is provided in a financial aid application AFTER you are admitted. You do not apply for scholarships or fellowships at the time you submit your admissions application.
- Extra stuff – one word: don’t. We simply cannot consider materials submitted beyond the specified online application requirements.”
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