Darden | Mr. Military Communications Officer
GRE Not taken yet, GPA 3.4
Stanford GSB | Mr. Fill In The Gaps
GRE 330, GPA 3.21
INSEAD | Mr. Behavioral Changes
GRE 336, GPA 5.8/10
McCombs School of Business | Mr. Texas Recruiter
GMAT 770, GPA 3.04
USC Marshall | Mr. Strategy Consultant
GMAT 730, GPA 4.0
UCLA Anderson | Ms. Qualcomm Quality
GMAT 660, GPA 3.4
HEC Paris | Mr. Introverted Dancer
GMAT 720, GPA 4.0
Georgetown McDonough | Mr. Navy Vet
GRE 310, GPA 2.6
Kellogg | Ms. Retail To Technology
GMAT 670, GPA 3.8
Berkeley Haas | Mr. Entertainment Agency
GMAT 750, GPA 3.8
Chicago Booth | Mr. Quant
GMAT 750, GPA 3.7
Ross | Mr. Top 25 Hopeful
GMAT 680, GPA 3.3
Berkeley Haas | Mr. Well-Traveled Nonprofit Star
GRE 322, GPA 3.0
Yale | Mr. Gay Social Scientist
GMAT 740, GPA 2.75 undergrad, 3.8 in MS
Wharton | Mr. MBA When Ready
GMAT 700 (expected), GPA 3.3
London Business School | Mr. Low Undergrad GPA
GMAT 760, GPA 65/100 (1.0)
Harvard | Mr. Aspiring FinTech Entrepreneur
GMAT 750, GPA 3.9
Chicago Booth | Ms. Hotel Real Estate
GMAT 730, GPA 3.75
Chicago Booth | Mr. EduTech
GRE 337, GPA 3.9
Columbia | Mr. Infra-Finance
GMAT 710, GPA 3.68
Duke Fuqua | Mr. Vigor
GMAT 740, GPA 3.0
Berkeley Haas | Mr. Hanging By A Thread
GMAT 710, GPA 3.8
Harvard | Ms. Comeback Kid
GMAT 780, GPA 2.6
London Business School | Mr. Family Investment Fund
GMAT 790, GPA 3.0
HEC Paris | Ms. Freelancer
GMAT 710, GPA 5.3
MIT Sloan | Mr. Sans-Vertebrae
GMAT 730, GPA 3.78
INSEAD | Mr. Business Manager
GMAT 750, GPA 3.0

High Noon For HBS Round One Applicants

Harvard Business School across the Charles River

Harvard Business School across the Charles River

For nearly 4,000 hopeful applicants to Harvard Business School, it’s high noon.

The school will begin sending out interview invitations to round one candidates tomorrow (Oct. 6) and on two other days, Oct. 8th and Oct. 14th.

The Oct. 14th date also will be the bad news day when HBS issues its first dings of the 2015-2016 admissions season. All first round applicants who have gotten rejections from the school will be notified on that single day next Wednesday. The school said that all undergraduate candidates for its 2+2 program also will be notified of either an interview invitation or a rejection on Oct. 14th.


Dee Leopold, managing director of MBA admissions and financial aid, cautioned candidates not to read into the day they receive an invite. “The day on which you receive an interview invitation does not signal ANYTHING about your candidacy,” she wrote in a blog post. “We spread out the invitations over three days in order to avoid congestion in the online sign-up stage.”

The invitations will contain detailed instructions about the sign-up procedure for interviews to be held between Oct. 26 and Nov. 20. “Not all dates will be available in all locations. In addition to on-campus interviews, we will be interviewing in New York City, Palo Alto, London, Paris, Shanghai, Tokyo, Dubai, Mumbai, Sao Paulo, and Santiago,” added Leopold. “Candidates who cannot travel may be accommodated via Skype.”

Typically, some 40% of Harvard’s applicant pool now applies in the first round which had a Sept. 9th deadline.


In total, about 1,000 invitations will go out for round one applicants, with as many as 75% sent on the first day and the remaining invites dispatched in the final two days. Over all three rounds, HBS is expected to invite roughly 1,900 candidates to interviews with its admission officials.

“In the past, most invites go out on the first day, that would be tomorrow, of the three on which they send invites, with maybe 10% to 25% of the invites going out on days two and three,” says Sandy Kreisberg, founder of HBSGuru.com, an admissions consulting firm. “Well, that is the way it happened last year. Don’t sue me if it changes.”

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John A. Byrne is the founder and editor-in-chief of C-Change Media, publishers of Poets&Quants and four other higher education websites. He has authored or co-authored more than ten books, including two New York Times bestsellers. John is the former executive editor of Businessweek, editor-in-chief of Businessweek. com, editor-in-chief of Fast Company, and the creator of the first regularly published rankings of business schools. As the co-founder of CentreCourt MBA Festivals, he hopes to meet you at the next MBA event in-person or online.