Harvard Sets New MBA Application Deadlines

Harvard Business School graduation for the Class of 2016

Harvard Business School graduation for the Class of 2016

Dee’s Last Harvard Business School Class

 

CategoryClass of 2018Class of 2017Class of 2016
Applications9,7599,6869,543
Acceptance Rate11%11%12%
Enrolled Students942948940
Yield90%90%90%
Women43%41%41%
International35%34%35%
U.S. Ethnic Minorities26%28%25%
Average Age272727
Countries Represented696472
Median GMAT Score730730730
GMAT Range690-760*510-790580-790
STEM Undergrads38%36%39%
Econ/Biz Undergrads41%45%42%
Humanities/Social Science Undergrads21%19%19%
North America68%71%67%
U.S.65%66%65%
Asia14%14%14%
Europe11%9%10%
South & Central America5%3%5%
Africa1%1%3%
Oceana1%2%1%
Venture Capital & Private Equity15%17%17%
Consulting15%16%18%
Financial Services11%11%14%
High Tech/Communications15%14%13%
Government/Education/Non-Profit8%9%8%
Healthcare/Biotech6%7%7%
Consumer Products7%6%5%
Energy/Extractive Minerals7%6%5%
Industrial/Heavy Manufacturing5%5%4%
Military5%5%4%
Other Services6%4%5%

Source: HBS preliminary class profiles Notes: * HBS stopped reporting the full range of GMAT scores and in this latest report only gave the middle 80% range

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  • hbsguru

    Well one thing you have to do is really drill down on what is new since you last applied. If nothing is dramatically new you need to explain with some subtlety how you have become more self-aware more confirmed in your goals and just how you are a better applicant.
    SK

  • Jess

    any insight that you can share on how to approach the essay if you are a reapplicant (given the same essay question) would be helpful!

  • hbsguru

    thanks for this thorough report, John.
    New Losee or Old Leopold, I dont see HBS going back any time soon to those 5-7 essay applications of recent past with 1. 300 words on most sign. accomplishments, 2.300 words on failures, 3. 300 words undergraduate experience, and 4. a goals+why HBS essay to top it off etc.
    [ahem, altho that drill is probably better for me and my ‘fellow’ consultants].
    The current question recognizes that a good deal of your ‘story’ is clear from application, resume and scores. It puts a small premium on being able to pack in a lot on your resume, esp. some terse but impactful description of accomplishments and a sense of what your company does, what you do etc., esp. if it is not a brand name.
    I’d be happy to opine in interview w. you different ways to write this essay effectively, but in general you need to decide if anything actually needs to be explained, and if not, how to add value to resume, and application short answer boxes.
    For many applicants, esp. cookie cutter types from IB, PE, consulting, etc., the first rule of the essay is DO NO HARM, e.g. do not sound odd, annoying, or unaware–if you are otherwise solid but cookie cutter type, essay is read w. a very sensitive spring in adcom’s brain: is there something here that can eliminate this clown very quickly while still allowing me to have done a thorough job. Try to get past that filter.
    As often noted, on the plus side, essay cannot add inches to your height but it can make you stand up very straight. Sometimes that is the difference,.
    Not clear fr. Losee’s post: will reco form remain the same????
    More later, but if any general questions on this essay, just post.
    SK