Harvard Business School will be sending out good and bad news to thousands of round two applicants to its MBA program in two batches on Jan. 28th and Jan. 31. On those two dates, candidates will either get an invitation to an interview, be put on a waitlist, or will be told they didn’t quite make it.
HBS interviews about one in five of its roughly 10,000 applicants each year. Just over half of the candidates who are interviewed by the school’s admissions staff will get an admit. The school sends out decisions in two batches “to make for a smoother interview sign-up process,” according to Chad Losee, managing director of MBA admissions and financial aid.
The announcement of the round two decision days was made by Losee in a brief blog post. “I’ll post a bit more about the logistics as we get closer to January 28,” he added. “For now, sit tight and try to enjoy the next week or two!”
A BUMPER CROP OF DECISIONS THIS YEAR EXPECTED
This year’s round two decisions are expected to be larger than normal because Losee eliminated a round three for applicants, reserving that final date of April 9 only for applicants to the school’s 2+2 deferred admissions program. Last year, 1,369 candidates applied for that program which had an admit rate of 8%, below the school’s overall acceptance rate of 11%.
Sandy Kreisberg, founder of HBSGuru.com and a leading watcher of HBS tea leaves, says that even though decisions will go out on two separate days, “that usually means most go out on Jan 28th in my experience, although Harvard’s adcom is typically cryptic and annoying about this.”
Last year, a total of 9,886 candidates applied for admission to Harvard Business School, a 4.5% decline over the year-earlier total of 10,351. The median GMAT for the latest entering class is 730, with the lowest score for an enrolled student being 610 and the highest score a perfect 800. Some 15% of last year’s entering class of 930 students submitted a GRE, with the median verbal score of 165 and the median quant score a 163.