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Aug 27, 2014

Harvard Business School Admissions Director on GMAT vs. GRE

dee_leopoldHarvard Business School (HBS) has stated publicly for some time that it accepts both the GMAT and the GRE and does not prefer one over the other. In a bid to be even more transparent on the issue, HBS Admissions Director Dee Leopold devoted a recent post on her Director’s Blog to the matter.

To substantiate the claim that the school is agnostic in terms of a preference between the two tests, Leopold chose to reveal exactly how many applicants submitted each type of test score, along with how many of those applicants were ultimately admitted and matriculated. While the vast majority of applicants opted to submit GMAT scores, the percentage of matriculating admits as compared to total applicants broken out by test were within close range. Continue reading…

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Aug 25, 2014

Ice Bucket Challenge Continues Its Ripple Through Top Business Schools

CBS ice bucketIt started last week with one section challenging another at Duke’s Fuqua School of Business, ultimately leading to a school-wide dousing and a challenge issued to rival schools UNC Kenan-Flagler School, the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School and UVA’s Darden School. And the ice-cold water just keeps flowing (as do the donations).

The challenge, of course, is the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge that began going viral in late July and has amassed an incredible $79.7 million in donations to date (as compared to just $2.5 million during the same time period last year [July 29th to August 25th]). The ALS Association reports that it has gained 1.7 million new donors along the way.

Those who are challenged are supposed to have ice water dumped over their heads and then challenge others to do the same—or to make a donation to fight ALS—within 24 hours. In taking up the mantle, business school classes have called upon their peers to both endure the icy shower AND donate. Continue reading…

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Aug 21, 2014

Financial Aid at Harvard Business School, Straight from the Admissions Director

300px-Aerial_of_the_Harvard_Business_School_campusNEWS FLASH: Business school, especially at top schools, costs a ton. Okay, so that’s not really news. More notable is the fact that top schools want to make the MBA affordable, at least according to the most recent post on the Director’s Blog at Harvard Business School (HBS).

Earlier this week, HBS Admissions Director Dee Leopold devoted a post on her blog to the topic of financial aid, noting that HBS last year awarded $26 million in need-based financial aid and has plans to increase that amount for the Class of 2017. Continue reading…

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Jul 30, 2014

New Director Named to Lead Harvard Business School Social Enterprise Initiative

matt segneriHarvard Business School (HBS) has named a 2010 alumnus to direct its Social Enterprise Initiative (SEI), which seeks through an array of programs and activities to advance understanding of the management and leadership challenges organizations face as they work to create social value.

Matthew Segneri (MBA 2010) was named director of HBS’s SEI, which since its launch in 1993 has helped establish and promote the concept of social enterprise. He succeeds Laura Moon, who has become managing director of HBS’s wide array of Initiatives, which focus on research and course development in specific topics such as leadership, health care and digital technology.  Continue reading…

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Jul 15, 2014

Coding Finds Its Way Into Top Business School Curriculums

codingHarvard Business School (HBS) plans to offer a computer programming elective within the next couple of years, and other top business schools may be moving in the same direction as more companies seek MBAs with strong technical skills, according to a recent report in Bloomberg BusinessWeek.

Paul Gompers, who chairs the MBA elective curriculum at HBS, notes that MBA students there have formed coding clubs or head across to Harvard’s Cambridge campus to take introductory computer science, but that a course specifically tailored to business students is needed at the school.

“This is the changing nature of the workforce, and this is what our graduates are going on to be doing in the next five to 10 to 20 years,” Gompers told Bloomberg BW. Continue reading…

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Jul 15, 2014

Trivia Tuesday: The Case Method at Harvard Business School

SocratesThis week for Trivia Tuesday, we take a peek inside our Harvard School Guide to give you the scoop on their use of the case study method.

“Harvard’s mission is to ‘educate leaders who make a difference in the world.’ HBS seeks to accomplish this mission by admitting individuals with proven leadership skills and demonstrated records of success and then imparting the knowledge and skills they will need to be effective across a range of business situations. To accomplish this objective, the school places heavy emphasis on the case method of instruction.

“The case method defines Harvard’s MBA program. There are two components to the approach: the case study and the class discussion. The case itself is a short description of an actual business problem, as told from the point of view of one individual in the situation. Written by a Harvard faculty member who has spoken with the person at the center of the story and spent extensive time at the company featured, each case walks the reader through the considerations facing the protagonist, leaving students to determine how the person should proceed.

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Jul 11, 2014

Fridays From the Frontline

GMATHello and welcome to Fridays from the Frontline, Clear Admit’s weekly exhaustive enumeration of the enterprising entries in the b-school blogosphere.  This week, current applicants are in full GMAT prep-mode, contemplating choice of schools and full versus part-time programs, while the Class of 2016 is looking forward to starting their MBA programs  in just a few short weeks, and all the life and career changes that will bring. This week we also welcome blogger QuietTiger81who is sharing his perspective as a second year student at Oxford

MBAonMyMind has added YaleSOM to the tally board, given the school’s focus on  social impact businesses, and with three weeks into GMAT prep, all is going according to plan. With a GMAT prep plan of his own, GrantMeAdmission is gaining on his 760 goal with three life hacks to help him stay focused and positive.  GrantMeAdmission also takes some time to discuss the pros and cons of doing a part-time MBA, and why he chose to go the full-time route.

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Jul 7, 2014

Alumni Gift to Fund Construction of New Conference Center at Harvard Business School

Harvard Business School (HBS) last month announced plans to build a new center on its Boston campus that will serve as a place for students, faculty, alumni and business leaders to convene and share ideas. Called Klarman Hall in recognition of a generous alumni gift, the new building will feature a large conference center, a performance space and a community gathering space and is expected to open in 2018.

A gift from Seth Klarman (MBA 1982) and his wife Beth will make the construction of the new facility possible. Klarman is president and CEO of Boston-based investment management firm the Baupost Group, his wife is president of the Klarman Family Foundation and both serve as members of HBS’s Board of Dean’s Advisors. Continue reading…

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Jun 20, 2014

Fridays From the Frontline

GoalHello and welcome to Fridays From the Frontline, Clear Admit’s weekly summation of the best of the b-school blogosphere.  As the school year has finished, current students have taken the opportunity to reflect on the experience of first year, while MBA hopefuls are putting together a plan of action to ensure a successful application process. Those Round 1 deadlines are not that far off! (Check the Clear Admit blog for up to date deadlines and essay information.) Continue reading…

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Jun 19, 2014

Harvard MBA Admissions Interview Questions: Round 1 / Adcom / Off-Campus

Harvard MBA Admissions Interview Questions: Round 1 / Adcom / Off-Campus

I had my interview with 2 admissions committee members.
1 was the interviewer and the other was noticing my movements and body language
The questions asked were straightforward:

1. Walk me through your resume
2. Why you opted for MBA?
3. What are your main strengths?
4. What are your main weaknesses?
5. What are your post-MBA plans?
6. Is there anything I forgot to ask?
7. Is there anything you want to ask?

Interview was well and lasted for around 40-45 minutes.

Overall it was a pleasant experience. I was surprised by how friendly the Adcom was.

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Jun 17, 2014

Harvard Recommendation Questions 2014 – 2015

300px-Harvard_business_school_baker_library_2009aHarvard’s application is up, and our clients have begun sending out their recommendation requests.  Here are this year’s recommendation questions.

Recommender Info

The first question that may require some thought from your recommender is the following:

Please provide a brief description of your interaction with the applicant and, if applicable, their role in your organization. (250 character limit)

The character limit is hard, so your recommender will have very little space.  The main point of this section is to get the basic facts of the relationship out of the way: how long your recommender has known you (preferably with specific quantities), what the nature of your relationship was (if possible, with quantified statements about how often you met and in what context), and perhaps a quick statement of your biggest accomplishments as your recommender describes your role.

Short Answers

The core of Harvard’s recommendation are two short answers:

1. How do the applicant’s performance Continue reading…

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