HBS Deadlines, Essays & Recommendation Letter Questions (Class of 2018, Entering Fall 2016)


 Application DeadlineDecision Notification
Round 1September 9, 2015December 2015
Round 2 January 6, 2016March 2016
Round 3April 4, 2016May 2016


There is one question for the Class of 2018:

It’s the first day of class at HBS. You are in Aldrich Hall meeting your “section.” This is the group of 90 classmates who will become your close companions in the first-year MBA classroom. Our signature case method participant-based learning model ensures that you will get to know each other very well. The bonds you collectively create throughout this shared experience will be lasting.

Introduce yourself.

Note: Should you enroll at HBS, there will be an opportunity for you to share this with them.

We suggest you view this video before beginning to write.

There is no word limit for this question.  We think you know what guidance we’re going to give here. Don’t overthink, overcraft and overwrite. Just answer the question in clear language that those of us who don’t know your world can understand.

(please see here for my thoughts on this essay and here for approaching the HBS application more broadly.)


The recommendation form includes the following questions, along with other types of questions:
Please provide a brief description of your interaction with the applicant and, if applicable, their role in your organization. (250 characters)

How do the candidate’s performance, potential, background, or personal qualities compare to those of other well-qualified individuals in similar roles? Please provide specific examples. (300 words)

Please describe the most important piece of constructive feedback you have given the applicant. Please detail the circumstances and the applicant’s response. (250 words)

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