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Our analysis of harvard’s big admission changes for 2012 2013


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Our Analysis of Harvard’s Big Admission Changes for 2012/2013

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Our analysis of harvard’s big admission changes for 2012 2013

  1. 1. Our Analysis of Harvard’s BigAdmission Changes for 2012/2013
  2. 2. Our Analysis of Harvard’s Big Admission Ch Harvards new essays questions and application process (timing) represent the continuation of a theme at HBS – namely, the programs desire to matriculate an even greater diversity of student. Previously, we have seen this through HBS introduction of the 2+2 program, as well as the acceptance of the GRE. MBA Admissions Consultant |
  3. 3. The 2+2 program is designed to seek out the best and thebrightest from the youngest of potential applicants –undergraduates.The GRE is an exam whose test taking pool isapproximately 50% female. If you look at Harvardsnumbers over the past few years, you can see thatdemographics are trending younger and more female.This is something that most applicants to HBS already knew. MBA Admissions Consultant |
  4. 4. With the introduction of two (seemingly) open-endedquestions (, Dee Leopold is casting an even wider net than in yearspast. There is wide speculation (and evidence) thatHarvard‘s "new" Dean (Nitin Nohria) is driving thisdiversification, signing off on a somewhat revised andunconventional admissions process.These revisions have raised some early eyebrows since theirintroduction earlier this week. However, based on Dees pastperformance as the head of admissions, one has to give herthe benefit of the doubt. And if you cant do that, well thendont apply to HBS. MBA Admissions Consultant |
  5. 5. So what can we infer from these changes? That DeeLeopold has a pretty good filter at this point.She has plenty of consulting and banking resumes on herdesk. The minute she sees one, she pretty much knows thesong and dance.Its a GMAT and GPA numbers game at that point. Whereshe is placing her bets (and increased time) is going to be onthe increased number of non-traditional applicants that(hopefully) come across her desk.Dee Leopold wants to get through them early and often. MBA Admissions Consultant |
  6. 6. I wont call this churn and burn, but the number of applicantinventory turns is definitely going to increase.I dont think HBS 20% interview rate is going to increase, butI do think that Leopold and company will have their hands fullinterviewing from the larger applicant pool.I bet this is a reason why HBS built an extra week or so intothe application process by moving the round one deadlineinto September. MBA Admissions Consultant |
  7. 7. If we put on our industrial engineering hats, we wouldquestion the introduction of a third essay so late in theapplication process - especially one that requires a 24-hourturn-around time.Conventional wisdom dictates that any efficient vettingprocess would require as much information up front aspossible.Of course front loading the process reduces the prospectiveapplicants willingness to even start the application –especially if that prospect is already sitting on the fence as anontraditional applicant. MBA Admissions Consultant |
  8. 8. All in all, Dee had to weight the impact of lesser informationup front against the benefit of greater applicant diversity. Inreality, whats the impact of lesser information?Again, Dee has been doing this long enough to know (with ahigh degree of certainty) what she will be getting glancing atan applicants resume or datasheet (so make sure you getyour CV just right.) Let us face it, there are only so manyunique snowflakes in this world.Bottom line - Dee is not worried about what she has beenseeing the last few years, she is worried about what shedoesnt even have a chance to see. MBA Admissions Consultant |
  9. 9. The final "24-hour" essay still remains a little bit of a redherring for this admissions consultant.The accelerated time element does not indicate some senseof urgency on the admissions committee behalf, but rather itelicits an applicants ability to process real-time informationand work under pressure.Its a "think on your feet" self-awareness exercise - a way tomeasure your ability to understand how you were perceivedduring the interview; ultimately delivering to your audience(the interviewer and by proxy, admissions committee)something they believed was lacking in the interview andoverall, something that remains as an outstanding x-factor inyour profile. MBA Admissions Consultant |
  10. 10. Given HBS recent trends, I would consider it a test of your womens intuition.