Our “How to Apply to HBS” Guide is the starting point for a prospective applicant to the Harvard Business School. This 12-page white paper PDF is available for immediate download and is provided to prospective applicants at no cost. Our 10-step guide will help you understand all of the key hot button issues and major thematic touch points – as well as critical admissions strategies and tips – that will make or break your prospects for gaining admission to the world’s most coveted business schools.
In the admissions consulting business, we love to ask the question, "Where are you applying?" And applicants appear to equally enjoy giving an answer that starts with "HBS, of course." HBS, of course. The first rule of applying to Harvard Business School is to understand that everyone applies to Harvard Business School. Applying to HBS isn't a novel exercise, but rather the first box on a checklist for virtually every candidate pursuing an MBA from an elite program.
So what does this mean you shouldn't apply to HBS? Of course not. But it does mean two critical things:
- Your interest in HBS must rise above "it's HBS"
- You absolutely must do everything right