Guides

Download: How to Apply to HBS Guide

Download: How to Apply to HBS Guide

Updated June 2015

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:

  1. Your interest in HBS must rise above "it's HBS"
  2. You absolutely must do everything right

Download: How to Apply to Columbia Business School Guide

Download: How to Apply to Columbia Business School Guide

Updated for 2015/2016

In the weeks and months immediately following the collapse of the financial markets in the Fall of 2008, there was rampant speculation about how the worst economic meltdown of our times would impact business schools and, specifically, the MBA admissions process.  With many top programs, the changes were subtle and gradual and with more than a few, there were virtually no major differences in the process prior to and after 2008.  Neither of these two descriptions apply to Columbia, where change has been immediate, dramatic, and all-encompassing.  In fact, MBA applicants are unlikely to find more obvious evidence of the new world order than when applying to Columbia Business School.