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:
- Your interest in HBS must rise above "it's HBS"
- You absolutely must do everything right