How to Apply

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 the Wharton School Guide

Download: How to Apply to the Wharton School Guide

We spend literally all of our time thinking about MBA programs - in the U.S. and abroad, where they have been and where they are headed, essays and interviews, case method and experiential learning.  It consumes our thoughts and frames our reference for how we view the world (when we watch a TV show with a character who takes risks, our first thought is, "Wow, Chicago Booth would love this guy").  So it's with no small amount of thought that we say, without equivocation: Wharton presents the most confusing business school application in the world.