Category Archives: admissions

Why do business schools prefer engineering majors to business majors?

“4/4 of my friends who were accepted to HBS and Wharton were engineering majors in undergrad, while 4/4 friends who were business majors didn’t even get interviews (superstars with 720+ GMAT). Why do business schools prefer engineering majors?” –Brian The Harvard MBA says: This shouldn’t be too surprising, given the first principle of business school, […]

Check Out The Economist’s Online MBA Fair

I first started reading The Economist back in 1994, when I was applying to be a Rhodes Scholar, and was told that I needed to be more aware of both global issues and events in the UK.  While I didn’t achieve that goal, I did end up becoming a life-long aficionado of that magazine’s dry […]

What type of work experience do I need before I apply to B-School?

I’m about one year out of school, a very fine public university, and graduated with a 3.6 GPA in political science.  As an undergrad, I was much more focused on a possible career in academia than in business, but now that I’ve had time to investigate the options further, I’m sure I want to pursue […]

What can I do in the next 3 years to increase my chances of getting accepted

“Pretend it’s the year 2013 and you are in charge of admissions for Harvard’s Business School. Let’s say we’re in the middle of the Great Depression II. What would your ideal candidate have to offer for you to grant him admission? I say this as someone who would very much like to enroll in that […]

I’m a professional athlete? What are my chances of getting into HBS?

I’m in the process of applying to HBS. I grew up in Russia, emigrated to Toronto, Canada when I was 15. I graduated from Purdue business school with 3.6 (while being a student-athlete); had internships as a research analyst in Washington and in sales and trading in New York. And currently working part-time with a […]

Do I have any chance of getting into HBS being 180° away from the typical applicant? Am I too different?

I’m the polar opposite of the typical HBS applicant. My undergrad GPA wasn’t great and my degree is from the Harvard of contemporary music – Berklee. I’m 39, a woman and have vast entertainment industry experience working on records & films that people have actually heard of. I know HBS wants diversity throughout the student […]

I’m Asian, Male, Average GPA and GMAT…Am I Doomed?

I’m a 26-year-old Asian-American male in the Software Consulting industry.  After careful consideration, I believe I would like to work in International Finance.  Is there hope for someone like me?  I’ve read some of your responses, and I seem to be a “too traditional” type of applicant.  Asian, male, average GPA, average GMAT (almost exactly […]

Do Harvard MBAs value cooperation, or is it a cutthroat classroom experience?

I’m in the process of applying for the Harvard 2+2 MBA program. I will graduate with B.A. from Purdue University next year. While Purdue is a large state school, I can say that I’m a well-rounded and competitive applicant. (I’m only saying this so you understand my perspective- not to garner any type of attention.)  […]

How should I market myself to tier-1 schools (if I have a poor undergrad GPA)?

My goal is to attend an Ivy League (or equivalent) school to get a JD, MDiv, or MPA/MPP. I graduated from the US Air Force Academy with a 2.4 GPA. Not so great, I know, but I then went on to get both an MM and MBA from a low-Tier school with a 3.9 GPA. […]