Sample Admissions Essays accepted by Harvard - Erratic Impact

When Steve Hind and Alula Eshete were putting together the annual admission and essay guides to Harvard Business School, what struck them most about the essays that helped to get current and future classmates admitted was how different they were from each other. No cookie-cutter formula was evident. There was no paint-by-the-numbers approach. If a pattern of any kind could be discerned, it was how genuine the essays read.

That number has become by far the most important factor in Harvard's admissions process.
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However well meaning the Harvard team’s recommendations — who doesn’t want a kinder, gentler, fairer admissions process? — they will do little to level the playing field. Encouraging high school kids to make “more meaningful contributions to others” will just provide new ways to game the system.