the only essay question on the Harvard Business School application.

I started my work on Harvard this year by comparing the Harvard prompts to the University of California Personal Insight Questions (the new name for the application essays for the U.C. system). If you have not seen that earlier post, here it is: . It would be a good idea to compare prompts across a range of our application targets to see where you can double up,as I do in this post–unless writing 20 or more essays and polishing them in the next three months, on top of your classwork, sounds like fun.

How to answer the only essay question on the Harvard Business School application
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As we review your application, what more would you like us to know as we consider your candidacy for the Harvard Business School MBA Program? (no word limit)
Open-ended prompts such as this are often the most stressful type of essay question MBA applicants receive – couple that with the inherent pressure that comes with applying to Harvard, and this essay may be viewed as one of the more nerve-wracking questions of the application season. The challenge here for many will be just the sheer simplicity of this question. This essay prompt is a good example of why it is important to really just pay attention to the advice the HBS Admissions Committee offers:


For Entrance in Fall 2017 • Application Supplement - Harvard College

Aug 10, 2015 - Application season at Harvard Business School is officially underway with the release of the school's 2015-2016 essay questions
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In a swan song of sorts to Harvard Business School MBA applicants, Dee Leopold released her final essay prompt and deadlines for the 2016-2017 application season. The managing director of admissions and financial aid changed it up again, with a new essay question with no word limit.