Parsing Harvard MBA Essays

Posted by: Phil Mintz on May 29, 2008

MBA consulting firm mbaMission has taken a look at the new slate of essay questions Harvard is asking the class of 2011. (2011!!)

Here's what they say about the new format:

As those who follow all things HBS will quickly discern, this year’s application differs in only a few small ways from last year’s. HBS’s first two essay questions remain the same. Thereafter, candidates need to complete two of four essay choices, rather than three of five, and two new essays are included among these options (“Discuss how you have engaged with a community or organization” and “What area of the world are you most curious about and why?”). We can’t help but speculate that the Admissions Committee, coming off a year when the number of applications increased by 15% (to approximately 8,500), chose to reduce the number of required essays to make processing the applications more efficient.

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