Harvard University - Harvard Business School campus

Overview

Applicants
9,759
Acceptance Rate
11%
Average Undergrad GPA
3.67
Years Work Experience
4
Average Age
27

Test Scores

GMAT (25th and 75th percentiles)
710 - 750
GPA
-

Deadlines


Round 1
September 7

Round 2
January 4

Round 3
April 3

Other Admission Factors

Academic

GMAT Score
Undergraduate GPA
Letters of Recommendation
Essay / Personal Statement
Non-Academic


SCHOOL TYPE AND ACCREDITATION

School Type
Private

AACSB-approved
Yes

Selectivity Rating

PROGRAM TYPES

Full-Time
Yes

Part-Time
No

Evening
No

Executive
No

Online
No

Faculty Information

Total Faculty
244

84
Full-time
27
Female
16
Part-time


Students Say

It can't be denied that the Harvard Business School name speaks for itself, or that its students, who are often "heavily recruited," speak about it in a parade of superlatives. They chose HBS because it has the "best global reputation," or for its "amazing facilities, highest paid alumni, strong alumni network," or for its "high-quality professors." Indeed, "prestige," "reputation" and "brand" all loom large in students' depictions of HBS, as do its "culture," "case-based curriculum," "location," and "unique learning opportunities both inside and outside the classroom." "Professors are engaged, available, and the best in their field," and they "push and pull to test opinions," meaning "real discussion and debate occurs." The "case method is incredible at teaching a broad-based, multifaceted approach to leadership," and HBS's "administration is trying to address the lack of female case protagonists," with "some work left to go." Students definitely take their work seriously: they "come on time and (mostly) prepared," and "there is a strong culture against using electronics in the room, so everyone is actually focused on the classroom experience." Administratively, "the school runs like clockwork," so smoothly that one student jokes it's "like it was built by and for German/Swiss first-born children." Students can't praise their classmates highly enough: "Wonderful. Accomplished. Charismatic. Leaders making a difference in the world." "Going to school with fellow HBSers is a dream come true."

Specialities of faculty


Sustainability

Courses in Sustainability
Yes

Sustainability course is
Optional

Description
www.hbs.edu/environment/

Research Opportunities in Sustainability
Yes

Description
www.hbs.edu/environment/

Career overview

Average Starting Salary
$134,071
Accepted employment by 3 months after graduation
91%

Graduates Employed by Area of Practice

34%
Consulting
29%
Finance/Accounting
21%
Marketing
10%
General Management
2%
Operations/Logistics
3%
Other

Graduates Employed by Region

43%
Northeast
24%
West
14%
International
6%
Midwest
5%
Southwest
5%
Mid-Atlantic
3%
South

Students Say

An HBS MBA comes at a hefty price tag, but students near-unanimously feel it "has a brand that make[s] it worth a large investment." HBS's "reputation, job placement, alum- ni network, geographic reach," and "world-renowned professors" all aid its graduates' desirability to employers, and students feel especially well-prepared for the workforce in "general management and leadership," as well as in "the case method and how it teaches you to stand by what you believe." While New York and Boston have long been meccas for the ambitious MBA grad, current students "note that San Francisco is beginning to displace the East Coast as the most popular post-grad destination," though it's wise to remember that often "start-ups . . . aren't going to go through campus career services" for recruiting. Luckily, HBS's "connections, access, and alumni reach" are second to none, and its "brand name will get you an interview anywhere."

Job Function

Job Function % of Grads Seeking Employment Who Accept
Jobs w/in 3 Months
Median Salary Mean Salary Low Base Salary High Base Salary
Consulting 34% $145,000 $134,830 $64,000 $250,000
Finance / Accounting 29% $150,000 $149,696 $60,000 $500,000
Marketing / Sales 21% $125,000 $124,975 $48,000 $185,000
General Management 10% $120,000 $119,460 $42,500 $200,000
Other 3% $116,250 $107,552 $63,000 $140,000
Operations / Logistics 2% $117,000 $114,534 $48,948 $170,000
Human Resources 1%

Industries

Industries % of Grads Seeking Employment Who Accept
Jobs w/in 3 Months
Median Salary Mean Salary Low Base Salary High Base Salary
Financial Services 28% $150,000 $150,779 $60,000 $500,000
Consulting 25% $145,000 $139,667 $64,000 $250,000
Technology 19% $125,000 $126,257 $48,948 $185,000
Pharmaceutical / Biotechnology / Healthcare 8% $125,000 $126,202 $90,000 $185,000
Consumer Products 3% $104,000 $106,353 $85,000 $140,000
Media / Entertainment 3% $130,500 $132,989 $90,000 $200,000
Manufacturing 2% $120,000 $115,573 $42,500 $155,000
Petroleum / Energy 2% $132,000 $136,308 $90,000 $200,000
Real Estate 2% $110,000 $107,500 $75,000 $140,000
Non-profit 2%
Government 1% $90,000 $89,833 $65,000 $120,000
Other 1%

Prominent Alumni

Michael Bloomberg
Former Mayor, New York City; Founder, Bloomberg L.P.

Jamie Dimon
Chairman & CEO, J.P. Morgan Chase & Co.

Jeff Immelt
CEO of General Electric

Sheryl Sandberg
Chief Operating Officer, Facebook

Michelle Zatlyn
Cofounder, CloudFlare

Dates


Financial Aid Statistics

Average Aid Package
$74,940

Average Scholarship / Grant Aid Package
$37,285

Students Receiving Some Form Of Aid
62%

All Students Receiving Scholarships / Grants
46%

New Students Receiving Some Form Of Aid
63%

New Students Receiving Scholarships / Grants
49%

New Students Receiving Loans
47%

Tuition Full-Time (per year)

Tuition (In-State)
$63,675
Fees (In-State)
$11,678

Expenses per Academic Year

Estimated Room And Board On-Campus
$26,747

Student Body Profile

Total Enrollment
1,871
Part Time
0%

Foreign Countries Represented
79

Demographics

27.00%
Minorities
35.00%
International

42% female
58% male

Campus Life

Students Say

At HBS, "students are always doing something—be it traveling, starting a company, leading a conference." Due in part to the fact that "an unconventional grading system decreases the need to be cutthroat," students find each other "surprisingly nice, humble, helpful, and non competitive" as well as "the highest density of smart, successful, and motivated people you can find." The atmosphere is "cooperative and collaborative, with "very active social and industry clubs," and "the section experience here gives everyone a group of close-knit friends who you can bond with over shared social experiences or things that happened in the classroom." For many, business school is a kind of "two- year vacation from their stressful, high-performance lives," so there's definitely "lots of fun. Lots of parties." "People here are serious and highly capable, but at the same time know how to relax and have fun." Students prize the ability to share their MBA experience with "amazing people coming from all around the world, from so many different backgrounds, with very strong views and different perspectives," who "make the conversation really interesting!"

More Information

% of Classrooms with Internet Access
100%

Campus-wide Internet Network
Yes

Internet Access for All Students
Yes

Admissions Office Contact

Contact
MBA Admissions
MBA Admissions

Address
Soldiers Field
Dillon House
Boston, MA 02163
United States

Phone
617-495-6128

Fax
617-496-8137

Email
admissions@hbs.edu