With more and more MBA candidates filing their applications in the first and second rounds, respectively in September and January. HBS is eliminating its third and final round. The school will retain a spring round, however, for applicants to its 2+2 deferred admissions program.
Round three accounts for fewer than 5% of Harvard’s incoming class of roughly 930 MBAs in recent years. But students who get dinged by HBS are then more likely to accept offers from other top MBA programs.
The impact of the decision will more likely fall on rival schools who often hold out more seats in their classes as HBS decisions cascade down to their MBA programs. HBS will no longer need to carry candidates on a waitlist into a final round. The earlier release of those applicants will speed up admission decisions at a number of schools.
HBS already had announced that its Round 1 deadline for the 2018-2019 admissions cycle will be Sept. 5, with a round two deadline of Jan. 4th.