About a week ago, Harvard Business School posted their Class of 2024 round deadlines, and this week they confirmed that they will be keeping their main essay question the same this year.
So apparently that means that the new admissions season is starting??
The between-season springtime lull always goes by very quickly here in Snarkville, and this year it totally whizzed past with less of a lull than usual.
That tells us that (gulp) it’s likely to be a busy application season, which implies it’s going to be a competitive year.
That honestly is not something that truly matters to any single applicant, because EVERY year is competitive at these schools now. When we say that a year is softer compared to another, it doesn’t mean it’s that easier to get in. It might mean that it’s comparatively easier, year-over-year, or for certain sectors (such as factored in for international applicants — somewhat — in this just-past cycle).
Even when it’s a softer year, it is never easy to get in. That’s just the cold hard truth.
And even when it’s a tighter year, there will still be a spot for you somewhere if you target yourself to the schools that are an authentic match! (Shameless self-promotion: Our Comprehensive Profile Review can offer insight into schools that may be that type of match for you, or not, based on our vast experience in helping candidates just like you land a spot!)
It doesn’t do much good to get all hand-wringy about whether it’s going to be a competitive season or not. It is what it is. It’s like the other type of seasons: The weather. Either you deal with the conditions that occur where you live, whether it’s hurricanes or droughts or nor’easters or floods, and you adapt to whatever gets served up there, or you move somewhere else that you like better. Applying this tortured analogy to applying to school: You put up with the level of competition for the schools you’re aiming for, by putting in the work and sweating the details, or whatever else those schools require of you in order to have a shot at this success. Or you move somewhere else, by changing your circumstances, or by applying to a different set of targets. The “season” is irrelevant; it is what it is, you learn about it and accommodate based on changing yourself.
Alrighty then, we’ll leave this poor analogy tattered on your doorstep for now.
Basically what we’re trying to say today: Harvard has started! It’s about to get real!
Are you feeling excited? Nervous? Uncertain? Join the club!! We here at EssaySnark are too! It’s going to be quite a ride we’ll be on together!
This is technically last-season’s guide, but it’s gonna be totally useful even today, because the core requirements remain unchanged at Harvard!