Wednesday’s Headlines: Did getting into Harvard Business School just get easier?

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Harvard Business School is reducing by half the required number of essays for candidates as part of the application process, the Wall Street Journal reports. Prospective students used to have to write four essays. Now they only have to write two, 400 words each.

The elite business school, however, is adding an extra essay for applicants who make the cut after an in-person interview with school officials.

One of the new questions asked applicants is to discuss something they could have done better.

It may sound like a lot of work for the applicants, but the process could be grueling for members of the admission committee as well. Approximately 9,000 students apply to the Harvard’s MBA program each year. Twenty percent, or 1,800, get invited to interviews.

Which means that even with the reduction, committee members would read about eight million words, down from the previous 18 million.

 

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