Tips for Writing the Optional Essay for Harvard Kennedy School

One of the most underused tools for standing out in the application process is using the optional essay. It’s hard to write a great optional essay and very easy to write an ineffective one that annoys the admissions committee. Who should write the optional essay? Although it’s called the “optional essay,” about 70% of my… Continue reading

Harvard Kennedy School Admission Statistics

Below are the MPP admissions statistics for Harvard Kennedy School according to a recent article from The Harvard Crimson published on April 15, 2010: Acceptance rate: 20% Number of applicants: 1729 Number admitted: 345 Average age: 26 Average years of work experience: 3 % of applicants from international (non-US) backgrounds: 31% % of admitted students… Continue reading