Six Secrets to Multiple Ivy League Acceptances: Secret #5

Something we’ve found to be true for all applicants is that even if everything else in your application is perfect, but your essays are lackluster, you will not get into your dream school. Every year when we’re reading about the clients of other consulting firms, we see people with these extraordinary GMAT scores and really high GPAs, and they’re baffled as to why they didn’t get into their dream schools. Many of these individuals ask us to review their submitted applications and tell them what went wrong. And you know what it almost always is? It’s that they underestimated the importance of the essay.

Recommended Word Limit for HBS 2015-2016 Essay Prompt

The 2015-2016 essay prompt for Harvard Business School’s MBA program is the following: It’s the first day of class at HBS. You are in Aldrich Hall meeting your “section.” This is the group of 90 classmates who will become your close companions in the first-year MBA classroom. Our signature case method participant-based learning model ensures… Continue reading

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 2014-2015 Essay Prompts

Below are the 2014-2015 HKS application essay prompts as shared by the official HKS Admissions blog. All Programs Optional Essay:  If you have any concerns about your prior academic background, or if you believe the Admissions Committee may have concerns, please give a brief explanation of your performance in college, or your standardized test scores (750 word limit). MC/MPA… Continue reading