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This essay is your way to become memorable to the HBS admissions committee so get ready to tell them what makes you compelling and why they (and your HBS section) should get excited about having you in their school.
"At the Harvard Business School, I really felt I had gained the ability to resolve difficult issues. But I also felt that I wasn't in the mainstream with my fellow students. During job-hunting season, for example, everybody shaved their beards for interviews. I thought, 'This is crazy.' So I grew a beard."
Harvard's first-round deadline is usually the earliest among the top schools, which means that applicants often submit their worst application to HBS. The early deadline also means that applicants usually receive their first school decision from Harvard.
offers all users free access to over 100 admissions essays accepted by the United States' top undergraduate, graduate, and professional programs. The following Sample Admissions Essays were accepted by Harvard University.