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5 Reasons Why I Dream of Going to Harvard Business School

We know Harvard gets a big billing from surveys, rankings and recruiters. But what attracts the students? Find out here.
BY Mehal Yadav |   22-12-2015

All of us dream of studying in one of the Ivy League colleges someday. The sprawling campus, the distinguished faculty, the notable alumni and of course, the fact that you are a part of a tradition of educational excellence. If all this isn’t enough to excite a student, I don’t know what is!

When I first decided that I wanted to do an MBA, my instinct was to do all the research I could on Harvard Business School. The college is sited in Boston, Massachusetts and offers courses in Management, Accounting, Finance, Entrepreneurship, Strategy, etc. While it is quite an achievement to be accepted, the education is a life changing one. MBA applications go through a tough screening process at the School, and the acceptance rate is only about 12%. But, that just gives me the inspiration to work as hard as possible and graduate from such a highly regarded institution.

So here are 5 reasons why I dream of going to Harvard Business School:

  1. Ranking: Needless to say, the school has the best rankings not just in the US, but in the whole world. Harvard's MBA program is ranked No. 1 in North America by Quacquarelli Symonds(QS World) Rankings, and by the Business Standard, and No. 2 by the Forbes Magazine. In PoetsandQuants’ aggregated "ranking of rankings" of US business schools, Harvard Business School ranks No. 1.
  2. Courses offered: Primarily, the school offers MBA, but it also offers executive programmes and doctoral degrees. The themes covered in their executive programmes have an impressive variety. They include Business Operations, Innovation, Entrepreneurship, Customer-Centric Strategies, Marketing and Sales, Leadership, Governance, Health Care, Strategy, Negotiation and more. What else could a B-school student ask for?
  3. Student life: The groups of students at Harvard Business School are extremely diverse. They come from various parts of the world, with unique backgrounds. This contributes to your own holistic growth because it helps in understanding, and working with, people who have grown up and lived in a completely different world.

    Moreover, the life of students on the HBS campus is really exciting. With over 70 Clubs to join and over 200 leadership positions on offer, there’s a whole range of options and interests to explore. When I myself went through the names of the clubs, I was surprised by the sheer range of choices - Aerospace and Aviation, Bitcoins, Agribusiness, Boating, Tech, Wine and Cuisine, Brew and more.
  4. Campus: The campus is a beautiful 40-acre piece of land, with elegant façades of red-brick buildings, beautiful emerald-green lawns, and paved walkways lined with flourishing trees. The splendor of the campus is consistent with the standard Harvard University maintains in all its colleges.

    But the cherry on the cake is the campus library, also called the Baker Library, which boasts of an enormous physical collection. This includes approximately 600,000 printed volumes, 186,000 annual reports, over 1 million microform items, 23,000 linear feet of archives and manuscripts, and 31,000 photographs. Still reeling from the numbers? Well, there’s more. The Baker Library has a Grand Lobby, a Stamps Reading Room,and a Central Stair Hall that introduces natural light into the center of the building.
  5. Alumni: Harvard Business school boasts of the most distinguished and inspiring alumni. From Ratan Tata to Meg Whitman (CEO of Hewlett-Packard) to Ashish Nanda (Director of IIM, Ahmedabad) to Rahul Bajaj (CEO of Bajaj) - need I even go on? Attending the same classes as these greats makes you feel closer to them and endows a sense of motivation to achieve great heights like they did.



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