My Application

Hey everyone! I am sure many of you are out diligently working on those Haas apps right now. As a reminder, they are due on December 1 at 4pm. Make sure you get them in before then, or else they will NOT be considered. More info on Application and Selection for Haas Undergraduates.

As promised, I wanted to talk about my own application as a successful applicant of the Haas School of Business. As a reminder, it consists of 50% grades and coursework, 35% essays, and 15% resume.

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Reminder: Upcoming Weeks

Hey guys! I want to share a little bit about where I want to go in the upcoming weeks, and some updates about Haas apps.

To the sophomores out there: Haas apps are going to be released Monday, November 3, and will be due at 4pm on December 1, right after Thanksgiving break. Please take the time to start those essays early so that you convey yourself well on paper. There will be a Haas Application Workshop hosted by HBSA on Thursday, November 6 at 5:30pm that you should go to, to get your questions answered and get advice about starting and going about the application! I recommend everyone go to this.

In the upcoming weeks, I will share my own Haas application (includes the resume, awards, volunteering experience, and the essays) with everyone so you can see how a successful applicant went about the process. I will NOT be giving out my essays, but I will talk a bit about what they sounded like and what I wrote about. In addition, I will be releasing a post about “Identity and Business” because I’ve changed my business career so many times; I just want to share it with you all.

If you have a question directly for me, want to get personalized help with the application, or simply want another pair of eyes to look at the essays, do not hesitate to send me a message, and we can talk!

Good luck Haas Class of 2017!

Applying to the Haas School of Business Undergraduate Program

I’ve mentioned what important Haas application criteria were previously, in addition to some myths about the Haas application process. Now, I’d like to share how the whole application works and what it looks like so you know what to expect.

Self-Reported Academic Record

In this section, you are to list the information (grades, course title, school location, semester, term length, units, etc) about each major prerequisite (listed as principles of business, calculus, calculus, economic principles, statistics, English / reading composition (A) and English / reading composition (B)), breadth requirement (all seven), and a foreign language requirement (you can choose three different options: fulfilled in high school, fulfilled in college, or through a proficiency test). There is also a comment space under each area, where you can write in your comments. For instance, I wrote to consider the whole transcript in its entirety rather than solely the breadth requirements since my grades looked better as a whole than picked apart as such.

The major pre-requisites still carry the most weight out of the whole application (with certain emphasis on principles of business and economics). I believe that breadth is only there to give perspective to compare the major courses with the fun courses; however they will indeed look at the whole transcript. Make any notes you think will be necessary.


You will be expected to write two different essays, adding up to 1000 words in total. The first essay typically asks which one of the four Haas Defining Principles you most align with and why, while the second one is similar to a previous college application essay you have written in the past. My year, the two questions you could choose from were, “If you could go back in time and change one thing, what would you change?” and “What song best describes you?” or something of that sort; I don’t remember the exact questions.


This portion is split up into employment, activities, service, and honors. Within these categories is split into other sections such as “organization/company”, “position”, “start/end date”, and “responsibilities”. Within honors, you can give a description and the date offered. You have a maximum of four organizations, companies, or positions to talk about for each area; so you should use these spaces wisely. You may also leave an area blank; for instance I didn’t have any service experience, and left the whole section empty.

Come November, give it your best shot! I wish you the best of luck.

20 Myths about Applying to Haas

There is always a set of assumptions that seem to be pervasive in every applicant’s mind when considering what Haas does and does not accept. Let me tell you something: there’s no set formula. There is no magical amount of internships you need to do, no set GPA, no amount of connections in your non-existent network; nor is there any key position you need to obtain in some business club. There is no perfect candidate. It’s an arbitrary process. In fact, there is literally no key to getting into Haas. Here are some myths, debunked, when you’re thinking about applying to Haas as an undergraduate.

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The Key to Get Into Haas

This article will tell you the key to get into Haas. Well guess what. There’s no key. No magical formula, no perfect applicant. Nothing. Sorry to disappoint you.

In the Haas admissions criteria, it states that successful candidates exhibit:

  • Academic achievement and promise (including grades, course load, consistency of academic performance, and performance in key prerequisites, such as principles of business, math, economics, and statistics)
  • Accomplishments in extracurricular activities
  • Personal attributes and life experience suggesting leadership, maturity, ethical character, teamwork, and goal orientation
  • Communication and analytical skills, as demonstrated by responses to the essay questions
  • Interest in being an active member of the Haas community

In addition,

[…] the goal of the admissions review process is not only to evaluate an applicant’s ability to handle the academic rigor, but also to identify those who demonstrate a solid fit with our program. The Haas Undergraduate Program has a distinct culture and we seek applicants who represent the School’s Four Defining Principles: Question the Status Quo, Confidence without Attitude, Students Always, and Beyond Yourself. 

That’s easy, right? At least Haas gives you what they’re looking for.

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