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HBS 2+2 2014 - Calling All Applicants (Class of 2016) [#permalink] New post 11 Apr 2011, 21:45
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The 2+2 Application is to be released soon, so I figured this might be a good time to start a separate thread for the 2+2 applicants. The regular HBS thread is literally overflowing, and though the attention will most likely die soon, it's better to just have a separate thread! So here goes!

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To be considered for admission, an applicant must complete the following prerequisites:

* Junior year of undergraduate academic experience, or equivalent
* Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) or Graduate Record Examination (GRE) taken 6/15/05, or later
* Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS) taken 6/15/08, or later, if you are an international applicant attending a non-English-speaking undergraduate university
* Submission of a complete online application for evaluation by June 15, 2010


Essays for 2011's Cycle

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All application questions below are required.

* Tell us about three of your accomplishments. (600 words)
* Tell us three setbacks you have faced. (600 words)
* Why do you want an MBA? (400 words)
* What would you like the MBA Admissions Board to know about your undergraduate academic experience? (400 words)


Sandy's Advice for Students Applying to 2+2:

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A Shrewd Undergraduate's Guide to HBS Admissions
Published, THE HARVARD CRIMSON,
April 20th 2008

Sanford Kreisberg is the founder of hbsguru.com, a business school admissions consultancy. He has advised scores of Harvard graduates about applying to HBS over the past 10 years . . . .

1. Try to have a high GPA and do not fall for the canard that the admissions committee is aware of hard courses, and will give you a break. They are aware of A, B, and C. They have no idea if Post-Modern Feminist Approaches to Derivative Trading is a hard course or a gut. Take a lot of guts, and use the extra time to explore extra activities. Do not innocently engage in learning for 'learning sake' --although certainly say you do. Do not take introductory Arabic or Chinese because they sound contemporary and important, especially when most kids in those classes will be native speakers looking for guts. Do not take some super-duper math course because it sounds 'interesting.'

2. Try to have a high GMAT, but HBS is not obsessed with this; they are more concerned with your GPA, and will not get too shook up with a 680 or even a 660 GMAT if they 'otherwise love you' and that can apply to even non-minorities. A 720 GMAT is normative, a 750 won't help you as much as you think, and a jumbo 770+ is a nice touch, especially if a keystone of your application is that you are smart or quanty.

3. Be strategic about extracurriculars: try to be a leader. Try to find an issue where you can lead based on interests or identity politics. Think about Miss America, where each finalist has some 'signature' issue like overcoming learning disabilities or improving inner-city education. Get a signature issue of your own. Leading a club based on your ethnicity, personal concerns, diseases, or political ideas is good. Try to be innovative and expand the organization's programs and membership.

4. Be a work in progress. HBS is obsessed with 'transforming' its students, so the persona you should present in your application is someone who is both focused and accomplished, yet open to change. You don't need to be overly interested in business per se; rather, you need to be interested in the intersection of your personal passion, signature issue, or academic interest with the potential social impact. Thus, if you have a passion for biology, you would do better presenting yourself as someone interested in how biology can cure disease among groups a, b, or c, rather than someone obsessed with Biotech companies and their relative stock values. HBS will "transform" you into the latter.

5. For the 2+2? program, which is new, it is better to pretend to be 'out of it' about business than someone who has been obsessed with business ever since your grandfather gave you 100 shares of General Electric for your 10th birthday. HBS is looking for science and artsy kids who otherwise, without HBS's wonderful 2+2? program, never would have thought about business, and would have gone to (gasp) law school. So, be a techie who was happy being a nerd until, poof, 2+2? came along, and then you discovered you could be a business nerd. Think transformation.

6. In your essays, show what makes you tick; the essays are not brag sheets. Don't list what you did so much as account for how you were effective getting others, like professors and other students, to help you. Think Tom Sawyer. Get the others to help you paint the fence. Don't brag about raising money for charity, but explain how you convinced 20 other kids to help you raise money for charity.


Please feel free to let me know if you need me to add anything else. And if you're applying to this round of 2+2, please post below with your stats - GMAT, GPA, Major, and other pertinent things!

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Re: HBS 2+2 Class of 2016 (Entering 2014) [#permalink] New post 11 Apr 2011, 21:46
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Re: HBS 2+2 Class of 2016 (Entering 2014) [#permalink] New post 11 Apr 2011, 21:55
This year is going to be tougher than last year, since all juniors and seniors can apply to this program.
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Re: HBS 2+2 Class of 2016 (Entering 2014) [#permalink] New post 11 Apr 2011, 22:11
I asked Sandy about this, and he said that it shouldn't matter (the ratio won't skew, that is), if I remember correctly. But of course, I'm already having application jitters and the application isn't even officially out.
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Re: HBS 2+2 Class of 2016 (Entering 2014) [#permalink] New post 12 Apr 2011, 06:50
whatsup? i am having application jitters too. the website said the application would be up the week of april 11th initially, but they changed it to mid-late April now :(
did you guys give the GRE/GMAT already? what are your scores like?
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Re: HBS 2+2 Class of 2016 (Entering 2014) [#permalink] New post 12 Apr 2011, 10:43
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I asked Sandy about this, and he said that it shouldn't matter (the ratio won't skew, that is), if I remember correctly. But of course, I'm already having application jitters and the application isn't even officially out.


I guess Sandy is not good at math.
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Re: HBS 2+2 Class of 2016 (Entering 2014) [#permalink] New post 12 Apr 2011, 11:50
Nah, I think the intention of the program expansion is to include the few seniors admitted into a formal program and not necessarily to divert the attention from juniors to seniors. I have no idea. But at the same time, it seems like Dean Nohria is shying away from younger applicants more and more, so it really comes down to showing a deep resolve for why you want to do an MBA, I guess.

onorenhjin: Shoot me a PM, and maybe we can exchange contact info to talk about the application process?

nw91: Perhaps. :) And yes, I've taken the GMAT. Took it this past December.
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Re: HBS 2+2 Class of 2016 (Entering 2014) [#permalink] New post 12 Apr 2011, 13:05
you bleeding blue gave it away initially. And then I read your entire post about your GMAT prep. you have an awesome score :) Congrats

fyi- Application questions up on the website. Time to start writing the essays. Good luck everyone.
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Re: HBS 2+2 Class of 2016 (Entering 2014) [#permalink] New post 16 Apr 2011, 15:17
Thank you for the heads up! I shall include them in the first post.
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Re: HBS 2+2 Class of 2016 (Entering 2014) [#permalink] New post 19 May 2011, 10:13
anyone applying in the early round?
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Re: HBS 2+2 Class of 2016 (Entering 2014) [#permalink] New post 16 Jun 2011, 05:18
Please feel free to post questions about the 2+2 cycle here instead of the regular HBS thread. It might be easier to keep up with the updates as well. Good luck!!
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Re: HBS 2+2 Class of 2016 (Entering 2014) [#permalink] New post 16 Jun 2011, 07:11
i needed some advice on recommendations. what should i tell my recommenders and what content do 2+2 recommendations have?
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Re: HBS 2+2 Class of 2016 (Entering 2014) [#permalink] New post 16 Jun 2011, 07:37
Hey,
i had a query regarding my eligibility for HBS 2+2.. i came to know they opened it for college seniors as well... my college ended last may and should get my degree by august..will i be eligible?
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Re: HBS 2+2 Class of 2016 (Entering 2014) [#permalink] New post 16 Jun 2011, 07:42
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i had a query regarding my eligibility for HBS 2+2.. i came to know they opened it for college seniors as well... my college ended last may and should get my degree by august..will i be eligible?


i dont think so, this is what the website says

The 2+2 Program is for rising and current college seniors. It is comprised of two years of professional work experience followed by two years in the HBS MBA Program. Upon graduating from college, admitted 2+2 students spend two years working in a professional, HBS-approved position in the public, private, or nonprofit sector. The 2+2 Program attracts accomplished college seniors from all fields of study. We're looking for innovative thinkers who have demonstrated leadership and analytical skills and want to apply their knowledge and passion to make a difference in the world.

so since you are done with college, i doubt you are eligible
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Re: HBS 2+2 Class of 2016 (Entering 2014) [#permalink] New post 22 Jun 2011, 23:07
I am not really sure what you mean by telling your recommenders. The recommendation questions are available on the website.

As for applying, you need to still be a college senior or a rising college senior, which means if you already have your degree, it might be a bit late. I am not sure how it works.
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Re: HBS 2+2 Class of 2016 (Entering 2014) [#permalink] New post 23 Jun 2011, 04:47
what round are you applying in? i am aiming for early round
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Re: HBS 2+2 Class of 2016 (Entering 2014) [#permalink] New post 23 Jun 2011, 05:10
Applying for the summer round as well. My application is almost complete. I only need to upload the essays :)
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Re: HBS 2+2 Class of 2016 (Entering 2014) [#permalink] New post 23 Jun 2011, 05:39
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Applying for the summer round as well. My application is almost complete. I only need to upload the essays :)


Have your recommendations been submitted? My application is done, but I still have to work on a couple of my essays which I plan to do over this weekend. Dont want to leave it to the July 4th weekend. So hopefully, i will be done
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Re: HBS 2+2 Class of 2016 (Entering 2014) [#permalink] New post 23 Jun 2011, 05:47
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Applying for the summer round as well. My application is almost complete. I only need to upload the essays :)


Have your recommendations been submitted? My application is done, but I still have to work on a couple of my essays which I plan to do over this weekend. Dont want to leave it to the July 4th weekend. So hopefully, i will be done


Yep! They are all done. I just have to edit my essays and upload that! Good luck :)
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Re: HBS 2+2 Class of 2016 (Entering 2014) [#permalink] New post 27 Jun 2011, 08:50
Good Luck to you too. Lets hope for an interview in August :D
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