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What do you think is the IDEAL age to apply to HBS/Stanford?

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Let's say you could do it all over again and wanted to maximize your chances for admission to Harvard / Stanford / other top schools. What do you think is the ideal age for APPLYING (not matriculation--so you would really be 1 year older when you actually attend business school)?

Assume the following:
-Female
-GPA is 3.6+
-GMAT is 720+
-Work experience is normal. Something like a Big 4/Fortune 500 company from college graduation through matriculation at business school.
-Recs, extracurriculars, are good, but not excellent.
-Interview skills are decent and can probably make the work experience and extra curriculars seem better than they may appear on paper.
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Re: What do you think is the IDEAL age to apply to HBS/Stanford? [#permalink] New post 01 Mar 2010, 10:05
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I think this should really be, how many years of work experience before applying for H/S?

Some people are on the 3 year plan, some people are on the 5 year plan, some people take a gap year before college, etc.
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Re: What do you think is the IDEAL age to apply to HBS/Stanford? [#permalink] New post 01 Mar 2010, 10:17
if you are in a "leadership program" like at GE, i would apply right at the end of that so it doesn't look like you are "downgrading" to a regular job at the end of the program.

for HBS, i would say 3 years is the sweet spot nowadays (grad college at 22, work 2 years, apply during third year when 24/25).
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Re: What do you think is the IDEAL age to apply to HBS/Stanford? [#permalink] New post 01 Mar 2010, 10:40
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That's probably pretty true. Stanford's average months of work experience looks like its still around 4 years but Harvard's is only 3.5. At Stanford, for which BW was able to produce more detailed distribution statistics for their latest ranking, the median is 48 months. Half the admits have more than 4 years of full-time work experience. The 10th percentile is 24 months and the 90th percentile is 68 months. Harvard's distribution could look pretty similar but shifted leftward 6 months.

If no one took gap years or peace corps / volunteer missions, then the most represented age could be somewhere near 24-25 for Harvard. The average is apparently actually 26, probably skewed-right?
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Re: What do you think is the IDEAL age to apply to HBS/Stanford? [#permalink] New post 01 Mar 2010, 10:48
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I think this should really be, how many years of work experience before applying for H/S?

Some people are on the 3 year plan, some people are on the 5 year plan, some people take a gap year before college, etc.


You are probably right, but let's assume a "traditional" path, with 4 years of college and a full-time job straight from graduation through business school acceptance.
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Re: What do you think is the IDEAL age to apply to HBS/Stanford? [#permalink] New post 01 Mar 2010, 10:50
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That's probably pretty true. Stanford's average months of work experience looks like its still around 4 years but Harvard's is only 3.5. At Stanford, for which BW was able to produce more detailed distribution statistics for their latest ranking, the median is 48 months. Half the admits have more than 4 years of full-time work experience. The 10th percentile is 24 months and the 90th percentile is 68 months. Harvard's distribution could look pretty similar but shifted leftward 6 months.

If no one took gap years or peace corps / volunteer missions, then the most represented age could be somewhere near 24-25 for Harvard. The average is apparently actually 26, probably skewed-right?


Does BW = BusinessWeek? Do you have a link for the BW statistics?
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Re: What do you think is the IDEAL age to apply to HBS/Stanford? [#permalink] New post 01 Mar 2010, 11:01
for HBS, I believe 25 is the mode, but there are quite a few 24 and 26 as well. It looks roughly like a bell curve last time I saw it
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Re: What do you think is the IDEAL age to apply to HBS/Stanford? [#permalink] New post 01 Mar 2010, 11:19
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Does BW = BusinessWeek? Do you have a link for the BW statistics?


http://www.businessweek.com/bschools/ra ... nford.html

STANFORD CLASS PROFILE

Mean months of work experience of newest entering class:
47
Median months of work experience of newest entering class:
48
Middle 80% range of work experience of newest entering class in months:

From: 24
To: 68

http://www.businessweek.com/bschools/ra ... rvard.html

HARVARD CLASS PROFILE

Mean months of work experience of newest entering class:
41
Middle 80% range of work experience of newest entering class in months:

From: N/A
To: N/A
Mean age of entering class:
26
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Re: What do you think is the IDEAL age to apply to HBS/Stanford? [#permalink] New post 01 Mar 2010, 11:30
Thanks. The links are very helpful!
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If i was doing it all over again I would have black parents, gone to west point for undergrad, and scored 750 on the GMAT...that is the profile of the only person I know going to HBS. (He will be 27 at matriculation).
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Re: What do you think is the IDEAL age to apply to HBS/Stanford? [#permalink] New post 02 Mar 2010, 18:47
Definitely not 29. That's my age and no interview :(

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Re: What do you think is the IDEAL age to apply to HBS/Stanford? [#permalink] New post 02 Mar 2010, 19:23
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Definitely not 29. That's my age and no interview :(

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your profile says interview?
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