Did you apply to Stanford? Both HBS and Stanford have been gearing up for younger applicants, much like yourself, as well as those with very strong academic and GMAT scores, again, such as yourself. To be honest with you, 2.5 is a bit low for most of the top programs, but if you don't get in this year and reapply for class of 2014, you'd have at least 3.5 and that will put you in the running for top schools. Working an extra one or two years will not be an asset nor will it be a liability. It would be what you did within those 1 or two years that will judge the pros and cons. Again, if you don't get in anywhere this year, I'd wait until fall and apply again. It would put you at a much different position, and as I said, look at Stanford as well if you're into west coast schools.
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