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Odds of getting into Harvard 2+2?

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31 Aug 2015, 21:00
So I just found out about the Harvard 2+2 program, which sounds very appealing to me as I've just started my last semester of undergrad. My GMAT is 750 and my current GPA is 3.61 (hopefully 3.65 by the time I apply). The problem is until I took the GMAT I never imagined I would be applying for anything relatively close to Harvard, so I don't have a lot more to add to my application.

The 750 is only slightly better than the 740 median, and I'm not sure if it serves any advantage with my slightly below-average GPA. I don't have any internships/professional experience to add, but I plan to secure an internship starting early 2016 that I can at least mention. I have a year and a half's worth of work experience tutoring a variety of business courses, and the extent of my extracurricular activities is playing for the VCU ice hockey team.

Do I have any shot of getting in or should I save the \$250?

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01 Sep 2015, 07:42
Thanks for sharing your profile. nice work on the GMAT that will certainly go a long way of substantiating your equally strong academic performance. Assuming your undergrad was of a decent caliber you should be competitive on paper. Now competitive and getting in are two different things. So I would start identifying examples where you have demonstrated interpersonal skills that b-schools like HBS love like leadership, teamwork, etc. Athletics is always a natural place to uncover this so dig deep into these experiences to see if you have an fodder for your application. But you should certainly shoot out an application.

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01 Sep 2015, 07:46
Hey There Ethanlayman,

I also highly encourage you to check out SOM's Silver Scholars program, which is similar, but a little different: http://som.yale.edu/our-programs/mba/admissions/silver-scholars-program

Happy to chat about it if you're interested!

Dan

ethanlayman wrote:
So I just found out about the Harvard 2+2 program, which sounds very appealing to me as I've just started my last semester of undergrad. My GMAT is 750 and my current GPA is 3.61 (hopefully 3.65 by the time I apply). The problem is until I took the GMAT I never imagined I would be applying for anything relatively close to Harvard, so I don't have a lot more to add to my application.

The 750 is only slightly better than the 740 median, and I'm not sure if it serves any advantage with my slightly below-average GPA. I don't have any internships/professional experience to add, but I plan to secure an internship starting early 2016 that I can at least mention. I have a year and a half's worth of work experience tutoring a variety of business courses, and the extent of my extracurricular activities is playing for the VCU ice hockey team.

Do I have any shot of getting in or should I save the \$250?

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01 Sep 2015, 10:58
VeritasPrepDozie wrote:
Thanks for sharing your profile. nice work on the GMAT that will certainly go a long way of substantiating your equally strong academic performance. Assuming your undergrad was of a decent caliber you should be competitive on paper. Now competitive and getting in are two different things. So I would start identifying examples where you have demonstrated interpersonal skills that b-schools like HBS love like leadership, teamwork, etc. Athletics is always a natural place to uncover this so dig deep into these experiences to see if you have an fodder for your application. But you should certainly shoot out an application.

Hope this helps!

Thanks for the feedback!

Undergrad is at VCU, not particularly high-caliber, how much will that hurt me?

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01 Sep 2015, 16:20
ethanlayman wrote:
So I just found out about the Harvard 2+2 program, which sounds very appealing to me as I've just started my last semester of undergrad. My GMAT is 750 and my current GPA is 3.61 (hopefully 3.65 by the time I apply). The problem is until I took the GMAT I never imagined I would be applying for anything relatively close to Harvard, so I don't have a lot more to add to my application.

The 750 is only slightly better than the 740 median, and I'm not sure if it serves any advantage with my slightly below-average GPA. I don't have any internships/professional experience to add, but I plan to secure an internship starting early 2016 that I can at least mention. I have a year and a half's worth of work experience tutoring a variety of business courses, and the extent of my extracurricular activities is playing for the VCU ice hockey team.

Do I have any shot of getting in or should I save the \$250?

I think \$250 is worth it--think about how quickly you could spend that partying and eating out in college:)

2+2 has become absurdly competitive, and so very few people seem like high probabilities. You have solid grades and gmat, and so it's worth a shot. Yes, you are right that some strong extra curriculars and internships can help, but they look a lot at STEM folks, so it also matters what you have studied. And it sounds like you played a varsity sport, and that can be quite time consuming even out of your "season". Their class profiles also show that they pull from a lot of different undergrads to fill that 100+ seating, so that helps. And your demographic profile will also be evaluated.

Bottom line, you have a shot with an incredible essay to get attention, but unless you are coming from some under represented demographics, you are probably a better shot down the road with more leadership and extra curricular fire power.
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02 Sep 2015, 17:45
VCU will not be seen as an elite undergrad school but you did perform well so this will be seen as a positive aspect of your profile. If there was any doubt of your aptitude from your academic record your strong GMAT performance will put that to rest.

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