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HBS 2+2's New Look - For starters, for business majors and who should apply

HBS 2+2's New Look - For starters, for business majors and who should apply

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  • 1. HBS 2+2’s New Lookhttp://www.amerasiaconsulting.com/
  • 2. HBS 2+2’s New Look New ins and outs of the HBS 2+2 program MBA Admissions Consultant | http://www.amerasiaconsulting.com
  • 3. HBS 2+2’s New Look"Directors Blog", Dee Leopold of HBS explained some ofthe new ins and outs of the HBS 2+2 program.Her explanation centered on the way all college seniorsare being folded into the 2+2 pool of applicants and shestressed that it did not signal a sea change for 2+2 asmuch as it did reinforce that no college seniors will begoing straight to Harvard Business School aftergraduation. MBA Admissions Consultant | http://www.amerasiaconsulting.com
  • 4. In other words, HBS has always offered deferredadmission spots to college seniors applying in the regularrounds one, two, and three, so now they will just beformally moved into the 2+2 pool.The part that Dee (one of my favorite admissionsprofessionals, by the way - incredibly smart, loves herschool, plays chess while others are often playingcheckers) didnt get into was the removal of the "businessmajor restriction" - in the past, business majors were notallowed to apply to 2+2, as the program was designed topull people from disciplines such as engineering,humanities, and the arts. MBA Admissions Consultant | http://www.amerasiaconsulting.com
  • 5. Obviously, now that all college seniors are beingpushed out of the regular pool and into 2+2, thatrestriction had to be removed.So what does any of it mean, exactly? MBA Admissions Consultant | http://www.amerasiaconsulting.com
  • 6. For starters - and we will stress that this is has a minorimpact - it possibly makes the 2+2 pool a little tougher andit definitely makes the regular pool a little easier. Saythere were 15 amazing college seniors to apply in a yearthat HBS decided to offer deferred admission to. In thepast, those 15 spots were coming out of the 900 full-timeseats, two years down the road.Now, either those spots will come out of those earmarkedfor traditional 2+2 students, or, since college seniors willbe applying AFTER their more traditional "junior summer"counterparts, the size of that years cohort will just swell abit. MBA Admissions Consultant | http://www.amerasiaconsulting.com
  • 7. As for business majors, our instinct is that it will still beharder to earn a spot in the 2+2 program if you arecoming from a business background. This is in partbecause the road is now paved for you to go do all thethings a great HBS applicant should do in the businesssector, but also because we believe the program wasoriginally conceived in order to draw would-be lawstudents, public policy students, med students, and PhDsinto the b-school orbit.If that is a core philosophy - to capture incredibly brightyoung leaders and give them business training - then itstands to reason that there wont be massive changes in"typing." MBA Admissions Consultant | http://www.amerasiaconsulting.com
  • 8. Who should apply? We actually havent changed ourstance on this much. We believe that anyone - yes, evena business major - who has strong academic chops, hasdisplayed great leadership, and has the passion to applySHOULD DO SO. Why? A couple of reasons: first, worstcase scenario, this is a dry run that will transform the wayyou approach the next 2-6 years.Being asked to sit down and map out your strengths,articulate your goals, analyze who you are ... thatsintense stuff and if you do it for real, with actual stakes,you will become a better employee and eventual b-schoolapplicant. MBA Admissions Consultant | http://www.amerasiaconsulting.com
  • 9. Even if you didnt get into HBS 2+2, if you take a real runat it and take the process seriously, you will absolutelyaccelerate your career and grad school time line.Second, there still seems to be a *slightly* easier chanceat getting in. There simply arent as many 20 and 21 yearolds who have academic excellence, great leadership, andself awareness as there are 24, 25, and 26 year olds whohave those same attributes.The field tends to crowd the more you hit the HBS sweetspot of 3 or 4 years out of school. MBA Admissions Consultant | http://www.amerasiaconsulting.com
  • 10. You are up against not only the elite juniors and seniorsfrom your year, but also the people who had the light bulbgo off post-college. In other words, if you enjoy anadvantage - ANY advantage - now, you should try topress it before people who currently arent on your radarwind up passing you.Conversely, if you are not competitive now, take heart thatyou can lap a lot of superior candidates in a few years. MBA Admissions Consultant | http://www.amerasiaconsulting.com
  • 11. All told, whatever the reasons it was created andwhatever small changes are being madeadministratively, 2+2 is a really cool program that givescollege students a unique opportunity to walk the walkand see what they are made of.A lot of truly exceptional people have been "found" thisway already, and HBS is confident they will find manymore. So are we.Be sure to check out our free guide on How to Apply toHBS. MBA Admissions Consultant | http://www.amerasiaconsulting.com