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Another Good Reason to Apply to the HBS 2+2 Program: Flexibility

Another Good Reason to Apply to the HBS 2+2 Program: Flexibility

An article that appeared in yesterday’s edition of The Harvard Crimson described an interesting phenomenon that is happening in the first cohort of students who were admitted to the HBS 2+2 Program back in 2008. Rather than entering Harvard Business School as first-year students last fall, a surprising number decided to keep working and delay their matriculation for another year.

According to the article (which mentions some former Veritas Prep students!), of the 106 students who were accepted in the HBS 2+2 Program’s first year, 65 entered HBS this past fall, 40 postponed matriculation, and one dropped out. And the trend is growing: For the group that is supposed to start at HBS this coming fall, more than half have decided to postpone matriculation.

HBS 2+2 Program Admissions Essays and Deadlines for 2011-2012

HBS 2+2 Program Admissions Essays and Deadlines for 2011-2012

The Harvard Business School admissions committee has just released its admissions essays for the HBS 2+2 Program for the coming year. Today we’ll dig into the program’s application deadlines and those essays.

Regarding deadlines, note that the big change since last year is that there are now four deadlines, vs. one single summer deadline for the program. Even though the window in which you can apply is now more wide open, note that the program is still designed with current college juniors in mind. (HBS phrases it as anyone who will “be graduating from your college or university between October 1, 2011 and September 30, 2012,” which mostly applies to those who are just wrapping up their junior year in college.)

Admissions 101: You Don't Go Into the Interview with a Blank Slate

Admissions 101: You Don't Go Into the Interview with a Blank Slate

Today we introduce a new series on the Veritas Prep Blog: Admissions 101. From time to time we’ll dig into various basis strategies for getting into the world’s top graduate schools, blowing up some dangerous myths along the way.

Today’s piece was inspired by the wave of HBS 2+2 Program interview invitations that were sent out yesterday. (Congrats to all of our clients who were invited! There are only about 200 of you!) Soon after learning he had been invited, one of our clients said, “I’m halfway through the door. As long as I don’t screw up the interview, I should be in.”

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Three Things to Remember as You Finish Your HBS 2+2 Program Application

Three Things to Remember as You Finish Your HBS 2+2 Program Application

If you’re a rising college senior who hopes to get into Harvard Business School’s HBS 2+2 Program, you’re probably already knee-deep in writing and editing your admissions essays. (The deadline is just two weeks from today! Before you know it your summer will be over!) While most of your candidacy is set in stone at this point — your GPA, the work experience you’ve accumulated to date, and probably your GMAT score — there’s still plenty of time to improve your chances with terrific essays and meaningful letters of recommendation.

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HBS 2+2 Program Application Essays for 2010

HBS 2+2 Program Application Essays for 2010

Recently Harvard Business School announced the 2010 deadline for its HBS 2+2 Program. While the deadline has changed quite a bit since last year (it’s several weeks earlier than before), but the program’s admissions essays actually remain the same.

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One More Reason to Apply to HBS While You Are Young

One More Reason to Apply to HBS While You Are Young


If you’ve been reading our blog for a while, you no doubt have picked up on the fact that Harvard Business School has been the most vocal among top business schools about trying to attract younger applicants. By “younger” we mean that, while the mean number of years of work experience for students entering top business schools is still around 5 (note that’s the number of years of full-time work experience at matriculation, not when they submit their applications), Harvard has made a point of encouraging applicants to apply with fewer than three years of experience. In fact, nearly half of the Class of 2011‘s 937 students has no more than three years of full-time work experience.

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HBS 2+2 Application Deadline Announced for 2010

HBS 2+2 Application Deadline Announced for 2010

Harvard Business School has just announced this year’s application deadline for the HBS 2+2 Program: June 15, 2010. Note that this is a couple of week’s earlier than last year’s deadline.

More Women Than Ever Are Going to Business School

More Women Than Ever Are Going to Business School


According to a new article by Rebecca Knight in the Financial Times (free registration required), the typical MBA classroom now has more women in it than ever before. The article cites a study by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business, which shows that women now make up about 37% of the student body at traditional full-time business schools in the U.S., up from 33% just five years ago (and up from 30% ten years ago).

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HBS 2+2 Program Podcast

HBS 2+2 Program Podcast

In a new podcast on the HBS web site, Assistant Director of MBA Admissions Kerry McLaughlin, interviewed Andrea Kimmel from HBS 2+2 Program admissions, and Mark Michaelman, a recent 2+2 Program admit from Northeastern University. The podcast provides a nice overview of Harvard’s rationale for launching the program last year, as well as some advice for rising college seniors who may apply to the program this summer.

Kimmel explained that the impetus for creating the HBS 2+2 Program was when the school realized who wasn’t applying to HBS. Explained Kimmel, “We realized there was a real opportunity to start to talk to younger people who maybe would never have business or an MBA degree on their radar screen.” The admissions officers especially had scientists, engineers, liberal arts majors in mind when they created the program — how to turn them on to the idea of a graduate business education before they go too far down another professional path?

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HBS 2+2 Program to Accept the GRE

HBS 2+2 Program to Accept the GRE

We’ve previously weighed in on the GRE vs. GMAT question in the media. Now, one more big name among business schools plans to start accepting the test: Harvard has announced that it will accept the GRE for HBS 2+2 Program applicants starting this year.

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HBS 2+2 Program Application Essays and Deadlines Now Available

HBS 2+2 Program Application Essays and Deadlines Now Available

Harvard Business School has posted the admissions essays and deadlines for 2009. Here they are, taken from Harvard’s site. Our comments are in italics:

HBS 2+2 Program Application Deadline
There is just one application round for the HBS 2+2 Program. Applications must be received by July 1, 2009, at 5:00 PM Eastern time. Applicants will be notified of their admissions decisions by September 15, 2009.

HBS 2+2 Program Admissions Decisions

HBS 2+2 Program Admissions Decisions

This just in! HBS has started to send acceptance notices to applicants who have been admitted to the first entering class of the HBS 2+2 Program. Word from our clients is that HBS first sent admissions acceptance notices by email, followed up by a congratualtory call from Dee Leopold herself.

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HBS 2+2 Interview Invitations Sent

HBS 2+2 Interview Invitations Sent

According to some of our own clients, last Wednesday Harvard Business School sent interview invitations to select HBS 2+2 Program applicants. (Congrats, folks!)

HBS also sent rejection letters to applicants on the same day, and in the letter the school explained that there were over 600 applicants to the program. Given the estimated number of applicants Harvard will accept, this would put the projected acceptance rate of the HBS 2+2 Program in line with the general school’s acceptance rate (in the low- to mid-teens).

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The HBS 2+2 Program

The HBS 2+2 Program

If you’re a college junior with a liberal arts bent, the HBS 2+2 Program could be right for you. This marks the first year of admissions for Harvard Business School’s new program targeting college undergrads. According to our MBA admission consulting team — which offers specialized consulting for students applying to the HBS 2+2 Program – the new program has created quite a buzz on campus.

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Harvard Announces New 2+2 Program

Harvard Announces New 2+2 Program

We wanted to bring your attention to the new deferred-admission program launched at Harvard, called the HBS 2+2 Program. The program is designed to reach out to high achieving college juniors, who can get guaranteed admission to Harvard Business School, after graduating college and accruing two years of approved work experience. It seems like a great idea, and will most likely be beneficial to both the targeted students and to HBS.

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