Chances Of GSB Deferred / HBS 2+2 MBA Programs?

Prospective Monkey in Consulting

Considering applying for GSB Deferred and/or HBS 2+2 MBA programs, but worried my background is too typical. Would appreciate any thoughts given my background:
* White male UG at Georgetown / USC / UCLA / WashU tier school graduating in May 2020
* 3.95 GPA in Mathematics with minors in humanities
* Activities: strong leadership experience on campus in traditional student clubs and socially-oriented orgs
* Internships: research abroad, trading at BB in NY, and consulting at MBB
* Returning to MBB upon graduation
* 35 ACT think I can score 750+ GMAT
* Comfortable with expected recommenders and generally strong with essays

Long term, interested in moving into entrepreneurship or venture capital / growth equity in the Midwest (where I'm from originally). I think I'll have a solid story to tell for why I am applying and I'm coming from a STEM background, but I'm curious to hear if this application is far too standard for their deferred programs.

What are my chances?

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Aug 19, 2019
Prospective Monkey in Consulting :

Considering applying for GSB Deferred and/or HBS 2+2 MBA programs, but worried my background is too typical. Would appreciate any thoughts given my background:
* White male UG at Georgetown / USC / UCLA / WashU tier school graduating in May 2020
* 3.95 GPA in Mathematics with minors in humanities
* Activities: strong leadership experience on campus in traditional student clubs and socially-oriented orgs
* Internships: research abroad, trading at BB in NY, and consulting at MBB
* Returning to MBB upon graduation
* 35 ACT think I can score 750+ GMAT
* Comfortable with expected recommenders and generally strong with essays

Long term, interested in moving into entrepreneurship or venture capital / growth equity in the Midwest (where I'm from originally). I think I'll have a solid story to tell for why I am applying and I'm coming from a STEM background, but I'm curious to hear if this application is far too standard for their deferred programs.

What are my chances?

Hi Prospective Monkey in Consulting. I've worked with quite a few HBS 2+2 and Stanford deferred applicants. I think the key to deferred admissions is being able to pursue a career after undergrad that is unique. Because you have an offer of admission in your hands you can take some risks. By returning to consulting after graduation, you are setting yourself up for the traditional route to b-school (2-5 years consulting or 2-3 years consulting + PE or corporate). H & S don't really have a reason to offer you a spot two years from now because you are not really adding anything unusual or unique to the class. Sorry to disappoint

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  • Prospective Monkey in Venture Capital
Aug 19, 2019

So successful 2+2 candidates have to be from a non-finance/consulting career path?

Aug 21, 2019

Or they need to show why they are taking a big risk in the next two years that is worth an early offer of admission.

  • Prospective Monkey in Venture Capital
Aug 21, 2019

Could you give an example of such a risk?
It seems that MBB or IB/PE/HF is not much of a risk

Aug 21, 2019

I think you have a very good shot. Do apply

Aug 24, 2019
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