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

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 - 10:05pm
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

Natalie Grinblatt Epstein Admissions Consultant & Former MBA Admissions Dean www.accepted.com/mbaMy bio | Contact Me
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Aug 21, 2019 - 11:24am

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.

Natalie Grinblatt Epstein Admissions Consultant & Former MBA Admissions Dean www.accepted.com/mbaMy bio | Contact Me
  • Prospect in VC
Aug 21, 2019 - 11:48am

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

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