HBS 2+2 Chances?

Hey, everyone, I'm considering applying for HBS 2+2. I'll list my bio below. I have a strong desire to work for or start an NGO to generate social change. During my 2 years of work, I plan to work for a non-profit.

University: non-target, but tier 1
Major, Year: Econ, Senior
Leadership exp: Varsity athlete for 2 yrs. (team captain); local school volunteer (5 months); non-profit summer internship (5 months); boutique investment bank (current job).
GMAT: 740 (balanced verbal and quant)
GPA: 3.9 (relatively poor freshman year but nearly flawless since then)

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Sep 24, 2011 - 10:53am

"Ask Alex at MBA Apply" search it on WSO

n he said 2+2 is pretty much a crapshoot

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Sep 24, 2011 - 11:58am
MrPaulAllen:
Thanks! So do I have a ~50% chance of admittance?

You have a near 0% chance. I am not being a bully, this is just the cold hard truth. Besides some of the extracurricular aspects HBS wants (nonprofit, scientific research), you need to be a hard science/math/humanities (read: not econ/finance) major and be a woman. If you are a URM then its fucking icing on the HBS cake.

EDIT: Absolutely no finance experience on your resume. Its basically an automatic ding.

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Sep 24, 2011 - 12:17pm
Ske7ch:
MrPaulAllen:
Thanks! So do I have a ~50% chance of admittance?

You have a near 0% chance. I am not being a bully, this is just the cold hard truth. Besides some of the extracurricular aspects HBS wants (nonprofit, scientific research), you need to be a hard science/math/humanities (read: not econ/finance) major and be a woman. If you are a URM then its fucking icing on the HBS cake.

EDIT: Absolutely no finance experience on your resume. Its basically an automatic ding.

The part about needing to be a woman or needing to have finance experience is completely false. You're implying they would take biology majors that have undertaken finance-related internships/plan on going into IB but not econ majors with the same goals. There would be absolutely no logic in the admissions committee discerning between the two if they have the same exact career goals. The whole point of the program is to attain diversity by seeking out people who AREN'T part of the usual finance/consulting mold and who DON'T want to just slave away at Goldman for the rest of their lives. The part about the majors, however, is true. All the people I know who were accepted to 2+2 majored in biology/chemistry/history/east asian studies/sociology. The hard sciences people all published extensive research, and the humanities people started their own companies/non-profits.

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Sep 24, 2011 - 12:12pm

Would it make you feel better if someone said you had a "~50% chance"?

hahaha it sounds like you haven't taken econometrics or even stats. Grade school discrete probability, does that ring a bell?

I didn't know people THIS naive still existed

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Sep 24, 2011 - 2:04pm
Solidarity:
Would it make you feel better if someone said you had a "~50% chance"?

hahaha it sounds like you haven't taken econometrics or even stats. Grade school discrete probability, does that ring a bell?

I didn't know people THIS naive still existed

Actually I had studied stats and mathematics long before I took "econometrics" in college. I am also aware that most leading behavioral economists and cognitive scientists recognize heuristical decision-making as a more effective mechanism than strict adherence to probabilities.

Sep 24, 2011 - 12:54pm
MrPaulAllen:

GPA: 3.9 (relatively poor freshman year but nearly flawless since then)

What dude? Get out of here with that shit.

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Sep 24, 2011 - 1:22pm

My undergraduate concentration is in a business-related field, and I have had a lot of business exposure. Is 2+2 the right program for me?

When the 2+2 Program was originally created it primarily targeted students who were not already on a business track (i.e. students studying the liberal arts, sciences, engineering, etc.). However, we are now encouraging students from all undergraduate majors to apply; that includes those with concentrations and experiences in business-related fields.

http://www.hbs.edu/mba/faq/#2plus2

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