Harvard refuses 1,000 applicants for 2 + 2 MBA

A Harvard Business School class during COVID

The growing crop of 2 + 2 applicants for delayed admission to Harvard Business School today (June 2) received two types of news: outright rejection, euphemistically called “early release” or an invitation to a meeting. 1,000 applicants are expected to be ringed in today amid what many are predicting as a record volume of applications due to the pandemic.

Candidates invited for interview should access the online scheduling system to set up a virtual interview session via Zoom this summer with an HBS admissions manager. As for those that were turned down, MBA Admissions Director Chad Losee put it this way: “Unfortunately, we are not able to move you forward in the process, but I hope you will think again. to HBS and you will be encouraged to reapply in the future. “


The 2 + 2 program is a way for current students, whether in college or a full-time master’s degree program, to apply to Harvard Business School on a deferred basis. Admitted students must acquire at least two years of professional experience before enrolling in the school’s two-year MBA program. Last year, 1,577 applicants competed for a place in the 2 + 2 program, with only 129 winning entries to register in the coming years.

Candidates who schedule an upcoming interview will be able to preview a mock question-and-answer session with Sandy Kreisberg, founder of HBSGuru.com, next Friday. A student who had previously been handicapped by the MBA admissions consultant in his Friday With Sandy video series will return for advice on how best to prepare and present. Don’t miss it.

DON’T MISS: How to Apply for Harvard Business School 2 + 2 Program or HBS 2 + 2: A Risk-Free Way to Enter Harvard Business School?

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