Harvard Business School (HBS) 2+2 Pack

Admissions Consulting Services at a Glance

Comprehensive Packages

  • Dedicated Pack - Includes Application Strategy, Essay Review, Resume Review & Mock Interview
  • Elite Pack - Prompt, 7-day access to educational consultant, Application Strategy, Essay Review, Resume Review, Unlimited Mock Interview

A la Carte Services

  • Essay Review - Options include Single Essay (up to 800 words), Mini Pack (Single Essay + Resume Review) and Essay Review for all essays from one or more schools
  • Application Strategy - 2 hour minimum consultation with our education experts to map out application process
  • Mock Interview - 2 hour minimum preparation with our education expert to prepare for upcoming interview with admissions office
  • Case Interview - 2 hour minimum preparation with our expert to prepare for upcoming consulting case or job interview
  • Rejection Analysis - 2 hour minimum consultation with our education expert to evaluate weaknesses in rejected applications and plan next steps
  • Waitlist Strategy - 2 hour minimum consultation with our education expert to evaluate weaknesses in a waitlisted application, and make recommendations for interim period
  • Scholarship Application Review - Our consultants will identify specific scholarships to apply for, work with you to identify strengths that correlate with the stated objectives of the scholarship and review the applications to ensure your chance of receiving the scholarship is as high as possible
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MBA Admissions Student Review

For my admission essays, my consultant provided his expertise on editing and structural arrangement of ideas and helped me product finished final products. I received admissions from both my dream schools which are top tier schools. Today, as I decide to join one of them. I cannot thank Craig enough for his services. He is very experienced and uses his experience to guide user on the right track as far as the flow of the essay is concerned. Well, this is besides the excellent editing skills he has. Thanks Craig! -Eric

To register or for more information please email us at admissions@manhattaneliteprep.com.For more recent admissions success stories, please visit Student Admissions Testimonial page.

MBA (Business School) Admission Consulting Director: Tom Kania

Tom Kania has had over ten years of experience helping over 1,000 people from all over the world gain admissions to graduate business school. His admissions experience began when he served on the Admissions Committee for the MBA program for the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. During that time, Tom Kania read over 4000 applications and participated on the admissions decisions for over 7500 candidates. Tom Kania has a very high success rate of getting candidates into premier business schools including Harvard Business School, Standford GSB, Wharton, Columbia, Chicago and many others. His rates of admissions are usually 4-5 times higher than the stated acceptance rates.  His approach to graduate business school admissions comes from a personal marketing perspective where he strives to bring out the best that his clients can achieve. In addition to his admission expertise, Tom Kania is an expert in real estate finance and distressed assets portfolio management. He was recently chosen to be keynote speaker on distressed asset management at a World Bank conference in Ulaanbaarar, Mongolia and also serves as a consultant to many premier financial organizations including Citigroup, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, CB Richard Ellis and the International Finance Corporation. He speaks four languages fluently and holds an MBA from Wharton and a BA from Columbia University.

Featured MBA (Business School) Admissions Consultant: Craig

Craig is not only one of our most outstanding GMAT instructors, he is also a long-standing Manhattan Elite Prep consultant and our Elite Consultant for all of the top graduate school programs. He has lived in Paris and taught English to business executives. His experience comes from advising business owners and delivering top notch admissions seminars. In Austin he is currently the branch office manager for a translation company. He holds an MBA in International Marketing from the University of Nebraska at Omaha. With his in-depth understanding of the admissions process, Craig is more than qualified to assist you in getting you into your dream school.

Featured MBA (Business School) Admissions Consultant: Cabral

Cabral, a 2003 Wharton MBA graduate himself, has successfully helped students gain admissions in Harvard, Wharton, Virginia, Stanford and various other MBA programs for more than 5 years. He began his admissions experience as a Graduate Assistant in the Wharton MBA Office of Admissions. As a member of the Wharton admissions committee, he reviewed applications, pre-screened potential admits, and served on admissions panels at recruiting events in various cities. In addition, Cabral was the Prospective Student Chairman for Wharton's African American MBA Association (AAMBAA) where he was responsible for essay review & mock interview services designed to increase admission rates and applications of minority students.  He has worked with Manhattan Elite Prep since 2007 helping both international and domestic clients (resume review, essay review, MBA interview preparation, short-listing, information sessions, etc.) and received great feedback on his thorough comments and insightful guidance.





Featured MBA (Business School) Admissions Consultant: Dilpreet

Dilpreet's resume boasts time spent at Morgan Stanley, HSBC, and Lehman Brothers-- to name a few--  all work experiences which, coupled with her high GMAT score, garnered her acceptance into top business programs such as Wharton, Booth, Insead, and LSE-- the latter of which she attended for her MBA. At LSE, she was highly involved with the Peer Review Program, bringing further insight to students who were already receiving top training as to how to make themselves look good on paper. Her patience, her commitment, and her highly personalized approach to each student set her apart from any other consultant. We are honored and excited to allow you the chance to work with Dilpreet.


Our Elite & Dedicated MBA (B-School) Application Packs Include

  1.  Personal Assessment
  2.  School Selection
  3.  Defining Objectives/Goals 
  4.  Plan Application Roadmap
  5.  Application Assistance

    1.     Concise Selection of Profound Experiences
    2.     Convincingly Present Personal Strengths to Demonstrate Value
    3.     Formation of Compelling Resume
    4.     Construction of Convincing Essays
    5.     Collection of Persuasive Recommendation Letters

  6.  Refine your Application - Multiple Exchanges with Meaningful Feedback
  7.  Mock Interviews - Practices and Preparation for Effective Interviews
  8.  Guidance on Scholarship/Loan Applications
  9.  Acceptance and Preparation
  10.  Additional Guidance

    1.     Waitlist/Deferral Strategy
    2.     Re-application Strategy

Admissions Consulting Services Overview

Once you have decided to pursue an MBA, JD or other graduate degree, you have essentially completed the first step in the admissions process, and your motivation is a great precursor to success. But which schools? What are the next steps? How do you present yourself in such a way to truly demonstrate your strong drive and fit in your ideal school?

The admissions process overwhelms many applicants, especially busy, young business professionals with limited time in their schedules. Our individually-tailored guidance helps you successfully traverse the pitfalls of the application process. From your application essays to determining which school to attend, our admissions packages give you the expert advice and knowledge necessary to make the most educated decisions possible.

Choosing to return to school is a big investment, but know that the value of an MBA, JD or graduate degree from a top school is indisputable. Our services help you effectively present your strengths and hide your weaknesses. Through our one-on-one consultations with you, we create a roadmap to success together. Our consultants commit themselves to helping candidates put forth their best application. Our consultants will build strong relationships with you, the candidate, and will understand your nuances and gifts. They will help you present yourself effectively against stringent and selective admissions standards and criteria.

Harvard Business School (HBS) 2+2 Pack

The Harvard Business School 2+2 program is one of the most elite and competitive programs available. It offers especially qualified college juniors the opportunity to defer admission to the HBS MBA program for two years, while they gain valuable professional experience at a Harvard affiliate firm

The Manhattan Elite Prep Admissions Consulting Team has developed a complete guidance package designed specifically for the HBS 2+2 admissions process. By customizing our proven admissions consulting process to the HBS 2+2 Program's rigorous requirements, we help candidates put their best foot forward. Below is a basic structure of what our HBS 2+2 Admissions program is composed of, though bear in mind that each package is individually tailored to the strengths and experiences of each applicant.

Comparison of MBA (B-School) Application Service - Elite vs. Dedicated Packs

Elite vs. Dedicated Packs Comparison

Elite Package Dedicated Package HBS 2+2 Dedicated Package
Cost 1 School: $4000 - 2 Schools: $5000 - 3 Schools: $6000 - 4 Schools: $7000 - 5 Schools: $8000 1 School: $1900 - 2 Schools: $2800 - 3 Schools: $3700 - 4 Schools: $4600 - 5 Schools: $5500 $1900
Personal Assessment
School Selection
Defining Objectives/Goals
Plan Application Roadmap
Application Assistance
Application Refinement
Mock Interviews
Scholarship & Loan App. Guidance
Acceptance & Preparation Strategy
Waitlist/Deferral Strategy
Re-application Strategy
Access to Consultant 7 days/week Weekdays only Weekdays only
Elite Consultant - -
Turnaround Time for Materials 2-4 Days 4-7 Days 4-7 Days
Online Recordings for Application Tips - -
Access to Interview Question Database - -
Access to Essays and Recommendations - -
Live Online Editing w/ Consultant - -

Comparison of MBA (Business School) Essay Review & Resume Review Packs

Essay & Resume Review Packs Comparison

Single Essay Mini-Pack Basic Pack Advanced Pack
Service 1 Essay, 800 Words or Less Resume & Essay (800 Words or Less) or 2 Essays of 250 Words Each) All Essays & Resume for 1 School All Essays & Resume for 2 Schools
Price $150 $200 $450 $800
Grammar & Style Review
Advice on Theme & Content
Exchanges* Per Essay 3 3 3 3
Turnaround Time** 5-7 Days 5-7 Days 5-7 Days 5-7 Days
Cost for Additional School - - $350 $350
Cost for additional 800 words in same essay $50 $50 - -

*Three Exchanges include either phone calls, email exchanges or a combination; **3 day rush + $75; Weekend Rush +$100

Harvard Business School (HBS) 2+2 Application Facts & Tips


Started in 2008, the Harvard Business School (“HBS”) 2+2 Program has offered innovative college juniors the opportunity to apply for deferred admission to the HBS MBA program. Prior to enrollment, accepted students will gain two years work experience at the hands of a Harvard affiliate employer. To prepare students for the workforce, HBS hosts a summer program where each admit is allotted a career coach and begins to build a foundation for professional growth. The following summer students will return to HBS for a more intensive leadership training session. Students will then gain one more year of professional experience before returning to HBS to utilize their newfound knowledge in the classroom.

Typical Harvard Business School (HBS) 2+2 Applicants

The program is geared towards developing the leadership skills of individuals whose aspirations don’t fit the traditional corporate career mold. Academic fields and areas of interest may include art, activism, and engineering. While the goals of each applicant may vastly differ, all should maintain academic excellence and express a desire to make a difference in a specific field. The highly diverse and competitive applicant pool includes the following representative statistics for a recent year.


  • Applicants: 844
  • Admits: 115
  • Admit Rate: 13.63%
  • Woman: 39%
  • International: 27%

Educational Background:

  • Engineering & Natural Sciences: 50%
  • Humanities & Social Sciences: 44%
  • Business Administration: 4% 

Academic Information:

  • Average GMAT: 727
  • Average GRE Q: 767
  • Average GRE V: 679
  • Average GPA: 3.75

Harvard Business School (HBS) 2+2 Program Application Components

Only college juniors or those who have the equivalent academic credentials will be considered. All materials must be submitted online. Competitive applicants will be offered an interview. After the interview a final decision will be made.

Application Materials

  • 4 Application essays
  • Current resume
  • 2 Recommendations from professors, mentors, or advisors
  • Transcripts from all undergraduate academic institutions attended (full-or part-time)
  • GMAT or GRE scores
  • TOEFL or IELTS score (if applicable)
  • The application process requires thought and precision. It is recommended to begin preparing at least three months before the deadline.
  • Typical essay questions are as follow:

    • Required Questions

      • Tell us about something you did well. (400 words)
      • Tell us about something you wish you had done better. (400 words)

    • Joint degree applicants only:

      • How do you expect the joint degree experience to benefit you on both a professional and a personal level? (400 words)

The deadline for submitting applications to HBS’s 2+2 Program is typically in early April. Candidates will be notified of their admissions status by May.

Read more on Harvard Business School's 2+2 Program. Additional information about HBS 2+2 can be found at www.hbs.edu/mba/admissions/2+2/