Harvard Business School (HBS) 2+2 Pack

Harvard Business School (HBS) 2+2 Admissions Consulting

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.

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 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

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.

Admissions Consulting Services at a Glance

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Essay & Resume Review

  • Single Essay at $150 (up to 800 words), Mini Pack at $200 (Resume & Essay (800 Words or Less) or 2 Essays of 250 Words Each)
  • Essay Review for all essays & resume for 1 school at $450 or for 2 schools at $800;
  • Each additional school: $350
  • Cost of each set of additional 800 words in the same essay: $50; *3 day rush +$75; Weekend Rush +$100
  • Includes grammar & style review, advice on theme & content, 3 exchanges per essay, 5-7 turn around time
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A la Carte Services (Special Topics)

  • Application Strategy - Work with our consultants to devise the most effective application strategy that gets you into your top-choice school. ($150/hr, 2 hrs. minimum)
  • Mock Interview - Work with our consultants to prepare for anticipated questions to be expected during an interview. Appropriate for college, graduate (MBA/JD/Masters' Degrees) and jobs. ($150/hr, 2 hrs. minimum)
  • Case Interview - Case interview questions tend to coalesce around specific topics relating to a firm's outlook, such as operational concerns, government regulation, or its market share in relation to the market's size. Prepare first with our consultants to maximize your chances of landing the assignment. ($150/hr, 2 hrs. minimum)

Dedicated Packs

  • Dedicated Pack - Includes Personal Assessment; School Selection; Defining Objectives/Goals; Plan Application Roadmap; Application Assistance; Concise Selection of Profound Experiences; Formation of Compelling Resume; Convincing Essays (Unlimited exchanges/edits); Persuasive Recommendation Letters; Refine your Application; Mock Interviews; Scholarship/Loan Applications; Acceptance and Preparation; Waitlist/Deferral Strategy; Re-application Strategy.
  • 1 School - $1900; 2 Schools - $2800; 3 Schools - $3700; 4 Schools - $4600; 5 Schools - $5400

Elite Packs

  • Elite Pack - In addition to everything included in Dedicated Pack, it includes: Guaranteed to work with our most experienced and successful elite consultants; 7 day per week access to elite consultant via Skype/Zoom/WebEx; Prompt turnaround; Access to the most recent database of essays, recommendations, resumes; Unlimited interview preparation; Exclusive strategy session for getting noticed when visiting school or attending information sessions; Live online sessions via Zoom/WebEx where both parties can annotate any documents and share a whiteboard; Unlimited access to the live Zoom/WebEx online recordings related to your application.
  • 1 School: $4000 - 2 Schools: $5000 - 3 Schools: $6000 - 4 Schools: $7000 - 5 Schools: $8000

Special Admissions Packs

  • Rejection Analysis Pack - Includes application review, consultation and guidance with our education expert to identify issues & evaluate weaknesses in rejected applications and plan next steps and additional follow-up analysis
  • Waitlist Strategy Pack - Includes application review, consultation and guidance with our education expert to evaluate weaknesses in a waitlisted application, and make recommendations for interim period, and additional follow-up analysis to dramatically increase chances of acceptance
  • Scholarship Application Review Pack - Our consultants will help you 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



Special Admissions Pack Payment


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