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留学参考:HBS 2+2: A No-Risk Way To Get Into Harvard Business School?  

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留学参考:HBS 2+2: A No-Risk Way To Get Into Harvard Business School?

 


 BY: JOHN A. BYRNE ON FEBRUARY 09, 2017

 

 

Even Dvij Bajpai has to admit that a little bit of luck had to do with it.

Until almost the last moment, the Bombay-born Bajpai says he was undecided about applying to Harvard Business School’s 2+2 deferred admission program which allows students in college or full-time master’s programs to apply to the school’s MBA program. Successful applicants are then expected to enroll at HBS after racking up two to four years of professional work experience.

“It was midnight the day before the application was due and I didn’t have an essay,” laughs the 23-year-old Bajpai, who was in his final year of a dual-degree program in math and engineering with Amherst and Dartmouth colleges. He had already taken the GRE exam and started the application but had no idea what to write in the all-important required essay.

‘I BELIEVE IN YOU. YOU COULD DO THIS’

His friend, Tyler, was visiting him from Boston at the Dartmouth College campus and egged him on. “My best friend told me, ‘I believe in you. You could do this.’”

So the pair went for a drive around Hanover, N.H., in his friend’s Prius. “We just kept throwing ideas back and forth. We started trying to come up with a narrative and then it all clicked. But it was midnight and the application was due at 10 a.m. and I hadn’t started writing yet.”

Bajpai pulled an all-nighter, writing out the essay on his laptop as his friend slept soundly on a leather couch at Tuck’s Stell Hall. Finally, when the clock struck 6 a.m., the draft was done. He waited for Dartmouth’s career center to open to get some quick feedback on his work, did his final edits, and then handed the essay in just before the 10 a.m. deadline.

ONE OF 1,121 STUDENTS WHO APPLIED AND ONE OF ONLY 106 TO GET IN ON 2+2

Six weeks later last May, after an on-campus interview, he received a telephone call from Dee Leopold, then managing director of MBA admissions and now head of the school’s 2+2 program. “I was practicing piano in the basement of a building without cell service so I missed the call,” says Bajpai. Leopold sent him a congratulatory email, instead.

He was elated. “I thought wow, I have been given an incredible opportunity and I want to make the most of it. I just felt a strange desire to go to the library and start working. I don’t kow how to describe it. I really want to spend the next four years learning as much as possible so I can eventually do something impactful back home in India.”

Bajpai was one of 1,121 students who applied to Harvard’s 2+2 program and one of only 106 who was admitted and committed to acquiring work experience before showing up as a first-year MBA student in three to four years.

The program boasts the same acceptance rate of 11% that confronts mainstream MBA applicants to Harvard, though the 2+2 cohort tends to be more heavily populated with STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) types and is slightly more domestic than Harvard’s regular MBA class. Some 60% of last year’s 2+2 commits boasted STEM backgrounds, versus 38% for the latest incoming HBS class, and 79% were domestic, compared to 65%.

‘IF YOU GET TURNED DOWN, IT JUST MEANS NOT NOW–BUT NOT FOREVER’

Leopold positions the program as a no-risk proposition for applicants. “You get the GMAT out of the way at the best time when you are still a student. The application fee is lower ($100 vs. $250), and you get the chance for self-reflection that is valuable. If you are interviewed and accepted, you get to experience something that is truly distinctive. If you get turned down, it just means not now—but not forever,” says Leopold who agrees to do what she calls “touchpoint calls” to candidates who are not admitted after the interview stage. Last year, she fielded about 40 such phone calls.

“I listen,” she says. “If there are insights that I tink would be helpful as they face other interviews or career searching, I offer them. I also try to make sure they hear loud and clear that the decision they received this year from HBS doesn’t mean never. 2+2 would not be a very well-designed program if it left talented and aspiring leaders felling that they had received a ‘final’ decision from HBS. If you don’t get in, we would hope to see you in another few years or at another business school. We hope it has whet your appetite for business school.”

Successful candidates agree with Leopold that the timing of the program can be ideal. Cecil Alfaro Mora, 23, a 2+2 admit, went to Northeastern University, graduating summa cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering last year. “I was always interested in doing an MBA and just waiting for the time to apply,” the Costa Rica native says. “I was wrapping up a solid internship with Apple and knew I could get a good letter of recommendation from my manager. I had good grades in college, and it was a good time for me to prepare for the GMAT. I was in study mode so it was easy for me to do the GMAT. I didn’t want to leave the application for later on in life.”

 

Class Details 2+2 Profile Regular MBA
Total Applicants 1,121 9,759
Admits 106 934
Acceptance Rate 11% 11%
Women 44% 43%
International 21% 35%
Countries Represented 20 68
Median GMAT 730 730
GMAT Range 610—780 690—760
Average GPA 3.67 3.67
STEM Undergrad 60% 38%
Economics/Business 22% 41%
Humanities/Social Sciences 18% 21%
Colleges Represented 43 290

 

IN THE EARLY 1980S, MORE THAN 250 MEMBERS OF AN INCOMING MBA CLASS WERE DEFERRED ADMITS

Harvard began accepting deferred candidates in the 1970s when it was simply called “deferred admission. “This was back in the times when college seniors could and did come directly from undergrad to the classroom,” explains Leopold. The deferred admit program, she says, hit its high mark in the early 1980s when more than 250 members of an entering MBA class were deferred admits. “Since then, the work-experienced pool grew significantly and the number of college senior applications diminished correspondingly,” adds Leopold. “Business school was regarded as a path that was to be explored after getting work experience.”

Leopold effectively re-branded deferred admission into the 2+2 program in 2007, with a mandatory interview that was not required in the 1970s and more flexibility in the timing of the deferral period. The goal: To get business school on the radar of undergraduates who might have considered law, medicine or engineering as options and were less familiar with the benefits of an MBA degree. “It was conceived as a Trojan Horse vehicle to allow us to get on undergraduate campuses and capture students’ attention when they are making decisions about their next steps. STEM majors were a group we really wanted to inform. They come to campus with a mindset that could be enhanced by a case method business school.”

The first 2+2 cohort came together in 2008, with the intention that students would begin the MBA progam in 2011 as members of the Class of 2013. In that first cohort, some 106 seniors from 52 colleges were admitted. Back then, some 630 students applied and the acceptance rate was 17%. Not everyone admitted actually comes. Some find their careers so satisying they stay in their jobs. Others may decide later to pursue a PhD instead of an MBA. “We will always lost a handful of participants,” says Leopold.

‘WE WANT TO SEE CANDIDATES WHO HAVE NOT TAKEN THE WELL-TRODDEN PATH TO HBS’

Given the proclivity toward STEM grads, Leopold says she especially likes to receive applications from students at regional technical colleges. “We want to see candidates from a lot of schools where there is not a well-trodden path to Harvard Business School. The longer the list of schools represented, the better. We are deeply committed to making sure that the 2+2 program is known far and wide.”

And though the acceptance rate for 2+2s is identical, with the exactly the same 730 median GMAT and 3.67 PGA, it’s generally known among admissions consultants as slightly more competitive. “We focus more heavily on the academic qualifications of the college senior pool,” says Leopold, noting the absence of full-time work experience to judge a 2+2 candidate. “But we like the art history major who has taken quant courses and wants to get into art management or the budding entrepreneur who would like space to try something and knows that HBS is the next step.”

Since taking over the program after a 10-year stint as head of admissions, Leopold has tried to turn the time between acceptance and enrollment as a professional development opportunity for students. Each month, she sends out an email to commits with recommendations on books to read, podcasts to listen to, and websites to visit. In each missive, Leopold also attempts to profile an admitted student along the lines of a New York Times Style magazine interview, listing what a person is reading, listening to, eating, watching, and making time for.

‘I’M NOT THE CLASSIC I-BANKER SITTING AT GOLDMAN WITH FIVE PEERS ALL GOING TO GET AN MBA’

Admits love the attention. “I like those monthly newsletters because I work in an environment where very few people have gone to business school,” says Mora, who has started a logistics company in Miami for exports of flowers from Latin America. “I work mostly with people in developing countries, and I am not surrounded by a lot of people who have those high goals in life. I’m not the classic investment banker sitting at Goldman Sachs with five peers who all are going to get an MBA in the next couple of years. So it’s very cool to hear and see what others are doing.”

Leopold’s goal, of course, is to help forge connections to both the school and each other. “The role of admissions is extended beyond selection to facilitiate them knowing each other,” she says. That’s why Leopold is also organizing occasional get-togethers of admitted students and encouraging closed Facebook groups so commits get to know each other long before they start school. At one recent meeting at the Harvard Club in New York, admits were asked to pick a recent article from The Economist that “intrigues, baffles or infuriates you” and be prepared to engage in a discussion.

“It was like showing up for the first day of class,” remembers Ethan Bernstein, an organizational behavior professor and the faculty advisor of the 2+2 program. “People were excited. They were afraid. They wondered if they were going to make it. These two emotions convert into learning over time.”

‘FOR EVERY PERSON WHO APPLIES TO HBS, THERE MIGHT BE TEN OR MORE WHO DON’T’

Bernstein says “there is a certain strategic angle to get people who might not ordinarily come to Harvard Business School. For every person who applies, there might be ten or more who don’t because it’s too much of a hassle. And then there is the perception that if you started two companies and failed, you would not be welcome at Harvard Business School. Well, Silicon Valley values failure and so do we.”

Bernstein says that yield—the percentage of students who ultimately come to Harvard—is of little concern to him. “I don’t get evaluated based on yield. To me, it’s more about their preparation and our preparation for them. It’s to help them prepare for HBS without creating speed advantages. It’s a bridge. Once you get here, we want you to be a Harvard MBA, not a 2+2 student.”

Jayci Blake says she enjoys the communications from Leopold. She was accepted into 2+2 last year just before graduating from Texas A&M University with a degree in chemical engineering. She has already met socially with other 2+2 admits in Houston. Blake was a senior finishing up all her coursework, heard about the 2+2 program and decided to give it a shot. “I thought it was an incredible opportunity that I may not have the time or the passion for later on,” she says. “I had to go for this opportunity.”

HARVARD BUSINESS SCHOOL’S 2+2 PROGRAM: THE BASICS

2+2 Steps Details
Who Should Apply “Innovative thinkers who have demonstrated leadership and analytical skills and want to develop their knowledge and passion to make a difference in the world”
For Class of 2021 Must graduate from a bachelor degree or graduate between Oct. 1, 2016, and Sept. 30, 2017
GMAT or GRE Must complete either exam between April 3, 2012, and April 3, 2017
TOEFL International students at non-English speaking universities need an English language test taken after Jan. 1, 2015
2017 Deadline Only one deadline of April 3, 2017
Final Decisions May 17, 2017
Start Two-Year MBA Fall of 2019-2021

 

‘THIS SEEMS LIKE THE BEST OF BOTH WORLDS’

Like Bajpai, she also began to flirt with the idea of doing an MBA during college. “I definitely realized in my sophomore year that eventually I would want to get into the business side of engineering,” says Blake, who now works as a process engineer for BP. “So I was thinking about a future MBA when a friend told me about the 2-2 program. It sounded like perfect timing. I was hoping to work for a natural gas company as an engineer so I didn’t want to completely depart from that. This seems like the best of both worlds.”

The 2+2 application process reminded Blake of the time she was applying to go to Texas A&M, with some twists. “Taking the GMAT was probably the hardest part for me,” she says. “But the application felt really similar to when you apply to undergrad, including the essay prompt to introduce yourself on the first day of class. I kind of had fun with it. I knew I wanted this but also felt I had nothing to lose by being genuine. It was a pretty introspective experience putting the essay together. I wrote about why an engineer wants to go to business school.”

Her perspective clearly worked. “I explained that the really exciting companies have people who are good at understanding how techniligy will change in the future and how a product can survive in different economic circumstances. I wanted to have this technical background but I also wanted to apply it to the business side of what makes a company tick.”

‘AT THE END OF THE DAY, I THOUGHT I COULD BE HERE AND I COULD DO THIS’

When she traveled to Boston for the first time in her life for the on-campus interview, Blake says it was unlike anything she had ever experienced. “The moment I walked into the room I was told, ‘This is a conversation and I don’t have any specific questions for you. I am going to ask you about your background and we’ll see where we go from there.’” Blake remembers starting the interview with a discussion of her two summer internships at BP and ended up talking about how to help promote more women in leadership roles.

She strolled the HBS campus, she says, imagining the influential people who had been there and thinking about the authors of the books in Baker Library and the students who had read them. “I was a little intimidated going up there. But Dee (Leopold) was a huge part in making me feel welcome at HBS. She really made the day about ‘we are here to get to know you and you are here to get to know us.’ By the end of THE day, I thought I could be here and I could do this. That weekend was pretty wild. I had a senior formal on Friday night. I flew to Boston on Sunday, interviewed on Monday, and flew back to College Station to give my senior design presentation.”

Blake got her good news shortly after the presentation. She was on an airplane, flying to Taiwan, to spend a week with friends before going to China for her final Texas A&M class. “I was on the plane to Taiwan when our notification was supposed to go live,” remembers Blake. “I paid the $10 for airplane wifi, pulled it up and had a really hard time containing myself in the middle seat of the airplane. I was pretty excited.”

TAKING THE GRE IN INDIA THE DAY AFTER HIS GRANDMOTHER DIED

So was Bajpai. Though he waited until the last minute to draft his essay, he first began thinking about the possibility of an MBA degree when working on a capstone engineering project at Dartmouth. “We were trying to develop a device that could detect and quantify seizures and I began to realize that I was more inclined to the business side of things than the engineering side,” says the 23-year-old. “There were a lot of interesting technical problems but none of them mattered if you couldn’t get funding, or get your teammates to work together, or develop a good strategy for the product.”

Bajpai, who went to Dhirubhai Ambani International School in Bombay, returned to India to visit his family, scheduling his test date for the GRE there. “Then my grandmother passed away and the next day was my GRE exam,” he recalls. I did it, and I did okay. But I didn’t do very well, even though it was good enough. If you told me a year before that I would apply to business school I would have said you were crazy.”

Still, he graduated from Amherst summa cum laude with a BA in math in 2015 and from Dartmouth with his BS in engineering the following year. Plus, he had been a research assistant at Amherst who had designed a temperature sensing circuit, programmed a microcontroller, and received the Howard Hughes Fellowship to develop a device to control the termperature of a laser cavity to within 0.001 K. In other words, he has serious quant cred.

‘WHY DOES ANYONE GO TO BUSINESS SCHOOL?’

Yet, when it came to writing his essay, he was initially dumbfounded. Bajpai told his friend he was thinking about writing on his experience as an international student and what it was like to fit in. “I had a lot to say about that, but I didn’t think it would have been as powerful an essay.”

His friend agreed. “‘That’s pretty good,’ he told me, ‘but you have to ask yourself what are they looking for? When they pick this essay up, what will they expect to read?’”

After grabbing a fast food dinner from Kentucky Fried Chicken, the pair drove around the town in Tyler’s car. “He asked me, ‘Why does anyone go to business school and what could you bring to business skills? You have strong quanitative skills. Why is that useful? Well, business is becoming increasingly data-driven so that has become more important.’

“At some point, it clicked,” recalls Bajpai. “When I was heavily involved in my capstone project, it was my whole life and I realized then the biggest challenges were not technical problems.” So he wrote about that—and it ultimately worked. Bajpai graduated from Dartmouth last June, spent the summer in Hanover, and then moved to Boston to begin work as a product engineer for Analog Devices. “I’m really enjoying my job because I am developing a lot of technical skills,” he says.

‘THE DEGREE OFFERS A UNIQUE PIVOT POINT IN A CAREER’

Indeed, a typical quandary for many 2+2 commits is when to leave their jobs. Most tend to stay in their positions for slightly more than three years, says Bernstein. “There used to be a cuttoff point. Now we are letting it go by a little bit. It’s less about age and more about experience. The degree offers a unique pivot point in a career. People can see it for multiple purposes to accelerate their trajectory, to change industries, functions or geographies, to try something they never thought they would try. If you come here when you are not ready to pivot, you can miss out on that opportunity. If you wait too long, you’ll plant seeds and some sprouts will have already matured. Then, you’ll have the potential not to have as valuable an experience.”

Students eager to get a Harvard MBA often want to do everything they can to put themselves in the best possible position for an acceptance. Bernstein recalls a Harvard College student asking what he should do over a two-year period to put the odds in his favor. “He told me, ‘I want to be premed but want to make sure I don’t do anything that would close the door,’” says Bernstein. “We don’t want you to design your life around getting into Harvard Business School. “We are going to give you the opportunity to design your own life and decide what you want to do. But you can’t turn off people. There is a real desire to come here.”

Ultimately, the 2+2 program makes one of life’s most transforming educational experiences accessible to undergrads and grad students before they rack up any full-time work experience on their resumes. “Right now, says Cecil Alfaro Mora, “I see business school as a place where I can go and start something different, something more disruptive. Today I am in a very traditional industry. It’s a good business, but I’m looking forward to getting a group of classmates together, figuring something out and trying to tackle a big problem.”

 

 

 

以上内容摘自:

http://poetsandquants.com/2017/02/09/hbs-22-no-risk-way-get-harvard-business-school/ 

 

 

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