The following is an excerpt from the School Specifics chapter of our insider's guide
The application process for 2+2 is really pretty simple and straightforward. After all the applications you have had to prepare to get to this point, the 2 + 2 Program application process is a breeze!
Why Apply for 2+2?
At the end of my junior year at Harvard, I really didn’t have a clear vision of what I wanted to do, but I thought that the 2+2 experience would be very helpful to me.
I felt that management experience would be helpful in anything I wanted to do. I applied for the 2 + 2 Program and I got the results at the beginning of my senior year, so there was about a 2 – 3 month turnaround.
When I heard about the 2+2 program, I was having kind of a rough time.
Many people have the same sort of experience I had. I started out in pre-med, but then I became interested in the policy side of health care, so I focused a lot on health policy. However, switching to business school didn’t make a lot of sense to me.
That’s when I found out about the 2+2 program.
It is designed for people like me who could definitely benefit from management experience based on career aspiration. Lots of students have a career goal that might fit in with business but do not see themselves as a true candidate for Harvard Business School.
The concept of the 2+2 program really intrigued me. The cool thing about the 2+2 is that it opens up the possibilities of business school to a lot of people who would otherwise not consider getting this type of experience.
Once I had decided to look into 2+2, I attended an information session and learned what defined a non-traditional applicant. I felt this definition suited me, so I put in my application.
5 Steps to Apply for 2+2
1. You have to take the GMAT or the GRE.
2. You must submit 3 or 4 essays.
3. You must submit 2 recommendations.
4. You must complete a standard application questionnaire
5. You submit it all online.
After you have submitted your application, you should hear whether or not you will be interviewed within a couple of months.
We’ll have plenty of advice for you in upcoming articles on how to best prepare in each of those steps!