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Harvard Business School 2+2 Program Essay Questions Posted

Harvard Business School (HBS) Director of Admissions Dee Leopold announced yesterday that HBS has posted the essay questions for the upcoming application season of its 2+2 Program, its deferred admissions program for promising college students. Or rather, she revealed that the essay questions this year are the same as last year’s.

“Before we get to being creative and tinkering with them, we decided to have three years of the same questions so we can do a little bit of longitudinal analysis about the responses,” Leopold wrote. 

For those who aren’t familiar with it, HBS’s 2+2 Program debuted in 2008 and is designed to target promising college students for whom the more traditional timeline of business school – which often involves five or more years of work before applying – might be a deterrent. Candidates for the 2+2 Program apply in their junior year of college. If admitted, they then complete two years of approved work experience before enrolling in the two-year HBS MBA program, where a slot will have been reserved for them.

The essay questions for the upcoming application season are as follow:

Required Questions
• What are your three most substantial accomplishments and why do you view them as such? (600-word limit)
• What would you like us to know about your undergraduate academic experience? (400-word limit)
• What have you learned from a mistake? (400-word limit)

Please also respond to one of the following (400-word limit each):
1. Discuss how you have engaged with a community or organization.
2. What area of the world are you most curious about and why?
3. What is your career vision and why is this choice meaningful to you?

The deadline for submitting applications to HBS’s 2+2 Program is June 15, 2010, and candidates will be notified of their admissions status in September. To learn more, click here.

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