MBA Handicapping: GRE For 2+2 Super Stars: How Low Can It Go?

Abdoo is a 23-year-old senior at the University of Cincinnati, majoring in economics and finance. He’s applying to several deferred admissions programs, including Harvard’s 2+2 program, Stanford GSB, Wharton and Chicago Booth. Born in Ethiopia and a Sengalese citizen who lives in the U.S., this first generation college student pretty much checks all the boxes.

  • A 3.92 grade point average.
  • A job waiting for him at BlackRock, the prestigious global investment management firm.
  • Internships in finance at Merrill Lynch and BlackRock

But then there’s his GRE. On practice tests, he has scored well below what HBS requires (see latest 2+2 class profile below): a 314 when the average total score for the latest class to enter HBS is 326.

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About The Author

John A. Byrne is the founder and editor-in-chief of C-Change Media, publishers of Poets&Quants and four other higher education websites. He has authored or co-authored more than ten books, including two New York Times bestsellers. John is the former executive editor of Businessweek, editor-in-chief of Businessweek. com, editor-in-chief of Fast Company, and the creator of the first regularly published rankings of business schools. As the co-founder of CentreCourt MBA Festivals, he hopes to meet you at the next MBA event in-person or online.