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Harvard Turns Down A Thousand 2+2 MBA Applicants

A Harvard Business School class during COVID

Harvard Business School‘s growing crop of 2+2 deferred admission candidates today (June 2) got two types of news: An outright rejection, euphemistically called an ‘early release,’ or an invitation to interview. An estimated 1,000 applicants were expected to be dinged today amid what many predict was record application volume due to the pandemic.

Applicants invited to interview need to go into the online scheduling system to arrange a virtual interview session via Zoom this summer with an HBS admissions official. As for those who were turned down, MBA admissions chief Chad Losee put it this way: “Unfortunately, we are not able to move you forward in the process, but hope you will think of HBS again and encourage you to reapply in the future.”


The 2+2 program is a way for current students, either in college or in a full-time master’s degree program, to apply to Harvard Business School on a deferred basis. Admitted students are expected to gain at least two years of professional work experience before enrolling in the school’s two-year MBA program. Last year, 1,577 applicants vied for a spot in the 2+2 program, with just 129 earning commitments to enroll in future years.

Candidates who set up a forthcoming interview will be able to get a peek at a mock Q&A session with Sandy Kreisberg, founder of, this coming Friday on June 11th. A student who earlier was handicapped by the MBA admissions consultant in his Friday With Sandy’s video series will be coming back for pointers on how to best prep and present himself. Don’t miss it.

DON’T MISS: How To Apply To Harvard Business School’s 2+2 Program or HBS 2+2: A No-Risk Way To Get Into Harvard Business School?