Here’s the histogram of years from college graduation that we always publish at this time of year. Looks like the mode (you know what that means) is 4 years since college. Plenty of incoming students coming before and after, but wanted you to see this.
Try not to see this as a template or target…seriously.
The common sense advice still holds: You need work experience to be at HBS, but there is no universal right time to come.
Also worth noting: This really does change from year-to-year.
This year’s class also welcomes 94 students who are reapplicants, i.e. they didn’t get in the first time they applied!