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Highest % of students attending their first choice? [#permalink] New post 30 Sep 2010, 21:37
Which schools among the top 10 have the highest percentage of students who are at their first choice? Obviously Harvard and Stanford will still come out on top, but I'm curious how the rest of the lineup would look. I ask because I'm presently in grad school at a US News Top ~15 school, and lots of the undergrads here have huge chips on their shoulders about being rejected by Harvard, MIT, etc. I don't really want to go to an MBA program with the same attitude.

Seems that some schools like Sloan and Tuck are niche enough that they might get a fair number of folks who see those places as their top choices? I'm just guessing here... thoughts?
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Re: Highest % of students attending their first choice? [#permalink] New post 30 Sep 2010, 21:46
The answer to this question smells like "yield" but it's not actually researchable. With yield numbers you can see which programs get people accepting their offers, but you will have no way of knowing if that school was their original first choice.

For example, if I got dinged from my hypothetical first choice of HBS, and then I accepted an offer from my hypothetical second choice of Ross the following would result: HBS yield would have no impact and Ross yield would look better even though HBS was really my first choice.

Yield displays which programs are an applicant's top available option. Furthermore, I should add that even if an applicant is admitted to their first choice, scholarship decisions could make another program their top available option and lead them to matriculating there, lowering the yield on their first choice and raising the yield for their accepted program.
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Re: Highest % of students attending their first choice? [#permalink] New post 01 Oct 2010, 06:01
If we're basing this on the hypothetical where a person had his choice before beginning the process, Harvard and Stanford will be sky high. Probably a smaller but still significant percent at Wharton. My gut says that maybe the Chicago schools will be somewhat higher than the rest and then probably a low percent at the other schools based on having a spouse or family nearby or other "real life" circumstances.

If you're basing it on where people have come to terms with their real profile, then my guess is that after HSW you're looking at a larger share as many people will start the mental process of making their realistic shots their first choice.

If you're basing it on asking people after they actually go, I'd imagine that it's pretty darn high at all the schools. ("If you knew what you know today, would your school be your first choice?")

That sounds cynical, but it's not. I think it's a good thing that people, armed with more information about not only the schools but themselves, will view where they are in the most positive light.
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