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Admission Chances for U.S. MBA Applicants [Data & Charts]

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Hello Guys,

This is second article of the series - MBA admission chances of applicants from various countries. In first article we analysed acceptance of Indian MBA applicants at top 50 US Bschools. In this post we are analysing acceptance chances of US applicants. For this analysis, we analysed the application data of GMATClub users who applied to US Bschools from 2012 to 2017. There were 45K applicants from all over the world who applied to US schools; 17.4K of them - or 39% - were US nationals. It's a two part analysis in which in first part we analysed acceptance rates of US applicants by GMAT, age, industry, educational background at top 20 US MBA programs and in second part we have taken top 50 US programs. The analysis also presents comparative study of acceptances rates of US applicants with those of applicants of other nationalities.

We hope this analysis will help US applicants understand in which schools they have higher chance of acceptance. Just a word of caution: While shortlisting Bschools, apart from acceptance chances, one should also look for other important aspects such as Fit, employment opportunities, etc. Any suggestions are most welcome.


Top 20 US BSchools (US News Rankings)




Main Takeaways:

  • Your GMAT score won't increase your chance of acceptance dramatically if it is in the range of 660 - 730. This reminds us a fact that Bschool representatives always say: GMAT is just one part of your application package.
  • Interview and Admission chances have a very similar curves (Figure 1)
  • Best chances for admission are for applicants with backgrounds in Military and Healthcare. Acceptance rates of applicants from Consulting and Finance industries are equal.
  • The worst chances are admission are for applicants from IT and Law areas.
  • Friendliest schools for Americans are Emory and UNC Kenan-Flagler, offering admission to 41% and 40% of US Applicants respectively.
  • See the post below for Top 50 schools and trends there




Schools Considered for this survey:
  • Harvard
  • Wharton
  • Booth
  • Stanford
  • MIT Sloan
  • Kellogg
  • Haas
  • Tuck
  • Yale
  • Columbia
  • Ross
  • Fuqua
  • Stern
  • Darden
  • Anderson
  • Johnson
  • McCombs
  • Kenan-Flagler
  • Tepper
  • Goizueta



Data Sample: 10280 Applicants
  • If your GMAT is greater than 650 but less than 780, your acceptance chance lies in the range of 22% - 25%, which reveals that for US nationals, an increase in the GMAT score won't necessarily increase your chance of acceptance dramatically.
  • Post interview acceptance rates are also lies in a tight range of 49% - 56% for applicants whose GMAT is less than 780. This finding once again proves our hypothesis that applicant's performance in interview has more impact on his post interview acceptance chance than his/her GMAT score.

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Data Sample: 11071 Applicants
  • Among all US applicants, those in the age range of 25-27 have highest acceptance rate of 22.6%. This implies that those who are applying to BSchools after spending 4-7 years in the industry after undergrad are preferred by business schools.

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Data Sample: 13056 Applicants
  • Veterans have greatest acceptance rates at US schools and lawyers have least acceptance rates, which is little surprising but it could be due to low volume of data for candidates from that field.
  • A gradual increase in acceptance rates of applicants from STEM and Business background with increase in GMAT shows that these applicants can benefit from increased GMAT score; however, the same is not true with applicants from Humanities/Social service background. Their acceptance graph drops down after 710 GMAT.
  • NYU Stern and Haas can be considered friendliest schools for US applicants as 78% and 76% of their admits are US nationals.

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Top 21 - 50 US BSchools (US News Rankings)




Main Takeaways:

  • At top 21-50 programs, acceptance chance increases with increase in GMAT score upto 710; however, it declines afterwards, which is surprising. One explanation for this decline could be that applicants with high GMAT scores might also be applying to top ranked schools and spending more time on apps of top ranked schools. Another reason could be that people are less enthusiastic is reporting admission decision from 21-50 school on forum.
  • Post interview acceptance acceptance rates are higher in top 21-50 schools. Irrespective of GMAT score, one can have at least 70% chance of acceptance after interview.
  • Non-Profit/Education is most preferred industry (47% acceptance rate) by top 21-50 schools.
  • Friendliest school to US Applicants in Top 50 is Olin (St Louis). (61% acceptance rate)



Schools Considered for this survey:
  • McDonough
  • Olin (St Louis)
  • Kelley
  • USC Marshall
  • Vanderbilt Owen
  • Arizona State (Carey)
  • Fisher
  • Foster
  • Jones (Rice)
  • Mendoza
  • Scheller (Georgia Tech)
  • Carlson
  • Temple (Fox)
  • BYU Marriott
  • Madison (Wisconsin)
  • Smeal (Penn State)
  • Michigan Broad
  • Mays (Texas A&M)
  • Naveen Jindal (UT Dallas)
  • Hough Florida
  • Illinois (Urbana-Champaign)
  • UC Davis
  • Simon (Rochester)
  • Merage (UC Irvine)
  • Carroll (Boston College)
  • Questron (Bonston University)
  • Smith
  • Terry
  • University of Arizona (Eller)
  • Krannert (Purdue)



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