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The Importance of the GMAT in getting admitted to Stanford

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Concentration: Strategy
GMAT 1: 750 Q48 V45
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29 Jul 2017, 17:39
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Earlier this year in a "Handicapping your elite MBA Odds" article's comments section (link HERE) on Poets & Quants, Sandy Kriesberg, also known as the "HBS Guru", had a pretty amusing comment with a student who had just been accepted to the Stanford GSB 2+2 program with a 770 GMAT (emphasis mine):

Sandy Kriesberg wrote:
HAHA --Stanford 2+2 -- YES, HBS 2+2 -- NO (and no interview)

Yippie!!!! Great outcome for you!!!!! SO glad this worked out.
For those keeping score at home, proof of my often stated rule that Stanford GSB goes for BIG GMATS the way that teen boys go for big bra sizes, while HBS also wants a nice personality.

But does Sandy's intuition actually play out in reality? Fortunately, the MBA Data Guru has a post (link HERE)with the stats to back this up. According to the table in the article, roughly 1% of students who score a 650 get admitted, rising to 3% at 700, 8% at 750, 14% at 780, and a whopping 20% acceptance rate at 800. So what Sandy has intuited does seem to be true, and regardless of Kirsten Moss's statements, it would seem that Stanford places an extremely high premium on GMAT scores in comparison to HBS (where the GMAT acceptance curve is much flatter).

In short, if you're applying to Stanford you may want to consider retaking the GMAT even if you already have an exceptional score.
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31 Jul 2017, 03:00
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Fortunately, the MBA Data Guru has a post (link HERE)with the stats to back this up. According to the table in the article, roughly 1% of students who score a 650 get admitted, rising to 3% at 700, 8% at 750, 14% at 780, and a whopping 20% acceptance rate at 800. So what Sandy has intuited does seem to be true, and regardless of Kirsten Moss's statements, it would seem that Stanford places an extremely high premium on GMAT scores in comparison to HBS (where the GMAT acceptance curve is much flatter).

In short, if you're applying to Stanford you may want to consider retaking the GMAT even if you already have an exceptional score.

Agree with MBA Data Guru's findings regarding acceptance chances at Stanford based on GMAT. Last year we had also carried out acceptance analysis of GMATClub users of who applied to Stanford in last 5 years and our findings were pretty much similar to those of MBA Data Guru. You can see that analysis here.. https://gmatclub.com/forum/calling-all- ... l#p1726819
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