GPAs & GMATs: What You Need To Get In

 The Raw Stats for the Top 25 Business Schools in the U.S.

Rank and School                          GMAT Average    GMAT    Range*    GPA    Average    GPA Range*
  1. Harvard 724 490 — 790** 3.66 NA
  2. Stanford GSB 730 680 — 770 3.70 3.36 — 3.97
  3. Chicago (Booth) 719 670 — 760 3.52 3.08 — 3.90
  4. UPenn (Wharton) 718 680 — 760 3.56 3.18 — 3.87
  5. Columbia 716 680 — 760 3.50 3.00 — 3.80
  5. MIT (Sloan) 710 660 — 750 3.51 3.10 — 3.86
  7. Northwestern 712 660 — 760 3.54 3.19 — 3.88
  8. Dartmouth (Tuck) 718 660 — 760 3.52 3.20 — 3.84
  9. Berkeley (Haas) 715 675 — 750 3.64 3.39 — 3.90
10. Duke (Fuqua) 689 630 — 740 3.44 3.06 — 3.79
11. Virginia (Darden) 701 643 — 750 3.40 3.00 — 3.80
12. Michigan (Ross) 703 650 — 750 3.40 3.00 — 3.80
13. Cornell (Johnson) 691 630 — 740 3.29 2.78 — 3.77
14. Yale School of Mgt. 719 680 — 760 3.52 3.10 — 3.87
15. New York (Stern) 719 670 — 760 3.42 3.02 — 3.79
16. UCLA (Anderson) 704 650 — 750 3.50 3.20 — 3.86
17. Carnegie (Tepper) 686 620 — 740 3.35 2.73 — 3.84
18. UNC (Kenan-Flagler) 689 630 — 740 3.31 2.80 — 3.80
19. Texas (McCombs) 692 640 — 740 3.43 2.87 — 3.85
20. Emory (Goizueta) 681 610 — 730 3.30 2.68 — 3.70
21. Indiana (Kelley) 670 590 — 730 3.32 2.80 — 3.78
22. USC (Marshall) 687 630 — 740 3.30 2.93 — 3.74
23. Georgetown (McDonough) 686 640 — 730 3.31 2.85 — 3.78
24. Wisconsin-Madison 680 630 — 730 3.33 2.79 — 3.80
25. Vanderbilt (Owen) 695 640 — 760 3.40 2.90 — 3.90

Source: Poets&Quants’ 2011 Ranking of the Best Business Schools and School Reported Data to U.S. News & World Report for classes entering in the fall of 2011 Notes: * Reported ranges for both GMAT and GPA are the 10th and 90th percentile. ** Full range of scores

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  • angry_pickle

    Those tests were created over 50 years ago.

  • JohnAByrne

    Sally,

    Yes, indeed. In fact, we took a look at GMAT and GPA changes at the top 50 business schools over the past five years. See here:

    Average GMATs:
    http://poetsandquants.com/2014/03/11/average-gmat-scores-at-top-50-u-s-business-schools/

    Average GPAs:
    http://poetsandquants.com/2014/03/27/average-gpas-at-top-50-u-s-business-schools/

  • Sally A

    Is there an updated version of this today?

  • GW

    That won’t keep you out of Harvard if you have the money to go. You won’t get a scholarship.

  • Lili

    dude, just shutup.

  • anon

    No.

  • Bored

    A few things:
    1) I don’t agree with GM’s statements
    2) in his defense he doesn’t say all people that go to top schools are successful businessmen. He said, that of the portion of people who did go to bschool and whom did become successful (1%>X>100%) didnt take the GMAT
    3) George Bush is known for having gotten into both Yale and HBS based purely on his father’s connections and name. Though there may still be a small percentage of similarly-situated folks today, the fact is in the last 15 years, the percent of such students has dropped precipitously (and is almost non existent at Yale undergrad – no connections are getting a C student with horrible SATs in).
    4) {cut and paste} Changes in the Administration of the GMAT

    In the fifty-five years since the first meeting of the Graduate Business Admission Council (changed to the Graduate Management Admission Council in 1976), nearly every aspect of the test has changed. In 1976, the name of the exam changed from the Admissions Test for Graduate Study in Business (ATGSB) to the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT). In 1955, one year after the exam was first administered, the Quantitative and Verbal sectional scores were added. In 1961 all but one of the question types were changed and they continued to change until 1994. The length of time required to take the test grew from two hours and twenty-five minutes in 1954 to four hours in 1994 and settled at the current three hours thirty minutes in 1997. Even the test developers have changed. ETS developed GMAT questions until 2006 when GMAC changed vendors to ACT Inc. Since 1954 the only things that has not changed is the GMAC’s desire to test those skills necessary to succeed in graduate business schools’ core curriculums, the belief that the skills tested on the exam develop over a relatively long period of time, and quantitative problem solving questions.

  • ALD

    Didn’t George Bush Jr. get his MBA at Harvard?

  • Happy

    Hi there,

    That is why I am sticking to the no name brand universities. I applied for them and all i care for is it is a Regional and AACSB International accredited Graduate Business programs. I don’t want to compete and be stressed out all time. Just be happy, degree is a degree, what you do with it, is more important. Luck is a huge factor in any one’s success. Good luck to all of you!

    “bummed”, your post is funny!
    Just be happy 🙂