The B-School Class of 2015: By The Numbers

by John A. Byrne on

Portrait Of The Class of 2015 At The Top 10 U.S. MBA Programs  — GMATs & GPAs

 

2012 P&Q Rank & School                 Class of 2015 Average GMAT    2014 Average GMAT    2015 Average GPA     2014 Average GPA
  1. Harvard 727 724 3.67 3.67
  2. Stanford GSB 732 729 3.73 3.69
  3. Chicago (Booth) 723 720 3.57 3.52
  4. Pennsylvania (Wharton) 725 718 3.60* 3.60
  5. Northwestern (Kellogg) 715 708 3.54 3.59
  6. MIT (Sloan) 713 710 3.53* 3.53
  7. Columbia 716 715 3.50 3.50
  8. Dartmouth (Tuck) 719 717 3.53 3.49
  9. UC-Berkeley (Haas) 714 715 3.61 3.61
10. Duke (Fuqua) 694 690 3.40 3.40

Source: Schools     Notes: An asterisk is an estimate

 

Portrait Of The Class of 2015 – Women & International Enrollment

 

2012 P&Q Rank & School                       Class of 2015 Women    2014 Women    2015 International    2014 International  
  1. Harvard 41% 40% 34% 34%
  2. Stanford GSB 36% 35% 41% 42%
  3. Chicago (Booth) 35% 35% 36% 32%
  4. Pennsylvania (Wharton) 42% 43% 35% 38%
  5. Northwestern (Kellogg) 36% 34% 36% 38%
  6. MIT (Sloan) 34% 35% 41% 40%
  7. Columbia 36% 36% 36% 32%
  8. Dartmouth (Tuck) 34% 33% 32% 33%
  9. UC-Berkeley (Haas) 29% 31% 37% 37%
10. Duke (Fuqua) 32% 33% 41% 40%

Source: Schools     Notes: An asterisk is an estimate

Portrait Of The Class of 2015 – Applications & Acceptance Rates

 

2012 P&Q Rank & School               Class of 2015 Apps   2014 Apps   Percentage Change   2015 Selectivity   2014 Selectivity
  1. Harvard 9,315 8,963 3.9% 11.8% 11.5%
  2. Stanford GSB 7,108 6,716 5.8% 6.8% 7.1%
  3. Chicago (Booth) 4,430 4,031 9.9% 21.0% 23.0%
  4. Pennsylvania (Wharton) 6,036 6,408 -5.8% 22.0% 20.0%
  5. Northwestern (Kellogg) 4,964 4,583 8.3% 22.9% 22.9%
  6. MIT (Sloan) 4,300 4,000 7.5% 15.2%* 15.6%
  7. Columbial 5,765 5,409 6.6% 18.1% 20.8%
  8. Dartmouth (Tuck) 2,680 2,502 7.1% 20.8% 20.4%
  9. UC-Berkeley (Haas) 3,422 3,352 2.1% 13.9%* 13.8%
10. Duke (Fuqua) 3,176 3,161 0.5% 26.0% 27.5%

Source: Schools
Notes: An asterisk is an estimate

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  • P&QJokes

    This top 10 list is weird…

  • LS

    John – didn’t Kellogg have a 12.9% increase in number of applications? This is not reflected in the table. The table says Kellogg merely had a 1.1% increase.

  • JohnAByrne

    Actually, we reported on Poets&Quants that applications to the full-time program at Kellogg were up about 9%. This is what we were told by the school back in May. But when we checked in again for the figures, the numbers in the table were confirmed by the school. We’ve been going back and forth with Kellogg for days now trying to get to the bottom of this.

  • JohnAByrne

    Thanks for noticing. We corrected the table. The problem is that many schools don’t make this all that easy to find and then some are more transparent than others. Columbia actually did a very good job of posting all the relevant info. I missed the data that would allow me to do the acceptance rate. It’s corrected now.

    As for the increase in apps and why we didn’t do a separate story, here’s what I think. A double-digit decrease or a double-digit increase at a top school seems to warrant a separate story. That’s why I wrote about the 19% plunge last year and am covering the 6.6% rise in a more comprehensive story about the top schools this year. But your question is a good one and I think it is worth a special mention in this story at the very least. So I did add a paragraph on it.

  • JohnAByrne

    The latest update from Kellogg. The school is now reporting that applications to its two-year MBA and MMM programs were up 8.3% this past year to 4,964 from 4,583 a year earlier. This change is now reflected in the table above. We had earlier been told by Kellogg that the increase was only 1.1% but the communications person who relayed that information was wrong. So the 8.3% rise is more in line with the 9% the school reported in May before its round three deadline closed out.

  • ?

    Why are they combining programs for this statistic? It seems like you are comparing apples to oranges in this case. What is the YoY chg. for its two-year MBA program alone? Could that be the 1.1% increase? Maybe I’m missing something. Thanks.

  • FStratford

    The undergrad background speaks volumes: MIT is the STEM school, Harvard, Booth, Kelogg Tuck, Haas and Duke are Biz Schools, and Stanford, Wharton and Columbia are Humanities schools…

    Everyone else have STEM as a second’ish choice, but MIT likes them a lot.

  • Guest

    John, thanks for great data analysis as usual. Isn’t absolute application volume more telling than the YoY growth? Booth shows a strong growth in apps, but in absolute terms the ranking is: H, S, W, Columbia, Kellogg, Booth. ROIs and GMATs aside, this shows where the people really try to get into.

  • john’s mother

    There is incorrect and inaccurate information due to a lack of proper care and lack of proof reading.

  • john’s mother

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    John goes deep into insanity

  • MBASeeker

    John,
    Thank you for all of this useful info and all the work you do. Will this information also be provided for the schools in the 10 to 20 rank positions? Thx

  • jac2016mba

    The “Portrait of Class of 2015 – Undergraduate Backgrounds” looks weird for Harvard Stanford. The differences for the two schools for Econ/Biz and Humanities/Social Science are huge. I wonder if it’s a categorization thing and they are actually much closer? e.g. maybe the econ people for stanford are classified under humanities/social science.

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