Cornell Johnson | Mr. Emporio Armani
GMAT 780, GPA 3.03
MIT Sloan | Mr. Generic Nerd
GMAT 720, GPA 3.72
Columbia | Mr. Alien
GMAT 700, GPA 3.83
Harvard | Ms. Media Entertainment
GMAT 740, GPA 3.3
Berkeley Haas | Ms. Jill Of All Trades
GRE 314, GPA 3.36
Stanford GSB | Mr. Army Man
GRE 330, GPA 3.25
Ross | Mr. NCAA to MBB
GMAT 710, GPA 3.2
Harvard | Mr. Finance in Tech
GMAT 760, GPA 3.9
Stanford GSB | Mr. Global Energy
GMAT 760, GPA 7.9/10
Chicago Booth | Mr. Indian O&G EPC
GMAT 730, GPA 3.75
Tuck | Ms. Green Biz
GRE 326, GPA 3.15
Wharton | Ms. Female Engineer
GRE 323, GPA 3.5
Foster School of Business | Mr. Tesla Gigafactory
GMAT 720, GPA 3.0
Stanford GSB | Mr. Global Innovator
GMAT 720, GPA 3.99
London Business School | Mr. CFA Charterholder
GMAT 770, GPA 3.94
Tuck | Mr. Federal Civilian
GMAT 780, GPA 3.4
Kellogg | Mr. Texan Adventurer
GMAT 740, GPA 3.5
London Business School | Mr. Impact Financier
GMAT 750, GPA 7.35/10
Kellogg | Mr. Class President
GRE 319.5, GPA 3.76
Berkeley Haas | Mr. Upward Trend
GMAT 730, GPA 2.85
Kellogg | Mr. Defense Contractor
GMAT 730, GPA 3.2
Berkeley Haas | Mr. Work & Family
GMAT No GMAT Yet, GPA 4
Berkeley Haas | Mr. Navy Electronics
GRE 316, GPA 3.24
Kenan-Flagler | Ms. Big Pharma
GRE 318, GPA 3.3
Wharton | Mr. Big 4
GMAT 770, GPA 8/10
Berkeley Haas | Mr. 1st Gen Grad
GMAT 740, GPA 3.1
Berkeley Haas | Mr. Career Coach
GRE 292, GPA 3.468

The New B-School Arms Race for the Best & Brightest

The MBA Scholarship Game: What Leading Schools Give To Students in Fellowships

School2011 

Average Scholarship

2005 

Average Scholarship

% Change
USC (Marshall)$35,490$23,00054.3%
UNC (Chapel Hill)$31,565$17,27482.7%
Harvard Business School$28,410$11,543146.1%
Virginia (Darden)$28,343$14,44096.3%
Vanderbilt (Owen)$25,402$13,59986.8%
MIT (Sloan)$25,230NA
Yale$25,000$10,000150.0%
Cornell (Johnson)$24,330$24,0001.3%
Indiana (Kelley)$24,241$13,80075.7%
Michigan (Ross)$23,422$15,83047.9%
Dartmouth (Tuck)$23,226$14,81856.7%
Emory (Goizueta)$22,514$20,7148.7%
Berkeley (Haas)$21,900$29,499-27.0%
Stanford GSB$20,892$12,12272.3%
Georgetown (McDonough)$19,474$9,75099.7%
Texas-Austin (McCombs)$15,325$9,25865.5%
Northwestern (Kellogg)$15,325$7,000118.9%
UCLA (Anderson)$15,082$7,180110.0%
Columbia$10,192$7,35738.5%
Chicago (Booth)NA$15,000NA
UPenn (Wharton)NA$12,332NA
Duke (Fuqua)NA$13,195NA
NYU (Stern)NANANA
Carnegie Mellon (Tepper)NA$9,249NA

Source: Business schools reporting to Bloomberg BusinessWeek. Average scholarship numbers are for one year.

(See next page for the schools that provide the most financial aid support)

About The Author

John A. Byrne is the founder and editor-in-chief of C-Change Media, publishers of Poets&Quants and four other higher education websites. He has authored or co-authored more than ten books, including two New York Times bestsellers. John is the former executive editor of Businessweek, editor-in-chief of Businessweek. com, editor-in-chief of Fast Company, and the creator of the first regularly published rankings of business schools. As the co-founder of CentreCourt MBA Festivals, he hopes to meet you at the next MBA event in-person or online.