Stanford GSB | Mr. Infantry Officer
GRE 320, GPA 3.7
Harvard | Mr. Renewables Athlete
GMAT 710 (1st take), GPA 3.63
UCLA Anderson | Ms. Apparel Entrepreneur
GMAT 690, GPA 3.2
McCombs School of Business | Mr. Ernst & Young
GMAT 600 (hopeful estimate), GPA 3.86
Harvard | Mr. Armenian Geneticist
GRE 331, GPA 3.7
Berkeley Haas | Mr. 1st Gen Grad
GMAT 740, GPA 3.1
Ross | Mr. Travelpreneur
GMAT 730, GPA 2.68
Harvard | Ms. Developing Markets
GMAT 780, GPA 3.63
London Business School | Ms. Numbers
GMAT 730, GPA 3.5
Kellogg | Mr. Innovator
GRE 300, GPA 3.75
IU Kelley | Mr. Fortune 500
GMAT N/A, GPA 2.2
N U Singapore | Mr. Naval Officer
GMAT 710, GPA 3.2
NYU Stern | Ms. Entertainment Strategist
GMAT Have not taken, GPA 2.92
Chicago Booth | Mr. Bank AVP
GRE 322, GPA 3.22
INSEAD | Ms. Spaniard Consultant
GMAT 710, GPA 8.5/10.00
NYU Stern | Mr. Army Prop Trader
GRE 313, GPA 2.31
Chicago Booth | Mr. Unilever To MBB
GRE 308, GPA 3.8
Stanford GSB | Ms. Healthtech Venture
GMAT 720, GPA 3.5
Columbia | Mr. Senior Research Analyst
GMAT 720, GPA 3.58
Stanford GSB | Mr. Doctor Who
GRE 322, GPA 4.0
Rice Jones | Mr. Carbon-Free Future
GMAT 710, GPA 4.0
Duke Fuqua | Mr. Salesman
GMAT 700, GPA 3.0
Chicago Booth | Mr. Healthcare PM
GMAT 730, GPA 2.8
Harvard | Mr. Healthcare PE
GRE 340, GPA 3.5
INSEAD | Mr. Data Savvy Engineer
GRE 316, GPA 2.92
Harvard | Mr. Policy Player
GMAT 750, GPA 3.4
London Business School | Mr. FANG Strategy
GMAT 740, GPA 2.9

Top Feeder Colleges To Stanford B-School

One of the things you can nearly bank on if you’re applying to any elite business school is that if you earned your undergraduate degree from the same university, the odds of acceptance begin to fall into your favor.

The largest single group of students in the Class of 2013 at Stanford’s Graduate School of Business Class had their undergraduate diplomas stamped at the business school’s parent university. Stanford undergrads make up an estimated 7.4% of the class with roughly 30 of the 397 students enrolled.

U Penn (6.3% of the class), Yale (5.9%, Harvard (5.2%), and the University of Virginia (3.0%) follow Stanford in making up the top five feeder colleges to Stanford’s business school, according to an analysis by Poets&Quants. The analysis is based on a study of Internet records that allowed Poets&Quants to identify and confirm the educational and work backgrounds of 269 of the 397 students in the Class of 2013. We then estimated the total number of students from each feeder company based on the 68% sample of the entire class.

25% OF CLASS BOASTS AN IVY LEAGUE UNDERGRADUATE DEGREE

Anyway you slice it, this is an elite group, for sure. About 25% of Stanford’s class hails from one of the original eight Ivy League schools. That compares to roughly 21.2% of the MBA students at Columbia Business School, 30.0% at Harvard Business School, and 33.1% at Wharton. Toss Stanford into that Ivy League bunch and roughly one of every three MBA students in the GSB class that entered last fall went to one of only six U.S. highly selective schools.

The only five non-U.S. universities to make the top 25 feeder schools? The Indian Institute of Technology, Peking University, the New Economic School in Russia, the University of Cambridge, and the University of New South Wales.

INDIAN INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY GRADS AT STANFORD AMONG THE VERY BEST

Of the seven confirmed admits from the Indian Institute of Technology, three came from the Madras campus, two from Kanpur, while one each came from Bombay and Kharpagpur. To get into Stanford with an IIT degree is no slam dunk. One IIT enrolled student, a former chemical engineer for Schlumberger, secured a rank of 0.1% among the 200,000 students who took the IIT entrance exam. Another, a former electrical engineer for Juniper Networks, ranked 179th out of 100,000 applicants at IIT in Chennai.

(See following page for table of the top feeder colleges to Stanford’s Graduate School of Business)

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.