Chicago Booth | Ms. Indian Banker
GMAT 740, GPA 9.18/10
Kellogg | Ms. Big4 M&A
GMAT 740, GPA 3.7
Stanford GSB | Mr. Army Engineer
GRE 326, GPA 3.89
Chicago Booth | Mr. Healthcare PM
GMAT 730, GPA 2.8
Harvard | Mr. African Energy
GMAT 750, GPA 3.4
Columbia | Mr. Energy Italian
GMAT 700, GPA 3.5
UCLA Anderson | Mr. SME Consulting
GMAT 740, GPA 3.55 (as per WES paid service)
Duke Fuqua | Mr. Quality Assurance
GMAT 770, GPA 3.6
Duke Fuqua | Mr. Salesman
GMAT 700, GPA 3.0
INSEAD | Mr. INSEAD Aspirant
GRE 322, GPA 3.5
Duke Fuqua | Mr. Army Aviator
GRE 314, GPA 3.8
Harvard | Mr. Renewables Athlete
GMAT 710 (1st take), GPA 3.63
Harvard | Mr. Healthcare PE
GRE 340, GPA 3.5
Harvard | Mr. Military Quant
GMAT 730, GPA 3.6
Wharton | Mr. Future Non-Profit
GMAT 720, GPA 8/10
Kellogg | Mr. Concrete Angel
GRE 318, GPA 3.33
Kellogg | Mr. Maximum Impact
GMAT Waiver, GPA 3.77
MIT Sloan | Ms. Rocket Engineer
GMAT 710, GPA 3.9
Wharton | Ms. Interstellar Thinker
GMAT 740, GPA 7.6/10
Harvard | Mr. Finance
GMAT 750, GPA 3.0
Harvard | Mr. Defense Engineer
GMAT 730, GPA 3.6
Kellogg | Ms. Sustainable Development
GRE N/A, GPA 3.4
Chicago Booth | Mr. Unilever To MBB
GRE 308, GPA 3.8
Harvard | Ms. Female Sales Leader
GMAT 740 (target), GPA 3.45
Tuck | Mr. Liberal Arts Military
GMAT 680, GPA 2.9
Harvard | Ms. Gay Techie
GRE 332, GPA 3.88
INSEAD | Mr. Product Manager
GMAT 740, GPA 63%

Guide to The Best Summer Business Programs

University of Virginia McIntire School of Commerce

Name: McIntire Business Institute

Length: Four weeks

Cost: $5,000, not including room and board

Target Audience: Undergraduate students and recent graduates

Details: When this program was launched in 1982, it was the first of them all. Beginning in late May, the program is an intensive dive into management, marketing, finance, accounting and info tech for students without prior business experience. The program is taught by the faculty of the undergraduate School of Commerce—not UVA’s Darden School.

Vanderbilt's Owen School of Management is ranked 28th among the best business schools in the U.S. by Poets&Quants

Vanderbilt Owen Graduate School of Management

Name: Accelerator Business Institute

Length: Four weeks

Cost: $9,000, not including room which costs $1,000 more

Target Audience: Undergraduate students who have completed one year of study and recent graduates

Details: Vanderbilt typically takes in about 65 students for its four-week summer program that starts in early June. Most are economics majors (42%), followed by humanities and liberal arts majors (17% and those in the social sciences (14%).

Villanova School of Business

Name: Summer Business Institute

Length: Nine weeks

Cost: $9,200, not including room and board which costs $2,600 more

Target Audience: Non-business college students

Details: One of the longest programs, Villanova’s Summer Business Institute runs for nine weeks starting in late May thorough early August. Villanova students can actually earn a business minor through the program, while visiting students are given certificates that are the equivalent of a business minor.

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.