Duke Fuqua | Mr. Tech Evangelist
GMAT 690, GPA 3.2
NYU Stern | Mr. Bioinformatics
GMAT 710, GPA 3.7
Harvard | Mr. Investment Banker
GMAT 750, GPA 4.0
Stanford GSB | Mr. 750
GMAT 750, GPA 3.43
MIT Sloan | Mr. International Impact
GRE 326, GPA 3.5
Harvard | Mr. Bangladeshi Analyst
GMAT 690, GPA 3.31
INSEAD | Mr. Indian In Cambodia
GMAT 730, GPA 3.33
Stanford GSB | Mr. Techie Teacher
GMAT 760, GPA 3.80
McCombs School of Business | Mr. Consulting Analyst
GMAT 700, GPA 7.7/10
Cornell Johnson | Mr. Emporio Armani
GMAT 780, GPA 3.03
Yale | Mr. Fencer
GMAT 740, GPA 3.48
Chicago Booth | Mr. Inclusive Consultant
GMAT 650, GPA 6.7
London Business School | Mr. Green Energy
GMAT 710, GPA 3.1
Kellogg | Mr. Engineer Volunteer
GMAT 710, GPA 3.8
Berkeley Haas | Ms. Midwest Startup
GRE 328, GPA 3.51
Wharton | Mr. Data Scientist
GMAT 740, GPA 7.76/10
Wharton | Mr. Global Perspective
GMAT 750, GPA 3.6
MIT Sloan | Mr. Surgery to MBB
GMAT 750, GPA 3.4
IU Kelley | Mr. Businessman Engineer
GMAT 690, GPA 7.26/10
McCombs School of Business | Mr. Military 2.0
GRE 310, GPA 2.3
Stanford GSB | Mr. MBA Class of 2023
GMAT 725, GPA 3.5
MIT Sloan | Mr. Hopeful CXO
GMAT 750, GPA 3.56
Stanford GSB | Mr. Deferred MBA
GMAT 760, GPA 3.82
Duke Fuqua | Mr. National Security Advisor
GMAT 670, GPA 3.3
Stanford GSB | Mr. FinTech Engineer
GMAT 760, GPA 3.8
Kenan-Flagler | Mr. Top Three
GRE 310, GPA 2.7
Tuck | Mr. South African FinTech
GMAT 730, GPA 3.08

Applicants Invest 90 to 140 Hours To Apply

MBA admissions at Dartmouth College’s Tuck School, Duke University’s Fuqua School and the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business received the ultimate accolade from applicants today (May 12).

According to a new survey published by a group representing business school admissions consultants, MBA candidates named those schools the top three MBA programs that got to know them best in the application process.

That’s especially a coup for Tuck whose head of admissions Dawna Clarke has said her goal has been to create the most customer-friendly admissions office in the business school space. Following the top three schools were Stanford, UC-Berkeley Haas School, and Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management (see table below).

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Source: AIGAC 2013 survey

Some 377 applicants responded to the survey by the Association of International Graduate Admissions Consultants (AIGAC). This year’s respondents were significantly below the 1,451 last year or the 1,962 in 2010. The organization said there were fewer responses because the survey was fielded later in the application season than in prior years. Nearly one in six of the respondents (57%) said they used the help of admission consultants in applying to business school with the five most popular schools being Harvard Business School (25% of the respondents applied here and 13% were accepted), Wharton (22% applied and 14% gained acceptance), MIT Sloan (21% and 10%), Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management (21% and 9%), and Stanford Graduate School of Business (18% and 4%) (see table below).

Source: AIGAC 2013 survey

Source: AIGAC 2013 survey

The survey–based on an open Internet questionnaire that anyone would fill out–covers a vast array of admissions and MBA issues, from the the most important factors that lead to choosing a business school to what kind of boost in income is expected once the degree in on a person’s resume.  Among other things, AIGAC found that the average MBA applicant spends between 90 and 140 hours on the application process, excluding some 21 to 30 hours studying for the GMAT exam. After GMAT prep, writing essays for applications was the second most time-consuming activity in the application process, accounting for 16 to 20 hours. Merely deciding which schools to apply to also took a good bit of time: according to respondents, school selection consumed 11 to 15 hours (see table on following page).

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.