Stanford GSB | Mr. Co-Founder & Analytics Manager
GMAT 750, GPA 7.4 out of 10.0 - 4th in Class
McCombs School of Business | Ms. Registered Nurse Entrepreneur
GMAT 630, GPA 3.59
Harvard | Mr. French In Japan
GMAT 720, GPA 14,3/20 (French Scale)
Chicago Booth | Ms. Nigerian Investment Banker
GMAT 720, GPA 3.57
Wharton | Mr. Chemical Engineering Dad
GMAT 710, GPA 3.50
Wharton | Mr. Ignacio
GMAT 730, GPA 3.0
McCombs School of Business | Mr. Athlete-Engineer To Sales
GMAT 720, GPA 3.1
Stanford GSB | Mr. AC
GMAT 750, GPA 3.5
Wharton | Mr. Competition Lawyer
GMAT 720, GPA 4.0
Georgetown McDonough | Mr. Mechanical Engineer & Blood Bank NGO
GMAT 480, GPA 2.3
Wharton | Ms. Marketing Family Business
GMAT 750- but considering retaking to offset low GPA, GPA Lower Second Class Honors (around 3.0)
Harvard | Mr. Pipeline Engineer To Consulting
GMAT 750, GPA 3.76
Tuck | Mr. Aspiring Management Consultant
GRE 331, GPA 3.36
Harvard | Mr. Investor & Operator (2+2)
GMAT 720, GPA 3.85
Stanford GSB | Mr. Certain Engineering Financial Analyst
GMAT 700, GPA 2.52
Columbia | Mr. Electrical Engineering
GRE 326, GPA 7.7
UCLA Anderson | Ms. Psychology & Marketing
GMAT 700, GPA 68%
Stanford GSB | Mr. Tech Startup Guy
GMAT 770, GPA 3.7
Tuck | Ms. BFA To MBA
GMAT 700, GPA 3.96
Foster School of Business | Mr. Automotive Research Engineer
GRE 328, GPA 3.83
Columbia | Mr. Investment Banker Turned Startup Strategy
GMAT 740, GPA 3.7
Tepper | Ms. Coding Tech Leader
GMAT 680, GPA 2.9
Harvard | Ms. Big 4 M&A Manager
GMAT 750, GPA 2:1 (Upper second-class honours, UK)
Kellogg | Mr. Danish Raised, US Based
GMAT 710, GPA 10.6 out of 12
Wharton | Mr. Rates Trader
GMAT 750, GPA 7.6/10
Tuck | Mr. Engineer To Start-up
GRE 326, GPA 3.57
Columbia | Mr. RE Investment
GMAT 720, GPA 3.0

Top Ten Schools In MBA Scholarships

On Harvard Business School's sprawling campus

On Harvard Business School’s sprawling campus

A veritable deluge of money is raining down on MBA students, but never before this year had the downpour been quantified. The numbers are staggering. Take this one: the 10 schools that spend the most on MBA scholarships are giving students more than $150 million per year.

Because of the extremely competitive environment in which business schools operate and squabble over students, many institutions are reluctant to make public the details of their scholarship spending. A few are willing to hand over the information. Some publicize limited data. Others strive to keep all scholarship spending numbers top secret.

Until Poets&Quants this year published a groundbreaking series on MBA scholarships, featuring a detailed breakdown of scholarship spending by the nation’s top 25 business schools, there was no single place to go to find out who’s spending how much on scholarships, how many students are benefiting, and how much money students are receiving.

A BRAND NEW RESOURCE FOR MBA APPLICANTS

In an exhaustive three-month investigation, Poets&Quants sifted through publicly available data, cajoled business school officials into coughing up historically unreleased data points, and obtained information from business school insiders to produce a comprehensive scholarship-spending list that allows MBA applicants and students to measure schools’ largesse one against another, to calculate their chances of obtaining scholarships, to get a handle on what support might accompany an admission offer from a particular school, and to see which schools are digging deepest to enroll the best candidates.

In the seven-part Poets&Quants scholarship series, we detail the all-out war among B-schools over students. We reveal the tactics that work – and those that backfire miserably – during negotiations over scholarship funding. We describe trends in scholarship spending, and highlight the categories of applicants who have the best chances for receiving money. And we show, through a profile of a Harvard Business School MBA who rose from poverty to bio-science entrepreneurship, the power of a scholarship to transform a life. Links to the series are below.

TOP TEN BUSINESS SCHOOLS FOR MBA SCHOLARSHIPS

SchoolTotal Scholarships% of Gross TuitionAverage Grant% of MBAs on Scholarship
Harvard Business School$31.5 million28.6%$32,00050%
Penn (Wharton)*$16.9 million*14.8%$30,50033%
Chicago (Booth)*$16.3 million*22.6%$30,00060%
Stanford GSB$15.7 million31.0%$35,83052%
Michigan (Ross)*$15.4 million27.5%$22,36048%
New York (Stern)$12.8 million26.8%$26,400*62%*
UCLA (Anderson)$12.1 million22.4%$25,86065%
Northwestern (Kellogg)$11.8 million27.9%$22,80035%
Columbia Business School*$10.1 million12.5%$20,50046%
Virginia (Darden)*$8.4 million23.4%$30,80043%

Source: Poets&Quants from business school reports

Notes: An asterisk denotes estimates by Poets&Quants based on interviews with rival business school administrators and admission consultants

DON’T MISS: THE POETS&QUANTS SCHOLARSHIP SERIES:

THE MBA SCHOLARSHIP WARS: AN OFTEN FRENZIED PURSUIT FOR THE BEST STUDENTS

MBA SCHOLARSHIPS AT TOP BUSINESS SCHOOLS

HOW NOT TO HAGGLE FOR SCHOLARSHIP CASH

WHAT KINDS OF STUDENTS WIN THE SCHOLARSHIP GAME?

HOW AN MBA SCHOLARSHIP CAN TRANSFORM A LIFE

CONSULTANTS HYPE MBA SCHOLARSHIP CASH

SCHOLARSHIPS: WHY MANY FAIL TO NEGOTIATE