Kellogg | Mr. PM To Tech Co.
GMAT 720, GPA 3.2
Wharton | Ms. Product Manager
GMAT 730, GPA 3.4
UCLA Anderson | Ms. Tech In HR
GMAT 640, GPA 3.23
MIT Sloan | Mr. Electrical Agri-tech
GRE 324, GPA 4.0
MIT Sloan | Mr. Aker 22
GRE 332, GPA 3.4
Stanford GSB | Ms. Anthropologist
GMAT 740, GPA 3.3
Duke Fuqua | Ms. Consulting Research To Consultant
GMAT 710, GPA 4.0 (no GPA system, got first (highest) division )
Stanford GSB | Mr. Future Tech In Healthcare
GRE 313, GPA 2.0
Cornell Johnson | Ms. Environmental Sustainability
GMAT N/A, GPA 7.08
Harvard | Mr. Gay Singaporean Strategy Consultant
GMAT 730, GPA 3.3
Stanford GSB | Ms. Creative Data Scientist
GMAT 710, GPA 3.0
UCLA Anderson | Mr. Military To MGMNT Consulting
GMAT 740, GPA 3.7
MIT Sloan | Mr. Agri-Tech MBA
GRE 324, GPA 4.0
Wharton | Mr. Data Scientist
GMAT 740, GPA 7.76/10
Harvard | Ms. Nurturing Sustainable Growth
GRE 300, GPA 3.4
MIT Sloan | Ms. Senior PM Unicorn
GMAT 700, GPA 3.18
Harvard | Mr. Lieutenant To Consultant
GMAT 760, GPA 3.7
Stanford GSB | Mr. “GMAT” Grimly Miserable At Tests
GMAT TBD - Aug. 31, GPA 3.9
Yale | Mr. IB To Strategy
GRE 321, GPA 3.6
Harvard | Mr. Overrepresented MBB Consultant (2+2)
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Kellogg | Ms. Freelance Hustler
GRE 312, GPA 4
Kellogg | Ms. Gap Fixer
GMAT 740, GPA 3.02
Harvard | Mr. Little Late For MBA
GRE 333, GPA 3.76
Cornell Johnson | Mr. Wellness Ethnographer
GRE 324, GPA 3.6
Wharton | Ms. Financial Real Estate
GMAT 720, GPA 4.0
Harvard | Mr. The Italian Dream Job
GMAT 760, GPA 4.0
NYU Stern | Mr. Labor Market Analyst
GRE 320, GPA 3.4

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Schools with the Highest Acceptance Rates

“If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again.”

That said, if you can’t get into Northern Arizona’s MBA program, maybe you should consider law school.

Why? Consider this: Of the 50 students who applied at the W.A. Franke College of Business, 49 were accepted. That’s a 98% acceptance rate – the closest to a sure thing in education as you’ll find. Even more, it is way up from Franke’s 89.4% rate last year.

Don’t kid yourself: You still need to take the GMAT to get accepted at Franke, a school whose rank isn’t published in U.S. News’ latest ranking. Here, the average student produces a 568 GMAT score (and a 3.34 undergrad GPA). While Franke didn’t release salary information for its 30 graduates in 2014, 83.3% of its graduates held jobs within three months of graduation – a placement rate better than the University of Arizona (Eller) at 82.9%.  For in-state tuition, students just pay $10,745 for the whole program. That’s quite a bargain!

And that’s the dichotomy of programs with high acceptance rates. They may have poor name recognition. And they may not be particularly selective, either. Often, they are public programs that won’t break the bank.

…But not always. Take Duquesne University, a private Catholic program in Pittsburgh, for example.  Here, you have an 83.6% chance of being accepted (51 out of 61). Despite its rank being unpublished (the rankings equivalent to a gentleman’s C), the school charges $51,039 for its full program, $10,000 more than the University of Pittsburgh’s Katz Graduate School of Business (which ranks 48th overall, but maintains a stringent 24.9% acceptance rate).

The University of Tennessee is the highest-ranked program on U.S. News’ acceptance list. At 63rd overall, Tennessee managed a 73.8% acceptance rate (110 out of 148), with incoming students averaging a 605 GMAT and a 3.32 GPA (both slightly lower than the schools below them). However, the program’s placement rate (91.2%) was actually higher than many higher-ranked schools (including Kellogg, Haas, Ross and Fuqua). And Tennessee’s starting salary for graduates — $78,695 – was also higher than seven programs ranked above them. However, its in-state tuition – $22,602 – is much higher than the in-state costs of similarly-ranked public MBA programs like the University of Georgia and the University of Alabama.

Overall, seven of the ten schools with the highest acceptance rates were public programs.

Among schools with the lowest acceptance rate, tiny North Carolina A&T is actually more selective than Harvard or Stanford at 5.9% (thought it only enrolls 24 students at an in-state tuition of $4,346 per year). Stanford ranks second with a 7.1% rate, accepting only 521 out of 7,355 applicants. They were followed by Harvard (11%), Berkeley Haas (13.2%), MIT Sloan (13.8%), and (surprisingly) 48th-ranked California-Davis (15.3%). Wharton’s admission remains above 20% (20.7%, actually), while Booth and Kellogg both have less stringent acceptance rates than Northeastern University (22.2%) and the University of California-Irvine (22.7%). In addition, both Fuqua (25.1%) and Darden (26%) come with a higher acceptance rate than 74th-ranked University of Massachusetts-Amherst (24.8%). And would you believe that unranked Tampa (27.4%) and Long Beach State (28.6%) are (technically) harder to get into than Cornell (30%)?

To see the acceptance rates for the top 10 (and bottom 10) MBA programs, see the tables below.

Lowest Acceptance Rates

School Full-Time Applicants Full-Time Acceptances Full-Time Acceptance Rate U.S. News Rank
 North Carolina A&T State University  378  22  5.9%  Unranked
 Stanford University  7,355  521  7.1%  1
 Harvard University 9,543  1,053  11%  2
 University of California-Berkeley (Haas)  3,475  459  13.2%  7
 MIT (Sloan)  4,735  652  13.8%  5
 University of California-Davis  359  55  15.3%  48
 UCLA (Anderson)  4,129  734  17.8%  15
 New York University (Stern)  3,890  706  18.1%  11
 Columbia University  5,799  1,056  18.2%  8
 Wharton  6,111  1,283  20.7%  3

Source: U.S. News & World Report

Highest Acceptance Rates

School Full-Time Applicants Full-Time Acceptances Full-Time Acceptance Rate U.S. News Rank
 Northern Arizona University (Franke)  50  49  98%  RNP
 Truman State University (MO)  34  29  85.3%  RNP
 Duquesne University (Donahue)  61  51  83.6%  RNP
 University of Kentucky (Gatton)  120  100  83.3%  91 (Tie)
 Coastal Carolina University  61  50  82%  RNP
 University of California-Riverside (Anderson)  241  191  79.3%  RNP
 University of St. Thomas (MN)  91  70  76.9%  RNP
 University of North Carolina-Greensboro (Bryan)  97  72  74.2%  RNP
 University of Tennessee (Knoxville)  149  110  73.8%  63 (Tie)
 Bentley University (McCallum) (MA)  229  168  73.4%  RNP

Source: U.S. News & World Report

DON’T MISS: THE MOST AND LEAST SELECTIVE INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS SCHOOLS

Source: U.S. News & World Report 

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