Berkeley Haas | Mr. Hanging By A Thread
GMAT 710, GPA 3.8
Kellogg | Mr. Latino Tier 2 Consultant
GMAT 690, GPA 3.7
Tuck | Mr. Army To MBB
GMAT 740, GPA 2.97
Harvard | Mr. Aerospace Project Manager
GMAT 740 (Second Attempt), GPA 3.6
Columbia | Mr. RAV4 Chemical Engineer
GMAT 750, GPA 3.62
McCombs School of Business | Ms. Registered Nurse Entrepreneur
GMAT 630, GPA 3.59
Berkeley Haas | Mr. Young Software Engineer
GRE 330, GPA 3.60
Wharton | Ms. Type-A CPG PM
GMAT 750, GPA 3.42
McCombs School of Business | Mr. Dyslexic Salesman
GMAT 720, GPA 2.9
NYU Stern | Mr. Indian Analytics Consultant
GMAT 680, GPA 3.0
Stanford GSB | Mr. Deferred Asian Entrepreneur
GMAT 720, GPA 3.4
Yale | Ms. Mission Driven
GMAT 700, GPA 3.2
Harvard | Ms. 2+2 Trader
GMAT 770, GPA 3.9
MIT Sloan | Mr. French Tech
GRE 307, GPA 12.5/20 (top 10%)
Columbia | Ms. Indian Fashion Entrepreneur
GMAT 650, GPA 69.42%
INSEAD | Mr. Big Chill 770
GMAT 770, GPA 3-3.2
INSEAD | Mr. Airline Captain
GMAT 740, GPA 3.8
MIT Sloan | Mr. Classic Engineer
GMAT 750, GPA 3.29
Harvard | Ms. British Surgeon
GMAT 610, GPA 3.8
Ross | Mr. Dragon Age
GRE 327, GPA 2.19/4.0
Chicago Booth | Mr. Hopeful Aerospace Entrepreneur
GMAT 720, GPA 67.5%
Stanford GSB | Mr. LGBT Social Impact
GRE 326, GPA 3.79
Harvard | Mr. Captain Mishra
GMAT 760, GPA 4.0
Stanford GSB | Mr. Marine To Business
GRE 335, GPA 3.83
Kellogg | Mr. MBB Private Equity
GMAT TBD (target 720+), GPA 4.0
Kellogg | Mr. Undergrad GPA Redemption
GMAT 750, GPA 2.4
Harvard | Mr. Future Hedge Fund Manager
GMAT 520, GPA 2.75

How A Dean Would Rank Business Schools

rankingOf course, application volume is just one input. Another very valuable input is the percentage of admitted candidates who actually go to a school rather than turn it down. If a school’s yield rate is 50%, it means that half of the prospective students it admits actually accepts the offer of admission and becomes enrolled as a student at the school.

On this measure, Harvard is first, with an 88.8% yield rate, while Stanford is second with 78.7%. Columbia Business School does exceptionally well on this measure, enrolling 70.4% of the applicants it admits, higher than Wharton (68.1%), Chicago Booth (59.4%), or NYU (48.7%). Columbia’s high yield is a function of its early admission decision policy, its New York City location, and its Ivy League status.

You could just as easily add one or two more inputs on average GMAT scores and undergraduate grade point averages. The latter measure, however, wouldn’t take into account the quality or standing of the undergraduate degree and major in a subject. The former would represent a fairly shared view of the overall quality of the students culled from a school’s applicant pool.

Schools Ranked By Yield Rates


School2014 P&Q RankYield
  1. Harvard Business School288.8%
  2. Stanford Graduate School of Business178.7%
  3. Columbia Business School570.4%
  4. University of Pennsylvania (Wharton)368.0%
  5. Northwestern University (Kellogg)663.9%
  6. MIT (Sloan)762.3%
  7. University of Chicago (Booth)459.4%
  8. Cornell University (Johnson)1552.6%
  9. UC-Berkeley (Haas)1052.5%
10. Dartmouth College (Tuck)852.2%
11. University of Michigan (Ross)1150.9%
12. Duke University (Fuqua)950.9%
13. Yale School of Management1249.5%
14. New York University (Stern)1648.7%
15. UCLA (Anderson)1448.2%
16. Carnegie Mellon (Tepper)1746.6%
17. Vanderbilt University (Owen)2546.1%
18. University of Virginia (Darden)1345.8%
19. Indiana University (Kelley)2045.6%
20. University of Washington (Foster)2344.7%
21.  University of Texas-Austin (McCombs)1944.4%
22. Emory University (Goizueta)2043.5%
23. University of North Carolina (Kenan-Flagler)1837.9%
24. Georgetown University (McDonough)2234.5%
25. Washington University (Olin)2430.9%

Source: P&Q analysis of publicly available data

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