Harvard | Mr. Software PE
GMAT 760, GPA 3.45
Kellogg | Mr. Social Impact Initiative
GMAT 710, GPA 3.1
Harvard | Mr. Policy Player
GMAT 750, GPA 3.4
Chicago Booth | Mr. Unilever To MBB
GRE 308, GPA 3.8
INSEAD | Ms. Spaniard Consultant
GMAT 710, GPA 8.5/10.00
Rice Jones | Mr. Carbon-Free Future
GMAT 710, GPA 4.0
London Business School | Ms. Private Equity Angel
GMAT 660, GPA 3.4
Harvard | Mr. Navy Nuke
GMAT 710, GPA 3.66
Duke Fuqua | Mr. Salesman
GMAT 700, GPA 3.0
NYU Stern | Ms. Entertainment Strategist
GMAT Have not taken, GPA 2.92
Wharton | Mr. Future Non-Profit
GMAT 720, GPA 8/10
Chicago Booth | Ms. Indian Banker
GMAT 740, GPA 9.18/10
London Business School | Mr. FANG Strategy
GMAT 740, GPA 2.9
NYU Stern | Mr. Army Prop Trader
GRE 313, GPA 2.31
Cornell Johnson | Mr. Indian Dreamer
GRE 331, GPA 8.5/10
Wharton | Mr. Hopeful Fund Manager
GMAT 770, GPA 8.52/10
MIT Sloan | Mr. Healthtech Consultant
GMAT 750, GPA 3.44
London Business School | Mr. LGBT Pivot
GMAT 750, GPA 3.7
Kellogg | Mr. Defense Engineer
GMAT 760, GPA 3.15
Harvard | Mr. CPPIB Strategy
GRE 329 (Q169 V160), GPA 3.6
Rice Jones | Mr. Student Government
GMAT 34 (ACT for Early Admit Program), GPA 3.75
Chicago Booth | Mr. Healthcare PM
GMAT 730, GPA 2.8
Kellogg | Ms. Sustainable Development
GRE N/A, GPA 3.4
Stanford GSB | Mr. Army Engineer
GRE 326, GPA 3.89
Kellogg | Ms. Big4 M&A
GMAT 740, GPA 3.7
MIT Sloan | Ms. Rocket Engineer
GMAT 710, GPA 3.9
Harvard | Mr. African Energy
GMAT 750, GPA 3.4

GMAT Percentile Scores By Business School

Students studying for their GMAT. Learn about GMAT scores percentiles by school

Stanford Graduate School of Business has achieved yet another new record for its incoming class of MBAs this fall: A 740 average GMAT. That score is 11 points higher than Stanford’s average just five years ago and three points more than it was in the previous year.

Yet far more revealing than a simple GMAT score is the percentile ranking of one’s score. This number indicates the percent of test takers who you outperformed. A ranking of 97%–which is where the average Stanford score is at this year–means that only 3% of test takers performed as well or better than you–and 97% didn’t do as well.

That’s lofty company to be in. Fewer than 7,500 test takers out of a total of roughly 190,200 in 2016 scored at that level or higher—and not all of them would have used the GMAT to apply to a two-year MBA program. Many applied to specialty master’s programs, part-time, executive and online MBA programs. In fact, only 43% of test takers overall send their GMAT scores to full-time MBA programs.


While total GMAT scores range from a low of 200 to a high of 800, GMAC says that two-thirds of test takers score between 400 and 600. The average for all test takers is currently 552, though GMAT scores are only reported in increments of 10. More important than the overall average, however, is the average for applicants to the highly ranked global schools.

In an unusual disclosure, GMAC shed some fascinating light on how high the scores are in the applicant pool for the top schools. GMAC took the scores for eight countries: the U.S., Canada, France, Germany, United Kingdom, China, India, and South Korea. Then, GMAC examined the scores sent to what it calls “global programs ranked highly around the world,” a subset of just 10 undisclosed schools (with five in the U.S., one in Canada, two in Europe, and two in Asia). It found that the average GMAT score was 651 — a score in the 76th percentile and an average that is 100 points higher than the overall average for the test. Only two years earlier, the average GMAT score for the group applying to the top 10 global programs was 22 points lower, at 629.

In the past two years, moreover, there’s been a marked flight to quality. Globally ranked programs are attracting more scores from test takers scoring 690 or higher — 13,262 in 2016 versus 12,022 in 2014 — despite there being fewer exams with this score in GMAC’s dataset. In 2016, GMAC revealed that candidates scoring 660 or higher accounted for 57% of the scores received by the highly ranked global schools. GMAC says that roughly one in six GMAT scores, about 19%, were cancelled in 2016, with the average score being cancelled at 603.

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.