MIT Sloan | Mr. Classic Engineer
GMAT 750, GPA 3.29
Tuck | Mr. Army To MBB
GMAT 740, GPA 2.97
Berkeley Haas | Mr. Hanging By A Thread
GMAT 710, GPA 3.8
Kellogg | Mr. Latino Tier 2 Consultant
GMAT 690, GPA 3.7
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
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

P&Q Editor John A. Byrne Answers Reader Questions About The MBA

Forty-six percent of INSEAD’s 2016 class of MBAss went into consulting, the highest percentage among more than two dozen top programs examined by Poets&Quants. Courtesy photo

WHARTON AND INSEAD

Is Wharton really better than Stanford?

I’m assuming that you are asking this question because the latest ranking of full-time MBA programs by U.S. News & World Report has Wharton in a tie with Harvard Business School and above Stanford, Chicago Booth and Northwestern Kellogg. Though I am highly skeptical of all rankings—all of which are imperfect measures of a quality education—over time and over a series of rankings, these lists do give one a good indication of a school’s general standing.

Here’s the deal: Stanford is the most selective U.S. business school, with the lowest acceptance rate, the highest class GMAT averages, the highest GPA averages, and the highest total compensation for its graduates. On those metrics, there is no doubt that Stanford is better than Wharton.

But it’s possible those measures don’t mean much to you. If you wanted a larger portfolio of electives, Wharton’s size may easily trump Stanford. If you plan a career in the Northeast, Wharton might well be a better bet for you. And frankly if you don’t have the nosebleed stats and extraordinary profile of a Stanford MBA applicant, you will never get admitted to the school so all this doesn’t matter a bit.

Whether you go to Stanford, Wharton or Booth (which rankings in the last five years have favored over Wharton), you will be going to a school that offers a world class MBA degree.

As to that U.S. News ranking, you should read this story which casts the ranking in an important and consequential new light:

How Wharton Fought Its Way To The Top Of U.S. News’ MBA Ranking

 

Is it possible to get into the Wharton MBA program without work experience?

Yes, but it’s virtually impossible. You probably have to be Donald Trump’s son or the son of a very famous or wealthy person. The average amount of work experience each student bring to Wharton is actually five years. That is the average, of course. The range is between zero and 13 years. But there are precious few students with no experience and very few with 10 or more years of work experience. A great MBA program relies on students who can bring in valuable perspectives to class discussion as a result of their work experiences. A student who comes directly from undergraduate college can add little to those discussions and is not generally considered an ideal person to have in the class. Here’s our story on the latest class to enter Wharton:

Meet Wharton’s MBA Class of 2018

 

Is it difficult to get admitted into INSEAD Business School?

INSEAD is a highly selective business school, especially for certain over-represented parts of its applicant pool. It can be quite hard for an Indian born applicant to get into the school compared to, let’s say, someone from North America. Yet, the school’s overall acceptance rate—which the school does not make public—is slightly over 30%. That’s significantly higher than most of the prestige U.S. MBA programs. That 30%+ compares with 6% at Stanford, 10.7% at Harvard Business School, 11.7% at MIT Sloan, 12.0% at UC-Berkeley Haas, 14.1% at Columbia Business School, 19.0% at Yale SOM, 19.8% at Wharton, 20.1% at Northwestern Kellogg, and 23.6% at Chicago Booth.

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