Yale | Mr. Healthcare Geek
GMAT 680, GPA 3.5
Stanford GSB | Ms. Education Reform
GRE 331 (Practice), GPA 2.92
Berkeley Haas | Mr. Army Officer
GRE 325, GPA 3.9
USC Marshall | Mr. Low GPA High GMAT
GMAT 740, GPA 2.44
Berkeley Haas | Ms. Against All Odds
GMAT 720, GPA 2.9
Harvard | Mr. MedTech Startup
GMAT 740, GPA 3.80
INSEAD | Mr. INSEAD Hopeful
GMAT -, GPA 2.9
Chicago Booth | Mr. Consulting Hopeful
GMAT 720, GPA 3.6
Kellogg | Mr. Operations Analyst
GMAT Waived, GPA 3.3
Harvard | Mr. Google Tech
GMAT 770, GPA 2.2
Yale | Mr. Army Pilot
GMAT 650, GPA 2.90
Wharton | Mr. Senior Analyst
GMAT 750, GPA 3.2
Stanford GSB | Mr. Future VC
GMAT 750, GPA 3.6
Stanford GSB | Ms. Access To Opportunities
GRE 318, GPA 2.9
Tuck | Mr. Product Marketer
GMAT 730, GPA 3.1
Wharton | Ms. Finance For Good
GMAT 730, GPA 3.7
UCLA Anderson | Mr. International PM
GMAT 730, GPA 2.3
Stanford GSB | Mr. Low GPA To Stanford
GMAT 770, GPA 2.7
London Business School | Mr. Midwest Engineer
GMAT 750, GPA 3.69
Harvard | Mr. Policy Development
GMAT 740, GPA Top 30%
Cambridge Judge Business School | Mr. Champion Swimmer
GMAT 750, GPA 3.7
MIT Sloan | Mr. NFL Team Analyst
GMAT 720, GPA 3.8
Kellogg | Mr. Tech Auditor
GRE 332, GPA 3.25
NYU Stern | Mr. Washed-Up Athlete
GRE 325, GPA 3.4
UCLA Anderson | Mr. Southern California
GMAT 710, GPA 3.58
Ross | Mr. Brazilian Sales Guy
GRE 326, GPA 77/100 (USA Avg. 3.0)
INSEAD | Mr. Fraud Associate
GMAT 750, GPA 8/10

The Most Affordable Top MBA Programs

The flip side of affordable is … costly. P&Q spends a lot of time on the schools on this side of the ledger, but it bears repeating: Go to an elite U.S. business school and you will pay dearly. (Is it worth it? It depends.) Nine schools have two-year tuition bills above $140,000, led by Columbia Business School ($148,800) and MIT Sloan ($148,400); among the nine, only NYU Stern ($143,352) is not a top-10 school.

When it comes to living expenses, the estimates published by the schools themselves are notoriously, shall we say, conservative, but the top estimates for two years of living-while-studying might approach reality. The place where you’ll pay the most: Palo Alto, California, home of Stanford Graduate School of Business, where two years costs an estimated $90,412. The next four schools all are in the $70K range: MIT Sloan (Boston), $75,186; NYU Stern (New York), $74,632; the University of Pittsburgh Katz Graduate School of Business (Pittsburgh), $72,068; and Dartmouth College’s Tuck School of Business (Hanover, New Hampshire), $70,100. Altogether, Stanford is also the school with the highest total two-year cost: a whopping $231,594 by U.S. News‘ calculation.

None of which accounts for two big factors that can only be calculated on an individual basis: two years of lost livelihood, and whatever interest the bank puts on your sizable student loan.

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