Wharton | Mr. Digi-Transformer
GMAT 680, GPA 4
Stanford GSB | Ms. 2+2 Tech Girl
GRE 333, GPA 3.95
Stanford GSB | Ms. Healthcare Operations To General Management
GRE 700, GPA 7.3
Chicago Booth | Ms. CS Engineer To Consultant
GMAT 720, GPA 3.31
Kenan-Flagler | Mr. Engineer In The Military
GRE 310, GPA 3.9
Ross | Mr. Automotive Compliance Professional
GMAT 710, GPA 3.7
Chicago Booth | Mr. Oil & Gas Leader
GMAT 760, GPA 6.85/10
Stanford GSB | Mr. Seeking Fellow Program
GMAT 760, GPA 3
Wharton | Mr. Real Estate Investor
GMAT 720, GPA 3.3
Cornell Johnson | Ms. Chef Instructor
GMAT 760, GPA 3.3
Harvard | Mr. Climate
GMAT 720, GPA 3.4
Wharton | Mr. New England Hopeful
GMAT 730, GPA 3.65
Berkeley Haas | Mr. Bangladeshi Data Scientist
GMAT 760, GPA 3.33
Harvard | Mr. Military Banker
GMAT 740, GPA 3.9
Ross | Ms. Packaging Manager
GMAT 730, GPA 3.47
Chicago Booth | Mr. Private Equity To Ed-Tech
GRE 326, GPA 3.4
Harvard | Mr. Gay Singaporean Strategy Consultant
GMAT 730, GPA 3.3
Cornell Johnson | Mr. Electric Vehicles Product Strategist
GRE 331, GPA 3.8
Columbia | Mr. BB Trading M/O To Hedge Fund
GMAT 710, GPA 3.23
Columbia | Mr. Old Indian Engineer
GRE 333, GPA 67%
Harvard | Mr. Athlete Turned MBB Consultant
GMAT 720, GPA 3.4
Ross | Mr. Civil Rights Lawyer
GMAT 710, GPA 3.62
Stanford GSB | Mr. Co-Founder & Analytics Manager
GMAT 750, GPA 7.4 out of 10.0 - 4th in Class
Cornell Johnson | Ms. Environmental Sustainability
GMAT N/A, GPA 7.08
Cornell Johnson | Mr. Trucking
GMAT 640, GPA 3.82
Ross | Mr. Low GRE Not-For-Profit
GRE 316, GPA 74.04% First Division (No GPA)
Harvard | Mr. Marine Pilot
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More B-School Prospects Shy Away From U.S.

How far has international interest in U.S. B-schools fallen? Eight percent

In narrowing their choices for graduate management education, about half of candidates say their first consideration is the type of degree program they want to pursue (47%). Other key findings by GMAC:

  • Most candidates are considering alternatives to business school to achieve their goals. Consistent with past years, employment is the most widely pondered alternative, whether it be candidates thinking about pursuing a new job (50% of candidates) or continuing in the same job (29%).
  • Thirty-eight percent of candidates say their first consideration is identifying the specific school or schools they are interested in, and 15% of candidates say their first consideration is the regional location in which they want to study.
  • Candidates preferring business master’s programs are the most likely to first consider the type of degree program they plan to pursue (55%), while candidates preferring full-time MBA and executive MBA programs are more likely to first consider specific schools (47% and 45%, respectively).
  • Candidates preferring professional MBA programs are more likely than those preferring other program categories to first consider the regional location (29%). Candidates most often say quality/reputation (e.g., rankings, accreditation, faculty) is the most important selection criteria they have in choosing a school.


Other notable alternatives candidates consider include shorter and cheaper educational options, including professional certifications (37% of candidates), graduate certificate programs in business (23%), and corporate training programs (19%).

Reservations related to cost are the most likely to impact candidates’ pursuit of business school. Overall, about a quarter of candidates say that having to take on large debts (26%) and that business school requires more money than they have available (23%) may prevent their plans to pursue GME.

Over the last decade, graduate management education “has evolved in a number of meaningful ways that have expanded candidate choice,” according to GMAC’s report. “Beyond the traditional offerings of full-time and part-time MBA programs and business master’s programs like the Master in Management, Master of Accounting, and Master of Finance, business school candidates now choose from an expanded portfolio of more specialized program options, including programs offered in a variety of different formats and delivery methods. At the same time, the number of high-quality business school options around the world is greater than ever before. These forces combined have had the effect of increasing candidate options. Among 2018 survey respondents, 79% are considering multiple program types, and 58% plan to apply to programs outside their country of residence.”

Source: GMAC 2018 Prospective Students Survey

Source: GMAC 2018 Prospective Students Survey


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