In the bottom 25, seven schools have negative five-trends, down from 10 schools last year, though three schools do not publish enough data to make a comparison. The average decline is 8.4 points, compared to 3 points for the three schools in the top 25 that saw reverses. Two lower-25 schools — Washington Olin and Rochester Simon — were even over the last five years.
This year, 13 schools in the lower 25 had positive five-year GMAT trends, down from 15 last year, with an average gain of 13.9 points, up from 8.9 points. Notable increases came at Tennessee-Knoxville Haslam (41 points), Pittsburgh Katz (33 points), and Penn State Smeal (22 points); notable declines were led by the 20-point drop at Maryland’s Smith School of Business, which fell from 658 in 2015 to 638 last year.
Looking at the two-year trend for the lower 25, Pittsburgh jumped 19 points, to 640, and Minnesota Carlson climbed 8, to 690. Arizona State’s Carey School of Business saw the only double-digit two-year decline, to 680 from 694.