McCombs School of Business | Ms. Registered Nurse Entrepreneur
GMAT 630, GPA 3.59
Stanford GSB | Mr. Deferred Asian Entrepreneur
GMAT 720, GPA 3.4
NYU Stern | Mr. Indian Analytics Consultant
GMAT 680, GPA 3.0
Yale | Ms. Mission Driven
GMAT 700, GPA 3.2
Columbia | Mr. RAV4 Chemical Engineer
GMAT 750, GPA 3.62
Harvard | Mr. Aerospace Project Manager
GMAT 740 (Second Attempt), GPA 3.6
Wharton | Ms. Type-A CPG PM
GMAT 750, GPA 3.42
McCombs School of Business | Mr. Dyslexic Salesman
GMAT 720, GPA 2.9
Berkeley Haas | Mr. Young Software Engineer
GRE 330, GPA 3.60
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
MIT Sloan | Mr. Classic Engineer
GMAT 750, GPA 3.29
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
Wharton | Mr. Central Banker
GRE 317, GPA 2.7
Harvard | Mr. Asian-Canadian SFA
GMAT 730, GPA 83.6% (3.7 Converted)
Columbia | Mr. VC Entrepreneur
GMAT 780, GPA 2.8

What It Now Costs To Get A Top-25 MBA Degree

Once again, the highest tuition of any U.S. B-school can be found in Philadelphia, at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School — though it shrank modestly in 2020. File photo


An MBA from a top school, as well know, is not cheap. Five years ago, the average total cost to attend one of the programs in the charts below was about $168,000. Now it has grown about 16%. Fortunately, financial aid is available for an increasing number of MBA candidates.

At Stanford GSB, the average fellowship is about $40,000 per year or $80,000 in total awards; at Harvard, where 50% of the MBA class is eligible for assistance, it’s even more: $42,000 per year, or $84,000 total. UCLA Anderson has 625 scholarships, grants, fellowships, and awards; UC-Berkeley annually spreads millions around its relatively small MBA  cohort. At MIT Sloan, once again the year’s most expensive school, there are literally dozens of fellowships available, most of which don’t even require an application: students are automatically considered for them.

Beyond scholarships, there’s the fact that an MBA continues to be a reliable magnifier of salary potential. According to recent surveys by both the Graduate Management Admission Council and The Financial Times, post-MBA salaries rise by a median of $40,000. The schools with the best ROI and starting salaries? According to a recent P&Q analysis, it’s all the schools you see in the chart below. One of the most expensive schools to attend, NYU Stern, recently reported that despite the headwinds of coronavirus, its 2020 grads averaged more than $140,000 right out of the gate; while higher up the rankings, at Chicago Booth, an interim employment report this fall shows Boothies doing even better.


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