Stanford GSB | Ms. Investor To Fintech
GMAT 750, GPA 3.8
Tuck | Ms. Confused One
GMAT 740, GPA 7.3/10
Harvard | Ms. Consumer Sustainability
GMAT 740, GPA 3.95
Stanford GSB | Ms. Eyebrows Say It All
GRE 299, GPA 8.2/10
Berkeley Haas | Mr. Stuck Consultant
GMAT 760, GPA 3.6
NYU Stern | Mr. Health Tech
GMAT 730, GPA 3.0
Ross | Mr. Saudi Engineer
GRE 312, GPA 3.48
Stanford GSB | Mr. Low GPA To Stanford
GMAT 770, GPA 2.7
Cornell Johnson | Mr. Regulator To Private
GMAT 700, GPA 2.0
Columbia | Ms. Retail Queen
GRE 322, GPA 3.6
MIT Sloan | Mr. Mechanical Engineer W/ CFA Level 2
GMAT 760, GPA 3.83/4.0 WES Conversion
Kellogg | Mr. Structural Engineer
GMAT 680, GPA 3.2
Harvard | Mr. Air Force Seeking Feedback
GRE 329, GPA 3.2
Stanford GSB | Mr. Hopeful B School Investment Analyst
GRE 334, GPA 4.0
MIT Sloan | Mr. Spaniard
GMAT 710, GPA 7 out of 10 (top 15%)
Harvard | Ms. Marketing Family Business
GMAT 750- first try so might retake for a higher score (aiming for 780), GPA Lower Second Class Honors (around 3.0)
Stanford GSB | Mr. Deferred MBA Candidate
GMAT 760, GPA 4.0
Berkeley Haas | Mr. Colombian Sales Leader
GMAT 610, GPA 2.78
Darden | Mr. Anxious One
GRE 323, GPA 3.85
Emory Goizueta | Mr. Family Business Turned Consultant
GMAT 640, GPA 3.0
Tuck | Ms. BFA To MBA
GMAT 700, GPA 3.96
Berkeley Haas | Mr. Hanging By A Thread
GMAT 710, GPA 3.8
Harvard | Ms. Hollywood To Healthcare
GMAT 730, GPA 2.5
Kellogg | Ms. Indian Entrepreneur
GMAT 750, GPA 3.3
McCombs School of Business | Ms. Registered Nurse Entrepreneur
GMAT 630, GPA 3.59
Stanford GSB | Ms. Tech Consulting
GMAT 700, GPA 3.53
Kellogg | Mr. Danish Raised, US Based
GMAT 710, GPA 10.6 out of 12

These 40 B-Schools Are On Bain’s Target List For MBA Recruits

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It’s well known that the mainstream recruiters of MBA talent have favorite hunting grounds for their future employers. Those lists tend to be highly guarded, in part because a company would not want to discourage MBAs from other schools from applying. But sometimes a firm will show its hand in special programs designed to get to know incoming students. That is the case with Bain & Co. for its ExperienceBain summer learning program.

All of the MBB have similar programs for incoming MBA students. The Bain list differs significantly from those at McKinsey, which only has 17 targeted schools for its Early Access program (see McKinsey’s 17 Target Business Schools), or the Boston Consulting Group, which includes a broader range of 28 schools but is U.S.-centric with one exception: The University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management (see BCG’s 28 Target Business Schools).

In contrast, Bain includes a bevy of 40 different schools, many of them outside the U.S. The firm’s target list opens the door to incoming MBAs from INSEAD and HEC Paris in France, London Business School, Cambridge Judge and Oxford Saïd in the U.K., IESE Business School, ESADE and IE Business School in Spain, Italy’s SDA Bocconi School of Management, ESCP Business School with its six campuses in Berlin, London, Madrid, Paris, Turin & Warsaw. In all, Bain recruits MBAs from 50 to 60 business schools so not all of the MBA programs are listed among this target group for the pre-MBA experience.


This is typically a highly selective program, but due to the pandemic, this year it is virtual and by registration, meaning that applicants need not apply to attend. Bain will, however, make some parts of the program more exclusive. Registration is expected to go live on Bain’s website on Monday, April 12th. Bain describes the program as an opportunity to get a feel for life as a consultant. “Whether you know consulting is where you want to be, or you’re still exploring your options, our virtual pre-MBA program, ExperienceBain, will help you put your best foot forward at school and in your future career,” according to the firm. “You’ll leave with new skills, experiences and connections with our people, our affinity groups and your future classmates.”

Translation: The program gives the consulting firm an early look at incoming MBA talent. For participants, it provides a glimpse into what a career in consulting might be like and gives students a leg up on landing a summer internship between their first and second years of the MBA program and ultimately a full-time job offer.

The other target schools, of course, include the big brand powerhouses that dominate the top of most MBA rankings. It will surprise no one to know that every M7 school is on the list: Harvard, Stanford, Wharton, MIT Sloan, Booth, Kellogg and Columbia. Nor will it be surprising to see the University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business, the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business or UC-Berkeley’s Haas School among the targets.


But it also includes several MBA programs that might be overlooked by applicants. Among them are Brigham Young University’s Marriott School of Management, Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business, Southern Methodist University’s Cox School, Georgia Tech’s Scheller College of Business, and the University of Texas’ Jindal School of Management in Dallas.

Despite the much more expansive list of target schools at Bain, there are a few highly ranked programs noticeably absent, including the University of Southern California’s Marshall School of Business.

Bain’s Target Business School List For Its Pre-MBA Summer Experience

Business School MBA ProgramUniversity
Anderson School of ManagementUniversity of California-Los Angeles
SDA Bocconi School of ManagementBocconi University
Booth School of BusinessUniversity of Chicago
Columbia Business SchoolColumbia University
Cox School of BusinessSouthern Methodist University
Darden School of BusinessUniversity of Virginia
ESADE Business SchoolRamon Llull University
ESCP Business SchoolESCP
Foster School of BusinessUniversity of Washington
Fuqua School of BusinessDuke University
Goizueta Business SchoolEmory University
Haas School of BusinessUniversity of California-Berkeley
Harvard Business SchoolHarvard University
HEC ParisÉcole des hautes études commerciales de Paris
IE Business SchoolIE University
IESE Business SchoolUniversity of Navarra
INSEADInstitut Européen d’Administration des Affaires
Jindal School of ManagementUniversity of Texas-Dallas
Johnson School of ManagementCornell University
Jones Graduate School of ManagementRice University
Judge Business SchoolUniversity of Cambridge
Kelley School of BusinessIndiana University
Kellogg School of ManagementNorthwestern University
Kenan-Flagler Business SchoolUniversity of North Carolina-Chapel Hill
London Business SchoolLondon Business School
Marriott School of BusinessBrigham Young University
McCombs School of BusinessUniversity of Texas-Austin
McDonough School of BusinessGeorgetown University
Olin Business SchoolWashington University
Owen Graduate School of ManagementVanderbilt University
Ross School of BusinessUniversity of Michigan
Saïd Business SchoolOxford University
Scheller College of BusinessGeorgia Institute of Technology
Sloan School of ManagementMassachusetts Institute of Technology
Stanford Graduate School of BusinessStanford University
Stern School of BusinessNew York University
Tepper School of BusinessCarnegie Mellon University
The Wharton SchoolUniversity of Pennsylvania
Tuck School of BusinessDartmouth College
Yale School of ManagementYale University

Source: Bain & Co.


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