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An early look at the MBA class of 2016

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Though many applicants are still in the throes of Round 1, some of the top business schools have already released class profiles for the Fall 2014 incoming MBA class. Wharton caused a slight stir when it reported an average GMAT score of 728, highest in the school’s history and 2 points higher than Harvard’s 726.As of this post, Wharton has reported the highest GMAT score of the year, but Stanford, which reported a score of 732 last year, will almost certainly end up taking the top place.

While the average GMAT score at some of the top schools, like Ross and Anderson, have flatlined or even declined, most of the top schools have seen an increase in the average score. So far, Yale has enjoyed the largest jump, with an average GMAT score of 719, 5 points higher than last year’s 714.

From what we see of the average GMAT scores for 2014, that trend continues with this year’s incoming class. The GMAT scores at top business schools continue to creep upward, and for some applicants, that point difference could prove crucial.

2014 2013 2012 2011 2010 2009
Stanford GSB 732 729 730 728 726
Harvard Business School 726 727 724 724 724 719
UPenn (Wharton) 728 725 718 718 718 718
Chicago (Booth) 723 720 719 715 714
New York (Stern) 721 720 719 715 717
Dartmouth (Tuck) 717 718 717 718 716 712
Columbia 716 716 715 716 712 713
UC-Berkeley (Haas) 717 714 715 715 718 718
Yale 719 714 717 719 722 715
Northwestern (Kellogg) 713 708 712 714 706
MIT (Sloan) 713 713 710 710 718 711
Virginia (Darden) 706 706 703 701 699 701
UCLA (Anderson) 706 704 704 710 711
Michigan (Ross) 702 704 703 703 704 701
Washington (Olin) 699 696 698 696 695 686
Duke (Fuqua) 694 690 689 697 687
Cornell (Johnson) 691 694 691 687 700
Carnegie Mellon (Tepper) 691 693 686 694 687
Texas-Austin (McCombs) 690 690 692 692 684 681
Georgetown (McDonough) 691 688 683 686 684 685
Vanderbilt (Owen) 688 682 695 673 653
UNC (Kenan-Flagler) 683 692 689 686 677
Emory (Goizueta) 681 677 681 680 676
Washington (Foster) 670 670 675 681 681
Indiana (Kelley) 664 664 670 664 664

 

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