The Association of International Graduate Admissions Consultants, otherwise known as AIGAC, recently released their annual survey of MBA applicants. The test revealed quite a few interesting data points. For the past five years, AIGAC has been gathering data from applicants all across the world to gain insight into the state of the MBA admissions process.
Interestingly, about 43% of students said they had been asked to write their own recommendation at least once. Applicants also mentioned the “onerous” recommendation system as one of the things that applicants would like admission committees to know about the admission process. This tallies with the high level of support that applicants have shown so far for the decision of several top business schools to create a common recommendation system.
The survey also found that school and program websites were by far the most important source of information for students, followed by rankings, alumni and current students, in-person school visits, and MBA resource websites. Among the top schools, students felt that Dartmouth Tuck and Duke Fuqua “got to know them best” during the admissions process. UCLA and HBS were the bottom two.
However, some of the most interesting insights on the survey came from the differences between international applicants and U.S. applicants:
The MBA applicant pool continues to become more international, and the Graduate Management Admissions Council (GMAC) reports that about 60% of GMAT test-takers are from outside the US. There are some ways in which international students, particularly non-native speakers, appoach business school admissions differently than U.S. students, and it remains to be seen how that will affect the business school application process.
The complete findings from the survey can be found here.