U.S. News ShortList Features Application Volume Data for Top Business Schools
In case you missed it, U.S. News last week featured a rundown of the 10 business schools that get the most full-time applications as part of its ShortList, a regular series spotlighting individual data points, separate from the magazine’s overall rankings.
Citing the Graduate Management Admissions Council (GMAC)’s 2011 survey of graduate business school application trends, U.S. News noted that about two thirds of full time, two-year MBA programs saw decreases in application numbers from the year before.
According to U.S. News’ own data, Harvard Business School had the highest application volume for the fall 2011 entering class, with 9,134 full-time applications. Notably, of the top 10 schools for full-time applicants, all saw a decrease from fall 2010 to fall 2011 save one: Columbia Business School. The New York City school’s numbers squeaked up ever so slightly, from 6,666 in 2010 to 6,669 in 2011, U.S. News reports.
Perhaps not surprisingly, eight of the 10 highest ranked schools in U.S. News’ ranking of best business schools also appeared on the top 10 list for number of full-time applicants. The Tuck School of Management at Dartmouth College and the School of Management at Yale University — the other two schools in the top 10 highest ranked schools — were among the top 15 schools for greatest full-time applicants, U.S. News reports.