The past few days have been exciting for Round 2 MBA applicants, with many schools releasing decisions to anxious applicants! With all the news flowing out of admissions offices at top schools, our MBA LiveWire received more entries than ever before as applicants shared their admissions decisions with the community.
Let’s hone in on two schools in particular that released decisions this week: Stanford GSB and the Wharton School of Business. A closer look at the LiveWire data reveals how accomplished both the accepted and rejected candidates at Stanford and Wharton are. Accepted students at Wharton who entered their results on LiveWire had an average GPA of 3.7 and an average GMAT of 730. Rejected students had an average GPA of 3.5 and an average GMAT of 710. Meanwhile accepted LiveWire users at Stanford had an average GPA of 3.6 and average GMAT of 720, while rejected students had an average GPA of 3.5 and also had an average GMAT of 720.
One interesting element in the Stanford LiveWire data is that the average GMAT scores for accepted and rejected candidates are the same. Of course, one should keep in mind that many of the rejected candidates at Stanford who entered results on LiveWire had been invited to interview at the school. Stanford typically has the highest average GMAT of all business schools, so it is likely that the pool of applicants was so strong that GMAT scores became secondary. The fact that both accepted and rejected candidates have a GMAT of 720 also shows that Stanford bases its admissions decisions on factors other than grades and GMAT scores.
Looking for more data points on admissions results at the leading schools? View the GPAs and GMAT scores of applicants who got accepted to Stanford, Wharton, Chicago Booth, Kellogg, Harvard Business School and other top schools, or submit your own stats!