11 MBA Programs With the Highest GMAT Scores

Preparing for the GMAT can be a tiring process, but scoring high is critical to gaining admittance to a top-ranked MBA program.

At the 11 schools with the highest GMAT scores, incoming full-time students in fall 2015 had an average score of 715 or higher on the admissions exam, which has a maximum score of 800.

Stanford University had the highest average GMAT score – 733 – among the 129 business schools that submitted this data. While the average GMAT score at Stanford rose by one point from its 2014 class, the school dropped a spot in the U.S. News Best Business Schools rankings, tying for No. 2.

Harvard University, which took over the No. 1 spot in the rankings this year, had an average GMAT score of 725 – one point lower than its fall 2014 average. Harvard Business School also had more full-time students enroll in fall 2015 than any other school that submitted this data, boasting a class of 937.

Among all the MBA programs that provided data on GMAT scores, the average was 630, much lower than the 722 average among the top 11.

Below are the 11 business schools with the highest average GMAT scores for incoming full-time students in fall 2015. Unranked schools, which did not meet certain criteria required by U.S. News to be numerically ranked, were not considered for this report.

Business school (name) (state) Incoming full-time enrollment (fall 2015) Average GMAT score U.S. News b-school rank
Stanford University (CA) 733
University of Pennsylvania (Wharton) 732
University of Chicago (Booth) 726
Harvard University (MA) 725
Northwestern University (Kellogg) (IL) 724
Yale University (CT) 721
New York University (Stern) 720
Dartmouth College (Tuck) (NH) 717
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Sloan) 716
Columbia University (NY) 715
University of California—Berkeley (Haas) 715

Read full story: U.S. News & World Report

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