Insights from the 2020 US News & World Report Business Schools Rankings: Wharton is #1

The 2020 US News & World Report Business Schools Rankings were published today. Most of the schools that are perennially in the top 10 are there again, however there were some changes in position. Wharton holds the top spot, alone, this year up two spots from #3 last year. Also, Harvard and Booth fell from tied for #1 last year to tied for #3 this year. MIT Sloan is also tied for 3rd. Yale’s back in the top 10, as is Duke.

2020 US News & World Report Business Schools Rankings

 

  • #1 University of Pennsylvania (Wharton)
  • #2 Stanford University
  • #3 Harvard University (tie)
  • #3 Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Sloan) (tie)
  • #3 University of Chicago (Booth) (tie)
  • #6 Columbia University (tie)
  • #6 Northwestern University (Kellogg) (tie)
  • #6 University of California — Berkeley (Haas) (tie)
  • #9 Yale University
  • #10 Duke University (Fuqua) (tie)
  • #10 University of Michigan — Ann Arbor (Ross) (tie)

Observations of note

Out of the schools in the top 10 this year, all of them, except for Duke, had an average GMAT of 720 or higher. Scanning the rankings, it wasn’t until you got to #15 Cornell University (Johnson) that the average GMAT score dipped below 700. The average GMAT score at 5 of the top 6 schools was 730+. Similar to rankings, we don’t want to place too much emphasis on the average GMAT score, but it’s worth noting that the average scores remain high and are continuing to go up for schools in the top 25.  You’re probably wondering, what you can do about it. Check out these articles on the Veritas Prep blog or contact us so we can give you some free advice.  

Acceptance rates at the top schools range from 6.1% (Stanford) to 27.1% (University of Michigan Ross). A school’s acceptance rate doesn’t tell you your chances of being accepted. The strength of your profile and application determine that, but we point out acceptance rates because it’s worth noting how competitive getting into a top business school can be and what the chances are and how much they vary, even among schools ranked in the top 10.

As we’ve stated before: for those of you hyper focused on attending a school in the top 10, we hope you remember that the top 10 varies from year to year and you should keep an open mind about applying to schools outside of the top 10.

The difference between a school being ranked in the top 10 and not is pretty small.  One year they may be in the top 10, the next year they may be out. Did the school change that much in 1 year?  Probably not. Is the school still a great school? Most likely yes. There can be so much focus on a school being ranked in the top 10, but there are a number of excellent schools which hover right around the top 10 and even crack the top 10 (as they say) some years that as an applicant, you should make sure you don’t overlook them.  So, while Tuck, Stern and Darden aren’t in the top 10 this year, as you consider which schools to apply to, take a look at these schools as they are perennially near the top 10 and sometimes included, if that’s important to you.

We constantly remind applicants, rankings are only one factor to consider when selecting which schools to apply to.  Regardless of which schools you decide are right for you, you’ll want to make sure you submit the strongest application you’re capable of.  Contact us today to discuss your chances of admission to your target programs, to get answers to your questions, and to find out how we can help you get accepted to the school of your dreams.

Do you have what it takes to get into one of these schools? Speak with an admissions expert at Veritas Prep. At Veritas Prep, we’ve helped over 300,000 people take the GMAT, apply to their dream schools, and get admitted. Interested in learning more about how Veritas Prep can help you? Give us a call at (800) 962-2069 to speak with an MBA admissions expert today, or fill out this quick form to schedule a free MBA consultation, where we’ll review your applicant profile and give you actionable advice for your unique situation: https://www.veritasprep.com/business-school/free-profile-evaluation/

Applying to Business School as a College Senior

Happy Veritas Prep StudentsIs applying to business school as a college senior an option? Several top MBA programs do offer college students the opportunity to apply and be admitted during their senior year. These programs are valuable recruiting tools for the top business schools that offer them. MIT Sloan Assistant Dean of Admissions Dawna Levenson states, “We want to increase MIT representation in our own MBA program, and recruit qualified college seniors from other colleges to MIT Sloan as early as possible.” From an applicant’s perspective, early admission allows one “the freedom to take risks”.

Which schools offer deferred enrollment?

The following is a list of these types of programs:

Breaking Down Your MBA Deferred Enrollment Options provides a brief overview of Harvard, Stanford, and Yale’s programs.

If you’re applying to these programs there are a few things to keep in mind.

You don’t have to be a business major to apply. In fact, HBS 2+2’s Profile for the Class of 2022 reveals that 65% of incoming students have a STEM background and 17% are from the humanities/social sciences.  

What are adcoms looking for?

HBS says on their site: We’re looking for innovative thinkers who have demonstrated leadership and analytical skills and want to develop their knowledge and passion to make a difference in the world.

Yale says: Silver Scholars are chosen for their combination of intelligence and common sense, maturity and curiosity, passion and compassion. Each has made a difference and distinguished him- or herself in a particular field of interest. We are looking for college seniors who will be future leaders in business, government, and nonprofit endeavors.

The best way to show these programs you are who they’re looking for is by putting together an outstanding application, which thoughtfully answers the questions they ask. You’ll need a strong application, as the acceptance rate for HBS 2+2’s Class of 2022 was 8%. A few keys to a stellar application: 

Academic ability. Two ways to demonstrate academic ability are test scores and undergraduate GPA. For the HBS 2+2 Class of 2022, the median GMAT was 740 and the average GPA was 3.76, though the GMAT range was 610-790. However, a high GMAT and/or GPA alone will not get you in. 

Leadership and impact. You’ll want to provide examples of your leadership that showcase your potential, as well as the impact you’ve already had in the organizations and communities you’ve been a part of. Think about what you’ve done in the course of internships, part-time jobs, side projects, and extracurriculars. Even better if these accomplishments and experiences provide insight into what you will contribute to the MBA community you seek to join.

Interesting, well thought out goals. The admissions committee wants to know what you see yourself achieving in the future and how an MBA from their school fits in with your plan. Your goals don’t have to be extraordinary, but it’s ok if they are. This can be a great way to demonstrate your passion or talk about your purpose.

Deferred MBA programs are a great opportunity for college seniors to gain admission to some of the world’s best MBA programs. If you’re thinking about applying to one of these programs, use the information above to help you create applications that get the admissions committee excited about you.

Veritas Prep has a proven track record of success with deferred enrollment applicants. One of our consultants was admitted to HBS’ 2+2 program. Applying to business school as a college senior might be right for you. If you need help preparing for the GMAT or putting together an amazing application, Veritas Prep has you covered.

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In addition, Veritas Prep Admission Consultants have vast experience in assisting clients hone and refine their personal and professional goals to resonate with admissions officers. Call us at 1-800-962-2069 and speak with an MBA admissions expert today, or sign up for a free MBA Admissions Profile Evaluation and Consultation for personalized advice on your unique application situation! As always, be sure to find us on Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter.