Average GMAT Scores For The Top 50 B-Schools In US Across The Last 5 Years


The average score on the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) going up at 10 of the Top 25 MBA programmes in the US last year shows keen competition as ever at the top.

16 of the top 25 U.S. schools are reporting higher GMATs since 2010, with just eight programmes reporting a decline in average scores.

In the last five years, for example, the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School has boosted average GMAT scores by 10 full points to a record 728 last year from 718 in 2010. In fact, the average GMAT score for Wharton’s latest entering class exceeds Harvard Business School for the first time ever. Wharton is now two points higher than Harvard’s 726.

Chicago’s Booth School of Business saw a nine points increase to a record 724 in the past five years.

It is not only the top schools experiencing the rise. Vanderbilt University’s Owen School has increased its average GMAT score by 15 points to 688 since 2010. Michigan State University’s Broad College of Business had the highest single gain of 30 points to 666 last year from 636 five years earlier.

B-School representatives put such gains to a concerted effort by leadership to boost the school’s standing. Sadly, the reverse is true when GMAT scores go the other way. Double-digit declines, in particular, are a bright red sign that a school is losing the competitive fight for the best and the brightest.

Schools with stable or increasing GMATs are generally re-investing in their MBA programmes, while those with declining scores are more often than not using the revenue to fund other parts of the university as per sources.

The University of North Carolina’s Kenan-Flager Business School led all Top 25 in posting a 14-point rise in GMATs to 697 for its latest entering MBA class. The University of Washington’s Foster School reported a 12-point jump to 682 last year, while UCLA’s Anderson School of Management saw an equally impressive nine-point increase to 715.

Top 50 US B-Schools With Biggest Five-Year Increases In GMAT Scores

SchoolFive-Year ChangeAverage 2014 GMATAverage 2010 GMAT
Michigan State (Broad)+30666636
Vanderbilt (Owen)+15688673
Iowa (Tippie)+12669657
North Carolina (Kenan-Flagler)+11697686
Pennsylvania (Wharton)+10728718
Chicago (Booth)+9724715
Virginia (Darden)+7706699
Georgetown (McDonough)+7691684
Rochester (Simon)+7684677

Top 50 Schools With Biggest Five-Year Decreases In GMAT Scores

SchoolFive-Year Change2014 Average GMAT2010 Average GMAT
Purdue (Krannert)-37617654
Ohio State (Fisher)-15661676
Minnesota (Carlson)-11683694
Boston University-11670681
Brigham Young (Marriott)-8667675
Maryland (Smith)-8662670
Duke (Fuqua)-7690697
Carnegie Mellon (Tepper)-7687694

Average GMAT Scores At The Top 50 MBA Programs In The U.S.

(In bold- B-Schools that offer one-year MBA programme, exclusively or in addition to a two-year MBA pogramme)

B-School2014 GMAT2013 GMAT2012 GMAT2011 GMAT2010 GMAT5-Year Trend
  1. Stanford GSB732732729739728+4
  2. Harvard Business School726727724724724+2
  3. Penn (Wharton)728725718718718+10
  4. Chicago (Booth)724723720719715+9
  5. Columbia Business School716716715716712+4
  6. Northwestern (Kellogg)713713708712714-1
  7. MIT (Sloan)713713710710718-5
  8. Dartmouth (Tuck)716718717718716——-
  9. Duke (Fuqua)690694690689697-7
10. UC-Berkeley (Haas)717714715715718-1
11. Michigan (Ross)702704703703704-2
12. Yale School of Management719714717719722-3
13. Virginia (Darden)706706703701699+7
14. UCLA (Anderson)715706704704710+5
15. Cornell (Johnson)692691694691687+5
16. New York (Stern)721721720719715+6
17. Carnegie Mellon (Tepper)687691693686694-7
18. North Carolina (Kenan-Flagler)697683692689686+11
19. Texas-Austin (McCombs)690690692692684+6
20. Emory (Goizueta)678681677681680-2
20. Indiana (Kelley)668664664670664+4
22. Georgetown (McDonough)691688683686684+7
23. Washington (Foster)682670670675681+1
24. Washington Univ. (Olin)699696698696695+4
25. Vanderbilt (Owen)688688682695673+15


B-School2014 GMAT2013 GMAT2012 GMAT2011 GMAT2010 GMAT5-Year Trend
26. Southern California (Marshall)684686690687690-6
27. Rice (Jones)676676673673672+4
28. Ohio State (Fisher)661666668674676-15
29. Wisconsin-Madison668676675680675-7
30. Maryland (Smith)662654656661670-8
31. Brigham Young (Marriott)667665672670675-8
32. Penn State (Smeal)649645643650650-1
33. Rochester (Simon)684680680675677+7
34. Texas A&M (Mays)647648649647646+1
35. Michigan State (Broad)666655641638636+30
36. Minnesota (Carlson)683686692686694-11
36. Notre Dame (Mendoza)686690687692685+1
38. Georgia Tech (Scheller)676678678674678-2
39. Purdue (Krannert)617607643635654-37
40. Illinois-Urbana-Champaign659661650650641+18
41. Arizona State (Carey)673673676674672+6
42. Boston University670682680684681-11
43. Pittsburgh (Katz)620622NANANANA
45. Wake Forest (Babcock)652632648651653-1
46. UC-Irvine (Merage)657654657663673-16
47. Southern Methodist (Cox)650650639641643+7
48. Boston College (Carroll)664666666656662+2
49. Iowa (Tippie)669671665666657+12
50. Georgia (Terry)646645637NANANA

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