B-School Chart of the Week: Are You Confident You Will Be Admitted?

Although quantifying a school’s profile certainly does not tell you everything, it can sometimes be helpful in simplifying the many differences between the various MBA programs. Each week, we bring you a chart to help you decide which of the schools’ strengths speak to you.

We recently surveyed a number of visitors to our site to get a feel for the concerns, plans, and mind-sets of this season’s MBA applicants. Now the results are in, and for those who are curious about their fellow applicants’ views on business school, we will be sharing some of the collected data in our B-School Chart of the Week blog series.

When we asked MBA candidates visiting our site to respond to the question “On a scale of 1 to 10 (10 being the most), how confident are you that you will be admitted to at least one business school this application season?” we were somewhat surprised at the results. The data we collected suggested extremely high applicant confidence—the most common responses were 10 and 9, with each representing 23.1% of the votes. By contrast, when we posed this same question in 2013, the most common response was 7 (22.8%). Overall, 74.4% of respondents this year indicated a confidence level of 7 or higher. The lowest rating chosen was 3, selected by just 5.1% of the survey participants. Confidence (in the proper measure) can certainly be an important part of a successful candidacy, and we hope that our respondents’ positive outlook pays off!



Admittance Confidence Chart

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