B-School Chart of the Week: To How Many Schools Will You Apply This Year?

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.

How many applications to submit is one of the first decisions you will make with regard to pursuing an MBA. Whether you are targeting just one program or many, applying to business school is rather time-consuming, and we were curious how much of a commitment candidates may be making to the process this season.

The respondents to our poll seem rather ambitious on this front—or may simply view several programs as their “dream” choices. When we asked visitors to our site, “To how many schools do you plan to apply this application season?,” just over one-fifth (20.5%) of the MBA hopefuls answered “6,” making it the top response. Accounting for 17.9% of the votes each, “4” and “5” were tied for the second most common. (In 2013, by comparison, the most common response was “5,” with “6” being the second most popular choice.) Interestingly, a not-insignificant portion—12.8%—indicated that they plan to apply to as many as eight programs, while 5.1% are up for the challenging feat of completing 15 applications this season.

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