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B-School Chart of the Week: How Many Applicants Actually Enroll?

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.

The business school application season is in full swing, and undoubtedly many MBA hopefuls are fretting over their essays and potential interviews at this very moment. All the stress will be a mere memory soon enough—but how many of these applicants will actually end up walking through the doors of their dream schools next year? Looking back to last year’s admissions statistics offers a bit of insight. According to the UCLA Anderson School of Management’s Class of 2017 profile, for example, the school received more than 3,500 applications last year, but a mere 360 students—only 10% of the applicant pool—enrolled in August.

Of course, many students are admitted to more than one school, leaving them to ponder which institution best suits them. This creates a discrepancy between the number of admitted students—which schools typically do not make public—and the number of actual enrollments. The Stanford Graduate School of Business, for example, reported a notably low enrollment percentage for its applicant pool—with 7,899 applications and 407 students in the Class of 2017, just 5% of applicants enrolled. Take a deep breath amid the chaos of applying and think—of all the schools you have chosen, where would you most like to enroll?

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