The 2016–2017 application season is largely behind us, and the Class of 2019 will matriculate this fall at top-ranked business schools around the country. But before we head into the 2017–2018 academic season and find out what the newest incoming class has to offer, we take a look at the Class of 2018, which matriculated last year.
Prestigious business schools are highly selective—this fact is undoubtedly clear to anyone interested in applying. After all, the schools would not be as highly renowned as they currently are if they did not maintain high standards for acceptance. Which ones maintain the lowest acceptance rates and are therefore most selective? We at mbaMission examined data from top-ranked schools regarding their most recent incoming class and admissions season and found that the Stanford Graduate School of Business kept the gap at its doors the tightest and admitted a mere 6.0% of its more than 8,100 applicants. Harvard Business School followed not far behind with an acceptance rate of 10.6% (out of nearly 9,800 applications). In third place, the Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley, offered admission to 11.8% of its applicant pool of approximately 4,000. Columbia Business School kept its doors fairly tightly shut as well, with a 17.1% acceptance rate for its more than 6,000 applications.