MBA News: Application Volume Surging — Fact or Fiction?

Last week on our blog we highlighted a few comments made by HBS Dean Light during a recent alumni call, referring to this year’s applicant pool as the “best ever” and telling listeners that HBS had seen a dramatic 24% increase in application volume. Is this surge in applications a trend? Apparently not.

In an interview with, Tuck Admissions Director Dawna Clarke told readers that, after experiencing steady increases in applications during the past few years, Tuck has seen little to no change in volume this year. Meanwhile, Ross Admissions Director Soojin Kwon Koh told the Munroe Street Journal, the Ross School’s student newspaper, that because the loan market has dried up, international applications—and thus total application volume—declined in round two.

Is yet another bubble bursting? It is too early to tell, but we will be interested to see what other schools report as the year goes on.

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