2Minute GMAT

Measure How Competitive Your MBA Application Is By Stacy Blackman Consulting

Unfortunately, there is no exact equation for business school fit just as there is no perfect way to measure how competitive your MBA application is relative to your competition. However, there are characteristics that correlate positively with success. We’ve created a list of these variables so that you can develop an approximate measure of how competitive your application is, at what some individuals often call “a 10,000 foot level.” By reviewing the range of average numbers at your target MBA programs, and studying successful people who had been accepted in the past, you can often get an understand for how competitive our application is.

• Overall GPA (how do you compare against the average GPA at target MBA program?)

• GPA trends: (did your GPA increase/decrease from year to year?)

• Quality of undergraduate university (how competitive was your university?)

• Undergraduate major, courses chosen (did you invite challenge?)

• Pursuits as an undergrad (impact and leadership are most critical)

• Pursuits during summers

• Number of years of work experience (enough to be able to contribute to an MBA program)

• Career progression (did you continue to grow and face new challenges)

• Companies worked for (helps the admissions team understand your work experience)

• Management experience

• Extra-curricular involvements (impact and leadership more important than quantity)

• Interesting elements of family background (family adversity, education level of parents)

• International experiences (how have you adapted to different situations)

• Quality of recommendations

• Quality of interview

• Overall GMAT score (how do you compare against average GPA at target MBA program?)

• GMAT Quant percentile

• Demographics (are you from an under-represented group?)


Founded in 2001, Stacy Blackman Consulting has helped thousands of MBA applicants gain admission to the most selective business schools in the world.  The Stacy Blackman team, comprised of MBA graduates, former admissions officers and expert writers, editors and marketers, helps clients develop and implement a winning marketing strategy.  Stacy Blackman clients have a significantly increased probability of admission to top schools and are frequent recipients of merit scholarships.  The company is regularly featured in publications such as BusinessWeek, the Wall Street Journal and the Economist.   Visit the Stacy Blackman blog for daily news updates and admissions tips, and check out the company’s e-publications for more in depth school-by-school guidance.

Tags: ,

Leave a Reply