Average GRE scores of top MBA Programs and % of class submitting GRE scores

By Arvind Kumar

Admission to a top-tier business school in the United States is a coveted achievement for many aspiring professionals. These institutions are renowned for their rigorous academic programs, distinguished faculty, and unmatched networking opportunities.

For years, the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) has been the gold standard for evaluating applicants. However, the landscape of graduate business education in the United States has been undergoing a significant transformation in recent years with an increasing number of top-tier business schools now embracing the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) opening doors for candidates from diverse academic backgrounds.

In this article, we delve into the data surrounding the average GRE scores of some of the most prestigious business schools in the United States.

We explore the trends over a four-year period, from 2019 to 2022, shedding light on how these institutions have embraced the GRE as part of their admissions process. We not only analyze the average total GRE scores but also dissect the data to understand the nuances of GRE Quantitative and GRE Verbal scores for the years 2021 and 2022.

Additionally, we investigate the percentage of students who applied to these esteemed business schools using GRE scores during the same period.

Average GRE scores of top US MBA Programs

#Business School2022 Total GRE Score2021 Total GRE Score2020 Total GRE Score2019 Total GRE Score2-Year Trend (‘21 vs ‘22)4-Year Trend
1Yale SOM329330328329-10
2Chicago Booth327325324N/AN/AN/A
3Stanford GSB327330329330-3-3
4Harvard Business School326326326326even0
5UCLA Anderson326326316326even0
6Northwestern Kellogg325327326N/AN/AN/A
7MIT Sloan325325324324even1
8NYU Stern32532432432213
10Dartmouth Tuck324324320324N/A0
11UC-Berkeley Haas32432332232311
12Cornell Johnson32432332132014
13CMU Tepper32432332132311
14Ohio State Fisher3233113113091214
15Columbia Business School322N/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
16USC Marshall321321321320even1
17Michigan State Broad321316308306515
18Michigan Ross320320317319even1
19Georgia Tech Scheller32031931831713
20Virginia Darden319321319321-2-2
21UT Austin McCombs319319318318even1
22Washington Foster319321318319-20
23Duke Fuqua3183173143191-1
24UNC Kenan-Flagler31831631731622
25Indiana Kelley31831531231038
26Georgetown McDonough317317317315even2
27Rochester Simon317317314312even5
28Arizona State Carey31731231431057
29Texas-Dallas Jindal31731431030938
30Rice Jones316317313317-1-1
32Rutgers Business School316N/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
33Minnesota Carlson315319321317-4-2
34Maryland Smith31530931030768
35Washington Olin31431031131044
36Vanderbilt Owen314315310315-1-1
37Notre Dame Mendoza314317313315-3-1
38Boston University Questrom314315312313-11
39Texas A&M Mays31430830730866
40SMU Cox31430731030876
41Utah Eccles313317306N/A-4N/A
42Georgia Terry3123103123142-2
43Florida Hough311313310316-2-5
44UC-Irvine Merage31131032231110
45Pittsburgh Katz310310307308even2
46Penn State Smeal309313311310-4-1
47George Washington309N/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
48William & Mary Mason304N/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
49BYU MarriottN/AN/AN/A321N/AN/A
50Emory GoizuetaN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A

The data on GRE scores for US business schools over the past few years reveals several interesting trends and observations.

Firstly, it’s evident that GRE scores play a significant role in the admissions process for these schools, as most top-ranked programs maintain consistently high average scores.

Yale SOM, for example, consistently ranks at the top with an average GRE score of 329 in 2022, showing remarkable consistency over the past four years.

Here are a few more observations:

  • Stability at the Top: Yale SOM, Stanford GSB, and Harvard Business School consistently maintain high GRE scores, with only slight fluctuations over the years. This indicates the consistency in the caliber of students they admit.
  • Mixed Trends at Other Elite Schools: Chicago Booth, MIT Sloan, and Wharton show relatively stable GRE scores over the years. However, schools like UCLA Anderson have seen an increase in scores from 2020 to 2022, potentially reflecting a more competitive applicant pool.
  • Rising Competitiveness: Schools like NYU Stern and UC Berkeley Haas have witnessed an increase in GRE scores over the years, suggesting a rise in the competitiveness of their admissions.
  • Improvement at Some Schools: Cornell Johnson and CMU Tepper have consistently improved their GRE scores over the four-year period, indicating a strategic effort to attract high-scoring applicants.
  • Significant Variations: Some schools, such as Ohio State Fisher and Arizona State Carey, have seen substantial increases in GRE scores, possibly due to changes in their admissions policies or marketing efforts.
  • Missing Data: Columbia Business School, Rutgers Business School, George Washington, and William & Mary Mason have missing data, making it difficult to assess their trends accurately.
  • Diverse Trends in Lower-Ranked Schools: Schools like Minnesota Carlson, Maryland Smith, and Texas A&M Mays have seen fluctuations in their GRE scores, possibly reflecting changes in their applicant pools or admissions strategies.

Average GRE Quant and GRE Verbal Scores

Let’s take a look at the Quant and Verbal distribution of the average GRE scores at the top US business schools.

#Business School2022 Average GRE Quant Score2022 Average GRE Verbal Score2022 Total GRE Score2021 Average GRE Quant Score2021 Average GRE Verbal Score2021 Total GRE Score
1Yale SOM165164329165165330
2Chicago Booth164163327163162325
3Stanford GSB163164327165165330
4Harvard Business School163163326163163326
5UCLA Anderson164162326163163326
6Northwestern Kellogg163162325165162327
7MIT Sloan163162325163162325
8NYU Stern163162325162162324
10Dartmouth Tuck162162324162162324
11UC-Berkeley Haas161163324162161323
12Cornell Johnson163161324162161323
13CMU Tepper165159324164159323
14Ohio State Fisher164159323155156311
15Columbia Business School161161322N/AN/AN/A
16USC Marshall161160321161160321
17Michigan State Broad160161321158158316
18Michigan Ross160160320160160320
19Georgia Scheller162158320160159319
20Virginia Darden159160319160161321
21UT Austin McCombs159160319160159319
22Washington Foster160159319161160321
23Duke Fuqua159159318158159317
24UNC Kenan-Flagler159159318158158316
25Indiana Kelley159159318157158315
26Georgetown McDonough159158317159158317
27Rochester Simon161156317159158317
28Arizona State Carey160157317156156312
29Texas-Dallas Jindal160157317158156314
30Rice Jones160156316160157317
32Rutgers Business School159157316N/AN/AN/A
33Minnesota Carlson159156315159160319
34Maryland Smith157158315155154309
35Washington Olin158156314155155310
36Vanderbilt Owen157157314157158315
37Notre Dame Mendoza156158314158159317
38Boston University Questrom159155314159156315
39Texas A&M Mays158156314155153308
40SMU Cox159155314154153307
41Utah Eccles157156313157160317
42Georgia Terry156156312155155310
43Florida Hough158153311157156313
44UC-Irvine Merage157154311153157310
45Pittsburgh Katz157153310158152310
46Penn State Smeal154155309158155313
47George Washington155154309N/AN/AN/A
48William & Mary Mason152152304N/AN/AN/A
49Emory (Goizueta)N/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
50BYU (Marriott)N/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A

Let’s analyze the data on average GRE scores of MBA programs and draw some observations and inferences:

  • The average GRE total scores for MBA programs in 2022 range from 304 to 330.
  • The most competitive schools, such as Yale SOM, Chicago Booth, and Stanford GSB, have total scores in the high 320s.
  • There are some schools with lower average scores, such as Pittsburgh Katz and George Washington, in the 310s and 309s, respectively.
  • Two schools, William & Mary Mason and Emory (Goizueta), have no data available for 2022.

Quantitative and Verbal Scores:

  • Quantitative scores generally have a slightly wider range compared to verbal scores.
  • The highest average quant score is 165 at Yale SOM and CMU Tepper, while the lowest is 152 at William & Mary Mason.
  • Verbal scores range from 153 to 164, with most schools falling within the 158 to 162 range.
  • Some schools, like Stanford GSB, have higher verbal scores (164), indicating strong verbal aptitude among their applicants.

Comparing 2022 to 2021

  • Most schools have maintained their total scores between 2021 and 2022. This suggests stability in applicant quality and the admission process.
  • Notable exceptions include Ohio State Fisher, which saw a significant increase in its total score from 311 to 323, and Columbia Business School, where data for 2021 is not available.
  • In general, quant and verbal scores have remained stable from 2021 to 2022 for most schools, with minor fluctuations.

School-Specific Observations:

  • Yale SOM consistently has one of the highest total scores (329) and quant scores (165), making it one of the most competitive programs.
  • Harvard Business School and UCLA Anderson have identical total scores of 326, indicating different priorities in their admissions criteria (perhaps favoring different combinations of quant and verbal scores).
  • Chicago Booth, despite having a slightly lower total score (327), has strong quant (164) and verbal (163) scores, making it highly competitive.
  • Schools like Pittsburgh Katz and George Washington have lower scores, which may suggest a less competitive applicant pool or different admissions criteria.

N/A Schools

Some schools, such as Rutgers Business School and Emory’s Goizueta Business School, do not have data available for 2022. This could be due to various reasons, including changes in reporting or a lack of applicants submitting GRE scores.

Let’s take a look at the percentage of the total admitted class which submitted a GRE score as part of their MBA application.

Percent Class Submitting GRE Scores for MBA Admissions

This dataset provides insights into the percentage of MBA program applicants who submitted GRE scores across several prominent business schools for the years 2019, 2020, 2021, and 2022.

It offers valuable information about the trends in GRE submissions, shedding light on how the admission landscape may have evolved in recent years.

The data reveals not only the current state of GRE submission rates but also the changes over a two-year and four-year period, allowing for a comprehensive analysis of applicant preferences and program competitiveness.

Let’s delve into the data to draw observations and inferences about the trends and variations in GRE submission percentages among these MBA programs.

#Business School% GRE 2022% GRE 2021% GRE 2020% GRE 20192-Year Trend4-Year Trend
2Chicago Booth26%18%17%13%8%13%
3Stanford GSB33%24%25%19%9%14%
4Harvard Business School30%29%22%20%1%10%
5MIT Sloan32%24%N/A24%8%8%
6Columbia Business School26%23%24%16%3%10%
7Yale SOM39%36%35%26%3%13%
8Dartmouth Tuck38%37%39%21%1%17%
9UC-Berkeley Haas45%36%35%21%9%24%
10Michigan Ross30%33%37%34%-3%-4%
11Duke Fuqua36%33%38%23%3%13%
12Cornell Johnson22%19%18%18%3%4%
13Virginia Darden36%38%28%23%-2%13%
14NYU Stern21%18%23%18%3%3%
15UCLA Anderson22%19%14%10%3%12%
16USC Marshall33%31%25%29%2%4%
17UT Austin McCombs40%42%38%33%-2%7%
18UNC Kenan-Flagler19%26%22%48%-7%-29%
19Washington Foster9%36%27%21%-27%-12%
20Indiana Kelley20%15%26%23%5%-3%
21Washington Olin47%70%71%49%-23%-2%
22CMU Tepper17%17%11%19%0%-2%
23Georgetown McDonough49%48%54%43%1%6%
24Georgia Tech Scheller26%20%26%29%6%-3%
25Vanderbilt Owen22%23%19%16%-1%6%
26Notre Dame Mendoza16%17%37%24%-1%-8%
27Rice Jones7%35%29%31%-28%-24%
28Rochester Simon16%19%23%27%-3%-11%
29Arizona State Carey37%46%48%43%-9%-6%
30Minnesota Carlson15%20%36%30%-5%-15%
31Penn State Smeal22%33%19%35%-11%-13%
32BYU MarriottN/AN/AN/A19%N/AN/A
33Ohio State Fisher23%44%53%35%-21%-12%
34Georgia Terry38%32%42%34%6%4%
35Boston University Questrom18%29%49%52%-11%-34%
36Texas A&M Mays39%38%29%39%1%0%
38Texas-Dallas Jindal44%33%36%62%11%-18%
39Maryland Smith18%22%28%33%-4%-15%
40Florida Hough46%62%45%50%-16%-4%
41Pittsburgh Katz23%24%58%34%-1%-11%
42UC-Irvine Merage29%12%7%20%17%9%
43Michigan State Broad5%14%23%14%-9%-9%
44SMU Cox23%20%31%40%3%-17%
45Northwestern KelloggN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
46Emory GoizuetaN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
47William & Mary Mason15%N/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
48Rutgers Business School6%N/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
49Utah Eccles38%40%12%N/A-2%N/A
50George Washington23%N/AN/AN/AN/AN/A

The data provided represents the percentage of students who submitted GRE scores for admission to various U.S. business schools over the years 2019 to 2022. Let’s analyze the trends and observations from this data:

Increasing Acceptance of GRE Scores

Generally, there is a trend of increasing acceptance of GRE scores across business schools. Many schools have witnessed a rise in the percentage of students submitting GRE scores over the years, indicating a broader acceptance of this alternative to the GMAT.

Some schools have stable or decreasing trends in the percentage of students submitting GRE scores. For instance, schools like Washington Foster, Wisconsin, Ohio State Fisher, and Texas-Dallas Jindal have experienced significant drops in the percentage of GRE submissions, indicating a potential shift in their admissions policies.

School-Specific Observations

  • Wharton, Stanford GSB, and Yale SOM: These schools have consistently seen a significant percentage of students submitting GRE scores, indicating the acceptance and popularity of GRE in these highly competitive institutions.
  • MIT Sloan and Chicago Booth: These schools have also shown a steady increase in the acceptance of GRE scores, reflecting a broader trend among top-tier business schools.
  • UC-Berkeley Haas: While already accepting a relatively high percentage of GRE submissions, Haas has shown a significant increase in recent years, possibly reflecting a strategic move to diversify their applicant pool.
  • Columbia Business School: Although the percentage of GRE submissions has increased, it remains relatively stable, indicating consistent policies over the years.
  • Vanderbilt Owen, Duke Fuqua, and Notre Dame Mendoza: These schools have a moderate but consistent percentage of GRE submissions, suggesting a balanced approach in accepting both GRE and GMAT scores.

Notable Absences

Some schools like Northwestern Kellogg, Emory Goizueta, William & Mary Mason, and Rutgers Business School do not have available data, making it challenging to assess their GRE acceptance trends.

Schools like Indiana Kelley and Penn State Smeal have witnessed fluctuations in GRE submissions, indicating potential shifts in their admissions strategies or applicant preferences.

Final Thoughts

The data on average GRE scores at top U.S. business schools from 2019 to 2022 presents a compelling narrative of change and adaptation within the realm of higher education. As we conclude our exploration, several key takeaways emerge:

Key Takeaways

  • GRE’s Growing Acceptance: The rising acceptance of GRE scores by prestigious business schools signifies an evolving admissions landscape. Schools are increasingly recognizing the value of assessing candidates based on broader skill sets, allowing individuals from diverse academic backgrounds to pursue their MBA aspirations.
  • Diverse Applicant Pool: The percentage of students applying to business schools using GRE scores demonstrates a shift toward inclusivity. This trend indicates that candidates from various educational backgrounds are being welcomed into MBA programs, enriching the classroom experience with diverse perspectives.
  • Strategic Shifts: Schools with significant increases might be strategically trying to attract a broader range of applicants, considering GRE’s popularity among non-business undergraduate majors.
  • Admissions Policy Changes: Schools with decreasing percentages might be refining their admissions policies, potentially focusing on GMAT scores or other application criteria.
  • Adaptation to Changing Times: The trends reflect how business schools are adapting to changing educational landscapes and applicant preferences, making their admissions processes more inclusive and accommodating diverse talents.

In the coming years, we can expect further evolution in admissions policies as schools continue to refine their selection criteria to identify the most promising candidates. The data presented here serves as a testament to the dynamic nature of graduate business education and the commitment of these institutions to fostering a diverse and innovative community of business leaders.

Ultimately, the top business schools in the U.S. are not just educating future leaders; they are leading the way in shaping the future of business education itself.

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