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Top 60 MBA Programs -  GMAT and GPAGMAT plays an important role in the MBA Admission process. It is important that you understand the GMAT Median and Mean score of your target schools. We at F1GMAT have researched and created the GMAT Score list for top 60 MBA programs.  If you notice the average GMAT scores of top 20 B-schools, they fall within the range of 700 to 730, with the highest GMAT median score at 730 for Stanford Graduate School of Business and Harvard Business School. An interesting trend seen here is that the average GMAT scores for European, Asian and Australian Business schools tends to be between 600 and 670.

Although the GPA scores for most top B-Schools are not officially published, our research shows that the majority of GPA scores of top 20 MBA programs range between 3.5 and 3.7. There  is no minimum GPA score, but if your score falls below 2.7, it becomes extremely difficult to get into a premier Business School. Of course, there are exceptions and the AdCom will look at your application holistically if you have an interesting work experience or extracurricular. One major reason why there is no unified method of mapping International GPA with American GPA is that evaluation criteria differs across universities, and AdCom has to compare the GPA of the candidate with other applicants from the same university.  Based on the aggregate GPA data from previous years, the AdCom has to map the GPA to the US Scale.

If your GMAT and GPA is below the class median, consult with us. We will help you develop a comprehensive strategy.


Business SchoolMedian GMATMean GMATMedian GPAAverage GPANotes
Stanford Graduate School of Business7303.69
Harvard Business School7303.68
University of Pennsylvania: Wharton7203.5
Columbia Business School7153.5
MIT Sloan7173.5
IE Business School6803.4 - 3.6
Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad721.53.4 - 3.6
London Business School700 3.4 - 3.6
University of Chicago: Booth7153.5
Dartmouth College: Tuck7183.5
University of California at Berkeley: Haas7153.61
Northwestern University: Kellogg7143.7
Insead7033.4 - 3.6
IMD6703.4 - 3.6
Yale7173.55
Cornell University: Johnson7003.3Minimum GPA
Duke University: Fuqua6972.9 - 3.980% Range of Undergraduate GPA
UCLA: Anderson7043.56
University of Virginia: Darden7033.48
University of Oxford: Said6863.5
New York University: Stern7203.51
Iese Business School672
University of Cambridge: Judge6803.3Minimum GPA
Carnegie Mellon: Tepper6943.23
University of Michigan: Ross7033.4
Indian School of Business710
Hong Kong UST Business School6623.2
Cranfield School of Management680
Emory University: Goizueta6803.4
Georgetown University: McDonough6833.34
Ceibs692
University of Texas at Austin: McCombs6933.43
HEC Paris690
University of Southern California: Marshall7003.3
University of North Carolina: Kenan-Flagler7003.3
Australian School of Business (AGSM)6523
Rice University: Jones6803.4
Warwick Business School610
Manchester Business School630
Esade Business School670
Vanderbilt University: Owen6823.37
Indiana University: Kelley6643.33
University of Rochester: Simon6803.45
City University: Cass630
Melbourne Business School664
Boston College: Carroll6663.41
University of Maryland: Smith6753.3
Pennsylvania State University: Smeal6433.2
University of Washington: Foster6703.37
University of Minnesota: Carlson6903.44
Texas A & M University: Mays6493.4
Boston University School of Management6823.36
University of Hong Kong664
Washington University: Olin654
George Washington University6353.3
Imperial College Business School658
Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University640 
SDA Bocconi650
Nanyang Business School670
University College Dublin: Smurfit600
SMU: Cox6413.25


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Winning MBA Essay Guide Includes
+Harvard MBA Essay Tips (2018 Entering Class)
    Sample MBA Essay – Gratitude & Giving Back   
    Sample MBA Essay – Entrepreneurship (Influence of Childhood)   

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Stanford
MBA Essay Tips (2018 Entering Class)
    Sample Essay A
+ Chicago Booth MBA Essay Tips (2018 Entering Class)
    #1. Modern Art = Make you Think   
    #2. Teamwork and Individual Ambition   
    #3. Adventure   
    #4. Diversity = Creativity   
    #5. Classroom Experience   
    #6. Harper Center   

+ Columbia MBA Essay Tips (2018 Entering Class)
     Sample MBA Essay – Most Passionate About   
     Sample MBA Essay – Free Day   

+ MIT Sloan MBA Essay Tips (2018 Entering Class)
     Sample Cover Letter
+ Kellogg MBA Essay Tips (2018 Entering Class)
     Sample Essay - Leadership and Challenges   
     Sample Essay - How you have grown and intend to grow   

+ Insead MBA Essay Tips (2018 Entering Class)
   Sample Essay 1: Candid Description, Strengths & Weaknesses
    Sample Essay 2: Achievements and Failures
    Sample Essay 3: Extra-Curricular and How enriched you are

+
Haas
MBA Essay Tips (2018 Entering Class)
     Sample MBA Essay: Non-Profit   
     Sample MBA Essay: Technology   
     Sample MBA Essay: Marketing   
     Sample MBA Essay: Getting Fired   
     Sample MBA Essay: Diverse and Inclusive Culture   
     Sample MBA Essay: Leadership   
     Sample MBA Essay: Post-MBA Goal & How Pre-MBA Experience will help  
 
+ Yale SOM MBA Essay Tips (2018 Entering Class)
     Sample MBA Essay – Investment Banker
     Sample MBA Essay - Consultant  
     Sample MBA Essay - Technologist  
     Sample MBA Essay - Marketer  
     Sample MBA Essay - Entrepreneur  
 
+ Ross MBA Essay Tips (2018 Entering Class)
    Sample MBA Essay: Finance Professional who was a former member of a rock band   
    Sample MBA Essay: Technologist (Idea to Action)   
    Sample MBA Essay: Creative Marketing (Idea to Action)   
    Sample MBA Essay: Consulting (Made a Difference)   
    Sample MBA Essay: Losing a Client (Resilience)   
    Sample MBA Essay: Finance to Marketing (extra-curricular)   
    Sample MBA Essay: I am Aware that I am different   
    Sample MBA Essay: I find it Challenging when People   
    Sample MBA Essay: A valuable thing I have taught someone   
    Sample Essay – Part 2 (Short-term & Long-Term Goals, skills relevant to your career goals and how Ross  
    prepares you for the goals)   
+ Wharton MBA Essay Tips (2018 Entering Class)
    8 Professional Gains

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London Business School
MBA Essay Tips (2018 Entering Class)
    London as the Financial Hub   
    London as the Technology Hub   
    London as the Consulting Hub   
    How to Cite the Curriculum (Example)   
    Sample LBS MBA Essay: Post-MBA Goals - How Prior Experience & LBS MBA will contribute (486   
    Words)
   
+ Darden MBA Essay Tips (2018 Entering Class)
    Case Study Method   
    What is valued at Darden?
    Framework for Answering the Darden Essay Question   
    Sample Darden Essay: When your opinion evolved through discussions (499 Words)

+ Duke Fuqua MBA Essay Tips (2018 Entering Class)
    Framework for Answering the Duke Fuqua Short-Answer Essay Questions   
    Sample Short-term Goals Essay – Technology to Consulting (100 Words)   
    Sample Long-term Goals Essay – Consulting for Government (100 Words)   
    Sample Long-term Goals Essay – Plan B (89 Words)   
    Framework for Answering the Duke Fuqua 25 Random Things   
    Sample Duke Fuqua Essay: The Fuqua community and you (Max 2 Pages)  
+ NYU Stern MBA Essay Tips (2018 Entering Class)
     Sample NYU Stern Essay 1: Goals (498 Words)    
     Essay 3:  Personal Expression (a.k.a. "Pick Six")    
          5 Examples with Images

+ Sample Essays
+ The Art of Storytelling 
+ Leadership Narratives
+ Review Tips
+ Persuasion Strategies
+ The Secret to "unleashing" your unique voice
+ How to write about your Strengths
+ How to write about your Weaknesses

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