According to 2011 Application Trends Survey conducted by GMAC, as much as 83% of MBA candidates in European One-Year Full-time MBA programs are International students. This is especially encouraging for MBA candidates who want to be part of a multicultural class. 57% of one year Full-time MBA programs reported a decline in the number of applications received compared to 2010. An interesting trend this year was the rise in application for US based One-Year Full-time MBA program as against European One-Year Full-time MBA programs. The decrease in International applicant for European Business Schools was mainly due to the strict visa Requirements set by European Union.
Asia-Pacific continues to be the primary source of foreign applicants for the One-Year Full-time MBA programs, contributing 40% of foreign applicants to US schools. The number of minority applicants in US based schools has remained flat or have increased in most One-Year Full-time MBA programs.
Source: GMAC 2011 Application Trends Survey
Although the number of applicants has decreased in 2011, the quality of applicants has improved considerably. This year would be a competitive year for MBA aspirants as the collective competitive pool(higher GMAT Score and More Experienced Candidates) for MBA programs has improved considerably from 2010.
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