I'm taking a look at the HBS admission statistics. Last year 8,900 people applied. 900 were accepted. I was wondering since 8,000 people were rejected, what kind of stats would I need to be competitive? In your opinion, is this competitive?
- 700 GMAT
- 3.6 GPA
- Undergraduate degree @ University of Michigan Economics
- summer internship @ Big 4
- Average extracurricular activities
- First generation college graduate
Harvard Applicant Profile
Here are some statistics pulled directly from the hbs.edu/mba/admissions/class-profile/Pages/default.aspx"> HBS Class Profile. We are going to focus on median numbers because it is allot easier to discount any outliers.
Average GPA of HBS admits
The average GPA of HBS admits is 3.7 when averaging from schools using the 4.0 grading scale.
Most Dominant Industries Pre MBA
- Consulting: 16%
- Venture Capital and Private Equity: 16%
- High Technology and Communications: 16%
- Financial Services: 11%
Average GMAT Scores of HBS admits
- Median GMAT Score
- Median Verbal Score
- Median Quantitative Score
- HBS is still very competitive. However even if you check all the boxes score wise, you can still get rejected.
from certified user @petergibbons
Rejected without an interview last year.
Honors graduate from Top LAC
Varsity Athlete and Club President
Would've come in after 2 years at MBB (I know it's young, but multiple classmates were accepted)
Alumni recommendation (but realistically, most MBB folks will have this)
Spent a lot of time on essays (hard to say whether they're objectively good)
That said, I know many people with similar backgrounds and stats who have gotten in after 2-3 years at MBB. Point is that nothing's a guarantee, but I know at least a few who "beat you" on most of the dimensions you listed and didn't get in
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