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Record in Round 2 MBA applications in 2024

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Kellogg School of Management admissions team reported a 30% increase in the average volume of applications received on their Round 2 deadline. UV Darden’s admissions office reported a 40 year high! Anecdotal reports from applicants have demonstrated that the 2023-2024 admissions cycle has proven to be one of the most competitive, and dare I say – ruthless – in many years.

There are a few reasons that help explain such an increase. First, as we move past the pandemic years, and international travel has been re-established, there has been a wake of applicants that had been waiting to finally have a chance to go to an MBA – as they had postponed the project long enough. Second, with the changes in both the GMAT test and GRE, applicants have scrambled to be able to take the test by the end of January, when the traditional GMAT most had studied for would then be fully replaced by the new, and rather mysterious, GMAT Focus. 

While we do not know as of yet if the next admissions cycle will also experience such high volumes, one thing we do know for sure: top B-Schools will be offering no more hand-outs. The days of test waivers, lower scores and naive/internet-based application strategies are behind us.

As schools return to their pre-pandemic status, applicants will need superior test scores and a well-thought application strategy to get ahead of the pack. And it can be a rather “big pack”, so best be ready for it!

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Marcelo Ramos (Kellogg ‘19)
Marcelo Ramos (Kellogg ‘19)

At MBA House, we deliver effective strategies that allow our students to achieve winning results and gain admission to the school of their dreams!

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