What’s the best GMAT score for the MBA program of your dreams? Think you need to earn a 760 to get in? Well, think again!
If you have a strong business school application, you likely won’t need a near-perfect GMAT score for admission into a top MBA program. But how do you know if your GMAT score is up to par with your dream school’s GMAT requirements? Have no fear; we’ve collected GMAT score data from the admissions offices of all the top business schools to bring you the most recent data in average GMAT scores by school.
Average GMAT Scores For MBA Programs at the Top 10 Business Schools (Chart)
Note: This is the most up-to-date information on average GMAT scores by school, GMAT requirements by schools, and other important statistics. All data for Harvard GMAT scores, Stanford GMAT scores, and the rest (including school ranking), comes from U.S. News and World Report. Data marked “N/A” means that the school did not provide this information.
|Name of MBA Program/Business School||Average GMAT Score||Rank ||Enrollment, |
|University of Pennsylvania|
|University of Chicago (Booth)||724||3||1,229|
|Northwestern University (Kellogg)||727||4||1,378|
|Harvard Business School||727||5 (tie)||1,538|
|Massachusetts Institute of Technology|
|Columbia Business School||732||7 (tie)||1,310|
|University of California-Berkeley|
|Darthmouth College (Tuck)||720||10 (tie)||569|
|New York University (Stern)||723||10 (tie)||668|
How Can I Get Into a Top Business School?
To accurately assess your GMAT score, you must understand the big picture of GMAT admissions. Your GMAT score and GPA, along with other areas of your application, all work together to create a compelling case for admission to top business schools.
First, familiarize yourself with GMAT scoring. Then, compare your score to the average GMAT scores by school of admitted students at your target programs.
Keep in mind that an average score for a top business school is not the bare minimum you need to get in—approximately half of applicants get into that school with less than that average score. (In other words, not all Stanford students attained a 733 score even though that’s the average Stanford GMAT score). That means you can think about it as just that—an average score.
If your GMAT is good enough for the programs you like (say, for example, you want to go to University of Chicago and your score is a 727, just as Kellogg GMAT score is a 727), then focus your energy on strengthening other aspects of your application.
- Applying to a school where the GMAT is optional? If you’re on the fence, taking the test could still help your application. Use our flowchart at Why Take the GMAT When Many Schools are Test Optional? to see what makes most sense for you.
What is a Good GMAT Score for You?
Ultimately, you have to decide what is a good GMAT score for you. GMAT scores may be paramount to the application process, but even a 720 combined score won’t get you into the best business schools without a strong application to back it up. Your entire profile must honestly and effectively represent your successes, abilities, and potential.
Still … a 720 can’t hurt.
If you’ve checked out an average GMAT score by school and think you need help getting there, then reach out about our Magoosh GMAT Prep!
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