What is the minimum GMAT score requirement of top B-Schools?

Asked by Ganga Singh almost 2 years ago

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Manash Bhattacharjee

Manash Bhattacharjee

Second year Undergraduate Student at Loughborough University

As you know different B-Schools accept different scores depending upon their rankings and current application profiles comprise of. The varying GMAT score heavily is decided on these factors and eventually becomes a minimum requirement of that particular university to expedite the shortlist process. 


While a safe GMAT score varies between 710 to 725, I have created a list of Top B-schools and the GMAT Score accepted by them:

  1. Stanford University - 733
  2. Harvard University - 730
  3. University of Pennsylvania - 722
  4. Massachusetts Institute of Technology - 720
  5. INSEAD - 710
  6. HEC Paris - 690
  7. London Business School - 700
  8. University of Chicago - 724
  9. Esade Business School - 670
  10. New York University - 684

These are the average GMAT scores that were accepted in the year 2021 and what we recommend to all the students with that we provide consultation. Keeping in mind, the scores remain almost in the same range but even a single digit can change the cut-off and requirement. Also, the score is not the only factor that decides your fate at a university. Your profile and goals are going to play an important role. 


You certainly don’t want to miss out on your chance of getting shortlisted because of some misinformation. So, I advise you to carefully look for the requirement of the schools that you wish to apply to. If this seems like a tough task to do by yourself, you can comment down your school preferences and I’ll help you with the exact GMAT score requirements and how you can improve yours. 

 


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Ojas Jha

Ojas Jha

Senior Team leader-Leading Technical team

Thinking about your GMAT score and wondering what you need to aim for to get into a top B-school? Let’s break it down simply. Most top business schools have a range of scores they look for, but don’t worry, it’s not all about getting a perfect score.

Here’s a simple way to think about it:

Aiming for 650? That's a good start! It means you’re in the game.
Dreaming of 700 or more? Awesome! This is the score that really makes you stand out and tells schools you’ve got strong skills.

But remember, your GMAT score is just not that's it. Schools love to see who you are beyond the numbers - like your hobbies, work experience, and what makes you, well, you!

Now, let’s list some of the top B-schools around the world and the minimum GMAT scores they usually look for. 

  1. Harvard Business School: Minimum around 730 (Yeah, they love high scores!)
  2. Stanford Graduate School of Business: Around 730 too (They’re pretty selective!)
  3. INSEAD: Minimum around 700 (A global favorite!)
    London Business School: Aim for at least 700 (Right in the heart of London!)
  4. University of Chicago (Booth): Around 730 (Great for finance buffs!)

These are just a few examples. Each school has its own vibe and what they look for in students. So, while it’s great to aim for a high GMAT score, also think about what makes you excited about studying there and how you can show that in your application.

Good Luck!


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Preeti Singh

Preeti Singh

Senior Consultant

I advise students that for top business schools, a competitive GMAT score is essential. Let us know what are essentials of top business schools:

  • Minimum GMAT Score: Aim for at least 650 to stay competitive.
  • Ideal Target Score: 700 or higher is recommended for the best admission prospects.
  • Top School Averages: Schools like Harvard, Stanford, and Wharton usually have average GMAT scores between 720 to 740.
  • Comprehensive Evaluation: Beyond the GMAT, ensure your application includes strong essays, impactful recommendations, and a solid interview performance.


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