Capacity at the
20 Best U.S. MBA Programs

(default sort is by acceptance rate; click column headers to change)
School # of Seats # of Applicants Accept Rate # Accepted1 Yield2
Stanford 389 7,204 6%BW 432 90%*
Harvard 903 9,524 11% 1,048 89%
Berkeley Haas 242 3,627 12%BW 435 58%
MIT Sloan ~390 4,782 13% 622 63%*
NYU Stern 392 4,501 13%BW 585 67%
Columbia^ 739 6,666 15% 1,023 72%
Wharton 817 6,819 16%* 1,091* ±75%
Yale 231 2,963BW 17%BW 503 45%
Kellogg(MBA+MMM) 588 5,270 19%BW 1,001 59%*
TuckBW ~250 2,528 20% 505 54%
Chicago BoothBW ~580 4,299 22% 946 61%
Cornell Johnson 275 2,001BW 23%BW 460 59%
USC Marshall 216 1,983 23% 456 47%
Duke Fuqua 440* 3,506BW 24%BW 841 53%
UT-Austin McCombs 261 2,259BW 24% 542 48%
Michigan Ross 488 2,722BW 25%BW 680 71%
UVA Darden 339 2,515BW 26%BW 654 51%
Carnegie Mellon Tepper 201 1,540 27% 416 48%
UCLA Anderson 360 2,462 29%BW 714 50%
Georgetown McDonough 258 1,652 42% 692 37%
TOTAL 8,359 78,823

Class of 2012 full-time enrollment data from the respective schools' websites as linked unless otherwise noted.
1# Accepted is calculated (applicants x acceptance rate) rather than being reported directly by the schools
2Yield is the number of accepted candidates who matriculate into the program. Unless otherwise noted, yield data are from BusinessWeek
BWdata is from BusinessWeek
*calculated based on other estimated values; this value is not exact
± data is estimated based on unofficial but credible reports; links provided where possible
^Columbia data comes from the January 2010 entering class (about one-third of the class of 2011) and September 2010 entering class (about two-thirds of the class of 2012); the admissions trends at Columbia have remained stable enough that this J-Term counting anomaly is deemed insignificant for the purposes of this report (combining the classes this way is the only way the school could release its data on a similar schedule as its peers)
This chart covers application volumes in admissions season 2009-'10.
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