Average GMAT Scores Required for Top Business Schools


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Piyush Kohli
Study Abroad Expert
Updated on Apr 10, 2020 13:15 IST

Aspirants often have a query regarding an average GMAT score to get admission in the top MBA program. The real question is what GMAT score is enough to get into an MBA program of your choice? Every student who appears for the GMAT exam wants to score maximum in order to get admission in his desired college/program. In this post, we will inform you how much you need to score in order to get into top MBA schools. Even a high GMAT score is not enough to get admission to your dream university. GMAT score is always important, however, it is not the sole criteria as it should be complimented with a great profile. Always keep in mind that schools generally evaluate the complete profile of the candidate along with GMAT score.

What is a good GMAT score?

Rising GMAT score also signifies that competition among the aspirants is rising year after year and it also indicates the increasing potential of the candidates. Apart from this, one also get an idea that competition among the top B-schools is also increasing substantially. Now a days, even top institutes are offering more amount of scholarship money to candidates in order to attract top scorers. Having a high GMAT score must be your top priority, however, you should also focus on building a strong profile along with it.

As it has been noted that the top B-schools across the globe give paramount importance to GMAT score while evaluating student’s performance, but they give equal importance to candidates’ overall profile as well. Always remember, your application must be a combination of a strong profile and a high GMAT score. Also, check the requirements of the program and university you are looking for and then set your targets accordingly. Like average GMAT score for Harvard is 730, however, scoring 730 or more does not guarantee admission. So, it is always advisable to give equal importance in making a strong profile as well. Make sure that your application should highlight strong leadership skills, your achievements, and abilities to tackle complex situations.

Along with it, try to participate and take up as much as extracurricular activities and CSR activities to give your overall application an edge over the others. It will increase your chances and sets your profile apart from the crowd.

Below are the average GMAT scores of the top 10 business schools:

Business Schools

Average GMAT Score

University of Pennsylvania (Wharton)


Stanford University (CA)


Yale University (CT)


Harvard University (MA)


Columbia University (NY)


University of California—Berkeley (Haas)


University of Chicago (Booth)


Northwestern University (Kellogg) (IL)


Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Sloan)


Dartmouth College (Tuck) (NH)


It is not just the international colleges, but premier institutes in India that also prefer high GMAT score. Like GMAT score for ISB is 711 and IIM (Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad and Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore) also prefer students who scored more than 700. It is obvious that one should have a high GMAT score to get into a top college. However, scoring low GMAT score does not mean you should not apply to your dream school as the above average score does not confirm an admit letter. If you are not satisfied with your score, you can always reject it and attempt the GMAT exam again.

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Scoring high in GMAT Exam is not at all an easy task; many people who pursued MBA from top B-schools succeeded after multiple attempts. It is always up to you to share your best GMAT score with the schools.

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Piyush Kohli
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With a plethora of knowledge of the education domain, Piyush Kohli has been involved with study abroad for over 5 years and counting. He comes with prior experience on the complexities of the study abroad applicatio... Read Full Bio


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