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10 MBA Programs With the Highest Acceptance Rates


Jun. 7, 2016 US News and World Report

Between admissions exams, letters of recommendation and essays, applying to business school can be an arduous process.

Luckily, some full-time MBA programs have high acceptance rates that might boost applicants’ confidence.

At least 72.9 percent of applicants to full-time programs were accepted at these 10 business schools in fall 2015, according to data submitted to U.S. News in an annual survey. The average acceptance rate among them was 85 percent. In comparison, the average acceptance rate for all 129 schools that reported these data was 44.7 percent.

The University of South Florida had the highest acceptance rate of any full-time MBA program, at 100 percent. The school admitted all 21 of its applicants in fall 2015.

On the list of the 10 programs with the highest acceptance rates, only two – the Freeman School of Business at Tulane University and the Leeds School of Business at the University of Colorado—Boulder – received published U.S. News ranks. The others are labeled Rank Not Published, or RNP, meaning that they ranked in the bottom one-fourth of their ranking category. U.S. News calculates ranks for these schools but has decided not to publish them.

On the other end of the spectrum, the schools with the lowest admittance rates included Stanford University in California, which ranks in a tie for No. 2 and admitted only 6.1 percent of applicants for the fall of 2015​, and Harvard University, which ranks No. 1 and accepted 10.7 percent of applicants. In contrast with ​all the business schools with the highest acceptance rates, these institutions both had thousands of applicants.

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