Veritas Prep recently released a white paper examining the results of its first annual survey of admissions officers at the top 30 American MBA programs. The paper, titled “Trends in MBA Admissions: Perceptions of Admissions Officers at Top 30 Business Schools,” highlights notable findings from the Veritas Prep Survey of MBA admissions officers, an eight-week online survey conducted among the top 30 U.S. business schools, according to BusinessWeek’s rankings. Responses from MBA admissions officers on topics ranging from student selection criteria to the future of the MBA application revealed a series of interesting findings, including:
- Nearly half of respondents report that the number of admits straight out of college has increased compared to five years ago, partly reflecting a push by many top MBA programs to attract younger applicants.
- Among desired changes that admissions officers would like to see in their applicant pool, diversity ranks number one.
- Among applicant traits and characteristics, analytical skills rank as the most important, far ahead of any other characteristic such as leadership and community service.
Despite the increased demand for graduate business education stemming from the current economic slowdown and other contributing factors, savvy business school applicants are in a unique position to secure coveted seats in leading MBA programs by understanding what admissions officers do and don’t look for in business school candidates.