The MBA program at Stanford Graduate School of Business is one of the most prestigious and highly selective programs in the world. Not surprisingly, Stanford’s average GMAT score is among the highest in the world for full-time MBA programs.
Stanford’s MBA program is consistently ranked in the top 3 programs across the top business school rankings.
With a reputation like that, Stanford can afford to be rigorously selective, with an acceptance rate of only 5.7%. Stanford is looking for only the crème de la crème of MBA candidates. In 2020, from 7, 324 applicants, only 436 new students made the cut.
What GMAT score do you need for Stanford?
While there is no official minimum GMAT score requirement, it’s pretty clear that GMAT scores are an important factor in applications.
As of November 2020, the school puts its average GMAT score for successful candidates at an intimidating 733.
Stanford GMAT scores range from 600 to 790 and the school will take into account factors like the educational systems in different countries.
76% of the 2022 class submitted GMAT scores, and 25% submitted GRE scores (some students submitted scores for both tests).
Note that you will need to have your scores before submitting your application and Stanford will look at the component scores (i.e., your quantitative and verbal scores) along with your total score.
As the GMAT is valid for five years, its recommended that you start preparing for the test well in advance, to get the best score you are capable of.
How to get into Stanford
Stanford’s selectiveness is no accident: Stanford MBAs must measure up to one of the world’s most demanding programs. The rewards are worth it, however, especially for technologically-inclined candidates who want to take advantage of the school’s close links to nearby Silicon Valley.
Academically Stanford’s faculty are second to none—just last year economists Paul R. Milgrom and Robert B. Wilson won the Nobel Prize. Stanford’s goals are clear: it is looking to produce business ‘leaders who change the world’.
This is important because it means that, as with any top business school, your application is about more than just a GMAT score—rather than looking for students who will get good grades, top schools are looking for candidates who will make exceptional alumni. The GMAT is not the only area of your application that needs to reflect excellence.
The admissions committee will also look at your undergraduate Grade Point Average (GPA), letters of recommendation, professional experience and essays. There are some short questions asking about your contributions and background, but the two main Stanford MBA essay questions are: ‘What matters most to you, and why?’ and ‘Why Stanford?’
In our BusinessBecause MBA Application Guide 2020-21, we help you plan out your application to the world’s top business schools so you stand the best chance of MBA application success.
As with any top school, if you’re applying to Stanford your whole application needs to reflect the three qualities the admissions committee is looking for: Intellectual vitality, demonstrated leadership potential, and personal qualities and contributions.
The admissions committee evaluates your application on the premise that past actions are the best predictor of future actions. This means it is important to clearly demonstrate the qualities they are looking for.
Like all your business school applications, don’t write what you think the admissions committee wants to hear—that generally results in bland, generic applications. You want to portray your highest and most authentic self.