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MBA Admissions Factors Poll Results

Thank you to the more than 150 people who participated in this poll. Here are the results and our analysis.

Question:   Which admissions factor, as an MBA applicant, concerns you the most?

Our Thoughts on the MBA Admissions Factors Poll Results

There are many different admissions factors that the admissions committees at the selective business schools consider. Needless to say, as indicated by the admissions statistics these schools publish, a wide range of GMAT scores, work experience, and GPAs are encompassed by each incoming class. The most important takeaway from this is that one poor admissions factor will not automatically keep you from gaining an acceptance to your top-choice MBA program – especially if you have a good "story," or theme, to tell and your weaknesses are properly mitigated.

Two Quick Notes on the Admissions Essays

Perhaps we should not have been surprised to see so many surfers select the essay as their biggest concern. Most surfers to our site are probably very concerned with their essays. Additionally, most of our clients target the top 20 business schools and the majority of these clients only gained the ambition to apply to these schools because of their stellar backgrounds.

Yes, the essays are important and they are the most useful way to distinguish yourself from the thousands of other highly-qualified applicants. However, grammatically-correct essays by themselves will not gain you admission into your top-choice school. We are a comprehensive admissions consulting firm and we will also ensure your essays answer the questions in the way the admissions committees most want to see. We can do this because we have admissions committee experience. Email us to learn more about how we can help you.


We update our poll periodically and we will continue to archive the results of the previous polls so you can see how other business school applicants voted on those topics as well.

Do you have an idea for a poll topic or any comments on our analysis? Please email us at mba@admissionsconsultants.com with your thoughts.

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