Your Chances: Chicago Booth MBA Acceptance Rate & Other Factors

Special Note for Round 1, 2022 Applicants Invited for an MBA Interview

Wondering about your chances now that you’ve been invited to an interview?

Unfortunately, there’s no way to answer to this question with certainty, as business schools do not publish figures on interview invites.

It is safe to guess that MBA programs interview approximately double the number of people they intend to admit. In crude terms, this means that your chances of acceptance are good—around 50%.

But remember that there are other factors at play which are not reflected in this generalized statement:

  • The post-interview decision will still depend on the strength of your application: outstanding applicants will have a better chance both pre- and post-interview.
  • Less competitive applicants—with lower GMAT scores, sub-optimal employers, and a less prestigious undergraduate degree—will be under more pressure to impress than a highly competitive applicant.
  • Anyone can have a surprising interview—for better or for worse.

Regardless of your initial application, your next step should be to prepare as effectively as possible for your MBA interview—with someone who has interview experience and an understanding of the program you’re applying to.

Menlo Coaching offers personalized, professional MBA interview preparation, tailored to your specific target programs.

See Your Interview Prep Options

If you’re wondering how difficult it is to get into the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business, then you’ve come to the right place. On this page, we’ll give you a quick overview of what it takes to get into the Booth School of Business, and help you understand whether your profile is a good fit for the University of Chicago Booth MBA program.

(Note: This page highlights Booth’s full-time MBA program. The other programs options at Booth are the Evening MBA, the Weekend MBA, and the global Executive MBA.)

Fast Facts: Booth MBA

Acceptance RateDoes not disclose
GMAT Average729
GPA Average3.60
Avg. Years Work Experience5.0 years

Note: As many MBA programs elected not to release acceptance rates for the class of 2024, some of our reported acceptance rates are based on estimates.

The Charles M. Harper Center, the University of Chicago Booth.

Undergraduate Majors Represented in Booth’s MBA Program 

The top undergraduate majors represented in Booth’s MBA program are Business (25%), Economics (25%), and Engineering (24%).

Top Undergraduate Universities from Booth’s MBA Class

The undergraduate universities most represented in Booth’s MBA class profile are: 

  • The University of Chicago
  • Northwestern University
  • University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Cornell University
  • University of Michigan
  • Georgetown University
  • Dartmouth College
  • The University of Pennsylvania
  • Vanderbilt University
  • University of Notre Dame

If your undergraduate college is listed above, that means that Booth has accepted many applicants with your education background in the past. It also shows that candidates who have gone to these schools have considered applying to Booth, and it is one indication that the business school has found students who have completed their undergraduate education at these universities to be successful.  

Booth’s Top Pre-MBA Industries

Booth’s top pre-MBA industries are consulting (25%), financial services (19%), technology (13%), and non-profit/government (11%). 

Looking at the pre-MBA industries shows you whether your profile is well-represented at Booth. Don’t worry if you don’t see your industry on the list—there might not be many students enrolled from your industry simply because many candidates didn’t apply to the program in the first place. The same goes for the pre-MBA employers data we’ve provided below.

Top Pre-MBA Employers Represented at Booth

The pre-MBA companies that are most represented in the Booth MBA class are: 

What does Booth value?

The University of Chicago values analytical thinking! The Chicago Booth MBA program is extremely rigorous academically, which is something you should consider before applying or attending the program. Thanks to this academic rigor, it is true that Booth graduates are well-prepared for their job interviews.

Interested in finding out more about Booth? Visit our Chicago Booth overview page.