Your Chances at UW Foster: Acceptance Rate & Other Factors

2023-2024 Application Cycle: Special Note for Round 2 and Round 3 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Unfortunately, there’s no way to answer to this question with certainty, as business schools do not publish figures on interview invites.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.

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If you’re considering business school, you are likely trying to decide which MBA programs to apply to. It’s not onlly about finding the right fit for you, culturally and professionally, it’s about getting into the best program you can. So, you might be wondering where you’ll likely be accepted. To help answer your questions, we’ve put together some fast facts covering key admission factors to help you determine your odds of getting accepted into the UW Foster MBA Program.

If you’re wondering how difficult it is to get into the UW Foster 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 University of Washington’s Michael G. Foster School of Business and help you understand whether your profile is a good fit for the UW Foster MBA program.

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

Fast Facts: Foster MBA

Acceptance Rate28%
GMAT Median710
GPA Median3
Avg. Years Work Experience6

Source: UW Foster, Class of 2025 data

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Undergraduate Majors Represented in Foster’s MBA Program 

The top undergraduate majors represented in Foster’s MBA program are Engineering (34%), Business (22%), and Economics (11%).

Top Undergraduate Universities from Foster’s MBA Class

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

  • University of Washington
  • University of California, Berkeley
  • United States Military Academy at West Point
  • Washington State University
  • University of Virginia
  • University of Mumbai
  • Purdue University
  • The University of Texas at Austin
  • Dartmouth College
  • Wellesley College

If your undergraduate college is listed above, that means that Foster 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 Foster, and it is one indication that the business school has found students who have completed their undergraduate education at these universities to be successful.  

Foster’s Top Pre-MBA Industries

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Looking at the pre-MBA industries shows you whether your profile is well-represented at Foster. 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 Foster

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

What does Foster value?

Individuals who have shown the ability to produce high-quality academic work, who have good written and verbal communication skills, and who can contribute to the diversity of the student body and the ranks of professional leaders are selected for the Foster MBA Program.

Interested in finding out more about Foster? Visit our UW Foster overview page.

Early Birds Toolkit

Learn 3 Steps You Should Take NOW to Improve Your Profile for R1 2024

In MBA admissions, starting early can significantly boost your chances. 

But there are no shortcuts, and while R1 2024 deadlines might seem far off, building your profile takes time.

Our Early Birds Toolkit has everything you need to get started right now—leave your name and email, and we’ll send you three actionable steps to elevate your profile, plus time-saving tools for faster progress.