Friday, September 11, 2015

Top Business Schools for International Students

By Jordan Friedman
World Education Services

According to an article on, if you’re enrolling in a top-ranked MBA program in the U.S., then you’re likely to encounter more international students in your classes than ever before.

In addition to having more female students and admitting applicants with higher GMAT scores than in the past, many top MBA programs in the United States have experienced tremendous rises in the percentage of students from around the world enrolled at their institutions, Forbes reports.

At Harvard Business School, the percentage of overseas students has increased from 20 to 34 over the past 14 years. Other examples include the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, which has seen an increase from 31 to 45 percent since 2001, and Columbia Business School, which has gone from 27 to 42 percent over the same period. Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management also broke its personal record this year with 40 percent international students (up 7 percent from 2001).

On that note, in the 2015 Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC) Prospective Students Survey, GMAC reports that two-thirds of prospective international MBA students see the U.S. as their top study abroad destination.

The total number of international students pursuing business degrees at both the undergraduate and graduate levels has also increased significantly since 2001. According to the Institute of International Education’s Open Doors data, 188,179 international students were enrolled in business programs in the U.S. in 2014 compared to 106,043 in 2001.

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