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Top MBA Programs Where You Can Apply As a College Senior

After college graduation, business-minded students often consider two options: beginning their professional career versus enrolling in an MBA program. While there is no one-size-fits-all choice, there are certain programs that often prove to be best-fit options for MBA applicants applying directly from college.

MBA programs vary greatly, so it’s important for prospective applicants to do their research and pinpoint the options that best align with their needs and goals. Keep reading to learn more about some of the top programs that students can apply to during their senior year of college.

Berkeley Haas

The Berkeley Haas Accelerated Access program provides students with the opportunity to complete the MBA application process while in their final year of undergraduate studies. The program includes a two to five-year deferment period in which participants are expected to commit their time to professional development.

The University of Chicago Booth School of Business

Chicago Booth Scholars Program

Students may apply to the Chicago Booth Scholars Program while in their final year of undergraduate studies. Upon completing an application, participants must defer admission for two to five years while they earn experience in their respective fields.

Chicago Business Fellows Program

The Chicago Business Fellows Program is designed for young professionals with three years or less of full-time work. Once accepted into the program, students are able to continue working in their respective fields while earning their MBA as an Evening MBA or Weekend MBA student.

Columbia Business School

The Columbia Business School Deferred Enrollment Program provides undergraduate students with the flexibility to enter Columbia’s MBA program after two to five years of relevant work experience. With its promise of guaranteed admission, students can begin the program at a time that best fits their academic and professional journey.

Harvard Business School

The 2+2 Program is a deferred admission process for current students, either in college or full-time masters programs. It is comprised of two years of professional work experience followed by two years in the HBS MBA Program. Upon graduation, admitted 2+2 students spend two years working in a professional, HBS-approved position in the public, private, or nonprofit sector.

  • Admit rate: 9% 
  • GMAT average: 730 
  • Average GPA: 3.79

Northwestern Kellogg

Upon acceptance into the Kellogg Future Leader program, undergraduate seniors are guaranteed both admission and the flexibility to begin their MBA studies after two to five years in the professional world.

Stanford Graduate School of Business

You may apply to the Business School as an undergraduate and work one to three years before attending business school. To qualify, students need to have graduated from a degree program between October 2017 and September 2018. You must have been enrolled full-time prior to graduation OR Current full- time enrollment in a law or medical program.

University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business

Upon applying for the Future Year Scholars Program, students in the final year of their undergraduate studies are able to go on and gain two, three or four years of relevant work experience before beginning the MBA program at Darden.

The University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School

The Moelis Advance Access Program offers both undergraduate and full-time master’s students in their final year of study guaranteed admission to the Wharton MBA after pursuing two to four years of relevant work experience.

Yale School of Management

Yale offers a unique program for college seniors to earn an MBA in three years directly after graduation. In your first year you will take classes; in your second year you will complete a full-time internship, and in your third and final year you will return to Yale for elective classes. 

  • Admit rate: 19% 
  • GMAT average: 720 
  • GRE Average: 165

Schools which may offer deferred admission to college seniors: 

MIT Sloan School of Management

The general policy is not to defer admission, except in the case of college seniors who wish to get work experience before returning to school. 

  • Admit rate: 13% 
  • GMAT Average: 722 
  • GRE Average: 159 (quant), 154 (qual) 
  • Undergraduate GPA Average: 3.49
  • MBA Early Admission

UVA Darden School of Business

College seniors who have also been accepted into Teach for America’s program may defer admission until after their two years of service. In addition, some college seniors and recent college graduates may be offered deferred admission to attend in a subsequent year.

  • Admit rate: 26% 
  • GMAT average: 713 
  • Undergraduate GPA Average: 3.5

 *All schools are on the U.S. News and World Report Top 15 list for business. 

Much like the undergraduate admissions process, students who are interested in enrolling in an MBA program must do their research and work on applications well in advance of their deadline. If business school is on your radar and you’re looking for personalized guidance, our team of admissions counselors can help you make the most of the process.

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