Chicago Booth Acceptance Rate Deconstructed

Chicago Booth acceptance rate

How hard is it to get into the Chicago Booth School of Business, which took the top spot in the latest US News & World Report‘s Best Business Schools ranking? With its medium class size of 637 students, the Chicago Booth acceptance rate of 30% makes it one of the more accessible of the M7 programs. Let’s take a look at what this top business school looks for in successful applicants.

Perhaps more so than its peers, Chicago Booth heavily emphasizes contact and connections with the school. A positive in-person interaction with someone from the school can play a role in acceptance—even with more than 4,000 applicants. Using the analytics tool Slate, Booth tracks how much time candidates spend on their site and what events they attend.

Did you participate in on-campus events, in-country visits, or Zoom student chats? What about connecting with admissions reps and current students or alumni?  In ways large and small, Booth pays attention to how much interest the applicant shows in attending their program.

As the former Booth Admissions Officers on our SBC team say, “Register, show up, and engage with AdCom, especially for applicants from over-subscribed demographics.”

Chicago Booth’s median GMAT hovers around 730. The school is known for focusing on quantitative numbers, and its 163Q average on the GRE is among the highest. Booth is renowned for its intellectual rigor and data-driven approach to problem-solving. So, while it looks at quantifiables like test scores, it is also open to candidates demonstrating analytical readiness in other ways.

It’s noteworthy that Chicago Booth focuses on building a diverse MBA class. As such, almost 50% of its Class of 2025 students were born outside the US, either international or first-generation. Booth also welcomed 12% LGBTQ+ students, 11% veterans, and 42% women to the 2025 class. In addition, 12% are first-in-college, which is a very high percentage, indicating intentionality.

A Closer Look at the Chicago Booth Acceptance Rate

To help demystify the Chicago Booth acceptance rate drivers, we evaluated SBC client data from the recent admissions season. Our findings show that although Booth’s admission patterns, like all top schools, make high demands on quantifiables like test scores, GPA, and years of work experience, that isn’t the whole story.

They also seek applicants whose experiences, shared in their resumes and essays, show that they will contribute to a strong, congenial environment and demonstrate a pay-it-forward mentality within the Booth community. A balance between leadership and collaboration/teamwork is optimal. 

Recent SBC Clients Admitted to Chicago Booth

To preserve anonymity for our client pool, we’ve deconstructed each of our client profiles across these criteria:

  • Nationality
  • Industry
  • Employer
  • College
  • GPA
  • Test scores
  • Other distinguishing factors

Our consultants have shared client attributes for each of these criteria, and we’ve aggregated the outcomes for Booth admits according to personal, extracurricular, and professional domains. 

These visuals showcase the kaleidoscope of qualities found in Booth admits across a sampling of recent SBC clients.

Beating the Chicago Booth Acceptance Rate Odds

We asked the former Chicago Booth Admissions Officers on our Stacy Blackman Consulting team, “What does Booth admissions look for?” Here’s what they had to say.  

Booth’s resources for MBA students are beyond measure, and the Admissions team expects applicants to fully understand and connect with the key offerings that matter the most. They want candidates who look beyond a few course titles or the most obvious aspects of Booth’s program, and to be able to convey why Booth is such a powerful brand.

Next, we asked, “What does Booth Admissions want to avoid?” Their answer: 

Not answering their essay questions directly will typically always land a candidate in the rejection pile. They work very hard to formulate essay questions that can only be answered for Booth. It’s always clear when an essay has been repurposed, so spend the extra time to answer their questions.

Finally, if Chicago Booth is on your shortlist of target MBA programs, don’t miss episode #83 of our B-Schooled podcast. Two former Booth AdCom members (and current SBC admissions consultants) share their insights on what is unique about Booth, what the program’s AdCom is looking for, and what student life is like both in and outside of the classroom.

Here’s a snapshot of the caliber of expertise on our SBC team.

To discuss your candidacy for Booth’s MBA program, contact Stacy Blackman Consulting to learn how we can help. Also, check out our Wharton versus Columbia school comparison and other school faceoffs here. For details on MBA program application deadlines, check out our chart here.

SBC’s star-studded consultant team is unparalleled. Our clients benefit from current intelligence that we receive from the former MBA Admissions Officers from Wharton, Booth and every elite business program in the US and Europe.  These MBA Admissions Officers have chosen to work exclusively with SBC.

Just two of the many superstars on the SBC team:
Meet Anthony, who served as the Associate Director of MBA Admissions at the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, where he dedicated over 10 years of expertise.

Meet Kim, who was an Senior Associate Director of Admissions at Chicago Booth.

Tap into this inside knowledge for your MBA applications by requesting a consultation.


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