Kellogg MBA Acceptance Rate, Deconstructed

Kellogg MBA acceptance rate

How hard is it to get into the Kellogg School of Management? With its medium class size of 503 students, the Kellogg MBA acceptance rate of 20% makes it one of the more accessible M7 programs. Notably, women represent 48% of Kellogg’s class—a number that has increased by almost 10% over the last decade. Let’s take a look at what this top business school looks for in successful applicants.

Kellogg’s average GMAT hovers around 725-730. With an ever-growing talent pool, this continually increasing average GMAT reflects Kellogg’s focus on intellectual aptitude. Admissions staff who review applications look for academic ability, professional experience, promotions, impact, and leadership. They also assess applicants’ career focus and leadership, both in the workplace and in the community. 

To help demystify the Kellogg MBA acceptance rate drivers, we evaluated SBC client data from the 2021–2022 season. Our findings show that in addition to strong GPA, test scores, and work experience, Kellogg appreciates applicants who demonstrate authenticity and demonstrate self-awareness.  

Kellogg acceptance rate

Recent SBC Clients Admitted to Kellogg School of Management

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 Kellogg admits according to personal, extracurricular, and professional domains. 

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

Overcoming the Kellogg MBA Acceptance Rate Odds

We asked the former Kellogg Business School Admissions Officers on our Stacy Blackman Consulting team, “What does Kellogg Admissions look for?” 

The consensus:

Kellogg is looking for candidates who have the “Kellogg DNA” – high impact, low ego learners and leaders. Leadership and a track record of involvement are also prime differentiators for Kellogg, whether at work, during undergrad, or through extracurriculars. Depth of involvement – a long-term committed to one extracurricular activity —  or breadth – multiple activities in undergrad — are valued.

Meet the SBC Consulting Team:

We asked these same former Kellogg Admissions Officers, “What does Kellogg Admissions want to avoid?” Their answer:

Every applicant talks about the “people and culture“ being the main draws to Kellogg. Since “culture” is a given, Kellogg Admissions is looking for applicants who go beyond that – citing a particular Kellogg class, professor, experience, opportunity, etc shows applicant has done their research. Building a network and teamwork is fine to relay, but be careful not to talk too much about the “fun” aspect of the experience.

The Kellogg experts on our SBC team added:

The key to Kellogg is its culture. Team-oriented, collaborative, student involvement…these are all ways to accurately describe the very unique culture that is cultivated at Kellogg. While the class is comprised of driven, high achievers and the environment can be very intense, it is not cutthroat-competitive. Kellogg’s unique culture is partially a result of its policy of interviewing all applicants – thus emphasizing the personal aspect of the application, more than almost any other school. This also makes it a very popular choice with recruiters. 

Check out our HBS and GSB dual admit study here for more MBA inspiration.  And don’t miss our related posts: Stanford Business School Acceptance Rate, Deconstructed, and MIT Sloan Acceptance Rate, Deconstructed.


Stacy Blackman Consulting offers multiple services to meet your MBA application needs, from our All-In Partnership to test prep to hourly help with targeted tasks. Contact us today for a free 15-minute advising session to talk strategy with a Principal SBC consultant.

Stacy Blackman

SBC’s star-studded consultant team is unparalleled. Our clients benefit from current intelligence that we receive from the former MBA Admissions Officers from Kellogg, 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 Beth who held the position of Director of Admissions for Kellogg’s Full Time MBA program selecting candidates for the 2-year, 1-year, MMM and JD MBA programs.

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

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