10 Business Schools With the Highest Number of Full-Time Applicants

The U.S. News Short List, separate from our overall rankings, is a regular series that magnifies individual data points in hopes of providing students and parents a way to find which undergraduate or graduate programs excel or have room to grow in specific areas. Be sure to explore The Short List: College, The Short List: Grad School and The Short List: Online Programs to find data that matters to you in your college or grad school search.Most business schools don’t have to worry about recruiting new students – applicants are already clamoring to get in.
In 2015, 60 percent of two-year MBA programs received more applications than in 2005, according a report from the Graduate Management Admission Council. Some schools have as many as four or five times the number of applicants as there are seats.
Harvard Business School received 9,543 full-time applications for the MBA class that started in the fall of 2014. It usually accepts just 12 or 13 percent of applicants. The Massachusetts school received the most applications among the 125 institutions that submitted data to U.S. News in an annual survey.
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Harvard ranked No. 2 in U.S. News’ business school rankings, and most other schools with a large applicant pool for the class starting in 2014 also ranked within the top 10. The three schools that received the most applications were also ranked as the top three business schools. 
Of the 10 schools with the most applicants, the average number of applications …