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If you’re thinking of applying to the MBA program at Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management, then you’re probably also thinking about whether to take the GMAT and what kind of GMAT score you’ll need to be a competitive applicant.

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In this article, we’ll take a look at MBA admission statistics that can help you determine what kind of GMAT score will get you noticed when applying to Kellogg’s full-time MBA program, including Kellogg’s MBA class profile, the Kellogg MBA average GMAT score, and Kellogg’s GMAT score range. We’ll also discuss how to use class profile information to set your GMAT score goal.

Here are all the topics we’ll cover in this article:

  • Is Kellogg’s MBA Program Considered Prestigious?
  • Is Kellogg’s MBA Program Hard to Get Into?
    • The Kellogg MBA Program Acceptance Rate
  • The Kellogg Class Profile
    • Kellogg Full-Time MBA Program: Class Demographics 2021-2023
    • Kellogg MBA Program: Undergraduate Degrees
    • Kellogg MBA Program: Top 3 Industries
  • Kellogg GMAT Scores
    • Kellogg MBA Average GMAT Scores and GMAT Ranges 2021-2023
  • What Is a Good GMAT Score for Kellogg?
    • Scenario #1: You’re in an Overrepresented Group
    • Scenario #2: You’re in an Underrepresented Group
    • Scenario #3: Your GPA is Below Average
  • Does Kellogg Business School Require GMAT Scores?
  • In Conclusion
  • What’s Next?

First, let’s review some basics about Kellogg.

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Is Kellogg’s MBA Program Considered Prestigious?

The Kellogg School of Management has one of the most prestigious full-time MBA programs in the world. An M7 school, Kellogg’s MBA program was ranked #4 among full-time programs on U.S. News’ 2022 list of the Best Business Schools. (Note that Kellogg took the #3 slot among part-time MBA programs).

Is Kellogg’s MBA Program Hard to Get Into?

Like other M7 schools, Kellogg has a highly competitive admissions process.

That said, the question of whether Kellogg is “hard to get into” will have a different answer for each applicant. For someone with a high GPA, great test scores, and glowing recommendations, Kellogg might not be as “hard to get into” as it will be for someone whose profile is lacking in those areas.

Nevertheless, in comparison to, say, top 25 MBA programs, a top 5 school such as Kellogg would generally be considered “hard to get into.”

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Like other M7 schools, Kellogg has a highly competitive admissions process.

To get a better sense of how competitive Kellogg’s admissions process is, let’s take a look atthe MBA program’s acceptance rate.

The Kellogg MBA Program Acceptance Rate

Currently, Kellogg does not publicly disclose its acceptance rate. However, reputable sources such as Forbes and Poets & Quants put the Kellogg MBA acceptance rate at about 20%, at least for the past few years.

So, although we can’t say for sure, it appears that about one out of every five students applying to Kellogg’s full-time MBA program is accepted.

Given that Kellogg is so selective, it’s no surprise that its class of 2023 boasts some pretty impressive stats. Let’s take a look at the full-time MBA program’s class profile.

The Kellogg Class Profile

As you might expect, the Kellogg class profile is consistently impressive, and the class of 2023 is no exception. Let’s take a look at some key demographic information for the MBA class for the past few years.

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As we can see in the table above, the average number of years of work experience of Kellogg full-time MBA students has held steady at 5 years. This number is right in line with the averages at other top MBA programs.

Notably, the class of 2023 boasts a record-high average GPA of 3.7. (In the five classes prior, the average GPA held steady at 3.6.) The class of 2023 also brought in a record number of female students, the highest percentage in Kellogg’s history. Additionally, the class of 2023 saw a 10% boost in international students compared to the class of 2022.

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The class of 2023 has the highest percentage of female students of any full-time MBA class in Kellogg’s history.

Now, let’s have a closer look at the academic and professional backgrounds of students admitted to Kellogg’s MBA program.

Kellogg MBA Program: Undergraduate Degrees

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As we can see above, for the past three years, roughly half of the members of Kellogg’s MBA class have had an undergraduate degree in business or economics. STEM degrees have been the second most popular among Kellogg’s MBA class, and Humanities degrees the third.

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For the past three years, roughly half of the members of Kellogg’s MBA class have had an undergraduate degree in business or economics.

Kellogg MBA Program: Top 3 Industries

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As we can see above, 2023 marked a shift in the most common industry among Kellogg’s MBA students, from consulting to financial services. Note that from 2021 to 2023, the number of students hailing from the financial services industry increased by 10%, a pretty significant jump. Furthermore, the gap between the percentage of students with backgrounds in consulting or financial services and the percentage with a background in tech has continued to widen since 2021.

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In 2023, financial services supplanted consulting as the most common industry among Kellogg’s incoming class.

This class profile data is going to come in handy when we discuss how to set your GMAT score goal for Kellogg, later in this article. For now, let’s take a look at the GMAT scores of Kellogg students.

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Kellogg GMAT Scores

Kellogg School of Management GMAT scores are — no surprise — impressively high. That said, they are right in line with the average GMAT scores and GMAT ranges of other M7 schools. Let’s have a look at Kellogg GMAT scores for the three most recent incoming classes.

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Upon first glance, we might interpret the data above as indicating that 730 is “the magic number” when submitting a GMAT score to Kellogg. After all, for the past three years, both the mean and median GMAT scores have roughly hit that target.

However, we should note the GMAT ranges associated with each MBA class. For example, the class of 2023 was admitted with GMAT scores ranging from a low of 630 to a high of 780 — that’s a 150-point swing. What could explain such a wide range of scores among accepted students? And what do those GMAT ranges mean for your score goal? Can you be competitive at Kellogg with a score in the mid-600s? Do you need to aim for a score in the high 700s? Let’s investigate.

What Is a Good GMAT Score for Kellogg?

Generally speaking, a good GMAT score for any MBA program will be equal to the average GMAT scores of admitted students. In reality, however, the average GMAT scores of an MBA class are merely a starting point when setting your score goal. The fact is, a “good” GMAT score for one person may not be so good for another. After all, admissions weighs a whole host of factors when considering each applicant. Your GPA, work experience, academic and personal background, recommendations, application essays, etc., will all come into play. Furthermore, no two applicants, regardless of test scores and GPA, will ever be exactly alike.

So, while standards overall are undoubtedly high at Kellogg, there is no one set of “magic numbers” that every applicant must have in order to gain admittance. With that in mind, when setting your GMAT score goal, you need to think like admissions. In other words, you need to weigh all of your unique strengths and weaknesses, rather than assume that hitting an average will earn you a seat at the table.

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All else equal, a good GRE score for Kellogg will generally be equal to the incoming class average.

To illustrate this point, let’s consider a few common scenarios, using data from Kellogg’s class of 2023.

Scenario #1: You’re in an Overrepresented Group

People in groups that are overrepresented in MBA admissions typically need to earn higher GMAT scores in order to stand out among a sea of similar applicants. So, let’s say you’re a white male with an undergraduate degree in economics, a GPA of 3.7, and about 5 years of work experience in consulting. In that case, going by Kellogg’s class of 2023 — and prior classes — you would certainly be overrepresented among applicants. (Note that Kellogg’s class of 2023 is 57% white and 51% male.) In fact, you can bet that a high proportion of applicant profiles will look very similar to yours, given the class data we’ve seen related to academics and work experience.

So, a GMAT score of 730 may not do much to make your application stand out. In other words, if your GMAT score meets the average, then every aspect of your profile will, by Kellogg’s standards, essentially be average.

Thus, to make yourself stand out from the pack, a smart play would be to shoot for a GMAT score that beats the average. Particularly if you are overrepresented in several respects, as our imaginary applicant above is, consider aiming for a GMAT score that approaches the top end of Kellogg GMAT range.

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If you are in an overrepresented group, aim for a GMAT score that beats the Kellogg average, and possibly one that approaches the top end of the Kellogg GMAT ranges.

Scenario #2: You’re in an Underrepresented Group

Let’s say you’re a black woman with an undergraduate degree in engineering, a GPA of 3.9, and 6 years of work experience in the energy sector. In that case, your applicant profile will be fairly uncommon at Kellogg. (Only 7% of the class of 2023 identifies as black and only 3% of the class hails from the energy industry.) Furthermore, your GPA and years of work experience both beat the class averages.

Since your applicant profile already stands out in other respects, you may be quite competitive applying to Kellogg with, say, a GMAT score of 700 or 710. Of course, only you know whether there are weak points in your application that high test scores could help to compensate for.

Furthermore, you should keep in mind that top MBA programs typically prefer to see GMAT Quant scores of 47 or higher. Additionally, business schools generally prefer to see fairly “balanced” GMAT section scores. So, a high Quant score alongside a seriously lacking Verbal score might not look so great.

With all of this in mind, even if you are from an underrepresented group, a safe bet would be to aim to at least meet the Kellogg average GMAT score.

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Even if you are in an underrepresented group, a safe bet would be to aim to at least meet the Kellogg average GMAT score.

Scenario #3: Your GPA is Below Average

Whether you fall into overrepresented or underrepresented categories, if your GPA is notably lower than the Kellogg average, your best bet is to aim for a GMAT score that approaches the top end of the Kellogg GMAT range. How close to the top you should aim will depend on how far below the average your GPA is and what the other strengths and weaknesses in your profile are. Regardless, the GMAT can be a powerful tool for reassuring admissions that you have what it takes to succeed in the MBA program despite a lackluster GPA.

In fact, if any area of your profile is lacking, the GMAT is a great way to help “balance the scales.” Perhaps your recommendations aren’t quite what you hoped they’d be, or your work experience is limited. The GMAT is a great opportunity — and one of the few — to make up for those weaknesses. Let’s face it, you can’t travel back in time to beef up your resume. Your GMAT score is something you have control over right now. Make it count.

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If your GPA or work experience is notably below the Kellogg averages, a wise strategy is to aim for a GMAT score that approaches the top end of the Kellogg GMAT range.

Does Kellogg Business School Require GMAT Scores?

To be considered for admittance to Kellogg’s full-time MBA program, you must submit either a GMAT or GRE score. Kellogg states that it does not prefer one test over the other, so the choice is yours about whether to take the GMAT or GRE.

If you’re unsure about which test to take, your best bet is to take an official, full-length practice test of each kind. Based on your performance on those initial practice tests, you should be able to determine which test you have the best chance of scoring highest on.

Keep in mind that regardless of which test you ultimately take, Kellogg sets the bar pretty high: the median GRE scores for Kellogg’s class of 2023 are Q165/V162. Thus, most students need to put some serious time and effort into their test prep in order to reach their score goals. In other words, there is no “easy way out.” So, if you’re wondering whether you can avoid the long, hard road of GMAT prep by simply switching to the GRE, trust me when I say that GRE prep can be just as intense!

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To be considered for admittance to Kellogg’s full-time MBA program, you must submit either a GMAT or GRE score.

In Conclusion

Remember, whatever your GMAT score goal, with the right attitude and a smart study plan, you CAN earn the score you need to be competitive at Kellogg. Consider the GMAT one more opportunity to show off your skills to admissions, and do everything you can to take advantage of that opportunity!

Consider the GMAT one more opportunity to show off your skills to admissions, and do everything you can to take advantage of that opportunity!

What’s Next?

Thinking of applying to other top business schools like Kellogg? Check out this guide to GMAT scores at top MBA programs.

Already know your score goal? Get help reaching it with these strategies for scoring 700+ and this guide to scoring a perfect 800 on the GMAT.

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Kellogg GMAT Scores and Class Profile | TTP GMAT Blog? ›

The GMAT range is 620 to 780. The average GMAT score required for Northwestern University's Kellogg School of Management is 731, with scores ranging from 620 to 780. While the average score is 731, aiming for a higher score can significantly boost your chances of admission.

What is a good GMAT score for Kellogg? ›

What GMAT score do I need for Kellogg MBA? You need at least 700+ GMAT scores for top business schools like Kellogg. The average GMAT score for Kellogg's incoming class of 2023 is 727, with a GMAT range of 630 – 780. Which are the top business schools in the USA?

Is 590 a bad GMAT score? ›

To score higher than half of all test takers, you need a Total Score above 600. To score among the top 25 percent of test takers, you'd need to score about 660. To be among the most competitive class—the top 10 percent of test takers— you'd want to aim for a score around 710 or higher.

What percentage of GMAT scores are between 347 and 547? ›

In summary, approximately 31.73% of GMAT scores are 647 or higher, 15.87% are 747 or higher, 34.13% are between 347 and 547, and 68.26% are between 447 and 747.

What GMAT score do I need for Northwestern? ›

The answer is that there is no magic number. The average GMAT score for the Class of 2017 is 724 out of 800. The mid-80% scored between a 690 and a 760.

Is 580 a bad GMAT score? ›

Scores above 700 are generally considered strong and those below 600 are considered very weak.

Is Kellogg MBA prestigious? ›

Northwestern University (Kellogg) is ranked No. 3 (tie) out of 124 in Best Business Schools and No. 3 out of 269 in Part-time MBA. Schools are ranked according to their performance across a set of widely accepted indicators of excellence.

How rare is a 750 GMAT? ›

GMAT Score Concordance Table
GMAT™(10th Ed.)GMAT™ (Focus Ed.)Percentile Ranking*
76073599.5%
76072599.4%
76071599.2%
75071598.7%
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How rare is a 780 GMAT? ›

#780 - a score obtained by only 12 students per year ... a score so rare that even 𝗚𝗠𝗔𝗧 𝘁𝗿𝗮𝗶𝗻𝗲𝗿𝘀 themselves are left in awe. Truth be told: most GMAT trainers in the world don't have even close to a 780 score on the GMAT, let alone their students.

How rare is a 800 GMAT? ›

After all, not much more than 30 test takers out of the more than 250,000 GMAT exams annually taken, are able to nail a perfect score. GMAC obviously surmised that Edmonds wasn't taking it to get into Harvard or Stanford's MBA programs.

How rare is 770 on the GMAT? ›

A 770 GMAT score falls in the 99th percentile. Meaning only 1% of all test takers receive this score. The average GMAT score for elite business schools like Harvard, Stanford, and Wharton is around 730.

What is middle 80% GMAT score? ›

Evaluating GMAT Scores for Top Business Schools

You'll notice that, for the schools that provide a mid-80% GMAT range, that 720 to 730 score falls roughly in the middle of mid-80%. And for the school's that provide the GMAT range of the entire class, that 720 to 730 score falls toward the higher end of the range.

How hard is it to get 750 on GMAT? ›

Scoring 750+ is no small feat; it requires a well-thought-out GMAT preparation plan. Here are the top 5 tips to guide you: Master one GMAT topic at a time: Don't scatter your focus. Dive deep into one topic, understand it thoroughly, and then move on to the next.

Is Kellogg's MBA hard to get into? ›

How hard is it to get into the Kellogg School of Management? With its medium class size of 529 students in the MBA Class of 2025, the most recent Kellogg MBA acceptance rate of 31.4% makes it one of the more accessible M7 programs.

What is the average GMAT score for Kellogg Business School? ›

Test Scores and GPA

The average GPA of the Kellogg class of 2025 is 3.7, the average GMAT score is 731, and the median GRE score is 325.

What does Kellogg's MBA look for? ›

Desired Skills. Strong skills in quantitative thinking will allow you to develop theory and manage and analyze data. Strong written and verbal skills are essential for communicating your research findings. Economics-based PhD programs require solid training in math, econometrics, and statistics.

What is the average GMAT score for Kellogg future leaders? ›

The most recent Future Leaders class had 559 students of which 26% were international and 40% were women. The admission benchmarks are similar to that of the full-time MBA program. The average GPA was 3.7 and the average GMAT was 727.

What is the top 1% GMAT score? ›

Here's a breakdown of the GMAT score distribution:
  • Approximately 1% of test takers score above 760.
  • Approximately 13% of test takers score above 700.
  • Approximately 25% of test takers score between 660 and 700.
  • Approximately 30% of test takers score between 570 and 660.
Oct 30, 2023

What is a good GMAT score for top MBA? ›

Top MBA programs have average GMAT scores above the national average of 660. To score over a 700 on the GMAT, you must be in the top 13% of test takers. A score of 750 means you are in the top 2%, or have outperformed 98% of test takers.

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