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Graduate Management Applications Up in 2006

The annual survey asks programs to compare their application volume for the current year against the previous year. The 2006 data show an increase in applications from nearly two thirds of all full-time traditional, part-time, and executive programs, as well as over half of all full-time accelerated programs.

Most of the part-time programs reporting increases say they have not seen such positive results since 2002. Executive programs, first included in the survey in 2001, report their most positive increases to date. In fact, 55% of part-time programs plan to increase their class size in the coming year.

Programs also report a significant resurgence in female and foreign applicants, reversing a downward trend. Full-time programs outside the United States, however, say they are seeing more of an increase in domestic applications.

Applicant quality remains high. A far greater number of full-time programs report the applicant quality increased in 2006 (56%) compared to 2005 (21%). Nearly half of all part-time programs report similar quality improvements, while another 41% of part-time programs and 34% of full-time programs report the quality remains the same as the year before.

The data reported in the 2006 GMAC® Application Trends Survey reflect responses from 230 MBA programs at 147 graduate business schools around the world.


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