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Average GMAT Scores Misreported to US News

January 3, 2013 by

US News & World Report issues perhaps the most revered b-school ranking list.  Unfortunately, Tulane University’s Freeman School of Business is the most recent addition to an unfortunate list of peer institutions.  The following is from a recent Huffington Post article:

“Tulane informed U.S. News in December that officials had discovered its A.B. Freeman School of Business misreported “average GMAT scores for full-time MBA students entering in fall 2011 and the total number of applicants.” Tulane said the school had misreported a batch of data from the fall of 2010 and possibly in earlier years as well.”

2012 was apparently a popular year for such grievous ethical violations.  George Washington University, Emory University, and Claremont McKenna College all disclosed the misreporting of admissions data “in hopes of improving their standings in the highly influential college rankings.”  Investigations of the details of each institution’s breeches led to the two latter schools retaining their rankings, but George Washington’s was grievous enough to result in it being removed entirely from the list (it was 51st at the time).  What will ultimately come of Tulane is as yet unknown.

If I have said once, I’ve said it a thousand times: GMAT scores are an extremely important element of an application package.  While I would very much prefer this bit of information to be underscored in other more reputable ways, what Tulane has done nonetheless reveals the weight of this quantitative measure of an applicant’s strength.


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