INSEAD MBA Admissions Director Tells You How To Get Accepted

Virginie Fougea has worked in admissions at INSEAD for over 20 years. If there’s anybody who knows the secret to a successful MBA application, it’s her

Here’s some things every MBA applicant should know about INSEAD.

The 10-month INSEAD MBA is ranked second in the world by the Financial Times—it ranked first in 2016 and 2017. It costs just under $100,000 (€84,000).

INSEAD admits two intakes of 500 MBA students each year. The average age for the class of 2018 is 29. Years of work experience: six. Average GMAT: 709, but you could get accepted with a 570.

The INSEAD MBA doesn’t just say it’s international; it actually is. That means: 94 different nationalities represented in the class; no dominant culture; and an equally diverse admissions team.

The competition to get accepted is such that INSEAD doesn’t release the number of applications it receives each year. Virginie Fougea, INSEAD’s director of MBA recruitment and admissions, explains that she’s concerned the figures might put applicants from non-traditional backgrounds off. In reality, she says, INSEAD wants these people in the class.

If you come from a non-traditional MBA background, then what are you waiting for? Apply!


The graphs on this page have been sourced from INSEAD and are relevant to the INSEAD MBA class of 2018.

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