Due to a decline in the number of applications and in some cases an increasing number of places available in classes as well, many of the top business schools in the United States are becoming less selective, making it easier for full-time MBA applicants to be admitted. As reported in Businessweek, The Ross School of Business, Anderson School of Management and Kelley School of Business all have admitted a larger percentage of applicants in 2009-10 than in 2008-09, when b-school applications were on the rise. Some schools say their selectivity is slipping due to positive changes - Ross opened a new building which holds more students in each class and Maryland's Smith School has done a better job of marketing their program. Still, b-schools like HBS, Kellogg and Mendoza have reported no change or have become in fact more selective. Many school officials believe this trend is not negative, but that candidates are applying more selectively and efficiently, giving admissions committees less choice, but a higher quality and better match for each individual school.
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