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Elite Business Schools See Surge in Applications in Lousy Economy

The Top 20 U.S. MBA programs enjoy a 13% spike as applicants seek the degree’s advantages in a brutal job market. Can they keep it up?

Huntsman Hall, the Wharton School’s main building at the University of Pennsylvania.

Huntsman Hall, the Wharton School’s main building at the University of Pennsylvania.

Top U.S. business schools enjoyed a double-digit surge in applications this year—after a spate of declines—as people facing a pandemic-stricken job market sought to boost their prospects, and admissions departments opened their doors a little wider.

With the longer trend going the other way, the question any first-year business student would ask is: Can it last?