U.S. Business Schools With The Most Female MBA Students

One of the most common issues in graduate business school education is the relative scarcity of female MBA students at the top schools. At most of the highest ranked institutions, it’s almost rare to find more than a third of the students female.

Of the prestige, highly-ranked B-schools, NYU’s Stern School of Business is at the top of the pack, with 39.6% of its full-time students female. Harvard Business School is up there, too, with 37.2% women, while 34.7% of Stanford’s Class of 2011 being female.

Then, there’s Carnegie-Mellon University’s business school with only 22.8% of the class composed of wome and Notre Dame’s B-school with 23%.

So which U.S. schools have the largest representation of women in their full-time MBA programs? The top schools on this list will surprise you. None of the top 25 are highly ranked schools that pop up in the various surveys. Instead, you see the likes of Appalachian State University’s Walker School of Business in Boone, N.C., , where women represent 72.3% of its full-time students, and the University of West Florida’s business school in Pensacola, Fla., where women make up nearly 67% of the full-time MBAs.

MBA PROGRAMS WITH THE MOST FULL-TIME FEMALE STUDENTS

Schools Percentage of Women
1. Simmons College (Boston) 100%
2. North Carolina A&T State 76.5%
3. Appalachian State Univ. 72.3%
4. Univ. of West Florida 66.7%
5. Rochester Institute of Technology 65.7%
6. Univ. of South Dakota 65.1%
7. College of Charleston 65.0%
8. South Carolina State 63.6%
9. Montana State Univ. 63.5%
10. William Paterson Univ. 59.5%
11. Clark Atlanta Univ. 58.3%
12. San Jose State Univ. 57.1%
13. California State Univ. 56.7%
14. Morgan State Univ. 56.5%
15. Indiana Univ.-Kokomo 56.2%
16. Southeastern Louisiana 55.2%
17. Univ. of Southern Mississippi 55.0%
18. UNC-Greensboro 54.5%
19. George Mason Univ. 54.4%
20. St. John’s Univ. (Tobin) 53.5%
21. Univ. of Texas-Pan American 53.0&
22. University of Maine 51.4%
23. Clark University 50.9%
24. Howard University 50.6%
25. Pittsburg State Univ. (Kelce) 50.4%

Data: Provided by schools for the Class of 2011

  • Barbara

    “Wow, this may as well be a list of irrelevant MBA programs – what is the point here? Females don’t represent 50% of business leaders, or even workers.”

    One point might be that the institutions that produce business leaders don’t have as many women in their programs as might be expected based on the percentage of women in the workforce. Which, from what I recall from the various news reports about job losses, has held steady for the past 20 years, give or take a percentage point or two, at slightly less than 50% of the workforce.

  • Tania,

    Some might be, but my guess is that women may feel more constraints over location. If they are in a relationship, they may be less willing to move than men. So they seek out what’s available to them locally not to disrupt a relationship. Just my guess.

  • John-
    I wonder how much of this is cost-related? As, overall, females still earn less than males, they would naturally gravitate toward less-expensive schools.

  • Tim,

    You certainly have a point. I simply think it’s interesting data to share. Not very useful, for sure, but surprising nonetheless.

  • Tim

    Wow, this may as well be a list of irrelevant MBA programs – what is the point here? Females don’t represent 50% of business leaders, or even workers.

    I live pretty close to #25 Pitt State – not exactly a top program by any measure… wait, it’s ranked 25 in female attendance…