Meet Yale SOM’s MBA Class of 2017

Members of the Class of 2017 at Yale School of Management

Members of the Class of 2017 at Yale School of Management

When the 326 students in the Class of 2017 arrived on Yale University’s School of Management for orientation on Aug. 17th, they became part of a school with formidable momentum.

Last year, the school cracked the top Ten of both the Bloomberg Businessweek and The Financial Times rankings. The school, which had been scattered throughout several old mansions on Hillhouse Ave., is now housed in an ultra-modern building called Evans Hall.

The size of this year’s incoming class was the largest ever, up from a class of just 231 who graduated three years ago, with a record number of women and international students and the highest average GMAT scores in Yale’s history. Indeed, for the first time, SOM has divided the incoming first years into five cohorts, up from four last year, to bring them closer to 65 students each from 80-student sections last year.


Yale School of Management admissions chief Bruce DelMonico

Yale School of Management admissions chief Bruce DelMonico

“Individually, they are as strong as any class I have admitted in my 10 years at Yale across the range of metrics you would look at,” says Bruce DelMonico, the assistant dean for admissions. “We are simply thrilled to have them at Yale.”

Academically, the incoming class has already surpassed the previous class. Average GMATs have risen to 721 from 719 (higher than Berkeley Haas, Columbia, and Michigan Ross). Average undergraduate GPAs have also climbed from to 3.6 from 3.5 (equal to Northwestern Kellogg and Chicago Booth), with GPAs ranging from 3.23 to 3.88 within the 80th percentile.


Yale SOM has also grown more desirable – and selective. Over the past year, applications have jumped over 25%, to 3,449 from 2,756. At the same time, the school’s acceptance rate has dropped from three full percentage points to 20.7% from 23.7%. Overall, 68% of the class received some form of scholarship or financial aid.

The school’s demographics have become progressively more female and international. The percentage of women in the 2017 class, for example, increased to 40% from 37%. What’s more, international students now comprise 40% of the class – its highest percentage ever (and a bellwether for a school that prides itself on its widespread global partnerships). U.S. minorities represent another 22% of the class.

Experience-wise, 32% of first-years earned undergraduate degrees in the humanities, nearly equal to the previous class. Another 25% held business degrees (up 9%), followed by engineering and information sciences (16%), economics (16%), and math and sciences (12%). The largest segment of the incoming class – 20% – previously worked in finance, followed by non-profits (17%), consulting (12%), technology (7%), government (6%), and consumer products (6%). The class also includes 11 veterans (up four from the previous year) and 17 Silver Scholars (Students admitted directly from an undergraduate program who complete a three-year MBA program). Even more, 17% of the class – 57 students – are pursuing joint degrees, another reflection of just how deeply connected the School of Management is to other programs at Yale.

Go to next page to access student profiles of this year’s incoming class.

  • Guest

    I know this was 7 months ago, but thought it could do with an update:

    “why is yale still not top 10 in us news?” “could yale be top 10 in 10 years?”
    It would appear that USN now do rank Yale as a top 10 school. I guess the 10 year estimate came in well within schedule.

    “It is no coincidence that the rankings correspond almost exactly to business school endowments”
    SOM’s endowment ranks 6th/7th.

    So by your own logic, SOM will be solidly top10 / top 8 whatever “soon” (presumably significantly <40yrs).

  • Helton

    um sure you would. everyone on an anonymous message board always claims they would choose school x over abc higher ranked schools. but then when it comes to seeing where people actually matriculate…amazing how they follow the rankings like 99% of the time.

  • YaleUndergrad

    I love how people are saying Yale only accepts people with great pedigrees but poor work experience: the attached profiles have consultant at BCG, consultant at the best consulting firm in Europe, Facebook Software engineer and doctor….

    damn do you guys have high standards…..

  • McKinseyRecruiter

    SOM has made an insane rise in the rankings. I would honestly choose SOM over Booth/Kellogg and MIT out of the M-7s. Still behind Columbia, Wharton and HBS imo.

  • US News

    wow that was very interesting…NOT

  • US News

    not at all
    If you read my post, you’ll see I called out Haas as a notable weak link relative to almost everything else Berkeley has at the grad level
    Your comments make no sense. The term “HSY” only has any meaning at the undergrad level where those are all super top institutions, and I would again agree that Berkeley isn’t at that level for undergrad. If we’re talking MBA, there is no “HSY” obviously because you’re talking about arguably the top 2 B schools and then one that is somewhere far below in the #9-16 soup. Which is exactly the same place Haas is as an MBA program. The point is whether you’re looking at engineering or law or medicine or any science or any humanity or econ or whatever, at the grad level Berkeley consistently crushes it whereas Yale is very uneven. And SOM’s low ranking relative to Yale’s undergrad ranking, and relative to the grad rankings of peers like H, S, and yes Berkeley (except for Haas), is what I was pointing out. I have nothing to do with Haas. I think it is pretty good but I wouldn’t apply there, which is the same thing I think about SOM. I don’t really see the value in an MBA you can’t get into the top 7, and possibly Tuck.

  • spartan22

    No one said it was different. This whole hate session started on the comment that the profiles listed in P&Q for Yale SOM were not representative of the entire class.

    Once it was proven that they were indeed representative, the haters moved their argument to, “ok well they have elite undergrad degrees but bad work experience and poor recruiting”.

    …once again using employment reports and anecdotes from people in the actual banking groups and companies, it was proven that this was also false.

    so i’m sure the argument is soon going to move to, ‘well the Yale SOM kids come from ivy’s, have great work experience and get the same amount of high profile jobs but….they get paid less….”


  • lavitz

    OK so i dont actually work at GS, but my brother’s friend works there and he said all the above information. But still HBS or bust

  • RealtyOne

    Data are you just dumb. Before you spew out erroneous facts take a breathe and look at the numbers.

    The only Yale SOM employeement report that is out refers to full time stats of class of 2014, there class size is 240 vs. the current of 325. That class spent approximately 0 days in the new buildling. That class has lower stats on every measure.

    You are looking at past indicators.

  • HaasSux

    Here are my thoughts, its clear you go to Berkley. If you want to do tech strategy in San Francisco with some pimple faced teen as your CEO, i think Haas is a good choice. Other than that no reason it should be in the discussion with HSY. Berkeley is a clear cut below the other three universities. The Haas class is <200 people, they are irrelevant.

  • GmatWiz

    hahah this kid obviously has never gone through consulting recruitement. MMB literally throws your resume out if your GMAT is below 700. Moreover if its not 720+ you prob. stand no chance, regardless if you went to HBS.

  • DonuaK

    Why is everyone hating on Yale SOM. I’m a perspective student and I have them personally ranked higher than Haas, CBS and Kellogg…Not sure why all the hate. I was far more impressed when I visited there than I was with any other school.

    another note, I understand Booth is a top 5 school and solid program but everyone there just seemed like quant nerds that will make a fantastic living doing botique banking in some cubicle but thats all they are good at. Churning out robot bankers that dont run and business.

  • Data

    Wow i stand corrected. I was so mad I actually contacted a friend in the GS banking summer pool, he in fact confirmed Yale SOM had a huge representation….I’m shocked.

    I think its just hard to imagine how far they come but I admit…i stand corrected.

  • truf

    1. we have no idea what the “undergrad makeup” is. looking at 10 profiles doesn’t tell us anything.

    2. Yale’s GMAT score is good, for sure. Better than some schools ranked above it (columbia, kellogg), and lower than some (hbs, booth, stanford, wharton).

    3. the problem w caring too much about any of that is that the most important ingredient in B school admissions is not gpa or gmat but work experience. as we know the top 5 schools could admit entire classes of 800 gmat’s if they wanted to. but they would probably largely be professional duds. stanford a couple yrs ago announced they turned down every 800 gmat that applied that year (no doubt they were admitted to yale!). and it’s here that a lower ranked school like yale is going to suffer, if they try too hard to play the rankings game by prioritizing gmat and gpa. and this shows up pretty quickly in recruiting because mba recruiters don’t give a sht about gmat. if you are at hbs and worked at blackstone and had a 690, you are a way more desirable employee than someone from yale som who got a 740 and worked in IT in india.

  • Data

    Actually, it continues to not register even in the very most recent employment reports.

  • Data

    How is that any different from any top 20 b school?

  • Data

    No it has not – that statement about SOM being a top 3 feeder to GS is just a complete and utter lie.

  • Data

    That is just a lie. Hiring data is publicly available. We can see from last year’s employment reports that Kellogg and MIT sent more than 10 people to GS, Chicago just under 20 and Columbia 31. Wharton and HBS are definitely at least that many given their size and rankings. Stanford I don’t know because supposedly no one there is interested in finance. Yale on the other hand, GS did not make their top employers list (which goes down to employers who hired 5 people), for either full time or interns. That means they sent somewhere between 1 (I’m assuming 1 because they do list GS as an organization that hired at least 1 person) and 8 total people to GS (8 would assume GS just missed the cut off to make the top hirers list, for both full time and interns – clearly not likely). And you could probably make a safe bet NYU and Tuck sent more, so you now have Yale ranked at best #10 as a GS feeder. Stop lying. And feel free to check the employment reports if you would like to, they are available on the schools’ web sites.

  • US News

    Guys, there is a perspective here that no one seems to grasp. Some institutions are shockingly strong at the undergrad level and throughout their graduate departments (Harvard, Stanford). Others have a more graduate-focused orientation (Berkeley), and others are stronger at undergrad and weaker at the grad level (Yale). This has always been the case, and is not unique to Yale, and is not unique to MBA. Look at the rankings of Yale’s graduate departments, relative to its peers that are graduate school powerhouses (all rankings US News): MBA – Harvard #2, Stanford #1, Berkeley #7, Yale #13. Engineering – Stanford #2, Berkeley #3, Harvard #20, Yale #35. Medical – Harvard #1, Stanford #2, Berkeley (ucsf) #3, Yale #7. Biology – Harvard #1, Stanford #1, Berkeley #4, Yale #7. Chemistry – Harvard #4, Stanford #4, Berkeley #1, Yale #12. Economics – Harvard #1, Stanford #5, Berkeley #5, Yale #7. Math – Harvard #3, Stanford #5, Berkeley #3, Yale #9. Physics – Harvard #2, Stanford #2, Berkeley #2, Yale #11. Sociology – Harvard #6, Stanford #4, Berkeley #1, Yale #20.

    Do you see a pattern here? Harvard, Stanford, Berkeley crush it in everything. Yale does respectably, with rankings between #7 and #35, or #20 if you consider engineering an outlier, but is not nearly as strong as their undergrad which is generally considered top 3ish.

    Law of course is the exception where Yale is awesome.

    But considering that Yale is comparatively really middling in so many high profile graduate school areas – mba, engineering, medicine, all the sciences, economics – with really only one stand out – law – what is the more rational question? Why isn’t Yale’s mba program on par with its undergrad? Or how can we get Yale’s MBA program to stand out like its law program does, rather than falling in the 2nd tier like all of its other graduate programs do?

    And another question you might ask, how does Berkeley absolutely crush it in every graduate department, but isn’t quite there with its MBA program?

    Would love to hear any thoughts – I don’t have skin in the game either way

  • lavitz

    That is just complete and utter BS. Even if SOM were considered top tier, which it is not, it is so small that it could never be that big of a source of associates. I am a 2nd yr analyst at GS and applying to B school now, and have gotten the same feedback from every senior banker and recruiting manager I’ve talked to which is that if I don’t get into a top 5 or 7 school (and yes that cut off ends at Columbia – some even told me Booth, Kellogg, Sloan and Columbia are questionable), I should just stay for a 3rd year and apply again. I’ve asked the question like 5 times what about a safety school, what about UVA or NYU or Yale or Cornell, and have gotten the same answer – you’d do much better to stay here.

  • alder

    yeah agree to disagree. the % of mba students doing a joint jd degree is so tiny it doesn’t even register. and the types of students that hbs/stanford/wharton/booth/cbs/mit/kellogg covet, and get, are not the type to go to a 2nd tier mba in order to get a great law degree. yale law is extremely hard to get into, and law school admissions is a whole different beast from mba. the kind of person to get into yale law is uber academic and largely just out of undergrad. that is really just irrelevant as a factor in the makeup of the mba program. sure you might get some stellar yale law students who decide they want to do a joint mba (like 5 of them), but i can promise you they didnt have the type of work experience that could have gotten them into hbs/stanford/wharton/etc

  • Rody

    Has banking really fallen that far out of favor with the top schools that Yale SOM is now one of their core feeders? Yikes. I knew HBS and Stanford kids turned up their noses at banking but I thought Wharton/Booth/Columbia kids were still very interested in it.

  • Reality Check

    “couple” meaning 20 or 30?

    your comment shows a complete lack of understanding of the B school landscape and competitive dynamics.

    let’s take a look at Booth for example. Booth has been at the top since B schools were invented. over time, it focused so much on academics and so little on softer skills, which came into vogue, that newer rivals like kellogg, mit, columbia all joined the club and by the 90’s booth you could have even said was among the less favored of the top 7 schools. then with ted snyder the school found the right balance, regained amazing momentum, built a new campus, got the BIGGEST DONATION IN B SCHOOL HISTORY which catapaulted its endowment to #3 behind H and S. you could not have asked for a more spectacular turnaround. and with all that amazing stuff going on, where is booth today? it is above wharton, on par w H and S? no, it’s in the same damn group of schools it was in before, just now probably the preferred option of kellogg/mit/columbia, as opposed to a more middling or less preferred option.

    the point is, with everything ted snyder did at booth, which was probably the most successful deanship of any business school ever, its rankings barely budged. maybe it went from #6 to #4, but that is even debatable.

    Now you are taking yale som, which ranks anywhere between #9 and #16 depending on who you ask, and you’re telling me in “a couple years”, it is going to jump up to top 5-7?? that would literally be unprecedented in all of mba history going back 100+ years. and, if you look on old businessweek forums, people were making the same comment about yale – literally the exact same comment – 15 years ago. 15 years ago.

    the dialogue around yale business school has been the same for 20 years. “why does yale have a second tier mba program?” “yale got a new dean and he’s going to make the school top 5 in 5 years!” “why is yale still ranked out of the top 15?” “could yale be top 10 in 10 years?” “is yale ever going to have a good business school?” “yale got a NEW dean and THIS is finally the guy! he’s going to make the school top 5 in 5 years!” “why is yale still not top 10 in us news?” “could yale be top 10 in 10 years?”

    the problem is, yale is part of a strong group of schools – nyu, haas, ross, darden, etc. none of them are rolling over. all have big endowments and good deans. how is yale going to decisively break out of that group? they all have new buildings and strong fundraising and are poaching good profs. yale has an association with a better parent university, but the other schools have an older, bigger, richer alumni base from which to raise money. it is really hard for yale to step above the peers. to make top 8, it would have to overtake Tuck. you really think that is going to happen? Tuck’s alum base cleans SOM’s clock. so much older, bigger and richer. This is where $ comes from. It is no coincidence that the rankings correspond almost exactly to business school endowments (and why booth with its $1bn endowment now is such a safe bet for the future).

    And that is just to get firmly into the top 8.

    Reality check is that in our career time horizon, ie the next 25 yrs, the chance of Yale standing on par with columbia/kellogg is like 5%. there is just no way. EVEN IF the current crop of students entering SOM is absolutely awesome (which i dont believe it is, at all), it will take that long for them all to earn enough $ and donate back to the school and establish ties w all the blue chip companies out there to entrench yale as a top school. right now yale’s alum base / donation base / presence at blue chip companies is extremely weak – probably the weakest of the #9-15 ranked schools. because the school is new, small, and constantly reinventing itself claiming “this time its different”

    all that said, ted snyder is great, and if anyone can make lasting improvements to SOM it is him, but let’s be realistic. no school has made a new entry to the top 8 in over 40 years. OVER 40 YEARS. think about that for a bit.

  • Black

    hm, not sure about that. blackstone has quite a few hbs grads. stanford grads much less so, because not that many stanford grads want to go into finance anymore. wharton, booth, columbia are probably the sweet spot for a blackstone. yale not so much just because blackstone is prestigious enough that it can still concentrate its hiring among the top 5-7 schools.

  • JohnLippum

    just a thought, maybe it doesn’t register bc you are looking at past indicators of employement. There class size has gone up 50%, every metric has improved, and i’ve heard anecdotally they have had twice as many employeers visiting for jobs last year than they did the year before.

    i have no skin in this game, but I could see Yale being on par with Kellogg/Booth/Wharton in next couple years…it’ll never be an HBS or Stanford

  • GSbanker

    GS summer associate here (non-Yale SOM grad): Goldman Sachs general banking pool: Yale SOM was a top three represented program for summer internship.

    good theory Rody, but you’re just wrong.

  • john

    Salty UNC grad for sure. Shouldn’t you be preparing for your internship at McDonald’s in the Atlanta regional office…

    I didn’t get into Yale SOM but if I did I would go in a heartbeat. people keep saying that they students are ‘underachievers’. Yet the GMAT/GPA/Undergrad makeup is on par or better than the rest of the top 10 schools.

  • amberly

    Listen, I went to a small university in India and worked my butt off to get into Olin. I wouldn’t ever go to a school like Yale (mainly because I got rejected) but also because I wouldn’t find it. I’m honestly happier at a lower ranked school because i had one friend that ended up working at blackstone from here and he said they like Olin grads more than Yale, HBS or Stanford grads.

  • Rody

    Was anyone questioning this? I think any top 15 B school could fill the class with only ivy undergrads, if that was going to be their main criteria. Of course, you will sacrifice elsewhere if you do that, ie top quality work experience/high earnings. What was pointed out re: the SOM student profiles was that they seem to fall into the category of underachievers professionally bc they had blue chip undergrad institutions but not blue chip work experience. The applicants w blue chip work experience to the extent they go to business school are undoubtedly much more concentrated in the top 5, M7, whatever higher ranked schools.

  • John Slone

    Erm, yeah. If he means that top tier undergrads will want to go to top tier grads, of course. But that doesn’t mean they are the exact same schools no matter what your field. Only have to google search Yale + “second tier MBA” to get hard evidence of that.

  • jlobb

    come on dude you cant be serious. If you did your undergrad at a top school, presumably you have a better shot at getting into a top grad. If that field is law, that would be Yale. If that field is business, that would be Harvard, or Chicago or Northwestern or Penn, but no, not Yale. If that field is engineering, that would be Stanford or MIT or Cal Tech, but not Yale. If that field is medical, that might be as the other guy said, Johns Hopkins.

    The best want to go to the best schools, for sure. And OBVIOUSLY, the same schools are not the best in EVERYTHING, even though some schools do a pretty impressive job of coming close (like Harvard. Yale much less so which has never shown up too well in the “professional” fields including MBA).

  • Spartan 22

    As I said before, based on my visit from a couple years ago, I’d wager a guess that roughly 1/3 to 1/2 of students in any Yale SOM class had either Ivy League or other elite school backgrounds. The profiles above are indeed fairly representative of the school.

  • techan

    You clearly have never met anyone who studied engineering in grad school. The best schools are the best schools, period. Doesn’t matter if they are attached to a good undergrad or not. And ironically Yale is a perfect example. It doesn’t even come close to the top 20 in engineering, and anyone half serious about engineering would choose 20+ schools over it, including many that are not that great/ prestigious as overall undergrad schools. Berkeley engineer here who went to Stanford undergrad and only considered top 10 grad schools, needless to say Yale was not on my radar (and neither was Princeton – also a very weak program compared to the big boys).

  • amberly

    to edward – that is completely stupid – are you serious?
    undergrads who are smart enough to go to yale probably got top jobs out of ug and if they go to business school are certainly smart enough to pick up a ranking and see what the best ones are, or ask their friends at blackstone/mckinsey/etc “which business schools do you hire from?” rather than follow some simple minded logic that says “whatever the best undergrad schools are, i should also go there for business school”. that would be the logic of the barber in topeka who isn’t really familiar w the concept of the mba. yes, I can assure you that yale undergrads (the high achieving ones, at least – the ones who have the option, ie not the ones that yale SOM profiled for this story) would indeed choose a whole boatload of schools w lesser undergrads over yale (which is ranked #35 per us news, and keep in mind us news is EXTREMELY brand-focused in its rankings), or johns hopkins or ucsf medical over yale, or kellogg or booth or wharton over yale SOM. for you to say otherwise shows complete ignorance of these fields. if we’re talking about MBA here, just take a look at representation from a wharton or a booth at the most selective employers (eg blackstone, mckinsey, whatever you want other than non-profits), and your question is answered. Yale SOM just doesnt even register.

  • GdheGal

    2ndYrSomer here: I can only speak to my cohort (~75ppl or ~23% of class) we had 5 Yale undegrad, 4 Harvard, 2 Princeton, 2 Stanford, 4 Penn, 2 Columbia, 2 oxford, 2 cambridge

    rest come from brown, duke etc.

    this is a small sample size and read into what you will, but roughly 1/3 of my cohort came from the schools above.

    Furthermore if you question what i’m saying, go pull up linkedin or fb profiles and check for youself.

  • Michael

    If you look carefully, a lot of these Harvard/Stanford/Princeton undergrad are in Yale JD/MBA program or other Yale MBA joint degree. Most of the students in Yale JD program are from Harvard/Stanford/Princeton and a lot of them are doing the MBA joint program.

  • edward

    If you did your undergrad at HYPSM, would you rather go to grad school at Chicago/Northwestern/Michigan or go to Yale? I can totally see why those students from HYPSM would pick yale over those schools, especially with Yale’s recent momentum. The reason is the same why most people would pick Cornell/Princeton Engineering over Illinois/Michigan Engineering event though Illinois/Michigan are ranked higher.

  • Carl Sandberg

    Oh really Bruce…..so you left a link that doesn’t work? Are you really Bruce? I doubt it. Why the heck are you trolling messages boards.

  • Bruce DelMonico

    Carl, Thank you very much for your comment. I don’t usually post here, but did want to note that we actually do provide the URM number on our website and in our print materials (see http://som.yale.edu/our-programs/mba/admissions/class-profile). I agree that simply providing a single “US minority” number can be misleading, which is why we include both numbers. And you’re right that we’re at 10%, which is similar to many other schools. We don’t control what information is presented in this article, so I did want to make this one point. Thanks. Best, Bruce

  • Jack

    Thank you for broadcasting your insecurity. I love it when people like you bash each other’s schools on this site. Don’t worry – the job market will sort you all out.

  • alder

    I’d be a lot more impressed to see people with more varied educational backgrounds, and stellar post-college work experience, rather than the underachievers from the Harvard/Princeton/Stanford classes, which is what SOM clearly thought would be impressive to show in their no doubt carefully chosen profiles. Sorry, wrong.

  • alder

    um sorry but to go from Harvard or Stanford or Princeton or Yale (!) undergrad to Yale SOM, there was clearly some underachievement happening in the years elapsing between college graduation and MBA matriculation, relative to most of your MBA-bound peers who are undoubtedly going hbs/stanford/wharton/booth/mit etc. OF COURSE Yale SOM is going to highlight these peoples’ educational backgrounds, but they’re not fooling anyone.

  • Current Yale SOM

    Current proud Yale SOM student here. I’m not from an Ivy League background–not even close. There are plenty of people here from diverse backgrounds. I know a few of the people featured in this article, and I can tell you they’re accomplished beyond their educational pedigree.

  • smarty

    yale SOM will go nowhere .. its absurd to admit mostly ivy league undergrads .. just cause you impressed some college admissions people when you were 17 and got into harvard college.. that doesn’t make you a star business leader or enterprener. if that were the case HYP undergrads would be the only people living in the wealthy enclaves of New York or London or Geneva and that’s clearly not the case.

  • John

    These people could have also received scholarships (likely smaller) from M7 schools, but opted to go to Yale for the reasons they discuss. Scholarships are not the key metric in acceptance criteria for high potentials.

  • Spartan 22

    This is actually nothing new for the school. When I visited 2-3 years ago I would have estimated that anywhere between 1/3 and half of the school consisted of people with ivy league or elite undergraduate backgrounds, based on my interactions. The ones who didn’t have the pedigree tended to have exceptional stats to compensate for it. It makes sense when you think about the school’s stated philosophy-social service/public affairs/non-profits, etc w/ a strong dose of business fundamentals. That combination tends to feed prestige driven fields full of save-the-world types. In fact, I find that people who end up at Stanford, the ivies, and other elite schools tend to be very mission driven and often view themselves as the solution to the world’s problems. Throw in the Yale name and it’s the perfect stop for them.

    Don’t be fooled. The school’s initial ranking position was lower than expected mostly because of its young age and a lower average salary metric. In all other respects-professors, resources, and especially student body, it’s mostly been on par w/ the M7.

  • Walt Whitman

    I have to agree with others that this seems like a subtle rap of an Ivy class ring on a mahogany table. The only U.S. universities represented are Harvard, Princeton, and Stanford. Yale’s unique philosophy is intriguing to me, but it looks like my UNC undergraduate degree might be a barrier. I’m having trouble reconciling that with their stated educational philosophy.

  • Carl Sandberg

    So US minority says 22% which means the URM is probably like 10% if that. Oh how awesome Yale. Why don’t the schools ever breakdown the minority composition. I truly feel like schools really try to deceive people when they don’t break out the numbers. Most people will look at 22% and think that Yale is doing a great job with diversity when in reality they are not because 22% is misleading.

  • DoYouReallySOM

    I think I could also say with 95% certainty that of these people portrayed in the write up got substantial scholarships to go to Yale. Yet no one mentions that in their reason to go there. I know it would be a hard sell for me to go to an M7 school if I got a full ride at Yale (like a lot of these people likely did).

  • Jeff Schmitt

    Thank you for writing. When I reached out to 40 business schools about the “Class of 2017” concept, I had asked for incoming students who would give our readers “a sense for the quality, spirit, and uniqueness of the students they’d encounter” at a given school. Our goal was for prospective students who read articles like this “to recognize themselves in your students, as well as upend any misconceptions or stereotypes about your school.” Poets&Quants didn’t choose the students. Instead, we relied on the schools who’ve been closely working with the incoming class to share with our readers those students who really the criteria that we laid out. Undoubtedly, they would be a better judge of talent. I felt Yale did an excellent job in giving readers a taste of how diverse and talented their class really is. Their students came from various regions in the United States and the world. Their backgrounds included professions like information technology, teaching, consulting, medicine, military service, public policy, and law. I can only imagine how insightful some discussions might get this fall. You are correct: There are four students with Harvard degrees and three with Princeton degrees — and I’m glad you pointed that out. Call me naive, but I don’t see any real agenda (on either of our parts). We both wanted to show real people — the faces, personalities, and dreams behind class profile numbers. And I hope that I was able to convey this. Also, there is no escaping that Yale is indeed an ascending school, no different than Booth a decade ago (Their apps jumped by nearly 700 – a sure sign that, perception-wise, their prestige is certainly growing among prospective students). Yale SOM has a vision and a unique proposition. At Poets&Quants, we are curious to see how this plays out in the coming years. Again, I appreciate that you reached out tonight and I hope you had a great holiday. – Jeff

  • YaleSomer

    what are the chances guest111 goes to UNC or Michigan. I’d say 95%. How many Harvard/Princeton/Yale grads at either one of those schools. 0? 2?

  • guest111

    Out of the 10 students, almost half came from Harvard and another from Princeton. Seems like this group was cherry picked from the 350+ class to portray SOM as a super elite b-school. This seems like super biased reporting/advertising.