Chicago Booth | Mr. Controller & Critic
GMAT 750, GPA 6.61 / 7.00 (equivalent to 3.78 / 4.00)
Harvard | Mr. Spanish Army Officer
GMAT 710, GPA 3
Said Business School | Mr. Global Sales Guy
GMAT 630, GPA 3.5
Kellogg | Mr. Cancer Engineer
GRE 326, GPA 3.3
Chicago Booth | Mr. Financial Analyst
GMAT 750, GPA 3.78
Columbia | Mr. Chartered Accountant
GMAT 730, GPA 2.7
Kellogg | Mr. PE Social Impact
GMAT Waived, GPA 3.51
Kellogg | Mr. CPA To MBA
GMAT Waived, GPA 3.2
Georgetown McDonough | Mr. International Youngster
GMAT 720, GPA 3.55
N U Singapore | Mr. Just And Right
GMAT 700, GPA 4.0
Stanford GSB | Ms. Sustainable Finance
GMAT Not yet taken- 730 (expected), GPA 3.0 (Equivalent of UK’s 2.1)
Kenan-Flagler | Mr. Healthcare Provider
GMAT COVID19 Exemption, GPA 3.68
Kellogg | Ms. MBA For Social Impact
GMAT 720, GPA 3.9
Chicago Booth | Ms. Future CMO
GMAT Have Not Taken, GPA 2.99
MIT Sloan | Ms. International Technologist
GMAT 740, GPA 3.5
UCLA Anderson | Ms. Art Historian
GRE 332, GPA 3.6
Harvard | Mr. Harvard Hopeful
GMAT 740, GPA 3.8
Yale | Mr. Philanthropy Chair
GMAT Awaiting Scores (expect 700-720), GPA 3.3
Columbia | Mr. Startup Musician
GRE Applying Without a Score, GPA First Class
Chicago Booth | Ms. Entrepreneur
GMAT 690, GPA 3.5
Columbia | Mr. MGMT Consulting
GMAT 700, GPA 3.56
Harvard | Mr. Google Tech
GMAT 770, GPA 2.2
Harvard | Mr. Future Family Legacy
GMAT Not Yet Taken (Expected 700-750), GPA 3.0
Wharton | Mr. Big 4
GMAT 770, GPA 8/10
Rice Jones | Mr. ToastMasters Treasurer
GMAT 730, GPA 3.7
Harvard | Mr. Public Health
GRE 312, GPA 3.3
Kellogg | Mr. Hopeful Admit
GMAT Waived, GPA 4.0

New HBS Record For Female Admits

Some 50 years after women were first admitted to its full-time MBA program, Harvard Business School plans to welcome an unprecedented number of women to its entering class this fall. The school, in releasing a “sneak preview” of the Class of 2014, said that women will represent 40% of the incoming 925 MBA students, up from last year’s record 39% and the year-earlier total of 36%.

The new record coincides with the school’s plans to commemorate the 50th anniversary with a series of special events, programs, and exhibitions that explore the past, present, and future of women in leadership in business and civic life. It’s a significant change from only a few years ago. Only 28% of the Class of 1995 was female, and in 1975, just 11 percent of the class was composed of women.

Harvard’s new record is still shy of the near 45% mark achieved last year by Wharton, which has the highest percentage of women in any prestige full-time MBA program.

Deirdre Leopold, Harvard’s managing director of admissions and financial aid, noted that the class profile is preliminary. “We anticipate that we will both lose a few people to other plans and be able to add a few from the waitlist,” she wrote in a post on her admissions blog. “We will post a final profile when classes begin in September.”

HBS NOW ACCEPTING 13% OF APPLICANTS, UP FROM 10% TWO YEARS AGO

Harvard managed to accomplish the increase in a year when applications fell for the second year in a row. Applications dropped by 3.9% to 8,963 last year after a bigger 10% drop for the Class of 2013 to 9,331 applications from 10,368 for the Class of 2012. The result: Harvard’s acceptance rate climbed to 13%, up a single percentage point from the year earlier and three points from two years ago.

The school said it expects the yield rate for the class—the percentage of accepted applicants who enroll at Harvard—to be 90%, up a single percentage point from the two previous years.

After a fairly significant decline last year in enrolled students with finance backgrounds, Harvard reported a slight increase for the incoming class. Admits with private equity and venture capital backgrounds, who had fallen by five full percentage points last year to 13% from 18%, were back up again. The school’s percentage of those admits rose by three percentage points to 16% of the Class of 2014.

GMAT SCORES FOR ADMITS RANGED FROM 570 TO 790

The school’s median GMAT score remained the same—at 730. Harvard said Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) scores for its admitted candidates ranged from a low of 570 to a high of 790. That compares with a range of 490 to 790 last year, and 510 to 790 a year earlier. The average age of an incoming MBA remained stable at 27 years old.

Some 69 countries will be represented in the Class of 2014 from 133 domestic undergraduate institutions and 137 international institutions. International admits fell slightly to 32% of the class, down from 34% last year. Minorities will represent 24% of the class, up a single percentage point from 23% for the Class of 2013.

The single biggest chunk of the Class of 2014 will have worked in the consulting business (20%), followed by private equity and venture capital (16%), and financial services (12%). Other pre-MBA industry experience is high tech/communications (9%), government, education and non-profits (9%), healthcare/biotech (7%), industrial/heavy manufacturing (7%), consumer products (6%), military (5%), energy/extractive minerals (4%), and other services (5%).

Economics and business undergraduate majors led in educational background again, composing 43% of the admits in the Class of 2014. They were followed by STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) undergrads who will make up 34% of the class, and humanities and social sciences undergrads who total 22%.

Harvard said that 72% of the new class are citizens of North America, with 68% being U.S. citizens, up two percentage points from 66% last year. Asia citizens represent 12% of the total, down from 13% last year, while 10% are from Europe. Central and South Americans total 3% of the class, citizens from Oceania make up 2%, while citizens from Africa compose 1% of the class.

(See following page for a table that shows how this year’s stats compare with previous years)

About The Author

John A. Byrne is the founder and editor-in-chief of C-Change Media, publishers of Poets&Quants and four other higher education websites. He has authored or co-authored more than ten books, including two New York Times bestsellers. John is the former executive editor of Businessweek, editor-in-chief of Businessweek. com, editor-in-chief of Fast Company, and the creator of the first regularly published rankings of business schools. As the co-founder of CentreCourt MBA Festivals, he hopes to meet you at the next MBA event in-person or online.