The B-School Class of 2015: By The Numbers

And what about the makeup of the Class of 2015? At every Top ten school, the largest chunk of incoming students continue to come from financial services. Columbia Business School leads here with 40% of its first-year MBAs with financial backgrounds, including real estate. Wharton follows closely with 39% and then there’s a sizable drop off until you come to Harvard Business School with 31%. The biggest surprise in the numbers? Only 26% of the incoming MBA students at Chicago Booth, for many years known more as a finance school, have worked in finance. That is the tied for the lowest of any Top ten school with Kellogg.

Some schools provide more detailed breakdowns on their incoming students. Harvard, for example, leads in nabbing the most MBAs with private equity and venture capital experience (18%). That compares with 17% at Stanford, and 12% at Wharton. Columbia Business School reports that 7% of its incoming MBA students boast PE work experience.

Columbia, meantime, has the largest contingent of consultants in its new MBA class: 29%. That’s above Tuck (25%), Kellogg (24%), and Haas 22%). Harvard has the lowest percentage–just 19%, surprisingly low given the demand for MBAs from the big global consulting giants.

Portrait Of The Class of 2015  — Industry Backgrounds


2013 P&Q Rank & School   Consulting  Finance  CPG/Retail  Tech   Govt/Military/Non-Profit  Healthcare/Biotech
  1. Harvard19%31%6%11%12%6%
  2. Stanford20%27%11%12%13%5%
  3. Chicago20%26%6%6%11%3%
  4. Wharton20%39%10%6%11%NA
  5. Kellogg24%26%8%6%7%3%
  7. Columbia29%40%11%4%10%3%
  8. Dartmouth (Tuck)25%27%13%9%16%4%
  9. Berkeley (Haas)22%30%6%8%12%5%
10. Duke (Fuqua)18%21%3%4%13%6%

Source: Schools

Notes: An asterisk is an estimate

Portrait Of The Class of 2015  — Undergraduate Backgrounds


2013 P&Q Rank & School     Econ/Biz   STEM   Humanities/Social Science
  1. Harvard44%38%6%
  2. Stanford14%35%51%
  3. Chicago55%21%14%
  4. Wharton25%25%44%
  5. Kellogg46%30%22%
  6. MIT (Sloan)30%51%19%
  7. Columbia29%25%44%
  8. Dartmouth (Tuck)41%30%26%
  9. Berkeley (Haas)43%25%24%
10. Duke (Fuqua)47%33%18%

Source: Schools

Notes: An asterisk is an estimate

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.