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. Harvard 19% 31% 6% 11% 12% 6%
  2. Stanford 20% 27% 11% 12% 13% 5%
  3. Chicago 20% 26% 6% 6% 11% 3%
  4. Wharton 20% 39% 10% 6% 11% NA
  5. Kellogg 24% 26% 8% 6% 7% 3%
  6. MIT (Sloan) NA NA NA NA NA NA
  7. Columbia 29% 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. Harvard 44% 38% 6%
  2. Stanford 14% 35% 51%
  3. Chicago 55% 21% 14%
  4. Wharton 25% 25% 44%
  5. Kellogg 46% 30% 22%
  6. MIT (Sloan) 30% 51% 19%
  7. Columbia 29% 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