Rice Jones | Mr. Simple Manufacturer
GRE 320, GPA 3.95
Stanford GSB | Mr. Mountaineer
GRE 327, GPA 2.96
Stanford GSB | Mr. JD To MBA
GRE 326, GPA 3.01
Kellogg | Mr. Pro Sports MGMT
GMAT GMAT Waived, GPA 3.78
Berkeley Haas | Mr. Real Estate Developer
GMAT 740, GPA 3.12
Tuck | Mr. Mega Bank
GMAT 720, GPA 3.3
London Business School | Mr. Commercial Lawyer
GMAT 700, GPA 3.7
Yale | Mr. Yale Hopeful
GMAT 750, GPA 2.9
McCombs School of Business | Mr. Microsoft Consultant
GMAT N/A, GPA 2.31
Columbia | Mr. MD/MBA
GMAT 670, GPA 3.77
Harvard | Ms. Tech Impact
GMAT 730, GPA 3.8
Harvard | Mr. Data & Strategy
GMAT 710 (estimate), GPA 3.4
Harvard | Mr. MedTech Startup
GMAT 740, GPA 3.80
NYU Stern | Mr. NYC Consultant
GRE 327, GPA 3.47
INSEAD | Mr. Dreaming Civil Servant
GMAT 700, GPA 3.2
Tuck | Mr. Tech PM
GMAT 710, GPA 3.3
Stanford GSB | Mr. Future MBA
GMAT 740, GPA 3.78
London Business School | Ms. Social Impact Consulting
GRE 330, GPA 3.28
Stanford GSB | Mr. Filling In The Gaps
GRE 330, GPA 3.21
Ross | Ms. Business Development
GMAT Targetting 740, GPA 4.0
UCLA Anderson | Ms. Triathlete
GMAT 720, GPA 2.8
Columbia | Mr. Oil & Gas
GMAT 710, GPA 3.37
Kellogg | Mr. Digital Finance Strategy
GRE 327, GPA 3.47
Harvard | Mr. Banking & Finance
GMAT 700, GPA 3.8
MIT Sloan | Ms. Canadian Civil Servant
GRE 332, GPA 3.89
Wharton | Ms. Energy To Healthcare
GMAT 740, GPA 8.4/10
Duke Fuqua | Mr. Air Force Vet
GRE 311, GPA 3.6

Women MBAs: Change Will Be Slow

SOME LEADING BUSINESS SCHOOLS HAVE SIGNIFICANTLY BOOSTED FEMALE MBA ENROLLMENT

For years, business schools have struggled to increase enrollment of women in MBA programs. Typically, women MBAs constitute little more than a third of the enrolled students in many leading full-time MBA programs compared to nearly half in both law and med schools. But a few schools have made significant progress in admitting larger percentage of women in recent years.

Some 50 years after women were first admitted to its full-time MBA program, Harvard Business School welcomed an unprecedented number of women to its Class of 2014: some 40% of the incoming 925 MBA students, up from the previous year’s record 39% and the total of 36% in the Class of 2012. The latest entering class at Wharton is composed of 42% women. At Darden, women make up only 30% of the Class of 2015.

Bruner says that convincing more women to go to business school would benefit everyone. “Increasing the representation of women in business school programs would enhance the educational experience of both men and women,” he wrote. “Achieving this is constrained by the small numbers and proportion of women seeking education in business. Therefore a priority should be to increase the pool of qualified applicants.”

HOW TO GET MORE WOMEN TO GO TO BUSINESS SCHOOL

He spelled out a list of actions he believes are necessary to get more women MBAs in the pipeline:

▪Improve K-12 education to promote entry into, and graduation from, undergraduate programs.

▪Intensify outreach from undergraduate and graduate business schools to undergraduate students.

▪Expand public and private financial aid for women students.

▪Promote programs that help undergraduate women transition into business careers. These include short certificate programs and one-year “Masters in Management” programs to be taken immediately after undergraduate school.

▪Relax H1-B visa requirements for international women seeking to work in the U.S. upon graduation from MBA programs.

“Our experience at Darden shows that even modest increases in the enrollment of women can have a transformational impact on the character and culture of the educational program,” Bruner added. “Greater representation of women in classrooms, learning teams, and project groups changes the conversation: richer, more diverse, and greater respect for differences. Students (women and men) report higher levels of satisfaction with the learning experience. Faculty report better classroom and team results. And corporate recruiters report greater satisfaction with the pool of talent they encounter. The experience at Darden is confirmed by empirical research elsewhere, some of which was offered as background reading to this meeting.”

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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.