Darden | Mr. Engineer Consultant
GMAT 730, GPA 3.47
Stanford GSB | Mr. Systems Change
GMAT 730, GPA 4
Tuck | Mr. Consulting To Tech
GMAT 750, GPA 3.2
Stanford GSB | Mr. Navy Officer
GMAT 770, GPA 4.0
Harvard | Mr. Public Finance
GMAT 720, GPA 3.9
Harvard | Ms. Ambitious Hippie
GRE 329, GPA 3.9
Harvard | Mr. Milk Before Cereals
GMAT 710, GPA 3.3 (16/20 Portuguese scale)
Harvard | Mr. Sales To Consulting
GMAT 760, GPA 3.49
INSEAD | Ms. Hope & Goodwill
GMAT 740, GPA 3.5
INSEAD | Mr. Airline Captain
GMAT 740, GPA 3.8
Harvard | Ms. Almost Ballerina
GRE ..., GPA ...
Harvard | Mr. Startup
GRE 327, GPA 3.35
Stanford GSB | Mr. MBB to PM
GRE 338, GPA 4.0
IU Kelley | Ms. Biracial Single Mommy
, GPA 2.5/3.67 Grad
Darden | Ms. Unicorn Healthcare Tech
GMAT 730, GPA 3.5
Stanford GSB | Mr. MBA Class of 2023
GMAT 725, GPA 3.5
Chicago Booth | Mr. Guy From Taiwan
GRE 326, GPA 3.3
Stanford GSB | Mr. Energy Reform
GMAT 700, GPA 3.14 of 4
Ross | Mr. Verbal Engineer
GMAT 710, GPA 3.3
UCLA Anderson | Ms. Packaging Manager
GMAT 730, GPA 3.47
Kellogg | Mr. Danish Raised, US Based
GMAT 710, GPA 10.6 out of 12
Wharton | Mr. Sr. Systems Engineer
GRE 1280, GPA 3.3
Chicago Booth | Mr. Semiconductor Guy
GMAT 730, GPA 3.3
Harvard | Mr. Polyglot
GMAT 740, GPA 3.65
Duke Fuqua | Mr. Enlisted Undergrad
GRE 315, GPA 3.75
Stanford GSB | Mr. Rocket Scientist Lawyer
GMAT 730, GPA 3.65 Cumulative
Darden | Mr. Stock Up
GMAT 700, GPA 3.3

Fewer Women In MBA Applicant Pool

women-careerThe Graduate Management Admission Council said yesterday (Sept. 29) that the number of women applicants in 2014 fell slightly for full-time, two-year MBA programs. The proportion of women in the applicant pool dropped to 37% this year vs. 39% in 2013.

Wharton recently reported a slight fall in the percentage of women enrolled in its full-time MBA Class of 2016. The school had set a record in 2011 among the world’s elite business schools for having the highest percentage of females in an entering MBA class: 44.7%. This year, however, the percentage fell to 40%, from 42% a year ago. Harvard Business School maintained its 41% level of representation in its just-entered class of MBAs.

Graduate business schools that participated in GMAC’s just published Application Trends Survey received a combined total of 106,877 applications from women, which represents 38% of the 2014–2015 applicant pool and is consistent with proportions seen in recent years, according to GMAC.

Although women represent 43% of all GMAT exams taken worldwide, the proportion of women applying to graduate business school in this year’s incoming cycle varies significantly by program type. GMAC said that women make up a majority of students in master’s programs in marketing and communications (65%), accounting (62%), and management (54%). In master’s of accounting programs, there was a year-over-year increase of three full percentage points from 59% in 2013.

GMAC said that women also represent 40% or more of the applicants in part-time lockstep MBA programs (41%), part-time self-paced MBA programs (40%), flexible MBA programs (43%), and master of finance programs (46%).

GMAC said that testing year 2013 marked the fifth year in a row that women broke the 100,000 mark in the number of GMAT exams taken.


Source: GMAC 2014 Application Trends Survey

Source: GMAC 2014 Application Trends Survey


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.