Stanford GSB | Mr. Sustainable Business
GRE 331, GPA 3.86
UCLA Anderson | Mr. Analytics Man
GMAT 740, GPA 3.1
Stanford GSB | Ms. Future Tech Exec
GMAT 750, GPA 3.4
Cornell Johnson | Mr. FinTech Startup
GMAT 570, GPA 3.4
Stanford GSB | Mr. FinTech
GMAT Not Taken Yet, GPA 3.5
Harvard | Mr. Hopeful Philanthropist
GMAT 710, GPA 3.74
Harvard | Mr. MacGruber
GRE 313, GPA 3.7
Darden | Ms. Teaching-To-Tech
GRE 326, GPA 3.47
Rice Jones | Mr. Back To School
GRE 315, GPA 3.0
Wharton | Mr. Microsoft Consultant
GMAT N/A, GPA 2.31
Yale | Mr. Ukrainian Biz Man
GRE 310, GPA 4.75 out of 5
Chicago Booth | Mr. Future Angel Investor
GMAT 620, GPA 3.1
Wharton | Ms. Software Engineer
GMAT 760, GPA 3.84
Harvard | Mr. PE Strategist
GRE 326, GPA 3.6
Harvard | Mr. FBI To MBB
GMAT 710, GPA 3.85
Harvard | Mr. MBB Consultant
GMAT 730, GPA 3.9
Yale | Ms. Impact Investing
GRE 323, GPA 3.8
Chicago Booth | Mr. Cal Poly
GRE 317, GPA 3.2
Darden | Ms. Business Reporter
GMAT 2150, GPA 3.6
Darden | Mr. Former Scientist
GMAT 680, GPA 3.65
Harvard | Ms. IB Deferred
GMAT 730, GPA 3.73
Harvard | Mr. Amazon Manager
GMAT 740, GPA 3.2
Kellogg | Mr. Military In Silicon Valley
GMAT 720, GPA 3.0
Harvard | Mr. E-Sports Coach
GRE 323, GPA 5.72/10
Wharton | Ms. PMP To MBA
GMAT 710, GPA 3.72
Columbia | Mr. CPA
GMAT 720, GPA 3.5
Harvard | Mr. Health Clinic Founder
GRE 330, GPA 3

Introducing The MBA Class Of 2017

Class of 2017

Traditionally, we associate spring with fresh starts. As temperatures climb and the landscape turns green, we behold a world renewed with possibilities. For MBAs, this transformation truly begins in the fall. Bursting with ideas and thirsting to be more, a new class of young professionals stream onto campus as students again, embarking on life-defining journeys. In the coming months, they will step outside their comfort zones. At first, they will feel overwhelmed, stumble, and wonder if they belong. Like MBAs before them, they will persevere and inevitably shine.

And the Class of 2017 will be no different. This month, first-years begin their orientations. A year ago, most were consumed with GMAT prep, self-reflection, interviews, and tying up loose ends. Now, they are looking to seize the moment and make their mark.

Jay Obaze

Jay Obaze

“I want to leave [the Berkeley-Haas community] in a better position than when I arrived,” writes Jay Obaze, a transplanted New Yorker who left a secure gig at American Express to immerse himself in Silicon Valley’s startup culture. And Georgetown’s Tahira Taylor, who volunteered with the Peace Corps before moving into the sharp-elbowed world of advertising, was more blunt about her aspirations. “I want all of my classmates to know who I am.”


Business schools pride themselves on assembling classes with a wide array of backgrounds, and this year’s group of MBA students is among the diverse ever. A review of preliminary class profiles for 12 Top 20 American business schools, including Harvard, Wharton, Booth, Kellogg, and Columbia, shows one thing for certain: Business students are increasingly female and international.

Roughly 39.1% of the incoming students at these top dozen schools are now women, with several schools reporting record levels of female enrollment. For example, Haas’ female population has risen from 29% to 41% in the last two years alone (and five full percentage points at both Booth and Kellogg in the last year). In fact, five Top 10 MBA programs – Harvard, Wharton, Booth, Haas, and Kellogg – all report that 40% or more of their 2017 class is female (with figures from Stanford, MIT, Dartmouth, and Duke not yet released).

Business schools also are drawing different populations. Among schools reporting early data, 36.1% of their 2017 class hail from overseas. American minority populations are also growing, accounting for 27.3% of students in the schools’ sample, with Harvard and Kellogg showing a increase of three percentage points over the Class of 2016.

The top MBA programs also  are enrolling a higher caliber student. In 2002, entrants from the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business averaged a 687 GMAT. Today, that number has skyrocketed to 726. Ten years ago, incoming Kellogg MBAs averaged 700 GMATs. Today, that number has risen to 724 (and schools such as New York University and the University of Texas have experienced similar growth).