Wharton | Mr. Rates Trader
GMAT 750, GPA 7.6/10
Columbia | Ms. Growth Strategy
GMAT 700, GPA 3.83
Emory Goizueta | Mr. English Teacher
GMAT 680 (plan to re-take), GPA 3.78
Harvard | Mr. Brightside
GMAT 760, GPA 3.93
Harvard | Ms. Social Enterprise/Healthcare
GRE 324, GPA 3.5
McCombs School of Business | Mr. Dyslexic Salesman
GMAT 720, GPA 2.9
Kenan-Flagler | Mr. 10 Years In Finance
GMAT Not Required / Waived, GPA 2.65
McCombs School of Business | Ms. Registered Nurse Entrepreneur
GMAT 630, GPA 3.59
Harvard | Mr. Australian Navy
GMAT 770, GPA 3.74
Harvard | Mr. Supply Chain Photographer
GMAT 700, GPA 3.3
Stanford GSB | Mr. Former SEC Athlete
GMAT 620, GPA 3.8
Harvard | Ms. FMCG Enthusiast Seeking Second MBA
GMAT 730, GPA 3.1
NYU Stern | Ms. Civil Servant To Fortune 50
GRE Writing May 31st, GPA Undergrad: 3.0, Graduate: 3.59
MIT Sloan | Ms. Designer Turned Founder
GMAT 720, GPA 3.5
Stanford GSB | Mr. Low GPA To Stanford
GMAT 770, GPA 2.7
Harvard | Mr. Strategist
GMAT 750, GPA 73%, top of the class (gold medalist)
Berkeley Haas | Mr. All About Impact
Harvard | Mr. Forbes U30 & Big Pharma
GMAT 640, GPA 3.4
Wharton | Mr. Asset Manager – Research Associate
GMAT 730, GPA 3.6
Ross | Mr. FP&A
GMAT 730, GPA 3.5
Berkeley Haas | Mr. Hanging By A Thread
GMAT 710, GPA 3.8
Kellogg | Ms. Not-For-Profit
INSEAD | Mr. Big Chill 770
GMAT 770, GPA 3-3.2
Harvard | Mr. Captain Mishra
GMAT 760, GPA 4.0
Ross | Mr. Dragon Age
GRE 327, GPA 2.19/4.0
Wharton | Ms. Type-A CPG PM
GMAT 750, GPA 3.42
Harvard | Ms. 2+2 Trader
GMAT 770, GPA 3.9

Meet The Incoming Kellogg Class of 2017

Incoming MBA students in Kellogg's Class of 2017

Incoming MBA students in Kellogg’s Class of 2017

The 492 MBA students who will step on the lakefront campus next month at Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management will be among the school’s most diverse and accomplished incoming classes since the launch of its MBA program in 1920.

For one thing, 43% of this year’s incoming full-time MBAs are women – a record that is five full percentage points over the previous year. That level of representation by young female professionals ties Kellogg with the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School for the highest percentage of women among the elite U.S. schools.

The number of international students, representing 56 countries and cultures, is also a record this year, with 40% of the class hailing from outside the U.S., up two percentage points from the 38% a year earlier (tying Kellogg with the ever-cosmopolitan Haas School of Business).


While Kellogg has assembled a vast array of diverse viewpoints that will no doubt fuel some compelling classroom debates, the school also has selected what could be the brainiest group of two-year MBAs ever on the Evanston, Ill., campus. The Class of 2017 arrives with an average GMAT of 724 – eight points higher than the previous year and a new record as well. The class’ collective undergraduate GPA – 3.6 – is even a shade higher than intracity rival University of Chicago Booth School of Business.

Some 48% of the incoming students boast undergraduate majors in business and economics, with humanities (27%) and STEM (26%) trailing behind. True to historical form, a quarter of Kellogg’s incoming class has backgrounds in consulting–an area of exceptional strength at the school given the high EQ of its students–with another 21% coming from finance.

The stats in a class profile, of course, rarely tell the full story of the extraordinary people who comprise a full class. And the Class of 2017 is no different. Corey White, who moved up the ranks at Burger King’s corporate office after graduating from the University of Chicago, dreams of becoming a “transformational leader.” Iyembi Nkanza is relocating from Cape Town to Evanston after launching his own software and private equity firms.


Jonathan Goldstein earned an advanced degree at the celebrated San Francisco Conservatory of Music before performing as a percussionist and timpanist with the Chicago and Kansas City Symphonies. But don’t assume that Goldstein is a poet: He has already founded and operated a test prep service and is currently enrolled for a dual MS in design innovation. And Manasa Yeturu, a UCLA alum, joins Kellogg after spending the past six years in social impact, most recently providing entrepreneurship education for girls.

For Kate Smith, Kellogg’s assistant dean of admissions and financial aid, students like these make her optimistic about the coming two years. “These students are truly a snapshot representing the breadth and depth of the Kellogg program – from finance, entrepreneurship, healthcare, private equity, education and more,” she tells Poets&Quants.

“People are choosing Kellogg for the strength of its general management foundation, its global opportunities, the chance to take risks and develop as a leader, and its supportive, courageous and driven culture.  We are thrilled with the composition of our incoming class, including a strong GMAT average, 43 percent women, and diversity of backgrounds, goals and industry interests.  We ultimately select students based on a holistic look at their capabilities, and the diversity of our class reflects this.”

Page 1 of 8