McCombs School of Business | Ms. Registered Nurse Entrepreneur
GMAT 630, GPA 3.59
Darden | Mr. Logistics Guy
GRE Not taken Yet, GPA 3.1
Chicago Booth | Mr. Desi Boy
GMAT 740, GPA 3.0
Kellogg | Mr. Stylist & Actor
GMAT 760 , GPA 9.5
Stanford GSB | Mr. MBB Advanced Analytics
GMAT 750, GPA 3.1
Columbia | Mr. Ambitious Chemical Salesman
GMAT 720, GPA 3.3
Tepper | Ms. Coding Tech Leader
GMAT 680, GPA 2.9
Wharton | Mr. Rates Trader
GMAT 750, GPA 7.6/10
Harvard | Mr. Irish Biotech Entrepreneur
GMAT 730, GPA 3.2
Stanford GSB | Mr. Cricketer Turned Engineer
GMAT 770, GPA 7.15/10
Wharton | Mr. Planes And Laws
GRE 328, GPA 3.8
McCombs School of Business | Mr. Refrad
GMAT 700, GPA 3.94
Harvard | Mr. Supply Chain Photographer
GMAT 700, GPA 3.3
Chicago Booth | Mr. Banker To CPG Leader
GMAT 760, GPA 7.36/10
Chicago Booth | Mr. Space Launch
GMAT 710, GPA 3.0
Kellogg | Ms. Product Strategist
GMAT 700, GPA 7.3/10
Columbia | Mr. MBB Consultant
GRE 339, GPA 8.28
Berkeley Haas | Mr. Avocado Farmer
GMAT 750, GPA 3.08
Georgetown McDonough | Mr. International Development Consultant
Columbia | Mr. Wannabe Grad
GMAT 710, GPA 3.56
Ross | Mr. Leading-Edge Family Business
GMAT 740, GPA 2.89
Kellogg | Ms. Indian Entrepreneur
GMAT 750, GPA 3.3
Berkeley Haas | Mr. Hanging By A Thread
GMAT 710, GPA 3.8
MIT Sloan | Mr. Captain Engineer
GMAT 700, GPA 2.96
Harvard | Ms. Big 4 M&A Manager
GMAT 750, GPA 2:1 (Upper second-class honours, UK)
Stanford GSB | Mr. Treasury Dealer
GMAT 770, GPA 3
Wharton | Mr. Firmware Engineer
GMAT 730, GPA 9.04 (scale of 10)

Meet NYU’s Incoming Stern Class of 2017

Stern Class of 2017

By now, the 405 incoming full-time MBA students at New York University’s Stern School of Business have been through a scavenger hunt and a dinner on Ellis Island. They’ve witnesses a fireside chat between Dean Peter Henry and MasterCard CEO Ajay Banga, along with “9”–a TED-like series of nine ideas presented by nine different speakers who each have nine minutes to woo the group.

When LAUNCH orientation concludes on Wednesday, Aug. 26th, with a New York harbor cruise, the newbies will have confirmed for themselves the belief that New York City is a dynamic place to reinvent themselves, a hub for culture and commerce commerce and culture where anything is seemingly possible. That may be why Stern uses “An Education in possible” as its slogan. And if any word describes Stern’s Class of 2017, it would be “possibilities.”


On the surface, this year’s full-time MBA class matches up closely to the second years who entered Stern in 2014. Among the 3,696 students who applied for the Class of 2017, 405 will start classes in August. They will assemble in the East Village with a collective average GMAT of 720, a point lower than the previous class. And their average undergraduate GPA – 3.51 – is almost identical to what the Class of 2016 produced (3.52).

Compared to similarly-ranked programs, Stern fares quite well. The school’s average GMAT (720) is actually higher than incoming 2017 classes at Columbia, California-Berkeley (Haas), Michigan (Ross), and Cornell (Johnson). And Stern’s 3.51 average undergraduate GPA is just a shade higher than Columbia’s 3.5, too.

Stern also enrolled students from 62 countries, behind only Wharton and Harvard among the 12 Top 20 programs that had released class profile information. Overall, 38% of Stern’s incoming class comes from overseas, the same percentage as the previous class. At the same time, the school’s percentage of minority students rose by 2% (27% vs. 25%), while its percentage of women slipped by 1% (35% vs. 36%). Bottom line: Stern’s totals mirror averages for these 12 programs in the areas of minority students (27% vs. 27.3%) and international students (38% vs.36.1%), though its female enrollment lags behind the average (35% vs. 39.1%).

Go to next page to access student profiles of this year’s incoming class. 

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