Dartmouth College’s Tuck School of Business today (Sept. 1) announced that a record 42% of its incoming class of MBAs are women, a ten-percentage point jump from only a year earlier. The increase follows reports by several other highly selective schools enrolling record levels of young female professionals.
At Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management, some 43% of the incoming class this fall are female, up five full percentage points from last year’s 38% total. Wharton also said it increased the percentage of women in its new class to 43%, up from 40% last year, while Chicago Booth is up to 41%, compared to just 36% last year.
The substantial increase of women in MBA programs comes after increasing concern that business schools have long trailed both law and medical schools in attracting more women. Tuck, Kellogg, Wharton, Booth, and the Kenan-Flagler Business School at the University of North Carolina, moreover, have been able to reach these new record levels without compromising their average reported GMAT scores. At Tuck, the average GMAT for the class was one point higher than last year at 717.
‘INCREDIBLY DIVERSE, ACCOMPLISHED, AND POISED TO ACHIEVE GREAT THINGS’
“The 2017 class is incredibly diverse, accomplished, and poised to achieve great things both throughout their two years here and in the many years beyond,” said Tuck Dean Matt Slaughter, in a message to the school’s community. “For the first time in Tuck’s history, over 40% of the class—42%, to be exact—are women.”
Slaughter, in his first academic year as dean, also noted that “20% of the class comes from underrepresented groups (a percentage that includes Asian students), while 32% of the class are citizens of countries outside the United States, representing 23 countries around the globe, and 22 of our students from the United States are dual citizens of another country.”
Those numbers represent an increase on the 14% of minorities who entered last year, though the international contingent fell slightly from 35% a year ago, representing 26 countries. Roughly the same percentages of this year’s entering class studied and worked abroad. Slaughter said that 58% had spent some time in a university outside the U.S., down just one percentage point from last year, while 50% worked abroad, up from 48% a year earlier. More than 88% of the Class of 2017 speak a foreign language in some capacity
CLASS IS FILLED WITH STUDENTS WHO BRING ‘A RICH GLOBAL EXPERIENCE’
“With such rich global experience even before beginning their time at Tuck, it is clear that the T’17 class will eagerly embrace the new Tuck GO program, designed to ensure that all Tuck students graduate with a global mindset.”
The average undergraduate grade point average was the same: 3.5. “Academically and intellectually, the class is strong and prepared to be challenged beyond their limits,” added Slaughter. They have worked an average of five years before returning to Tuck. Their average age is 28, with members of the class ranging from 25 to 34.”
This year the school enrolled 286 first-year students, up by five from a year earlier and up by ten from two years ago.