McCombs School of Business | Ms. Registered Nurse Entrepreneur
GMAT 630, GPA 3.59
Wharton | Mr. Rates Trader
GMAT 750, GPA 7.6/10
Tuck | Mr. Engineer To Start-up
GRE 326, GPA 3.57
Columbia | Mr. RE Investment
GMAT 720, GPA 3.0
Harvard | Ms. Big 4 M&A Manager
GMAT 750, GPA 2:1 (Upper second-class honours, UK)
Wharton | Mr. Firmware Engineer
GMAT 730, GPA 9.04 (scale of 10)
Duke Fuqua | Mr. Captain CornDawg
GRE 305, GPA 4.0
Tepper | Ms. Coding Tech Leader
GMAT 680, GPA 2.9
Harvard | Mr. Tech Start-Up
GMAT 720, GPA 3.52
Chicago Booth | Mr. Banker To CPG Leader
GMAT 760, GPA 7.36/10
Chicago Booth | Mr. Desi Boy
GMAT 740, GPA 3.0
Stanford GSB | Mr. Impactful Consultant
GMAT 730, GPA 3.7
Kellogg | Mr. Hopeful Engineer
GMAT 720, GPA 7.95/10 (College follows relative grading; Avg. estimate around 7-7.3)
Rice Jones | Mr. Simple Manufacturer
GRE 320, GPA 3.95
Chicago Booth | Mr. Corporate Development
GMAT 740, GPA 3.2
Stanford GSB | Mr. Former SEC Athlete
GMAT 620, GPA 3.8
Tuck | Mr. Army To MBB
GMAT 740, GPA 2.97
Columbia | Mr. Forbes 30 Under 30
GMAT 730, GPA 3.4
Stanford GSB | Mr. MBB Advanced Analytics
GMAT 750, GPA 3.1
Ross | Mr. Leading-Edge Family Business
GMAT 740, GPA 2.89
Darden | Mr. Logistics Guy
GRE Not taken Yet, GPA 3.1
Kellogg | Mr. Stylist & Actor
GMAT 760 , GPA 9.5
Columbia | Mr. Ambitious Chemical Salesman
GMAT 720, GPA 3.3
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

Meet The Cambridge MBA Class of 2016

Members of the Cambridge Judge Class of 2016

Members of the Cambridge Judge Class of 2016

How is this for a brand?

Picture a 900 year-old university, chartered six years before the Magna Carta, that has withstood reformations, revolts, and wars. Your faculty and alumni have included Sir Isaac Newton, Stephen Hawking, Charles Darwin, William Wordsworth, and Jane Goodall. Steeped in tradition, your brand carries the aura of renown and prestige. Like Oxford, your name is considered as distinctively British as the Union Jack and The Beatles.

In a nutshell, that is the University of Cambridge brand. In contrast, the Judge Business School is more like a startup. Now celebrating its 25th anniversary, Judge graduated its first MBA class in 1994. Despite its late start, Judge has quickly vaulted into the top echelon of one-year full-time MBA programs. In the 2015 Forbes business school rankings, for example, Judge climbed four spots to rank third among non-American programs. In financial terms, using a metric that contrasts graduate earnings against opportunity costs within five years of graduation, Forbes found that Judge grads gained $158,700 in pay over this period.


Also known as “The Cambridge MBA,” Judge is not your boilerplate MBA program. Despite its renown, it remains relatively small. The school received 875 applications for the 2016 Class and ultimately enrolled 160 students (up 15 students from the previous year). The benefit of such a small intake, of course, is that students receive more personal attention from faculty and staff. Even more, with smaller class sizes, students can develop deeper relationships with classmates, furnishing them with a stronger network over the years. The downside is that the MBA alumni base is a fraction of most of the business schools it compete with.

Conrad Chua

Conrad Chua

That said, the program is technically much larger than it first appears, notes Conrad Chua, head of the school’s MBA admissions and careers. “All MBA students become members of a Cambridge college- a unique differentiator of the University. The college system enables networking and opportunities with outstanding graduate students from across the wider university, and acceptance into a prestigious alumni network reaching over 200,000 worldwide.”

And it’s a truly global network, too. At Judge, 91% of the incoming class hails from overseas. “We continue to design a ‘balanced diversity’ in our class intake,” Chua adds, “with 40 nationalities and the full range of industries represented. Indeed candidates joining us include those from the film industry, military, e-commerce and personal start-ups this year, as well as our strong intakes from consultancy and finance.”


The school also continues to successfully court women. The 2016 Class will include 37% women, up seven percentage points over the 2015 Class. Academically, the Class of 2016 may be Judge’s best yet. Its 690 average GMAT is 10 points higher than the previous class. Overall, 54% of the incoming class comes from the catch-all category of “industry,” with finance (21%), consulting (19%), and the NGO/Not-for-profit/public sector (6%) accounting for the rest.

While Judge’s global cohort resembles INSEAD, its placement efforts take after Booth. About 95% of the 2014 Class received a job offer within three months of graduation, and  “89% [have achieved] switches of at least country, function, or industry sector,” Chua adds, which he attributes to the school’s personalized one-to-one career consultancy.

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

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