A 12.3% Rise In MBA Apps At Yale SOM

Students working together at the Yale School of Management

CLASS INCLUDES A SILVER MEDALIST AS THE WORLD’S FASTEST DRUMMER

“They dance (from ballet to Bollywood; hip-hop to hula) and play music (including guitar, cello, piano, viola, flute, and guzheng, to name a few instruments), added DelMonico, in a blog post. “Some are professionals, including a saxophonist who graduated from the New England Conservatory, a violinist from the Royal Conservatory of Music, and a drummer who won a silver medal in the world’s fastest drummer contest. Others are not, including an amateur Romanian pan flute player and an aspiring ukulele player. One has perfect pitch, while another describes himself as a failed a cappella singer.

“They are athletes, including an NCAA national swimming and diving team champion and World University Games gold medalist, a Chinese National Women’s single and doubles badminton champion, a third-place finisher in the Thai national table tennis championship, an Austrian professional handball player, a New England Adult Equitation champion, an Academic All-American in Nordic skiing, an All-Ivy League selection in volleyball, a member of the Bruneian national cricket team, captains of the Army baseball and hockey teams, a silver medalist in the Rhythmic Gymnastics World Championships, a representative of Malaysia in the World Junior Tennis Championship, a captain of the 16th-ranked ultimate Frisbee team in the U.S., a nationally ranked U.S. fencer, and a U.S. Collegiate Ballroom Dance champion.

“They run marathons and half-marathons (one on snowshoes), duathlons, triathlons, long-distance triathlons, and even a 205-mile relay race. They travel—one to 48 different countries, others to fewer. One student likes to travel with her stuffed llama, Lola; another with Layla, his self-described “half-horse, half-Golden Retriever”; yet another likes to camp “beyond the reach of cellular signals.”

ONE CLASS OF 2019 HAS READ EVERY ISSUE OF THE NEW YORKER FROM 1936 TO 1946

Yale SOM’s Class of 2019

“One of them placed eighth in the National Spelling Bee; another won the best dressed award in the Korea Wall Street Marathon Competition. One has read every issue of the New Yorker from 1936 to 1946, and another won the bronze medal in the International Mathematical Olympiad. We have others who received honorable mention in 34thInternational Physics Olympiad, first prize in the Chinese National Olympiad in programming, and first prize in the Chinese National Olympiad in information; ranked in the All-India National Science Olympiad; and reached the national round of the Chemistry Olympiad.

“They are foodies—one likes finding under-15-minute recipes; others enjoy bread baking, gluten free baking, central California BBQ, and pour-over coffee. One hosts competitive, themed potlucks—and for those who aren’t into that, another enjoys hole-in-the-wall restaurant exploration.

“They participate in archery, kite surfing, semi-effective recreational basketball playing (his words), sneaker design, amateur dressmaking, quilting, cross-stitch, Mahjongg, boxing, competitive powerlifting, MMA, SCUBA diving, PADI, and longboard surfing. We have Eagle Scouts, fans of French New Wave cinema and Game of Thrones conspiracy theories, certified pilots (including one commercial pilot who is A320 high-altitude endorsed), astro-photographers, and a freelance telenovela translator.

CLASS INCLUDES A COLOMBIAN TAX LAWYER, A SAUDI HEDGE FUND MANAGER

“Their professional credentials are equally diverse and impressive, covering all sectors and a range of industries, including large financial institutions such as Bank of America, Morgan Stanley, and Goldman Sachs; major consulting firms like McKinsey, BCG, and Deloitte; and a host of other employers such as Cummins, Google, Dropbox, Schlumberger, the Peace Corps, World Bank, Unilever, and many others. The class includes a Colombian tax lawyer, a Saudi hedge fund manager, professionals from public finance to the Public Theater, architects, patent holders, doctors, lawyers, an Israeli tank commander, a naval aviator, and an Army Ranger.”

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John A. Byrne

John A. Byrne is the founder and editor-in-chief of C-Change Media, publishers of Poets&Quants and four other higher education websites. He has authored or co-authored more than ten books, including two New York Times bestsellers. John is the former executive editor of Businessweek, editor-in-chief of Businessweek. com, editor-in-chief of Fast Company, and the creator of the first regularly published rankings of business schools. As the co-founder of CentreCourt MBA Festivals, he hopes to meet you at the next MBA event in-person or online.