A truly diverse student body — in background, nationality, interests and ambitions — is the foundation of the HBS experience. Indeed, these differences are critical to the HBS learning model, which thrives on the many perspectives and life experiences our students from all over the world bring to their classes. From academic assignments to casual conversations, the unique qualities of individual lives enrich the education of the entire community.

Get to Know the Students of HBS

We asked first-year MBA students to tell us one interesting fact about themselves. Think you know HBS? These guys surprised even us!

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MBA Class of 2018 - Preliminary

Admissions
Total MBA Enrollment 942
Applications 9,759
% Admitted 11%
Yield 90%

Class Composition

Women 401 43%
US Ethnic Minorities* 244 26%
International* 332 35%
Average Age 27
Countries represented

Domestic Universities

INt'l Universities
69

141

149
GMAT - Middle 80% 690-760
Median GMAT


Average GPA**
730


3.67

Citizenship

North America 645 68%
United States 610 65%
Asia 127 14%
Europe 101 11%
Central/South America 44 5%
Africa 12 1%
Oceania 13 1%

Educational Background

STEM 361 38%
Economics/Business 386 41%
Humanities/Social Sciences 195 21%

Pre-MBA Industry

Consulting 143 15%
Consumer Products 62 7%
Energy/Extractive Minerals 65 7%
Financial Services 104 11%
Gov't, Education, & Non-Profit 72 8%
Health Care/Biotech 61 6%
High Tech/Communications 137 15%
Industrial/Heavy Manufacturing 50 5%
Military 51 5%
Other Services 58 6%
Venture Capital/Private Equity 139 15%

*Includes U.S. permanent residents

**Based on 676 students whose schools used a 4.0 grading scale

For historical information on the MBA class visit these additional statistics.