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.

A Mosaic of Perspectives

The strength of the MBA Program at Harvard Business School relies upon a diverse student body from all walks of life, all industries and functions, and all ways of thinking.

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Profile of the MBA Class of 2019

Admissions
Total MBA Enrollment 928
Applications 10,351
% Admitted 11%
Yield 91%

Class Composition

Women 391 42%
US Ethnic Minorities* 235 25%
International* 327 35%
Average Age 27
Countries represented 70
Domestic Universities 146
Int'l Universities 156
Average GPA** 3.71

Testing Information

GMAT GRE
Percent of class 88% 12%
Score Range
Verbal 30-51 147-170
Quantitative 35-51 151-170
Total Score 580-790 -
Score Median
Verbal 42 164
Quantitative
49 164
Total Score 730 -

Citizenship

North America 642 69%
United States 601 65%
Asia 129 14%
Europe 93 10%
Central/South America 39 4%
Africa 16 2%
Oceania 9 1%

Educational Background

STEM 335 36%
Economics/Business 415 45%
Humanities/Social Sciences 178 19%

Pre-MBA Industry

Consulting 146 16%
Consumer Products 59 6%
Energy/Extractive Minerals 59 6%
Financial Services 101 11%
Gov't, Education, & Non-Profit 62 7%
Health Care/Biotech 65 7%
High Tech/Communications 140 15%
Industrial/Heavy Manufacturing 49 5%
Military 40 5%
Other Services 66 7%
Venture Capital/Private Equity 141 15%

*Includes U.S. permanent residents

**Based on 645 students whose schools used a 4.0 grading scale

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