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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Preliminary Profile of the MBA Class of 2019*

Admissions
Total MBA Enrollment 941
Applications 10,351
% Admitted 11%
Yield 91%

Class Composition

Women 394 42%
US Ethnic Minorities** 242 26%
International** 331 35%
Average Age 27
Countries represented

Domestic Universities

INt'l Universities
70

147

157
GMAT - Middle 80% 700-770
Median GMAT


Average GPA***
730


3.71

Citizenship

North America 651 69%
United States 610 65%
Asia 130 14%
Europe 95 10%
Central/South America 40 4%
Africa 16 2%
Oceania 9 1%

Educational Background

STEM 338 36%
Economics/Business 421 45%
Humanities/Social Sciences 182 19%

Pre-MBA Industry

Consulting 147 16%
Consumer Products 59 6%
Energy/Extractive Minerals 59 6%
Financial Services 103 11%
Gov't, Education, & Non-Profit 68 7%
Health Care/Biotech 67 7%
High Tech/Communications 141 15%
Industrial/Heavy Manufacturing 49 5%
Military 40 5%
Other Services 66 7%
Venture Capital/Private Equity 142 15%

*As of 6/8/2017 - subject to change; numbers will be final in late August 2017 after the Class of 2019 officially matriculates

**Includes U.S. permanent residents

***Based on 653 students whose schools used a 4.0 grading scale

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