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 Class of 2016

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 2017

Admissions
Total MBA Enrollment 937
Applications 9,686
% Admitted 11%
Yield 91%

Class Composition

Women 389 42%
US Ethnic Minorities* 260 28%
International* 318 34%
Average Age 27
Countries represented

Domestic Universities

INt'l Universities
64

130

135
GMAT - Middle 80% 700-760
Median GMAT


Average GPA**
730


3.66

Citizenship

North America 665 71%
United States 619 66%
Asia 126 14%
Europe 84 9%
Central/South America 29 3%
Africa 14 1%
Oceania 19 2%

Educational Background

STEM 339 36%
Economics/Business 421 45%
Humanities/Social Sciences 177 19%

Pre-MBA Industry

Consulting 146 16%
Consumer Products 55 6%
Energy/Extractive Minerals 56 6%
Financial Services 107 11%
Gov't, Education, & Non-Profit 79 8%
Health Care/Biotech 67 7%
High Tech/Communications 129 14%
Industrial/Heavy Manufacturing 49 5%
Military 48 5%
Other Services 37 4%
Venture Capital/Private Equity 164 18%

*Includes U.S. permanent residents

**Based on 696 students whose schools used a 4.0 grading scale

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