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 2016 Profile

Admissions  
Total MBA Enrollment 936
Applications 9,543
% Admitted 12%
Yield* 89%

Class Composition

Women 387 41%
US Ethnic Minorities** 228 24%
International** 332 35%
Average Age 27  
Countries represented 73  
Domestic undergraduate institutions represented 139  
International undergraduate institutions represented 143  
GMAT Score Range 510-790  
Median GMAT


Average GPA***
730


3.67
 

Citizenship

North America 635 68%
United States 604 65%
Asia 131 14%
Europe 88 9%
Central/South America 45 5%
Africa 24 3%
Oceania 13 1%

Educational Background

STEM 372 40%
Economics/Business 389 41%
Humanities/Social Sciences 175 19%

Pre-MBA Industry

Consulting 168 18%
Consumer Products 43 5%
Energy/Extractive Minerals 49 5%
Financial Services 129 14%
Gov't, Education, & Non-Profit 75 8%
Health Care/Biotech 67 7%
High Tech/Communications 123 13%
Industrial/Heavy Manufacturing 39 4%
Military 37 4%
Other Services 45 5%
Venture Capital/Private Equity 161 17%


*Yield is calculated by removing students who have postponed to a future year for joint degree, military, or medical reasons.

**Includes permanent residents

***Only based on the schools that use a 4.0 grading scale

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