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 Preliminary Profile*

Admissions
Total MBA Enrollment 948
Applications 9,686
% Admitted 11%

Class Composition

Women 392 41%
US Ethnic Minorities** 262 28%
International** 324 34%
Average Age 27
Countries represented 64
GMAT Score Range 510-790
Median GMAT


Average GPA***
730


3.67

Citizenship

North America 670 71%
United States 624 66%
Asia 128 14%
Europe 88 9%
Central/South America 29 3%
Africa 14 1%
Oceania 19 2%

Educational Background

STEM 343 36%
Economics/Business 428 45%
Humanities/Social Sciences 177 19%

Pre-MBA Industry

Consulting 148 16%
Consumer Products 56 6%
Energy/Extractive Minerals 57 6%
Financial Services 107 11%
Gov't, Education, & Non-Profit 81 9%
Health Care/Biotech 68 7%
High Tech/Communications 131 14%
Industrial/Heavy Manufacturing 49 5%
Military 48 5%
Other Services 37 4%
Venture Capital/Private Equity 166 17%


*This profile is preliminary and is subject to change

**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.