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 Students of HBS

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 2018

Admissions
Total MBA Enrollment 934
Applications 9,759
% Admitted 11%
Yield 90%

Class Composition

Women 398 43%
US Ethnic Minorities* 238 25%
International* 329 35%
Average Age 27
Countries represented

Domestic Universities

INt'l Universities
68

141

149
GMAT - Middle 80% 690-760
Median GMAT


Average GPA**
730


3.67

Citizenship

North America 640 68%
United States 605 65%
Asia 125 14%
Europe 100 11%
Central/South America 44 5%
Africa 12 1%
Oceania 13 1%

Educational Background

STEM 358 38%
Economics/Business 383 41%
Humanities/Social Sciences 193 21%

Pre-MBA Industry

Consulting 143 15%
Consumer Products 62 7%
Energy/Extractive Minerals 65 7%
Financial Services 102 11%
Gov't, Education, & Non-Profit 69 7%
Health Care/Biotech 61 7%
High Tech/Communications 136 15%
Industrial/Heavy Manufacturing 49 5%
Military 51 5%
Other Services 58 6%
Venture Capital/Private Equity 138 15%

*Includes U.S. permanent residents

**Based on 671 students whose schools used a 4.0 grading scale

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