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Stanford Graduate School of Business Releases Class of 2014 Profile Information

In a post last week to its MBA Admissions Blog, the Stanford Graduate School of Business (GSB) shared statistics on its incoming class of MBAs. The Class of 2014 revealed some interesting shifts, including an all-time high percentage of international students, a return to more typical levels of U.S. minority student representation after a spike last year and a slight increase in work experience among incoming students.

“There are many reasons for these fluctuations,” wrote Stanford MBA Admissions blogger Victoria Hendel de la O. “With our small class size, even two students can, and do, shift a percentage here or there. But the most relevant factor is that our candidate pool is ever-changing.”

Of the 398 new students who came to campus this year, 42 percent are international students – an all-time high – drawn from 53 countries outside of the United States. U.S. minority representation, meanwhile, fell from last year’s 20-year high of 27 percent to a “more typical level” of 20 percent. “All types of diversity matter at Stanford. Our outreach efforts will continue to foster students whose unique perspectives will enhance our learning community,” Hendel de la O noted.

In terms of students’ career and educational backgrounds, the Class of 2014 showed only slight shifts. “This year, a few more engineers and humanities majors joined the MBA program, with a handful fewer students who studied business,” Hendel de la O wrote, noting that the breadth of undergraduate majors continues to amaze them. The industry mix changed only slightly as well, but the absolute number of schools and organizations represented by the incoming class also topped all previous records, with two-thirds of new students the only people to come from their respective organizations.

Finally, work experience inched up just a little, from 4.0 years last year to 4.2 years this year, representing a 10-year peak.

Hendel de la O underscored the fact that Stanford admits individuals, not categories. “There are no quotas or targets in the admission process, and each applicant is evaluated entirely on his or her own merits. This is why we consider a class profile illustrative, rather than informative,” she said.

Read the Stanford GSB Class of 2014 profile.


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