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Georgetown’s McDonough School of Business Reports Strongest, Most Diverse MBA Class to Date

georgetown mcdonough editedThe full-time MBA class entering this fall at Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business boasts higher test scores and greater diversity than any incoming class in the school’s history, the school announced this week.

“The MBA Class of 2016 is impressive,” Shari Hubert, McDonough associate dean and director of MBA admissions, said in a statement. “In addition to having the highest average GMAT score of an incoming class at our school, they represent diversity of cultures, gender, ethnicity and industry that enriches our student experience by bringing a variety of viewpoints and experiences to our classrooms and the program,” she continued. The 270 students who enrolled this fall were selected from 1,748 applications, representing a 23 percent increase in application volume. The average GMAT score also inched upward three points, to 691.

Females make up a larger percentage of the class – 32 percent, up from 30 last year. U.S. minorities, too, are represented in greater numbers, making up 32 percent of this year’s class, compared to 29 percent last year.

Some other notable stats shared by the school about its incoming class:

  • 55 percent of students are proficient in a second language
  • 74 percent have worked, studied or lived outside their home country
  • International students comprise 41 percent of the class, up from 34 percent a year ago
  • Students hail from 39 different countries

The members of the McDonough Class of 2016 are also diverse in terms of their pre-MBA focus, the school reports. Business, economics, engineering, humanities and social sciences were their top areas of study as undergrads. In terms of industry background, 22 percent come from financial services and 15 percent from consulting, but technology and new media (11 percent), government (10 percent) and not-for-profit/social impact (8 percent) are also all well represented.

Learn more about McDonough’s Class of 2016.