More women than ever—37 percent—make up the newest MBA class at Cambridge’s Judge School of Business (CJBS), which arrived on campus last week. “While most schools have also seen an increase in the percentage of women students, this is a big jump for us (last year we were at 30 percent with a smaller class),” wrote Admissions Director Conrad Chua on the Cambridge MBA Admissions Blog yesterday. Chua attributed the growth in female MBA enrollment in part to successful outreach by the school’s marketing team.
The incoming class has 157 students, an increase over last year’s 145. Jane Davies, who was appointed this year as the school’s new director of the MBA, called it “restrained growth” in a recent interview with Clear Admit, adding that the school does not want to compromise on quality at all by increasing the number of students. The faculty, too, has grown in size over the past few years, she noted.
With its one-year MBA program, there’s a lot for students to accomplish at Judge between enrollment and graduation. In his blog post, Chua noted that recruiting started even earlier than usual this year. Students’ first eight days on campus included two employer events—whereas in past years employers didn’t come until the third week, he wrote.
“NO ONE HAD A PERFECT APPLICATION”
Chua went on to recount the words he’d shared with a prior entering class, reminding this year’s new students to make the most of their time at Judge and brace for inevitable setbacks along the way. “No one had a perfect application so ultimately, each student was sitting in LT1 because the admissions committee and faculty interviewers had seen some potential in them, and taken a risk that this potential could be developed in Cambridge so that they will become students and subsequently alumni who could build on the school’s legacy,” he wrote. Recognizing their own potential its what will help students bounce back from any setbacks they encounter, he continued.
Stay tuned for our exclusive interview with Jane Davies, Judge’s first-ever female director of the MBA.