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Real Humans of IESE’s MBA Class of 2020

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Widely considered one of the top MBA programs in Europe, IESE provides a business school experience that gives students the skills necessary to truly become a leader who leaves a legacy.

The international student population at IESE is large and varied. The IESE Class of 2020 comes from 64 different countries, an increase from the previous year’s 57 countries of origin. In addition to the various countries where students originate, the Class of 2020 consists of 81 percent international students. In terms of geographic origin, the largest percentage comes from Europe, making up 37 percent of the student body. The next largest is Asia with 22 percent. The remaining percentages are 18 percent for Latin America, 16 percent for North America, and 7 percent for all other regions.

This international cohort brings with it a considerable amount of professional experience—5.2 years on average. Fifty-eight percent come from industrial backgrounds and another 23 percent from finance. Eleven percent joined the class with consulting experience while another five percent arrived on campus following entrepreneurial work.

Some of the demographic features of the Class of 2020 are the same as they are in the Class of 2019. The percentage of women has stayed consistent at 32 percent, and the average GMAT score has held steady at 690.

Reviewing these numbers, it is abundantly clear that the students who attend IESE bring diverse knowledge, talents, and skills to Barcelona. The profiles that follow will give some more insight into IESE students, showing their backgrounds, goals, and future hopes for their careers.

Jonathan Pfeffer
Jonathan Pfeffer joined the Clear Admit and MetroMBA teams in 2015 after spending several years as an arts/culture writer, editor, and radio producer. In addition to his role as Contributing Writer at MetroMBA and Contributing Editor at Clear Admit, he was also a co-founder of the Clear Admit MBA Admissions Podcast. He holds a BA in Film/Video, Ethnomusicology, and Media Studies from Oberlin College.