The Leonard N. Stern School of Business is located in the center of New York University’s main campus in Manhattan, New York. With a prime location in Greenwich Village and proximity to Wall Street, even applicants appreciate the “fantastic energy” of the program and its student body.
Of the 3,781 applicants hoping to join the lively and diverse community, 375 enrolled in the Class of 2020. The group arrived on campus this fall with an average of 5.3 years of work experience, though Stern is also open to fresh graduates. William Berkley, the chairman of NYU’s Board of Overseers, donated $10 million in 2013 to fund a scholarship for college seniors who wished to enroll directly into business school following their undergraduate studies. Each year, four to six college seniors receive full-tuition scholarships, a housing stipend and an additional $10,000 per year for books.
Stern seeks applicants with both IQ and EQ (emotional intelligence) to join their vibrant community. The Class of 2020 boasts an average GMAT score of 716 and an average GPA of 3.45. Over a quarter of the new class had majored in business and another 22 percent had studied engineering, math or science. Economics was chosen by a fifth of the class and the remaining 31 percent spread across humanities, social sciences, the arts and other majors. Beyond these test scores and academic studies, each candidate had to secure EQ endorsements as part of the application process (one from a current supervisor and another advocate).
Thirty-five percent of the latest class is comprised of women. Overall, the student body represents 39 countries, with 39 percent maintaining international citizenship—whether as a foreign national, dual citizen or U.S. permanent resident. Twenty-nine percent of the students identify as minorities, 13 percent of whom are underrepresented minorities. Finally, 7 percent are U.S. Military veterans or on active duty.
Out of this diverse group, we are pleased to present Real Humans of NYU Stern’s MBA Class of 2020.