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Real Humans of UCLA Anderson’s MBA Class of 2020

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At the UCLA Anderson School of Management, the collaborative curriculum gives students the skills to achieve their goals while the Career Management Center provides one-on-one coaching and access to top-level executives and businesses to help students make a smooth, successful transition into the professional world. Of the 3,423 people who applied to be a part of the supportive program, 360 matriculated in the Class of 2020.

Altogether, the new class averaged 719 on the GMAT and the 80 percent range fell between 680 and 750.  Their middle-80 percent undergraduate GPA range landed at 3.2 to 3.8.  A quarter of students had majored in business as undergrads. Economics and engineering were the next most popular majors, each claiming 18 percent. Sixteen percent had pursued humanities while 12 percent had studied math/computer science.

Most of the Class of 2020 arrives with previous professional experience. The average student has five years of prior work experience. A quarter of students arrived on campus from the financial services field.  Coming in a close second at 22 percent, high-tech was also a popular professional choice prior to the MBA.  Fourteen percent came from consulting, 10 percent had worked in public/nonprofit and another 9 percent had career experience in consumer goods.

The international students hail from 40 different countries and make up 33% of the class—a 3% improvement over the previous year. The latest class is comprised of 35% women, a 3% decrease from the Class of 2019. The percentage of minority students held about steady from the previous year at 29%.

UCLA Anderson historically attracts top-notch talent who can think outside-the-box and the five students we’ve profiled are no exceptions. Rather than continuing to introduce them, let’s step aside and give them space to speak for themselves.

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.