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Real Humans of SMU Cox’s MBA Class of 2020

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In the minds of many, Dallas is embodied by three cultural artifacts: the Cowboys, the JFK assassination, and the 80s soap opera. But on the ground, Dallas is a bustling city of business in the heart of the Lone Star State. Jobs are booming, and the future is looking bright. Southern Methodist University has consistently generated many of those future business leaders through the MBA program at its Cox School of Business.

SMU Cox is one of the smaller schools profiled in this series, as its incoming class is only 109 students. The small size of SMU Cox provides students with many benefits. To start, students receive considerable attention and support from the professors in the program. In addition, students have the ability to get considerable hands-on experience at firms around Dallas, thanks to the extensive network that SMU has throughout the city.

Of the 109 members of the Class of 2020, 30 percent are women. Another nine percent are military veterans, and 22 percent are from underrepresented minorities. The students at SMU Cox come from 13 different countries. The students have an average GMAT score of 653 and an average GPA of 3.4. The students come to the program with a considerable amount of professional experience, as they average five years of experience prior to enrolling at SMU Cox.

Although they are a small group, the students who attend SMU Cox know that they have a unique experience in front of them. If one thing becomes clear from these profiles, it will be that these students come from different walks of life and bring with them distinct experiences that inform their approach to business.

Without further ado, let’s meet five of the students who make up the latest class of SMU Cox students.

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.