We turn our attention to Nashville, Tennessee, for this edition of Real Humans: MBA Students. Beyond being a mecca for music, this glowing city is home to Vanderbilt University’s Owen Graduate School of Management, which has been a stronghold of MBA talent in the American South.
The 147 students who comprise the incoming Class of 2021 hold median GMAT scores of 680 and undergrad GPAs of 3.36. They arrived on campus with professional work experience averaging 5.3 years. International students comprise 14 percent of the class, including permanent residents and dual citizens; 25 different countries are represented. Women hold a presence of 30 percent and minorities represent 17 percent. Former and current military make up 12 percent of the new class. Just under 80 percent of Vanderbilt Owen’s incoming class received scholarship assistance.
Vanderbilt Owen’s MBA graduates find many doors open to them post-graduation. The Class of 2019 had internship offers at a rate of 100 percent and full-time job offers (90 days after graduation) at 92 percent. Base salaries for Owen graduates average $111,168 with signing bonuses at $26,415. Top companies picking up Vanderbilt Owen’s MBA talent include Amazon, Deloitte, EY, Accenture, Genentech, KPMG, Nissan North America, and North Highland.
Each student profiled in the following pages praises the community and instant connection they felt at Owen. Read on for more about their personal stories, what advice they have about the application process, and what they are most excited about in their own MBA journeys.