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Real Humans of HEC Paris’s MBA Class of 2021

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In this edition of Real Humans: MBA Students, five new candidates explain their journeys to France and more.  We land just 17 kilometers from Paris, where HEC Paris (École des hautes études commerciales de Paris) is housed on a 340-acre, wooded campus with its own Chateau.  The 16-month-long curriculum includes a fundamental stage and a customized stage.  Approximately a quarter of graduates go on to start their own businesses and, according to the 2017 Times Higher Education Alma Mater Index, they have graduated more CEOs of Fortune Global 500 companies than any other European university.

The class size at HEC Paris hovers around an intimate 290.  HEC Paris students come from all over the world, 93% from outside of France. Altogether, the new class arrived on campus with an average GMAT score of 688.  This international campus celebrates diversity with “cultural weeks” that feature cuisines and festivities practiced by the international student body at HEC.  Students may also enjoy a multitude of clubs including Africa Club, Asia Pacific Business Club, Energy Club or Women in Leadership Club.  The majority of HEC graduates enter the audit & consulting sections (35%) or the financial services sector (23%). HEC Paris feeds into additional sectors, including information technology, consumer goods, government/public sector, retail, and media/entertainment.

Clear Admit spoke with 5 students from the incoming class to learn more about their unique paths to Paris and plans after HEC Paris.  Read on for their stories.

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.