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Real Humans of Carnegie Mellon Tepper’s MBA Class of 2021

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This edition of Real Humans: MBA Students takes us to the pioneer of management science, Carnegie Mellon University’s  Tepper School of Business in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. With a student-to-faculty ratio of 13:1, Tepper boasts personal access to world-class researchers—including a legacy of 9 Nobel Laureates.  Their commitment to community can be seen in the energetic hub that is the Tepper Quad, and the strength of analytics and data-driven decision making in their curriculum led to their recent STEM designation.

Tepper welcomed 200 students to the full-time MBA Class of 2021. The new candidates earned an average GPA of 3.3 during their undergraduate years.  Engineering had been the most popular major, as 34 percent had studied it.  This was followed by business, which 23 percent of the class had majored in.  Another 14 percent had studied economics and 10 percent humanities/social sciences.  Eight percent pursued mathematics/physical sciences and five percent came from computer sciences/information systems.  Overall, the group averaged a GMAT score of 687, with the range landing between 640 and 730 and median score at 700. International students comprise 35% of the Class of 2021, with 28 countries represented. US minority students make up 33% and women 33% of the 2021 class.  They arrived on campus with an average of 5.7 years of work experience.

Clear Admit interviewed 6 Tepper first-years to learn more about their unique paths to Pittsburgh.  Read on for their takes on the community and culture at Tepper, and what they are most excited to experience there.

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.