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Real Humans of SMU Cox’s MBA Class of 2021

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It’s time to meet another cohort in our series, Real Humans: MBA Students, and this time we’re heading south to Texas. There, Southern Methodist University’s Cox School of Business is known for its tight-knit community and world-class faculty. Located in the dynamic business hub of Dallas, Texas, SMU Cox draws students from a variety of backgrounds seeking personalized attention as part of their MBA experience.

The 115 members of the Class of 2021 arrived on campus with an average of 4.5 years of work experience.  Thirty-four percent of the new students are women, and 20 percent are underrepresented minorities.  Altogether, the new class represents 18 different countries.  During their undergraduate years, the class averaged a 3.3 GPA. 80 percent scored between 600 and 710 on the GMAT, with the median score landing at 652.

SMU Cox proudly reports that nearly three-quarters of the new students received scholarships.  Scholarship awards averaged around $48,000.  Post-MBA, SMU Cox graduates average $103,000 in salaries, and average signing bonus around $18,000

SMU Cox first-year students bring industry-specific insights and collaborative values to match the reputation of SMU Cox’s community. Let’s meet a few members of the Class of 2021 and hear more about their journey to SMU Cox, including what stands out about the program and their advice about the admissions process.

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.