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Kellogg MBA Class Profile: Surge in Applications Yields Supersized Class of 2022

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The MBA Class of 2022 Profile for Northwestern Kellogg has been released and presents a group of students diverse in gender, race, and culture. In recognition of the challenges students faced during the application process due to the pandemic, Kellogg had made the decision to waive testing requirements for Round 3 full-time applicants. This year the school saw a 54 percent increase in applications, resulting in 559 students enrolled in the Class of 2022. In comparison, the Class of 2021 is comprised of 474 students.

Classes are being held in a hybrid format at its recently completed flagship building, the Global Hub. Here are some key elements of the Kellogg MBA class profile for 2022:

Kellogg MBA Class Profile: Undergraduate Background

Average Undergraduate GPA 3.6
Percent majoring in arts, humanities, social sciences 28%
Percent majoring in science, technology, engineering, and math 29%
Percent majoring in business 52%

Kellogg MBA Class of 2022 GMAT & GRE Statistics

Average GMAT Score 727
GMAT Score Range 640 – 770
GRE Quant Median 163
GRE Quant Range 151 – 170
GRE Verbal Median 163
GRE Verbal Range 150 – 169

Kellogg MBA Class Profile: Student Characteristics

Women 40%
Countries Represented (by citizenship) 48
International Students 26%
Average Work Experience 60 months

International Students, Women, and Minority Representation

International students hail from 48 countries and make up 26 percent of the Northwestern MBA class profile. Recruiting efforts have resulted in a record number of women enrolling at Kellogg, who now make up 40 percent of the class.

Kellogg is reporting race and ethnicity data according to federal guidelines in addition to multi-dimensional reporting, which allows students who identify as multiple races and ethnicities to be represented more accurately. As a result, under federal guidelines, the U.S. minority racial and ethnic breakdown is 17 percent Asian American, 6 percent Black, 8 percent Hispanic, and 3 percent multi-race. Multi-dimensional reporting reveals that 1 percent of the U.S. student body are indigenous peoples of North America, Hawaii, and other Pacific Islands who would otherwise not be represented in the data.

Professional and Academic Background

The class boasts some stellar individual experiences including an Olympian, the designer of the first Pride-themed can for Bud Light, a veteran who executed a highly successful counterinsurgency operation in Afghanistan, and a #1 ranked tennis player from Mexico.

Twenty-nine percent of the class were STEM majors in their undergraduate academic career. Over half the class, 52 percent, hold a degree in business or economics, while 28 percent majored in the humanities. For statistical purposes, double majors are counted in both categories.

The career paths that brought students to Kellogg are much more varied. Twenty-six percent were working in consulting and 22 percent came from financial services. Fifteen percent were working in the technology sector. Six percent came from government, education, and non-profit and another 6 percent from the media and entertainment industry. The remaining 27 percent is divided among consumer products, health, manufacturing, the military, energy, and 10 percent classified as other.

Christina Griffith
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