A diverse and intimate class forms each year at the Stanford Graduate School of Business, one of the most selective of leading MBA programs.
Of the 7,324 applicants, 436 ultimately matriculated for Stanford’s MBA Class of 2022. Stanford has made efforts to diversify their student body, which can be seen across international, minority and gender representation. Thirty-five percent of the new class are international and altogether represent 66 countries. U.S. students of color, which includes U.S. citizens, dual citizens, and permanent residents, make up 37 percent of the total class. Students of color are recognized as those who identify as American Indian, Alaska Native, Native Hawaiian, Pacific Islander, Asian American, African American, Hispanic, or multiethnic. Women make up 47 percent of the class.
During their undergraduate years, the Stanford MBA Class of 2022 earned an average GPA of 3.8 (of those reported on a 4.0 scale). Thirty-seven percent had majored in STEM and 44 percent had studied the humanities or social sciences. Eighteen percent earned degrees in business. Nine percent were the first in their families to graduate from a four-year college or university, and 14 percent hold advanced degrees.
Between undergrad and the MBA program, new Stanford students earned an average of 4.7 years of work experience. A fifth came from investment management/private equity/venture capital. Seventeen percent had worked in consulting and another 14 percent in tech. Eight percent brought experience in the government/education/non-profit sectors followed by seven percent each in arts/media/entertainment or consumer products and services. Healthcare also covered seven percent of new students’ experience and another five percent had worked in financial services. Four percent represent a military background. The rest of the class spread out across manufacturing, energy and other fields.
When it came time to take the GMAT, new Stanford MBA matriculants averaged a score of 733, with the range landing at 600 to 790. A quarter of the class opted for the GRE and their reported scores clocked in at an average of 165 Verbal and 164 Quant. For those candidates who needed to take the TOEFL, the average score was 113.
Get to know some of the new members of the diverse Class of 2022 at Stanford GSB in the following pages. From the military to healthcare and more, see what drew these MBA candidates to Stanford.