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Georgetown McDonough MBA Class of 2023 Profile: More Diverse and More Selective

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Georgetown McDonough has released its fall 2021 incoming MBA class profile, and once again, it is the most diverse and high-achieving class of students the school has admitted. McDonough has increased its enrollment benchmarks for diversity, historically underrepresented minorities, and international enrollment. The class numbers 283, reflecting a 10 percent increase in applications coupled with a seven percent increase in enrollment. An impressive jump in average GMAT scores contributed to the nine percent improvement in the selectivity rate.

Shelly Heinrich, associate dean for MBA admissions, stated in the school’s press release for the incoming McDonough MBA class profile, “Welcoming diverse cohorts of students has been important to the student experience of our MBA for the past four decades, allowing students to continue to learn from one another now and into the future.”

Here are some key elements of the latest class profile:

McDonough MBA Class Profile: Undergraduate Background

Average Undergraduate GPA3.35
Percent majoring in arts, humanities, social sciences16%
Percent majoring in science, technology, engineering, and math30%
Percent majoring in business29%


MBA Fall 2021 GMAT & GRE Statistics

Average GMAT Score704.8
GMAT Middle 80% Range660-740
Average Combined GRE317.9
GRE Middle 80% Range309-328
Percentage Taking GRE48%


MBA Fall 2021 Student Characteristics

Countries Represented (by citizenship)37
International Students37%
Average Work Experience5.3 Years

Representation at Georgetown McDonough

Women make up 32 percent of the MBA Class of 2023. Thirty-seven percent are international students from 37 countries.

Last year’s school records for diversity were broken, as 40 percent of incoming MBA students are U.S. minorities, identified as Black, Hispanic, Asian American, and Native Americans. Historically underrepresented US minorities, meaning Black, Hispanic, and Native American students, make up 20 percent of the class.

Undergraduate and Professional Background

The new record average GMAT score of nearly 705 is a 14-point increase over last year. Students with a business degree make up 29 percent of the class, engineering students 17 percent, and government and international studies majors 14 percent. Humanities degrees are held by 12 percent of students, and economics degrees by 11 percent.

Students in the MBA program are entering with an average of 5.3 years of work experience. They have a variety of industry backgrounds, with 18 percent coming from financial services and 8.5 percent coming from consulting. Former government employees make up 6.7 percent, technology and new media professionals 6.4 percent, and healthcare 4.6 percent to round out the top five. U.S. military service members—both active duty and reserve—and veterans represent eight percent of the class.

Posted in: Class Profile, MBA News, News

Schools: Georgetown / McDonough

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Christina Griffith is a writer and editor based in Philadelphia. She specializes in covering education, science, and history, and has experience in research and interviews, magazine content, and web content writing.

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