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Real Humans of UCI Merage’s MBA Class of 2023

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In this edition of our Real Humans: MBA Students series, we head to the University of California, Irvine’s Paul Merage School of Business.

Fifty-one students comprise the UCI Merage MBA Class of 2023. Forty-three percent are women and 27 percent are international. The new class represent 10 different countries.

During their undergraduate years, Merage MBA students averaged a GPA of 3.47. Twenty-nine percent had majored in business/commerce followed by 20 percent in science. Nineteen percent had studied engineering and 14 percent had pursued humanities/social sciences. Six percent each had majored in economics, finance or another discipline.

Merage MBA students averaged five years of work experience and an age of 29 at the time of matriculation. Eighteen percent each came from the tech industry or healthcare/pharma/biotech. Sixteen percent had worked in financial services. Consumer products and government each cover eight percent of Merage MBAs’ professional backgrounds. Six percent or less came from transportation, education/non-profit and other fields.

When it came time to take the GMAT, Merage MBAs averaged a score of 660 with the middle 80 percent of scores ranging from 610 to 690.

See what drew some MBA candidates to the program, what they learned during the admissions process and more in the following pages.

Lauren Wakal
Lauren Wakal has been covering the MBA admissions space for more than a decade, from in-depth business school profiles to weekly breaking news and more.