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Real Numbers of MBA Admissions: Class Size of Top U.S. MBA Programs

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Business schools come in all shapes and sizes and the class size of top MBA programs can be a factor in considering fit. From networking to a tight-knit culture to campus opportunities, class size can reveal much about an MBA program. No matter which program you choose, the top MBA programs strive to ensure relationship building during full-time b-school life.

Some larger programs, such as Harvard Business School and CBS, mainly break the student body down into cohorts/sections/clusters of dozens of students. Other U.S. business schools, like Wharton, also have Learning Teams, groups of 5-6 students who work together their first years, built into the program structure. Learning teams can be assigned for a semester or year. They can stay together for the core classes or even just a long-term project, like for the First-Year Project Course at Dartmouth Tuck. See the chart below for class size of top MBA programs in the U.S. as well as if they have cohorts/sections/clusters and/or learning teams.

U.S. School Class Size Cohorts/Sections/Clusters Learning Teams
Arizona State University W.P. Carey School of Business 59
Carnegie Mellon University Tepper School of Business 231
Columbia Business School 847
Cornell University SC Johnson Graduate School of Management 304
Dartmouth College Tuck School of Business 294
Duke University Fuqua School of Business 447
Eli Broad Graduate School of Management at Michigan State University 65
Emory University Goizueta School of Business 150-180
Georgetown University McDonough School of Business 283
Georgia Tech Scheller College of Business 79
Harvard Business School 1,010
The Haslam College of Business at University of Tennessee–Knoxville 51
Indiana University Kelley School of Business 157
Marriott School of Business at Brigham Young University 145
Mays Business School at Texas A&M University–College Station 76
MIT Sloan School of Management 450
Northwestern University Kellogg School of Management 508
Notre Dame University Mendoza College of Business (avg.) 135
NYU Stern School of Business 360
Ohio State University Max M. Fisher College of Business 61
Owen Graduate School of Business of Vanderbilt University 182
Rice University Jones Graduate School of Business 178
Southern Methodist University Cox School of Business 65
Stanford Graduate School of Business 426
UC Berkeley Haas School of Business 291
UCLA Anderson School of Management 360
University of Chicago Booth School of Business 620
University of Georgia Terry College of Business 62
University of Michigan Stephen M. Ross School of Business 398
University of Minnesota Curtis L. Carlson School of Management 89
University of North Carolina Kenan-Flagler Business School 296
University of Rochester Simon Business School 113
USC Marshall School of Business 218
UT Austin McCombs School of Business 270
UT Dallas Naveen Jindal School of Management (avg.) 55
UVA Darden School of Business 351
University of Washington Foster School of Business 126
Washington University in St. Louis Olin Business School 86
The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania 897
Yale School of Management 349

The class size of top MBA programs figures for this Real Numbers of MBA Admissions: Class Size at Leading U.S. Programs chart are based on the Class of 2023.

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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.