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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. SchoolClass SizeCohorts/Sections/ClustersLearning Teams
Arizona State University W.P. Carey School of Business59
Carnegie Mellon University Tepper School of Business231
Columbia Business School847
Cornell University SC Johnson Graduate School of Management304
Dartmouth College Tuck School of Business294
Duke University Fuqua School of Business447
Eli Broad Graduate School of Management at Michigan State University65
Emory University Goizueta School of Business150-180
Georgetown University McDonough School of Business283
Georgia Tech Scheller College of Business79
Harvard Business School1,010
The Haslam College of Business at University of Tennessee–Knoxville51
Indiana University Kelley School of Business157
Marriott School of Business at Brigham Young University145
Mays Business School at Texas A&M University–College Station76
MIT Sloan School of Management450
Northwestern University Kellogg School of Management508
Notre Dame University Mendoza College of Business (avg.)135
NYU Stern School of Business360
Ohio State University Max M. Fisher College of Business61
Owen Graduate School of Business of Vanderbilt University182
Rice University Jones Graduate School of Business178
Southern Methodist University Cox School of Business65
Stanford Graduate School of Business426
UC Berkeley Haas School of Business291
UCLA Anderson School of Management360
University of Chicago Booth School of Business620
University of Georgia Terry College of Business62
University of Michigan Stephen M. Ross School of Business398
University of Minnesota Curtis L. Carlson School of Management89
University of North Carolina Kenan-Flagler Business School296
University of Rochester Simon Business School113
USC Marshall School of Business218
UT Austin McCombs School of Business270
UT Dallas Naveen Jindal School of Management (avg.)55
UVA Darden School of Business351
University of Washington Foster School of Business126
Washington University in St. Louis Olin Business School86
The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania897
Yale School of Management349

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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Schools: Arizona State / W.P. Carey, Berkeley / Haas, Carnegie Mellon / Tepper, Columbia, Cornell / Johnson, Dartmouth / Tuck, Duke / Fuqua, Emory / Goizueta, Georgetown / McDonough, Georgia / Terry, Georgia Tech / Scheller, Harvard Business School, Indiana / Kelley, Michigan / Ross, Minnesota / Carlson, MIT Sloan, Northwestern / Kellogg, Notre Dame / Mendoza, NYU Stern, Ohio State / Fisher, Rice / Jones, Rochester / Simon, SMU Cox, Stanford GSB, U. Chicago Booth, U. Washington / Foster, UCLA Anderson, UNC Kenan-Flagler, UPenn / Wharton, USC / Marshall, UT Austin / McCombs, UVA / Darden, Vanderbilt / Owen, Washington U. / Olin, Yale SOM

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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.

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