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Real Humans of the UMD Smith MBA Class of 2024

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In this edition of Real Humans: MBA Students, we meet some new members of the University of Maryland R.H. Smith School of Business MBA Class of 2024.

30 students matriculated to the Maryland-based business school program. Eighteen percent are women and half are international. Fourteen percent identify as U.S. minorities. Nine percent had served in the military.

During their undergraduate years, Smith MBAs averaged a GPA of 3.10. Roughly 13 percent had majored in business administration during their undergraduate years. 10 percent had studied mechanical engineering. A couple of Smith MBAs had studied English or electrical engineering. The rest of the class spread out across myriad disciplines, including history, political science, STEM subjects and more.

Before matriculation, the new class accumulated an average of seven years of work experience. Financial services and banking were the most popular pre-MBA fields, at roughly 17 percent. Thirteen percent came from consulting roles. Nearly seven percent each had worked in utilities, military, manufacturing, IT/systems, or government/regulations.

See what six Smith students learned in the admissions process, what they love about UMD and more in the following pages.

Christina Griffith
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.