Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business welcomed 385 students to its Daytime MBA Class of 2025. While last year’s class of 399 students posted some increases in certain measures, this year’s class settled back into the representation found a couple of years ago. There are simply slight dips in women and U.S. minority representation compared to last year–but these figures are still strong for making a diverse cohort now. That said, U.S. underrepresented minority and international representation by primary citizenship increased.
Here are some key elements of the profile:
|Countries Represented (by citizenship)||51|
|Average Work Experience||6.1 years|
*By primary citizenship outside the U.S., does not include dual citizenship.
|Average Undergraduate GPA (Middle 80%)||3.1-3.89|
|GRE Verbal/Quant Combined Range (Middle 80%)||306-330|
|GMAT Score Range (Middle 80%)||670-760|
|Executive Assessment Range (Middle 80%)||146-161|
International Students, Women, and Minority Representation
The Duke Daytime MBA Class of 2025 represents 33 U.S. states and 51 countries. The international student contingent is 47 percent, up from 39 percent last year (this year does not include dual citizenship).
Women make up 45 percent of the class, a three percent dip from last year. U.S. Students of Color—U.S. domestic or permanent resident students who identify as African American or Black, American Indian or Alaska Native, Asian American, Hispanic American or Latinx, Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander, and those who are multiracial or multiethnic—number 40 percent, only a three percent decrease from last year. Historically underrepresented U.S. minority students—U.S. domestic or permanent residents students who identify as African American or Black, Hispanic American or Latinx, American Indian or Alaska Native, Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander, and those who are multiracial or multiethnic—make up 27 percent of the class, which represents a two percent increase over last year.
Academic and Professional Background
During their undergraduate years, 80 percent of the new Duke MBA Class of 2025 earned GPAs within the range of 3.1 to 3.89. Engineering/natural sciences were the most popular majors at 37 percent. Business & accounting followed at 30 percent. Fifteen percent earned degrees in liberal arts and 12 percent in economics. Twenty-one percent of students hold advanced degrees.
This year’s incoming class maintained the high end of the GMAT scores, with scores ranging from 670 to 760. For those who opted to take the GRE, the combined Quant and Verbal range came in at 306 to 330. Finally, the middle range (80 percent) of scores for students who took the Executive Assessment landed at 146 to 161. The program does not report the overall average GMAT, GRE or EA scores.
Prior to matriculating at Fuqua, the MBA Class of 2025 averaged 6.1 years of work experience. Eighteen percent of the class comes from the financial services industry and another 15 percent from tech. Twelve percent had worked in consulting, followed by 11 percent in government. Eight percent had worked in health before matriculating. Six percent came from the non-profit/education field.