New York University’s Stern School of Business MBA Class of 2025 profile nearly mirrors the record-breaking Class of 2024. The new class earned an average GMAT score of 732, just shy of last year’s record of 733. They also showed their academic strengths with an average undergraduate GPA of 3.61–again, nearly identical to last year’s 3.62. Stern also maintained the diversity of the newest MBA class, as percentages of women, international students and U.S. minorities remained virtually unchanged compared to last year.
Last year, out of 3,553 applicants, Stern admitted 962, setting their acceptance rate at 27 percent, and 324 candidates enrolled for the full-time MBA. This year, out of 3,075 applicants, Stern admitted 966 and wound up at a class size of 327. Here are some highlights of the NYU MBA Class of 2025:
Diversity and Representation
Stern uses the Graduate Management Education (GME) reporting standards, allowing the school to disclose more nuance around race and ethnicity. Multi-dimensional reporting enables students to identify as multiple races or ethnicities, giving a more comprehensive picture of the diversity of the class. While under federal reporting guidelines, African American/Black students comprise seven percent of the US domestic students, multi-dimensional reporting shows it’s nine percent. A third identify as Asian American and eight percent as Hispanic/Latino under multi-dimensional reporting.
Forty-seven percent of the class are US minority students, the same as last year’s class, and 17 percent are historically underrepresented minorities.
The MBA class includes students from 46 different countries based on citizenship. Nearly half, 48 percent, have international citizenship. The number of US military veterans and active-duty members inched up to 13 percent of the class. Women make up 43 percent of students, compared to 45 percent last year. Thirteen percent of the new class identify as LBGTQ+, up from nine percent last year.
|Countries Represented (by citizenship)||46|
|Students with International Citizenship||48%|
|Average Work Experience||5.2 Years|
NYU Stern offers applicants a variety of entrance exams to take. While most (45 percent) still opted to take the GMAT, 22 percent took the GRE. Fourteen percent took the Executive Assessment (up from nine percent last year) and four percent submitted MCAT/LSAT/DAT scores. Six percent of candidates were eligible for the NYU test waiver, and nine percent secured a test waiver.
|Average GMAT Score||732|
|GMAT Score Range||650-780|
|Average GRE Quant Score||163|
|Average GRE Verbal Score||163|
|Percent Taking GRE||22%|
|Percent Taking GMAT||45%|
Professional and Academic Background
The Stern Class of 2025’s average GMAT landed at 732. The composition of undergraduate majors is similar to previous years, with 27 percent of students coming in with a business degree and 27 percent holding a degree in engineering, math, or science. Social science majors make up 19 percent of the class, economics 17 percent, and humanities/art/other students 10 percent.
|Average Undergraduate GPA||3.61|
|Percent majoring in business||27%|
|Percent majoring in science, engineering, and math||27%|
|Percent majoring in social sciences||19%|
|Percent majoring in economics||17%|
|Percent majoring in arts, humanities, other||10%|
The average length of professional careers for the class is 5.2 years, in line with most other US schools. Twenty-six percent of students came from the financial services industry and 12 percent from consulting. Ten percent had worked in the tech industry. Eight percent hailed from the military/government. Six percent each brought work experience from entertainment/media, nonprofit/arts/education, or healthcare/pharma.