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Real Humans of the Harvard Business School MBA Class of 2025

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Find out what it’s like to be a member of the Harvard Business School (HBS) MBA student community in this edition of our Real Humans: MBA Students series. The Harvard MBA Class of 2025 is comprised of 938 students. Women make up 45 percent of the class and 39 percent are international. Out of domestic students and permanent U.S. residents, when counted according to Federal guidelines, 22 percent are Asian American, 10 percent are Black or African American, 11 percent are Hispanic or Latino, and six percent identify as multiracial. Multi-dimensional reporting indicates that 27 percent of students identify as Asian American, 13 percent are Black or African American, and 11 percent identify as Hispanic or Latino. This method also reveals that 63 percent identify themselves as white as opposed to 50 percent under Federal reporting guidelines.

Twenty-five percent of the new HBS class earned undergraduate degrees in engineering. Twenty-two percent hold degrees in business/commerce followed by 21 percent in economics. Seventeen percent had studied math/physical sciences during their undergraduate years. Twelve percent majored in social sciences and four percent in arts/humanities. Based on U.S. schools with a 4.0 scale, the students averaged a 3.73 GPA during undergrad.

Prior to matriculating, the HBS MBA Class of 2025 averaged 4.9 years of professional experience. Seventeen percent of the class comes from a consulting background. Another 17 percent had worked in private equity/venture capital. Thirteen percent came from the tech industry followed by 10 percent each from financial services or consumer products/retail/e-commerce.

When it came time to take the GMAT or GRE, 69 percent opted to take the GMAT. Their median score landed at 740. For the 34 percent of applicants who submitted GRE scores, their median Verbal and Quant scores both came in at 163.

Get to know some new students in the HBS MBA Class of 2025, including their professional journeys and admissions advice, 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.