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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. School Class Size Cohorts/Sections/Clusters Learning Teams
Arizona State University W.P. Carey School of Business 56
Carnegie Mellon University Tepper School of Business 171
Columbia Business School 900
Cornell University SC Johnson Graduate School of Management 283
Dartmouth College Tuck School of Business 297
Duke University Fuqua School of Business 385
Eli Broad Graduate School of Management at Michigan State University 63
Emory University Goizueta School of Business 110-150
Georgetown University McDonough School of Business 258
Georgia Tech Scheller College of Business 70
Harvard Business School 938
The Haslam College of Business at University of Tennessee–Knoxville 51
Indiana University Kelley School of Business 96
Marriott School of Business at Brigham Young University 145*
Mays Business School at Texas A&M University–College Station 76*
MIT Sloan School of Management 409
Northwestern University Kellogg School of Management 529
Notre Dame University Mendoza College of Business (avg.) 137*
NYU Stern School of Business 327
Ohio State University Max M. Fisher College of Business 49
Owen Graduate School of Business of Vanderbilt University 160
Rice University Jones Graduate School of Business (avg.) 166
Southern Methodist University Cox School of Business 65*
Stanford Graduate School of Business 431
UC Berkeley Haas School of Business 244
UCLA Anderson School of Management 296
University of Chicago Booth School of Business 637
University of Georgia Terry College of Business 65
University of Michigan Stephen M. Ross School of Business 379
University of Minnesota Curtis L. Carlson School of Management (avg.) 89
University of North Carolina Kenan-Flagler Business School 253
University of Rochester Simon Business School 96
USC Marshall School of Business 199
UT Austin McCombs School of Business 241
UT Dallas Naveen Jindal School of Management (avg.) 50
UVA Darden School of Business 352
University of Washington Foster School of Business 111
Washington University in St. Louis Olin Business School 83
The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania 874
Yale School of Management 339

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 2025.

*Class of 2023

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