Harvard MBA Class Profile [Class of 2020]
Here’s a look at HBS’s Class of 2020 taken from the Harvard Business School website:
Breakdown of Undergraduate Majors (134 Domestic Universities and 154 International Universities):
Breakdown of Pre-MBA Industry
The “big” news in these stats is relatively small: Harvard Business School’s application volume declined from 10,351 in the 2016-17 application cycle to 9,866 in last year’s application cycle, a roughly 4.7% decline. The application volume is still above the volume from 2015-16.
Does this drop mean that it is now “easy” to get into HBS? No. Is it “easier”? A tad, if application volume declines again this year, and I suspect that it will. Application volume tends to be counter-cyclical without the additional impact of ever-increasing tuition and the Trump administration’s immigration policies. So there is opportunity in the decline, but it’s not changing the fundamentals: It’s still very difficult to get into HBS.
Other items of note:
Perhaps the real news here is the stability in the HBS class. Any change is slow and incremental.
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