Stanford’s MBA Class of 2022 Profile

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This year’s entering MBA class may have gone through a highly unusual admissions cycle, but admission to Stanford Graduate School of Business’s MBA program looks to have remained as competitive ever. 

 

That much can be seen from Stanford GSB’s newly released Class of 2022 profile.

 

The academic credentials for Stanford’s latest MBA cohort are as stellar as ever: a 3.8 average GPA and  733 average GMAT. Fourteen percent already hold advanced degrees while 9 percent are first-generation college graduates.

 

Stanford’s class size has grown a bit, from 417 students last year to 436 this year. In total, Stanford says 7,324 people submitted applications for the Class of 2022, down slightly from the previous year.

 

This year’s class also appears to have significantly more racial and ethnic diversity than last year’s. While 27 percent of last year’s MBA cohort were US students of color, 37 percent are this year. Out of US students only, 47 percent are students of color.

 

Women account for 47 percent of this year’s class, the same figure as last year. International students comprise 35 percent of the class. Although that number is down from 43 percent last year, Stanford points out that international students still represent 66 countries and 70 languages.

 

A typical member of Stanford’s Class of 2022 has 4.7 years of work experience. One in five students have backgrounds in investment management, private equity or venture capital, and a further 17 percent come from consulting. Tech is the third-most common industry, at 14 percent.

 

Sectors such as government and nonprofit, arts and entertainment, consumer products, healthcare, and financial services all have significant representation as well. Overall, Stanford’s most recent MBA class is drawn from 291 different organizations.

 

Releasing their newest MBA class profile, Stanford called its incoming cohort “talented and diverse.”

 

Admissions director Kirsten Moss said that the class’s “diverse experiences and backgrounds will help create a community that is capable of questioning traditional assumptions and envisioning new solutions to the challenges we face.”

 

In other words, top B-schools like Stanford evaluate candidates in the context of what unique perspectives those candidates will add to the campus community. That’s where it becomes important to put together an application that communicates a memorable personal brand to the adcom. 

 

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