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Haas’s MBA Class of 2019

Posted by Chioma Isiadinso

The University of California, Berkeley’s Haas School of Business has welcomed its MBA Class of 2019. And at 284 students, it’s the school’s largest MBA class yet!

If 284 people doesn’t seem like an overwhelmingly large student body to you, you’re right – Haas is known for its small MBA class sizes.

But while the school’s MBA class has grown in quantity, it doesn’t seem to have sacrificed any quality. According to data from the school, this year’s average GMAT score is up to 725, and the average GPA is now at 3.71.

This year’s GMAT scores range between 640 and 780, and the range in GPAs is from 3.07 to 4.0. For those speaking English as a second language, the average TOEFL is 110.

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An even 40 percent of the class are women, and 29 percent are U.S. minorities. Thirty-nine percent are international students, and these students represent 42 countries in total.

Unsurprisingly, every single student admitted to this year’s class holds a bachelor’s degree. More interestingly, 12 percent have master’s degrees, and 1 percent have degrees in law.

Business and economics were the most popular areas of undergraduate study for Haas MBAs, at 21 percent apiece. Fifteen percent of Haas’s newest cohort majored in engineering, 10 percent in social sciences.

The remaining students majored in humanities, natural sciences, computer science, math and “other,” at  8, 6, 3, 2 and 14 percent respectively.

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The typical student in Haas’s Class of 2019 is 28 years old, with five years of post-university work experience.

Most commonly, this work experience is in consulting (25 percent of students) or banking and financial services (20 percent). But tech, healthcare and non-profit are also popular options, at 7 percent each. And a whole range of other industries from consumer products to military are also represented.

Haas’s latest group of MBA students also boasts a diverse range of accomplishments. One of them ran the almost 3,000 miles from San Francisco to New York City this summer. Another leads a team at Intel working on self-driving cars, and yet another is COO at an organic children’s food company.

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As part of their orientation, the Class of 2019 participated in Haas’s inaugural “Week Zero.” Each day of Week Zero takes as a theme one of Haas’s four defining principles: question the status quo, confidence without attitude, students always and beyond yourself.

According to Morgan Bernstein, Haas’s director of MBA admissions, this culture is what makes the school unique: “Top students from around the world with diverse backgrounds and amazing accomplishments continue to choose us for our distinctive culture. No one else has the culture and community that we do.”