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Kellogg Releases 2020 MBA Class Profile

Earlier this year, USC’s Marshall School of Business became the first major U.S. business school to enroll a class with as many women as men.

Now, Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management continues 2018’s trend of progress toward gender parity in the world of top B-schools, announcing that 46 percent of its newest MBA cohort are women. That figure is a record for Kellogg and a boost of 4 percentage points from last year.

The demographic statistics on Kellogg’s Class of 2020 were released as part of a profile of the school’s incoming full-time MBA cohort. Of the 478 students in the class, 1 in 3 is an international student. Twenty-seven percent of U.S. students are minorities.

As you’d expect, Kellogg’s latest MBA class boasts impressive academic credentials. The average GMAT is 732 although students enrolled with GMATs as low as 590 and as high as 790. Meanwhile, the average GPA is 3.6.

Half of MBA students bound for Kellogg this year majored in economics or business. Twenty-nine percent were STEM majors while 26 percent focused their undergrad studies in the humanities.

These students’ range of work backgrounds mirrors their diverse set of interests. The most popular industry, consulting, accounts for just 24 percent of the class.

Next up are finance, at 19 percent, and tech, at 13 percent. The remaining students draw their work experience from industries including nonprofit, consumer products, healthcare and several others.

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Regardless of what industries they come from, though, most students in Kellogg’s Class of 2020 do have substantial work experience. The average amount of work experience is 5.1 years, with 80 percent of students having between 3.5 and 7 years of work experience.

Kellogg is one top business school that releases a class profile for its part-time MBA class as well. Comparing this data with the full-time MBA profile can be interesting although the school hasn’t released a profile for this year’s incoming part-time MBA class yet.

According to last year’s data, Kellogg’s part-time MBA students are older (29.5 on average) with more work experience (6). However, the part-time MBA class tends to lag in diversity, both along the lines of gender (27 percent women) and race (20 percent minority students).

Kellogg’s most recent full-time MBA cohort represents a step forward in gender representation and continues the school’s tradition of academic excellence. These students arrive on campus as the school is in a period of transition, having appointed an interim dean in July.

So far, the composition of this year’s class doesn’t suggest any major changes underway in who is choosing to attend Kellogg. If you have questions about whether Kellogg is a good fit for you and how you can best make a case for a spot in next year’s MBA class, contact us at EXPARTUS for a free assessment!