MIT’s Sloan School of Management is the latest top business school to release information on its MBA Class of 2020.
In releasing its class profile, MIT Sloan highlighted its commitment to building a diverse class, an emphasis it shares with other top B-schools. It said that “students’ diversity both shapes and drives the incredible opportunities available for collaboration and learning” at Sloan.
So how diverse exactly is MIT Sloan’s latest MBA cohort? Thirty-eight percent of the 409 students in the class hold international passports, representing a total of 49 countries.
Forty-two percent of the students are women. Unlike most other top MBA programs, MIT Sloan didn’t publish any figures on race or ethnicity in its class profile although program-wide statistics can be found elsewhere on its website.
The school touted its MBA cohort’s diversity, but it could have just as easily pointed to the class’s respectable academics. The average GMAT was 728, and the average GPA was 3.48.
Not included in the profile was information on the average GRE although the middle 80 percent was 158-169 for quantitative and 154-169 for verbal.
MIT Sloan’s MBA class is particularly heavy on engineering degrees, with 31 percent of students completing an undergraduate engineering major. Twenty-one percent majored in economics and 20 percent in business.
Humanities/social sciences, math and computer science are also represented at 14, 7 and 2 percent respectively.
The typical member of Sloan’s newest MBA class has just shy of five years’ work experience – 4.9, to be exact.
Most commonly, this experience is in consulting, an industry that accounts for 21 percent of incoming students. But financial services (19 percent), tech and media (18 percent), and public sector (14 percent) are also common.
MIT Sloan’s Class of 2020 profile is perhaps as notable for the information it omits as the statistics it includes. Not featured in the profile, for example, are numbers on students’ ages and racial demographics.
As Poets & Quants points out, the school’s choice not to release an average GRE score is also increasingly rare.
Still the data the school does provide paint a picture consistent with that of other top business schools: test scores continue to rise, and the school continues to attract a competitive range of applicants from diverse industries.
The sparseness of the information in MIT Sloan’s class profile highlights an important truth about MBA admissions: statistics like average GMAT only tell you so much about the process.
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