Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management has released data for its MBA Class of 2023 – a group of students that admissions dean Kate Smith describes as exemplifying “Kellogg’s commitment to excellence both in academics and representation.”
In terms of academic excellence, Kellogg’s newest MBA cohort indeed boasts an average GMAT of 727, unchanged from last year’s class. With an average undergrad GPA of 3.7, the Class of 2023 narrowly edges out last year’s average of 3.6.
When it comes to demographics, the difference from last year’s class is more pronounced. In fact, Kellogg’s Class of 2023 may well be the school’s most diverse ever, setting records in representation of women, underrepresented minorities and international students.
For example, last year’s class included 40 percent women, but the number this year is up to 49 percent, barely shy of the 50 percent mark that some top B-schools have achieved.
Twenty-three percent of this year’s US students are underrepresented minorities, and 36 percent of the class’s 508 students total come from outside the US.
A typical member of Kellogg’s MBA Class of 2023 brings five years of work experience. For the majority of students, that experience is in financial services (29 percent), consulting (27 percent) or tech (12 percent).
Incoming students’ undergraduate majors are split between business and economics (49 percent), STEM subjects (35 percent), and humanities (21 percent).
What’s not captured in those numbers, though, might be one of the most important ingredients of all – what admissions dean Kate Smith calls “what it means to be a Kellogg leader.”
According to Smith, that means being “a leader who energizes and inspires those around them with their special combination of analytical, creative and social intelligence.”
Such leadership can show up in many different places, as is evident from the Class of 2023’s diverse accomplishments.
Students in the class have launched electric scooter startups, strategized for the National Intelligence Service of South Korea, climbed six of the World’s Seven Summits, and developed a new red blood cell therapy.
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