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NYU Stern’s Class of 2023 Profile

New York University’s Stern School of Business is out with a profile of its latest full-time MBA class, showing the range of backgrounds and academic stats that this year’s accepted students boast. 

Of the 3,958 students that applied to be part of Stern’s Class of 2023, 771 were admitted, leading to an admission rate of 19 percent. Of those students, 360 chose to enroll. 

Admitted students’ academic profiles are in line with those of other top business schools, with an average GPA of 3.59 and an average GMAT of 729. 

Naturally, there is some variation around those numbers. Eighty percent of admitted students had GPAs in the 3.30-3.90 range and GMATs in the 700-760 range while all students had GPAs between 3.00-4.00 and GMATs between 620-770. 

Students joining Stern’s Class of 2023 mostly took the GMAT (64 percent), but 18 percent took the GRE while a smaller number opted for other standardized tests or standardized test waivers. 

For students who took the GRE, the average quantitative and verbal scores were both 162, with 80 percent of students falling in the 157-168 range for quantitative and the 157-167 range for verbal scores.

Out of Stern’s latest cohort of MBA students, 41 percent are women, and 32 percent are international students. Thirty-six percent identify as minorities while 17 percent are underrepresented minorities.

The youngest student enrolling in the Class of 2023 is 23 years old and the oldest 40, but overall the class’s average age sits at 28. 

The vast majority of students, 98 percent, have some kind of full-time work experience, with 5.1 years being the average. 

Most commonly, that work experience comes from financial services, an industry that accounts for 23 percent of incoming MBA students. Also popular are consulting (12 percent), tech (9 percent), consumer products (9 percent), and government or the military (9 percent).

These stats give a general sense of what profile lines up with a school like Stern, but they don’t capture one of the most important factors for the adcom – your individual story and identity, including what you will contribute to a B-school community.

Besides asking for transcripts and test scores, for example, Stern’s application also requires essays on themes such as your career goals, what “change” means to you, and how to describe yourself with six images. 

For gaining admission to a school like Stern, it’s essential to have not just solid academic stats, but a coherent personal brand that stands out. 

We can help you figure out how to communicate your personal brand – get in touch with us and ask us to provide a free MBA application assessment!

Chioma Isiadinso

Chioma is a former Harvard Business School admissions officer and the CEO and Co-Founder of EXPARTUS, the first MBA admissions consulting company to use personal branding as a key part of the b-school application process. Chioma is the author of The Best Business Schools' Admissions Secrets, one of the leading books on how to successfully navigate the MBA admissions process.