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Stanford Releases MBA Class of 2023 Profile

Stanford Graduate School of Business tied for first in this year’s US News MBA ranking, and the school’s latest MBA class is bringing numbers worthy of that status, as a newly released class profile reveals. 

Specifically, Stanford GSB’s Class of 2023 arrives on campus with an average GMAT of 738 and an average undergraduate GPA of 3.78. 

About one in five incoming MBA students already holds an advanced degree. While students’ undergraduate areas of study run the gamut from economics to sciences to humanities, the most common is engineering, which represents a quarter of the class. 

Students who opted to take the GRE instead of the GMAT averaged 165 verbal and 165 quantitative. 

Members of Stanford GSB’s newest MBA cohort come from all over the world, speaking 66 languages altogether and representing 63 countries. Nearly half the class (47 percent) are international students. 

Among students from the US, 48 percent identify as students of color – including Asian (23 percent), Hispanic/Latino (12 percent), Black (5 percent), and Multi-Race (7 percent). 

Forty-four percent of Stanford’s Class of 2023 are women, which falls short of the 50 percent mark reached this year by the school that tied Stanford for first in US News’s MBA ranking, the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School.

A typical student in Stanford GSB’s newest MBA class counts 4.8 years of work experience although the range spans 0 to 11. 

That experience often comes in private equity and venture capital (20 percent of the class) or consulting (19 percent). But technology is also fittingly popular for a school in the heart of Silicon Valley, accounting for 16 percent of incoming MBA students.

The 426 people who comprise Stanford’s MBA Class of 2023 were chosen from a pool of 7,367 applicants. 

While the class’s stats are impressive, Stanford emphasizes that its new MBA cohort comprises “one class” with “426 stories.” 

As admissions dean Kirsten Moss put it, “their diverse perspectives and unique life experiences will help create a dynamic cohort of leaders prepared to make their mark on a global world.”

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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.