Gaining admission to business school marks an important step in any student’s career preparation; however, with increasingly competitive applicant pools, incoming class profiles continue to get more distinguished.

Here’s a look into the most recent class profiles at some of America’s top MBA programs:

Columbia University
Applications Received: 5829
Admit rate: 18%
GMAT Score (average): 715
Undergraduate GPA (average): 3.5
Most popular undergraduate majors: Social sciences (38%); Business (34%); Engineering (13%)
Work Experience (average): 5 years
Average Age: 28
Women: 36%
International Citizens: 42%

University of Pennsylvania (Wharton)
Applications received: 6590
Admit rate: 14%
GMAT Score (average): 732
Most popular undergraduate majors: Humanities (42%); Business (29%); STEM (25%)
Work Experience (average): 5 years
Women: 43%
International Citizens: 32%

University of California – Los Angeles (UCLA – Anderson)
Applications Received: 3530
Admit rate: 17%
GMAT Score (average): 714
Undergraduate GPA (average): 3.5
Most popular undergraduate majors: Engineering (23%); Business (22%); Humanities (18%)
Work Experience (average): 5 years
Average Age: 29
Women: 20%
International Citizens: 33%

Northwestern University (Kellogg)
Applications Received: 4974
Admit rate: 20%
GMAT Score (average): 724
Undergraduate GPA (average): 3.6
Most popular undergraduate majors: Economics/business (48%); Humanities (27%); STEM (26%)
Work Experience (average): 5 years
Average Age: 28
Women: 43%
International Citizens: 40%

Georgetown University (McDonough)
Applications Received: 2034
Admit rate: not reported
GMAT Score (average): 692
Undergraduate GPA (average): 3.4
Most popular undergraduate majors: Business (29%); Economics (16%); Humanities (12%)
Work Experience (average): 5
Average Age: 28
Women: 31%
International Citizens: 33%

About the author
Marc Zawel

As author of Untangling the Ivy League, Marc literally wrote the book on gaining admission to highly selective colleges. He earned a BA from Cornell University – where he met AcceptU’s co-founder – and an MBA from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. At UNC, Marc chaired the admissions advisory board; he has also conducted alumni interviews for Cornell for more than fifteen years.

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