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Yale SOM’s MBA Class of 2019

Posted by Chioma Isiadinso

You might think a 730 GMAT and a 3.69 GPA is pretty good. But if you’re an MBA student at Yale School of Management, it’s just enough to make you average! And even a 760 GMAT and 3.94 GPA lands you in the middle 80 percent.

That’s according to data released on the school latest MBA class. Overall, the numbers paint a picture of a highly accomplished class, with the middle 80 percent of GMAT scores ranging from 690 to 760 and the middle 80 percent of undergrad GPAs between 3.38 and 3.94.

For those who took the GRE instead of the GMAT, the average verbal score was 166 and the average quantitative score was 164.

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Yale’s MBA Class of 2019, which includes 348 students in total, is also a fairly diverse one. Forty-three percent of the students are women, and 27 percent are U.S. students of color while 12 percent are “underrepresented U.S. students of color.”

Meanwhile forty-five percent of the students hold international passports. These students represent 48 countries, ranging from Australia to Zimbabwe.

Sixty-two percent of students are from North America and 20.7 percent from Asia. South America, Africa and Europe account for 6.7, 5.7 and 4.9 percent of the class respectively.

When it comes to students’ undergraduate majors, humanities and social science was the most common course of study, at 30 percent of students. Next up was business, at 23 percent.

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Engineering and computer science trailed closely at 21 percent, with economics accounting for an additional 15 percent. Finally, 11 percent of students studied math and physical sciences in college.

In welcoming the Class of 2019, Yale’s Assistant Dean for Admissions, Bruce DelMonico, pointed out that the group’s diverse range of accomplishments extended beyond the numbers.

He said that this year’s crop of students include everyone from a Thai tennis table champion to a nationally ranked U.S. fencer to a professional saxophonist. They include people who have completed triathlons and others who have placed first in Chinese National Olympiads for programming and for information.

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One incoming student’s accomplishments are on the more literary side – apparently, this student has read every issue of the New Yorker published between the years 1936 and 1946.

DelMonico concluded his welcome to the Class of 2019 by talking about what unified them.

“Despite this incredible diversity,” he said, “what the members of the Class of 2019 all have in common is their aspiration to fulfill the school’s mission to educate leaders for business and society. We are excited for them to begin this journey!”

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