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Entering Class Profile

Looking at the Stanford MBA class profiles over the years, you may notice that the percentages always shift a bit here or there. With our class size, even two students can, and do, create such variations. Since our candidate pool is ever-changing, the numbers in the entering class change, too.

These fluctuations also speak to our admission process. We don’t admit categories; we admit individuals. There are no quotas or targets in the Stanford admission process, and we assess each applicant based on her or his own merit. This is why we consider a class profile illustrative, rather than informative. In truth, there is no metric that can capture an individual’s potential.

The MBA Class of 2016 is no exception. We welcomed 410 students this year, the largest class in the history of Stanford GSB. Not only are there more students in the class, but also greater diversity of experience and background. Here are some of the other shifts in the Class of 2016 profile:

  • The class comprises a record number of women.
  • The number of international students and the number of countries they originate from reached an all-time high.
  • Representation of U.S. minorities in the class increased.
  • Students joined the Stanford GSB community directly from a record 312 organizations. 69% of students are the sole classmate joining Stanford GSB directly from that organization.
  • As always, there was fluctuation in industry representation, with increases in biotech/health care, entertainment/media, and government/military/non-profit sectors.
  • The number of engineering, math, and science majors in the class grew.
  • The number of students with advanced degrees rose.

Class of 2016 Overview

Total Applicants 7,355
New Students 410
Women 42%
International1 44%
U.S. Minority 23%

1 Includes permanent residents and U.S. dual citizens.

Years of Work Experience

Range 0-15
Average 4

Previous Industry Experience

Biotech or Health Care 6%
Clean Tech, Energy, or Environmental 5%
Consulting 20%
Consumer Products and Services 7%
Entertainment or Media 5%
Financial Services 10%
Government, Military, or Nonprofit 15%
Manufacturing 2%
Private Equity or Venture Capital  15%
Technology 13%
Other 1%
Organizations Represented 312

Test Scores

Range 550-790
Average 732
TOEFL (internet-based)
Range 100-120
Average 112


Undergraduate Majors
Business 14%
Engineering, Mathematics, or Natural Sciences 38%
Humanities or Social Sciences 48%
Advanced Degrees
Advanced Degree Holders 19%

Schools and Countries

U.S. Institutions 86
Non-U.S. Institutions 72
Countries (including U.S.) 62

Information as of 01 October 2014.

Last Updated 1 Jun 2015