Entering Class Profile

The Stanford MBA Program’s candidate pool is ever-changing, so the composition of our entering class changes each year, too. With our class size, every student influences the class profile. The same holds true in our admission process.

There are no quotas or targets in the Stanford admission process; we assess each applicant based on her or his own merit. As you review the MBA Class of 2020 profile, understand that it’s simply a reflection of our current incoming class, and does not define the composition of a future class.

Here are some highlights from the Stanford MBA Class of 2020:

  • Students come from very diverse backgrounds, including 63 countries, 172 undergraduate institutions and 306 organizations — an increase in all three categories over 2019.
  • The percentage of women and international students increased slightly.
  • The percentage of students who come from humanities and social science backgrounds also increased.

Class of 2020 Overview1

Total Applicants 7,797
New Students 419
Women 41%
International2 42%
U.S. Minority 27%

Years of Work Experience

Range 0-11
Average 4

Previous Industry Experience

Arts/Media/Entertainment 4%
Clean Tech/Energy/Environmental 3%
Consulting 19%
Consumer Products and Services 7%
Financial Services 6%
Government/Education/Nonprofit 10%
Health Care 4%
Investment Management/Private Equity/Venture Capital 21%
Manufacturing 3%
Military 2%
Technology 17%
Other 5%
Organizations Represented 306

Test Scores3

Range 600-790
Average 732
GRE (Verbal)
Range 155-170
Average 165
GRE (Quantitative)
Range 152-170
Average 165
TOEFL (Internet-based)
Range 101-120
Average 113


Undergraduate Majors
Business 18%
Engineering/Mathematics/Natural Sciences 34%
Humanities/Social Sciences 48%
Advanced Degrees
Advanced Degree Holders 14%
Average 3.73

Schools and Countries

U.S. Institutions 81
Non-U.S. Institutions 91
Countries (including U.S.) 63

1 As of 26 September 2018
2 Includes U.S. permanent residents and U.S. dual citizens

3 We consider all component scores for GMAT, GRE, and TOEFL​
4 U.S. schools, 4.0 scale only

Last Updated 19 Jun 2019