Entering Class Profile

The Stanford MBA Program’s candidate pool is ever-changing, so the numbers for the entering class change each year, too. With our class size, every student influences the class profile. The same holds true in our admission process. We admit person by person, not category by category. There are no quotas or targets in the Stanford admission process, and we assess each applicant based on her or his own merit. So as you review the MBA Class of 2019 profile, consider it illustrative rather than informative.

Here are some of the highlights of the Stanford MBA Class of 2019:

  • We received a record number of applications.
  • The Class of 2019 comes from incredibly diverse backgrounds, including 164 undergraduate institutions–a 14% increase from last year.
  • Women, international students, and U.S. minorities continue to be well-represented in the class.
  • The percentage of students who hold advanced degrees increased to 15% from 11% last year, putting it on par with previous years.

Class of 2019 Overview1

Total Applicants 8,173
New Students 418
Women 40%
International2 41%
U.S. Minority 29%

Years of Work Experience

Range 0-14
Average 4

Previous Industry Experience

Arts/Media/Entertainment 4%
Clean Tech/Energy/Environmental 3%
Consulting 19%
Consumer Products and Services 7%
Financial Services 7%
Government/Education/Nonprofit 8%
Health Care 4%
Investment Management/Private Equity/Venture Capital 21%
Manufacturing 4%
Military 3%
Real Estate 1%
Technology 15%
Other 4%
Organizations Represented 301

Test Scores3

Range 610-790
Average 737
GRE (Verbal)
Range 150-170
Average 165
GRE (Quantitative)
Range 156-170
Average 164
TOEFL (Internet-based)
Range 104-119
Average 112


Undergraduate Majors
Business 19%
Engineering/Mathematics/Natural Sciences 37%
Humanities/Social Sciences 44%
Advanced Degrees
Advanced Degree Holders 15%
Average 3.74

Schools and Countries

U.S. Institutions 76
Non-U.S. Institutions 88
Countries (including U.S.) 61

1 As of 10 November 2017
2 Includes 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 9 Jun 2018