Entering Class Profile

Looking at the Stanford MBA class profiles over the years, you may notice that the percentages always shift 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 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. This is why we consider a class profile illustrative, rather than informative. In truth, there is no statistic that can capture an individual’s potential.

The MBA Class of 2018 is no exception. Here are some of the shifts in the Class of 2018 profile:​

  • We received a record number of applications.
  • The number of countries represented increased, as well as the number of organizations.
  • The percentage of U.S. minority students increased by 10%.
  • As always, industry representation fluctuated, with investment management/private equity/venture capital increasing and government/education/non-profit decreasing.

Class of 2018 Overview1

Total Applicants 8,116
New Students 417
Women 41%
International2 40%
U.S. Minority 29%

Years of Work Experience

Range 0-13
Average 4

Previous Industry Experience

Arts/Media/Entertainment 6%
Clean Tech/Energy/Environmental 6%
Consumer Products and Services 7%
Consulting 18%
Financial Services 7%
Government/Education/Nonprofit 9%
Healthcare 5%
Investment Management/Private Equity/Venture Capital 20%
Manufacturing 2%
Military 3%
Technology 16%
Other 1%
Organizations Represented 312

Test Scores

Range 590-790
Average 737
TOEFL (internet-based)
Range 104-119
Average 112


Undergraduate Majors
Business 15%
Engineering/Mathematics/Natural Sciences 37%
Humanities/Social Sciences 48%
Advanced Degrees
Advanced Degree Holders 11%
Average 3.73

Schools and Countries

U.S. Institutions 78
Non-U.S. Institutions 66
Countries (including U.S.) 62

1 As of 21 September 2016
2 Includes permanent residents and U.S. dual citizens
3 U.S. schools, 4.0 scale only

Last Updated 5 Jun 2017