McDonough School of Business
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Incoming MBAs Showcase Academic Quality, Diversity


This year’s incoming Full-time and Evening MBA classes are among the most academically qualified and professionally experienced students at Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business.

“We have an energetic new dean with a focus on innovation and collaboration, we are adding flexibility to the delivery and duration of our MBA, and we continuously achieve high national and international rankings,” said Shelly Heinrich, interim associate dean for MBA Admissions. “It’s no surprise we continue to attract a diverse pool of highly qualified applicants who see the Georgetown MBA as a way to exceed their personal and professional expectations.”

The incoming Full-time MBA class average GMAT of 693 set a McDonough record, and their median of 700 holds steady from previous years. They also have more work experience, with an average of 5.59 years, up from 5.36 last year. Increases in students from the Northeast, Southwest, and Midwest make the group more nationally diverse, with only 35 percent coming from the Mid-Atlantic region (as compared with 41 percent last year). Among international students, the school maintained international diversity with 37 countries represented. In addition, 48 percent of students are fluent in another language, and 73 percent have lived, worked, or studied outside of their home country.

The new Evening MBA students raised the program’s average GMAT by 20 points to 655 and its median from 640 to 660. The percentage of students representing U.S. diversity increased from 26 to 28 percent, and the percentage of women increased from 41 to 43 percent — the latter being the highest ratio on record for the program. In addition, 45 percent of students speak another language, and 71 percent have lived, worked, or studied outside of their home country.

“The admissions team strives to build cohorts each year that will greatly contribute to the classroom experience,” Heinrich added. “We achieve this by ensuring our students bring a diversity of experiences, viewpoints, backgrounds, and cultures to discussions. This class already is off to a great start.”

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