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Harvard Business School Class Profile 2023 - 2024

Updated: Jan 29



In 2022, Sam worked with 6 candidates on their HBS MBA applications, including 2+2 applicants. 4 out of those 6 got accepted into the HBS MBA class.


Before we work with any HBS applicant, we help them benchmark their profile against previous HBS graduates and thoroughly research the school’s culture and program. Before you choose the right schools to apply to, you’ll need to understand where you stand. Analyzing the program’s class profile will help you decide which school you’re a good fit for.


Here is our Harvard Business School’s Class of 2024 Profile Guide with the key admission factors you should know about before applying to the HBS MBA program.


Class of 2024


“A truly diverse student body — in background, nationality, interests and ambitions — is the foundation of the HBS experience.” The HBS MBA’s learning model thrives on varied perspectives and life experiences (personal and professional) that each student can bring to the class. There is no “one size fits all” when it comes to cracking HBS admissions. The diversity on campus enriches classroom discussions and invites constructive conversations among a unique community of individuals.


Here are a few statistics from the Class of 2024 that demonstrate HBS’s diverse student profiles.



Class demographic breakdown


Total No of applicants - 8264

No of enrolled students - 1015


Out of these, female students comprised 46% of the class. The total percentage of international students was 38%.


Where the HBS MBA Class of 2024 comes from

​Location

Percentage of Students

USA

62%

Canada

4%

Mexico, Central and South America

5%

Asia

14%

Europe

9%

Middle East

3%

Africa

3%

Oceania

1%

Academic background


First generation students: Students whose parents did not attend University or complete a 4-year Bachelors program composed 13% of the class.


The average GPA of the admitted students was 3.7/4 based on the American grading scale.


The total admitted students studied at 134 domestic universities and 160 international universities.





What the HBS MBA Class of 2024 studied

Undergraduate Major

Percentage of Students

Engineering

28%

Business and Commerce

24%

Economics

19%

Math and Physical Science

14%

Social Science

10%

Arts and Humanities

5%

Test scores


HBS does not officially state a minimum GMAT or GRE score requirement to apply. They also do not prefer one test over the other. Among the Class of 2024, 74% submitted GMAT scores and 30% submitted GRE scores. Some students submitted both.


What the HBS MBA Class of 2024 scored in the GMAT/GRE

​Test

Range

Median

GMAT (Total)

540 - 790

730

GMAT (Quant)

34 - 51

48

GMAT (Verbal)

29 - 51

42

GRE (Quant)

150 - 170

163

GRE (Verbal)

147 - 170

163

Pre-MBA work experience


The average work experience for candidates admitted to the HBS Class of 2024 is 5 years.


Where the HBS MBA Class of 2024 worked

​Industry

Percentage of Students

Consulting

16%

Private Equity and Venture Capital

16%

Technology

14%

Financial Services

10%

Consumer Products / Retail / E-commerce

9%

Manufacturing / Industrial / Energy

9%

Healthcare / Biotech

8%

Nonprofit / Government / Education

6%

Media / Entertainment / Travel

4%

Military

4%

Services

3%

Conclusion


Choosing the right school to apply to is not an easy task. Analyze your chances of getting admitted by examining the program and its class profile. Need help choosing the right MBA program? Book a free 20 minute chat with our team of consultants who can help you analyze your school fit.

 

Do you have what it takes to get accepted into the prestigious HBS MBA program? Here’s a complete analysis of our HBS MBA 2023 admits.

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