The MBA Class of 2019 at University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business is one of its most diverse. 43 percent of the class are women, the highest portion in school history. Meanwhile, 23 percent are underrepresented minorities. Its latest cohort has the highest average GMAT in school history. At 716, the Class of 2019 beat the previous record of 708, set by last year’s incoming class.
The class includes a CIA economic analyst, a nationally ranked chess player, a major in the Indian Army, New York Times project manager, and an aerospace engineer at NASA.
The business school also has a fairly international class, with one in three students coming from overseas. Altogether, these students represent 45 countries. The Class of 2019’s diversity seems to extend to their academic interests. There is an almost even split between science, humanities and business majors. Overall, 36 percent of the class studied economics or business as undergraduates, 32 percent studied STEM and 32 percent humanities.
When it comes to work experience, finance is the most popular industry, at 19 percent of the class. Other is at second at 15 percent, with consulting coming in third at 13 percent. Military and government accounts for 10 percent of students’ pre-MBA work experience.
After government and military, technology, healthcare and education and non-profit are all tied at 8 percent. Engineering / manufacturing, consumer goods, retail and energy make up the rest of the industries represented in the Class of 2019 at 7, 6, 4 and 3 percent respectively.