The Stanford Graduate School of Business has released its Class of 2014 profile, with a few changes of note. A total of 6,716 candidates applied to the MBA program (up slightly from 6,618 last year), with 398 starting this academic year. Women make up about the same percentage of students (35%) as last year (34%), but the percentage of minority students (20%) is much lower than last year’s 20-year high of 27%. There are more international students than ever and these students represent 53 non-U.S. countries. Ninety-one undergraduate institutions are represented, but only 17% of the Class of 2014 majored in business. Stanford’s average GMAT score was 729, with a range of 550 to 790—compared with last year’s median score of 730 and range of 580 to 790.
Beyond the statistics, we encourage you to take note of Stanford’s declaration, “We don’t admit categories; we admit individuals. There are no quotas or targets in the admission process, and each applicant is evaluated entirely on his or her own merits.” So if you do not “look” like this class profile, do not worry! As Stanford notes, “There is no metric that can measure character.”