Harvard Business School has posted a preliminary look at its Class of 2015 profile this week, showing an increase in the number of applicants: 9,315 compared with 8,963 for the Class of 2014. Of those applicants, only 941 have enrolled, continuing a trend of growth in HBS’s class size over the past few years (913 in the Class of 2014; 905 in the Class of 2013). Nevertheless, the reported admittance rate is slightly lower than last year’s, at just 12%.
In aggregate, financial services and venture capital/private equity represent nearly a third (30%, up slightly from 28% last year) of the class’s pre-MBA career areas, once again defying the myth that HBS is averse to finance candidates. Predictably, consulting is associated with the next largest portion of admits, at 19%. The remainder of accepted students represents a fairly equal mix of backgrounds, with 11% coming from high tech/communications, 7% from consumer products, 7% from industrial/heavy manufacturing and 7% from government/education/nonprofit. In addition, the percentage of women, internationals and U.S. ethnic minorities each rose 1% over last year’s figures.