Although quantifying a school’s profile certainly does not tell you everything, it can sometimes be helpful in simplifying the many differences between the various MBA programs. Each week, we bring you a chart to help you decide which of the schools’ strengths speak to you.
The recently matriculated business school Class of 2017 comes from various backgrounds with regard to both business fields and undergraduate majors. At the beginning of each academic year, MBA programs release general information about their incoming class—the average work experience within the student body, say, or the most popular undergraduate majors. Unsurprisingly, business was the major of choice for MBA students at most schools; such programs as the Yale School of Management and the University of Chicago Booth School of Business reported business as the most popular major within their Class of 2017. Humanities and social sciences were the top undergraduate majors at three schools: the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, the Stanford Graduate School of Business, and Columbia Business School (CBS). Meanwhile, three schools—the UCLA Anderson School of Management, the MIT Sloan School of Management, and the University of Michigan Ross School of Business—reported engineering as the most popular major.