As the 2017–2018 business school admissions season draws to a close, let us examine the Class of 2019 more closely. We have previously discussed the largest incoming class sizes and the highest percentages of women within the Class of 2019. This time, we take a closer look at the smallest class sizes among top-ranked MBA programs.
Although some business schools have fairly large MBA classes—Columbia Business School, for example, welcomed 1,019 students in its latest incoming class—some schools prefer a more intimate feel and only accept a small number of students each year. (Of course, not all accepted applicants end up enrolling.) With 277 students, Cornell University’s Johnson Graduate School of Management featured the smallest incoming class in 2017. The Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley, was a close second with 282 students, and the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College was not far behind with 293 students. All other top-ranked schools accepted upwards of 300 students, although such schools as the Darden School of Business at the University of Virginia, the Yale School of Management, and the UCLA Anderson School of Management kept their incoming classes relatively small with 326, 348, and 360 students, respectively.