Columbia MBA Class Profile | Breakdown
Columbia Business School attracts a diverse MBA class from around the world, but just who are they? Find out as we break down the 2022 Columbia MBA class profile
Columbia Business School sits on the bank of the Hudson River, down the road from Wall Street and New York City’s financial district. For MBA graduates, that means career opportunities aplenty. In the city that never sleeps, candidates come to the Columbia MBA from all over the world, intent on furthering their careers and learning new skills.
In 2020, 90% of Columbia MBA graduates received a job offer within three months of graduation.
Over a third (33.2%) of MBA grads entered financial services—just behind consulting as the most popular post-MBA industry. The Big Three consulting firms—McKinsey, Boston Consulting Group (BCG), and Bain & Company—employed 99 Columbia MBA graduates between them.
Columbia's notable alumni include billionaire venture capitalist, Robert F. Smith, and Sallie Krawcheck, founder of female investment platform Ellevest.
Alongside the traditional core MBA education, popular elective courses at Columbia cover the future of financial services, healthcare in the 21st century, impact investing, managing brands, identity, and experiences, and how to launch a scalable company.
The Columbia MBA class of 2022 has all of that to look forward to. But who are they? Here's our Columbia MBA class profile breakdown:
Columbia MBA Class of 2022 | Overview
The average age of MBA candidates at Columbia is 28, and students are aged between 23 and 41.
The entering class come from a variety of undergraduate majors, with 29% having already studied business at an undergraduate level. 20% of students majored in economics and 17% studied engineering. 14% of the class have a grounding in social sciences.
Columbia's MBA class of 2022 boasts a strong international contingent—44% of the class are from outside the US. At Columbia, nearly three quarters (73%) of the class are white and only 6% of the class are black and only 9% are Hispanic/Latino.
In comparison, Harvard Business School’s MBA class is 66% white and Stanford’s MBA class is 62% white. At Harvard Business School, 13% of the class are black/African American and 9% are Hispanic/Latino. Similarly at Stanford, 9% of the class are black/African American and 11% are Hispanic/Latino.
Columbia is host to a number of student groups that encourage diversity and inclusion at a time when businesses are under pressure to build workforces more representative of society as a whole.
Cluster Q is Columbia’s LGBTQ business association, that welcomes students, staff, and administrators from the LGBTQ community. They have strong connections to potential employers and alumni and host events for prospective LGBTQ MBAs. There is also the Black Business Students Association and the Hispanic Business Association, which are vital for networking and provide opportunities for students to meet and learn from those who come from a similar background.
The Columbia MBA class of 2022 has an average GMAT score of 726. The GMAT score range is 580-780. The middle 80% of scores were between 690 and 760.
That's compared to Stanford's average GMAT score of 733, and a 730 median GMAT for Harvard. Stanford's MBA class of 2022 has a range of 600-790, while Harvard's MBA class has a GMAT score range between 620-and-790.
Undergraduate Majors and GPA
29% of the Columbia MBA class majored in business at an undergraduate level and 20% have a grounding in economics. 27% of the class studied sciences (7%), technology (3%), or engineering (17%), and bring STEM experience into the MBA classroom.
Only 8% of students majored in humanities and 14% in social sciences.
The average GPA at undergraduate level for this class was 3.6 and the middle 80% of GPAs was between 3.2 and 3.9.
Prior to their MBA, on average, the Columbia MBA class has five years of work experience. The middle 80% is between three and eight years, and 99% of students have at least one year of work experience.
30% of students worked in financial services before their MBA and 23% came from consulting. Over 60% of the intake come from the three industries most MBA graduates enter after business school: technology, financial services, and consulting.