Vanderbilt’s Business School registers strong gains with Class of 2013

Incoming class marked by higher GMAT scores and greater diversity

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Sep 1, 2011

NASHVILLE, Tenn. ⎯ Vanderbilt’s Owen Graduate School of Management saw its average GMAT score and admissions selectivity climb this year as it welcomed the MBA Class of 2013.

The 161 full-time students scored an average 695 on the GMAT, up 22 points over last year. This year’s admissions rate also fell 7 percentage points to 29%. In addition, the MBA program experienced an 11-percentage point increase in its female enrollment, bringing it to 36%, one of the highest rates among top-ranked graduate business programs. Class GPA and work experience held steady compared to last year at 3.4 and 4.5 years, respectively.

International enrollment climbed slightly to 20%, with students represented from 17 countries. U.S. minorities make up 15% of this year’s class.

“The hard work of our admissions team and the generous availability of scholarship funds have helped us assemble one of Owen’s most accomplished MBA classes in the school’s history,” said Dean Jim Bradford.

Vanderbilt’s Master of Finance (MSF) program saw similar gains this year among the 41-person class. The average GMAT score was 703, and GPAs were at 3.6. International enrollment increased significantly, now making up 54% of this year’s MSF class, compared to 32% in 2010.

The 26 incoming students in this year’s Master of Accountancy (MAcc) program also posted strong credentials. GMAT scores averaged 695, with a mean GPA of 3.6. Female enrollment makes up 42% of this year’s MAcc class.

The Executive MBA program, a premier 60-credit MBA degree offered to seasoned executives on weekends, enrolled a class of 55 with an average GMAT score of 590. Twelve of those students make up the inaugural participants in the Americas MBA for Executives program, an innovative new partnership with business schools in Brazil, Mexico, and Canada. In addition, female enrollment climbed to 29%, attributable in part to a recent shift to a Saturday-only format.

The specialty Master of Management in Health Care (MMHC) program enrolled 28 students in its class this year, with average work experience of 16 years and female enrollment of 46%.

Owen also offers a wide range of open enrollment and custom corporate education programs through its Executive Development Institute, including specialized seminars in health care, leadership, marketing, finance and innovation.

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