Introducing the MBA Class of 2024

As fall officially arrives and we at Admissions look ahead to the upcoming application season, I want to take a moment to look back and recognize the amazing students who have completed that journey and just started their MBA studies here at Yale. We were delighted to welcome the 347 members of the Yale School of Management MBA Class of 2024 to New Haven last month. August 15 marked the beginning of orientation for the Class of 2024, with classes beginning August 22. Despite the ongoing pandemic, life at Evans Hall continues to return to normal day by day.

The class that has arrived is special in several respects. About three quarters of the class speak two or more languages, and more than 30% speak three or more. In total, the class speaks 50 different languages, including Mandarin, Cantonese, Spanish, Japanese, French, Taiwanese, Indonesian, Palembang Malay, Toba Batak, German, Korean, Turkish, Azerbaijani, Nepali, Hindi, Tagalog, Portuguese, French, Mandinka, Dutch, Polish, Swedish, Thai, Arabic, Urdu, Tamil, Kiswahili, Russian, Punjabi, Bengali, Italian, Tamil, Hebrew, Afrikaans, Malayalam, Lao, Twi, Urhobo, ASL, Gujarati, Macedonian, Estonian, Ewe and Belarus Russian.

This is a very musical group; class members play instruments such as piano, trumpet, organ, guitar (acoustic, electric and bass), violin, ukulele, cajon, kalimba, bassoon, drums, flute and even the bagpipes. Many others are interested in singing, listening to music and dancing.

There is no doubt that the class is also extremely athletic with most students listing one or more sports on their resumes including Yoga, Muay Thai, Soccer, Tennis, Swimming, Golf, Table Tennis, Diving, Boxing, Wall Climbing, Hiking, Kayaking , running, acrobatics, Krav Maga, hockey, Pilates, karate, skiing, mountain biking, bouldering, sailing, weightlifting, ultimate frisbee, windsurfing, badminton, snowboarding, skipping rope, lacrosse, kite surfing, rugby, volleyball, wrestling, figure skating, cricket and snowboarding ; Others get their exercise through Bollywood dancing, pole dancing, salsa dancing, ballroom dancing or ballet.

This group has quite a few long distance runners, including some half marathon and marathon finishers. One class member noted that they completed a 100-kilometer ultramarathon in 12 hours, in addition to 10 full marathon finishes, and another said their greatest running achievement was completing their third marathon while 35 weeks pregnant!

In addition to their full-time careers, the class members have found time to establish themselves as professional stage performers, translators for TED Talks, sound design and music producers with Spotify verification, organizers of large-scale stem cell registration campaigns, private pilots, certified bartenders, and professional catch and release fishermen.

Their hobbies include solo exploration (with one student traveling to over 50 countries), Legos (“recently brought to life a Star Wars Imperial Star Destroyer – all 4,784 pieces of it”), sustainable fashion, finding the best ice cream flavor in any travel destination, raising chickens, beekeeping, impressions and impersonations from Mickey Mouse to Al Pacino, baking cakes, visiting Disney theme parks as often as possible, listening to podcasts (thanks for all your great recommendations by the way), Chinese sword dancing, entry-level carpentry, freestyle rapping and skydiving – just to name a few.

According to the figures, 48% of the Class of 2024 have passports from a country other than the United States, with a total of 48 different countries. Women make up 43% of the class. Fifty-four percent of U.S. students are students of color and 24% are underrepresented U.S. students of color. The average GMAT for the class is 723 (the average GRE is 165Q/164V, equivalent to 720), and the average GPA is 3.65 on a US four-point scale. Students come from a variety of academic institutions and backgrounds (167 different schools are represented), from engineering to art. Seventeen percent are first-generation graduates, while 10% have a previous graduate degree. Another 12% are pursuing a joint degree here at Yale at one of eight other Yale schools. Thirty-nine are members of the Consortium for Graduate Study in Management (our highest number ever), and six are members of the inaugural QuestBridge Graduate Match program. They have received several academic awards and accolades, from summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa to Fulbright Fellowships and Rhodes Scholarships.

Their professional credentials are equally diverse and impressive, covering all sectors and a range of industries and companies. Seventy-five percent of the class is from the private sector, while 25% is from the non-profit and public sector. Employers range from AT Kearney to ZS Associates. In total, more than 200 different employers are represented, including Boston Consulting Group, Alibaba, Samsung, Goldman Sachs, Clinton Health Access Initiative, Google, the Los Angeles Chargers, Palantir Technologies, Sumitomo Bank, Unilever, Boeing, Steppenwolf Theater Company, Shopee , and Learn for America. The class includes 16 US Army veterans, as well as 30 Silver Scholars.

What brings together these incredibly diverse members of the Yale SOM Class of 2024 is their commitment to embody the school’s mission: to educate leaders for business and society. We are so excited that they are embarking on this journey!

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