Meet the MBA Class of 2024

As fall has officially arrived and we in Admissions look ahead to the upcoming application season, I want to take a moment to look back and recognize the wonderful students who have completed this journey and started their MBA here at Yale. We were delighted to welcome the 347 members of Yale School of Management’s MBA Class of 2024 to New Haven last month. August 15th marked the beginning of orientation for the class of 2024, with classes beginning on August 22nd. Despite the prolonged pandemic, life at Evans Hall continues to return to normal day by day.

The incoming class is special in many ways. About three-quarters of the class speak two or more languages, and more than 30% speak three or more languages. 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 Belarusian .

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 sticks. Many 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, scuba diving, boxing, wall climbing does. , hiking, kayaking, running, acrobatics, Krav Maga, hockey, Pilates, karate, skiing, mountain biking, bouldering, sailing, weightlifting, ultimate frisbee, windsurfing, badminton, snowboarding, skipping rope, lacrosse, kitesurfing, volleyball, rugby, figure skating, cricket and snowboarding; Others exercise through Bollywood dancing, pole dancing, salsa dancing, ballroom dancing or ballet.

There are quite a few long-distance runners in this group, including several half-marathon and marathon finishers. One class member mentioned that in addition to 10 full marathon finishes, they completed a 100 kilometer ultramarathon in 12 hours, and another noted that her biggest running accomplishment was finishing her third marathon at 35 weeks pregnant!

In addition to their full-time careers, class members have found time to establish themselves as professional stage performers, translators for TED Talks, Spotify-verified sound designers and music producers, organizers of large-scale stem cell registry campaigns, and private pilots. , certified bartenders and professional anglers and fishermen.

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

According to the numbers, 48% of the class of 2024 hold a passport from a country other than the United States, representing a total of 48 different countries. Women make up 43% of the class. 54% of US students are students of color and 24% are underrepresented US students of color. The average GMAT for the class is 723 (average GRE 165Q/164V, equivalent to 720) and the average GPA on a four-point US scale is 3.65. Students come from a range of academic institutions and backgrounds (167 different schools are represented), from engineering to the arts. Seventeen percent are first-generation college graduates, and 10 percent have earned a previous graduate degree. Another 12% are co-ed here at Yale at one of eight other Yale schools. Thirty-nine are members of the Consortium for Graduate Studies in Management (our highest number ever), and six are members of the inaugural QuestBridge Graduate Match program. They have received various academic awards and honors high price and Phi Beta Kappa Fulbright Scholarships and Rhodes Scholarships.

Their professional credentials are equally diverse and impressive, spanning all sectors and a range of industries and companies. Seventy-five percent of the class comes from the private sector, and 25 percent comes from the nonprofit and public sectors. Employers range from AT Kearney to ZS Associates. More than 200 different employers are represented in total, including Boston Consulting Group, Alibaba, Samsung, Goldman Sachs, Clinton Health Access Initiative, Google, Los Angeles Chargers, Palantir Technologies, Sumitomo Bank, Unilever, Boeing, Steppenwolf Theater Company, Shopee. , and Teach for America. The class includes 16 veterans of the United States military, as well as 30 Silver Scholars.

What brings together these incredibly diverse members of the Yale SOM Class of 2024 is their desire to embody the school’s mission to educate leaders for business and society. We are so excited for them to begin this journey!

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