As fall officially approaches and as we at Admissions look forward to the upcoming application season, I want to take a moment to look back and acknowledge the wonderful students who have completed this journey and who have just started their MBA studies here at Yale. We were thrilled to welcome the 347 members of the Yale School of Management MBA Class of 2024 to New Haven last month. August 15th marked the beginning of orientation for the Class of 2024, with classes starting on August 22nd. Despite the ongoing pandemic, life at Evans Hall is returning to normal day by day.
The class that has arrived 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), fiddle, ukulele, cajon, kalimba, bassoon, drums, flute and even bagpipes. Many others are interested in singing, listening to music and dancing.
There is no doubt that the class is also very sporty as the majority of the students list one or more sports on their resume including Yoga, Muay Thai, Soccer, Tennis, Swimming, Golf, Table Tennis, Diving, Boxing, Climbing, Hiking , Kayaking, Running, Acrobatics, Krav Maga, Hockey, Pilates, Karate, Skiing, Mountain Biking, Bouldering, Sailing, Weightlifting, Ultimate Frisbee, Windsurfing, Badminton, Snowboarding, Skipping, Lacrosse, Kitesurfing, Rugby, Volleyball, Wrestling, Figure Skating, Cricket and snowboarding; Others train through Bollywood dancing, pole dancing, salsa dancing, ballroom dancing, or ballet.
This group has some distance runners, including several half-marathon and marathon finishers. One member of the class noted that in addition to running 10 full marathons, they ran a 100km ultramarathon in 12 hours, and another mentioned that their greatest mileage was completing their third marathon at 35 weeks pregnant!
Alongside their full-time careers, members of the class 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 registration campaigns, private pilots, certified bartenders, and professional catch-and-release fishermen .
Her hobbies include solo exploration (with a student who travels to more than 50 countries), Legos (‘recently bringing a Star Wars Imperial Star Destroyer to life – all 4,784 pieces of it’), sustainable fashion and the quest for that best ice cream flavor in any 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 the great recommendations btw), Chinese sword dancing, beginner carpenter , freestyle rapping and skydiving – just to name a few.
According to the figures, 48% of the Class of 2024 hold passports from countries other than the United States, with a total of 48 different countries represented. Women make up 43% of the class. 54% of US students are black, and 24% are underrepresented blacks in the US. The average GMAT for the class is 723 (average GRE is 165Q/164V, an equivalent of 720) and the average GPA is 3.65 on a four-point US scale. Students come from a range of academic institutions and backgrounds (167 different schools are represented), from engineering to the arts. 17% are first-generation university graduates, while 10% have already earned a university degree. Another 12% complete 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 to date) and six are members of the inaugural QuestBridge Graduate Match program. They have received various academic awards and honors, from summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa on Fulbright grants and Rhodes grants.
Their professional qualifications are just as diverse and compelling, covering all sectors and a wide range of sectors and companies. 75% of the class come from the private sector, while 25% come from the nonprofit and public sectors. 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 Teach for America. The class includes 16 US military veterans and 30 silver scholars.
What brings these incredibly diverse members of the Yale SOM Class of 2024 together is their desire to embody the school’s mission to educate leaders for business and society. We are so excited for you to start this journey!