Georgetown McDonough Class of 2023 Gets More Diverse and More Selective

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Georgetown McDonough has released its fall 2021 incoming MBA class profile for the class of 2023, and once again, it is the most diverse and high-achieving class of students the school has admitted. McDonough has increased its enrollment benchmarks for diversity, historically underrepresented minorities, and international enrollment. The class numbers 283, reflecting a 10% increase in applications coupled with a 7% increase in enrollment. An impressive jump in average GMAT scores contributed to the 9% improvement in the selectivity rate.

Shelly Heinrich, associate dean for MBA admissions, stated in the school’s press release for the incoming class profile, “Welcoming diverse cohorts of students has been important to the student experience of our MBA for the past four decades, allowing students to continue to learn from one another now and into the future.”

Here are some key elements of the latest class profile:

Georgetown McDonough MBA Undergraduate Background

Average Undergraduate GPA 3.35
Percent majoring in arts, humanities, social sciences 16%
Percent majoring in science, technology, engineering, and math 30%
Percent majoring in business 29%


MBA Fall 2021 GMAT & GRE Statistics

Average GMAT Score 704.8
GMAT Middle 80% Range 660-740
Average Combined GRE 317.9
GRE Middle 80% Range 309-328
Percentage Taking GRE 48%


MBA Fall 2021 Student Characteristics

Women 32%
Countries Represented (by citizenship) 37
International Students 37%
Average Work Experience 5.3 Years

Representation in the Georgetown McDonough Class of 2023

Women make up 32% of the McDonough MBA Class of 2023. Thirty-seven percent are international students from 37 countries.

Last year’s school records for diversity were broken, as 40% of incoming MBA students are US minorities, identified as Black, Hispanic, Asian American, and Native Americans. Historically underrepresented US minorities, meaning Black, Hispanic, and Native American students, make up 20% of the class.

Undergraduate and Professional Background

The new record average GMAT score of nearly 705 is a 14-point increase over last year. Students with a business degree make up 29% of the class, engineering students 17%, and government and international studies majors 14%. Humanities degrees are held by 12% of students, and economics degrees by 11%.

Students in the MBA program are entering with an average of 5.3 years of work experience. They have a variety of industry backgrounds, with 18% coming from financial services and 8.5% coming from consulting. Former government employees make up 6.7%, technology and new media professionals 6.4%, and healthcare 4.6% to round out the top five. US military service members—both active duty and reserve—and veterans represent 8% of the class.

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