Columbia Business School looks for intellectually driven people from diverse educational, economic, social, cultural, and geographic backgrounds. Our students share a record of achievement, strong leadership, and the ability to work in teams.

Columbia Business School does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, age, nationality, sexual orientation, political affiliation, disability, or veteran status.

MBA Student Profile — Class Entering 2021 (January and August)

Applications Received 6535
Admitted 1215
Enrolled 847, divided into 11 clusters
January Entry Class Size 233, divided into 3 clusters
August Entry Class Size 614, divided into 8 clusters
GMAT Scores (average) 729
GMAT Scores (range) 540–780
GMAT Scores (middle 80%) 700–760
Undergraduate GPA (average) 3.5
Undergraduate GPA (middle 80%) 3.1–3.9
Work Experience (average) 5 years
Work Experience (middle 80%) 3–8 years
At Least One Year of Work Experience 99%
Average Age 28
Age Range 23-43
Age Range (middle 80%) 25–31
Women 41%
International Citizens 48%
Minority of US Origin 40%

Race and Ethnicity

The Department of the Interior via the Office of Civil Rights provides federal guidelines for maintaining, collecting, and presenting data on race and ethnicity. Columbia Business School is required to follow these standards which allow students to self-identify their ethnicity and race, with the option to select more than one race and/or ethnicity. The racial and ethnic categories listed here reflect those included in our application process, per federal guidelines. US race / ethnicity shown as a percent of US citizens and permanent residents. 

  Federal Reporting Guidelines Multi-Dimensional Reporting

American Indian, Alaska Native, Native Hawaiian, Other Pacific Islander

0 0% 4 1%

Asian American

94 20% 104 22%

Black/African American

53 11% 59 12%


42 9% 42 9%


274 58% 315 66%


9 2% - -

Did Not Report

3 1% 3 1%

Federal Reporting Guidelines

The second column reflects our student demographic data as reported based on federal government guidelines. Per these guidelines, all students who identify as Hispanic / Latinx and any other race are represented as Hispanic / Latinx only. Students who identify with more than one race are represented as Multi-Race only. The columns add to 100% but may be slightly lower or higher due to rounding. 

Multi-Dimensional Reporting

In the third column, we share students' full racial and ethnic identities to more inclusively reflect the racial / ethnic groups with which they identify. As such, in the second column, students with multi-racial / ethnic identities are represented in more than one row, meaning the column add to more than 100%.


Undergraduate Major

Class of 2021 (August and January Entry)

Major %
Business 37
Economics 18
Engineering 15
Social Sciences 13
Sciences 7
Humanities 6
Technology 2
Other 2

Previous Industries

Class of 2021 (August & January Entries)

Industry %
Financial Services 31
Consulting 22
Marketing/Media 12
Technology 9
Real Estate 7
Healthcare 5
Other 5
Military/Government 4
Nonprofit 3
Energy 1
Manufacturing 1