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 2022 (January and August)

Applications Received 6177
Admitted 1363
Enrolled 844, divided into 12 clusters
January Entry Class Size 215, divided into 3 clusters
August Entry Class Size 629, divided into 9 clusters
GMAT Scores (average) 729
GMAT Scores (range) 550–780
GMAT Scores (middle 80%) 700–760
Undergraduate GPA (average) 3.6
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 21-44
Age Range (middle 80%) 25–31
Women 44%
International Citizens 51%
Minority of US Origin 42%

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

2 0% 10 2%

Asian American

75 17% 93 21%

Black/African American

49 11% 63 14%


48 11% 48 11%


242 54% 301 68%


23 5% - -

Did Not Report

6 1% 6 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 2022 (August and January Entry)

Major %
Business 33
Economics 20
Engineering 16
Social Sciences 12
Sciences 8
Humanities 6
Technology 2
Other 2

Previous Industries

Class of 2022 (August & January Entries)

Industry %
Financial Services 29
Consulting 22
Marketing/Media 11
Technology 9
Other 8
Healthcare 5
Military/Government 5
Real Estate 5
Nonprofit 4
Energy 2