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Yale MBA Class Profile and Essay Questions

Yale SOM is the school you're overlooking. You're unfamiliar with it not because you're too young, but because the school is too young. Until 1999, Yale didn't offer an MBA degree; it offered an MPPM (a masters in public and private management). While that degree prepared students for leadership positions in all business sectors, its emphasis was on the public and nonprofit sectors, and the school produced many of the county's government leaders.

When Yale switched to an MBA in 1999, the impact was immediate. In the very first year, the most exclusive private-sector firms on the planet showed up on campus and recruited in numbers. Yale was instantly a top-tier MBA school.

The problem is that applicants didn't know it, so they didn't apply. That made it easy for me to put my students into what is clearly one of the world's best business schools. Only now are applicants starting to see the value at Yale. Frankly, I like the fact that most applicants don't understand what's going on at SOM. It makes it easier for me to put my students into the school.

"You will never, ever again in your life be in a better position to start your own company, or at least develop a long-cherished idea into a living project. The amount of connections, peer review, sharp feedback, funding exposure, mentor advice, and other resources will overwhelm you, so start thinking about your concept and come prepared to take over the world."

Yale SOM Message to Incoming First-Years

Essay Question (2020)

There is one question for the Class of 2020:

Describe the biggest commitment you have ever made. (500 words)

Yale Comments: "This will be our second year using this prompt, which we developed in collaboration with Amy Wrzesniewski, a professor of organizational behavior here at SOM and one of the lead faculty in the core leadership courses within our integrated curriculum. In asking this question, the Admissions Committee is interested not just in the commitment itself but also in how you approach the commitment and the behaviors that support it."

Application Fee Announcement:

"We’ve also decided to maintain our unique sliding-scale application fee structure, which ties your application fee to your annual compensation. The sliding-scale fee helps us attract diverse applicants from all over the world, including those from geographies and industries where compensation tends to be lower. We will continue to offer fee waivers for current and former Peace Corps volunteers, as well as current staff and alumni of Teach for All programs (such as Teach for America, Teach for China, and Teach for India). The application fee is automatically waived for active U.S. military or U.S. veterans, current Yale graduate students, and Yale undergraduate students applying to the Silver Scholars Program."

Yale Class Profile
1 Median GMAT Score 730
2 Average GPA 3.65
3 Class Size 334
4 Number of Applications 3,649
5 GPA Range — Middle 80% 3.31 — 3.91
6 GMAT — Middle 80% 690 - 760

*Yale SOM Class Profile: LINK

Yale Application Deadlines
Round Deadline Notification
1 September 13, 2017 December 6, 2017
2 January 4, 2018 March 27, 2018
3 April 18, 2018 May 17, 2018