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3 Records For NYU Stern's MBA Class Of 2022, But A Much Smaller Class - Poets&Quants

3 Records For NYU Stern's MBA Class Of 2022, But A Much Smaller Class - Poets&Quants


3 Records For NYU Stern's MBA Class Of 2022, But A Much Smaller Class - Poets&Quants

Posted: 04 Sep 2020 12:00 AM PDT

Another New York B-school is reporting a strong MBA Class of 2022. Days after Columbia Business School announced that it had received a school-record volume of applications to its full-time MBA, NYU's Stern School of Business is further testifying to the wisdom of an extended app season with a class profile that matches or sets three school records — and that reverses a two-year slide in applications.

NYU Stern extended its 2019-2020 round four deadline by 46 days, from March 15 to May 1, in response to the coronavirus pandemic, and now comes the reward: an average Graduate Management Admission Test score and average undergraduate GPA that are both the highest in school history, and a women's enrollment level that matches a school record. Stern's class of 317 — much smaller than last year's 359 — averaged 723 on the GMAT, up from 721 last year, while reporting an average GPA of 3.60, up from 3.52. The lowest GMAT score to gain entry? 640, much higher than last year's 600.

Another record: Stern's 43% women — up from 36% last year — matches the school mark set way back in 1998. Stern's female MBA representation had been stuck in the 30s for the last five years.

STERN'S SMALL CLASS WAS 'A CONSCIOUS DECISION'

Rabia Ahmed, executive director of MBA admissions at NYU Stern. LinkedIn

NYU Stern released its class profile today (September 4) and highlighted more good news: The school upped its percentage of underrepresented minorities in both calculations — with U.S. citizens and permanent residents who identify as African American/Black, Hispanic, or Native American/Alaska Native, from 9% to 12%; and including those demographics as well as U.S. citizens and permanent residents who identify as Asian and Hawaiian native/Pacific Islander, which Stern reports is 32% of the incoming class. That latter figure is up from 27.1% last year

After coronavirus, some "applicant-centric" practices will persist at Stern, says Rabia Ahmed, the school's executive director of MBA admissions.

"Given the rapidly changing conditions the world has faced this year, we're especially thrilled to bring in one of the strongest, most diverse classes on record at Stern," Ahmed said in a news release. "As we head into the 2021-2022 admissions cycle, we will continue our applicant-centric approach, including adding three new standardized test options — LSAT, MCAT, and DAT — to the existing GMAT and GRE."

Stern saw an overall uptick in applications this fall: 3,652, up from 3,518 in the 2018-2019 cycle, a 3.8% increase. That stopped a two-year slide going back to the 2016-2017 cycle, during which the school lost more than 10% of its app volume. However, the school also increased its number of admits this year (to 1,059 from 919, 15.2% higher), pushing its acceptance rate to 29% from just under 27%

Because of coronavirus and other major challenges of 2020 that have disproportionately impacted international students, Dean Raghu Sundaram says the school decided in July to offer deferments at the expense of class size. Consequently, the 2020 fall intake is 11.7% smaller than the previous year's. (Stern reports that 32% of its new class has foreign citizenship — which would seem to be an improvement on last year's international student total of 26.8% — but the former number includes students with dual citizenship and U.S. permanent residency.)

"Despite the forces at work restricting the free flow of high-skilled immigrants to the U.S., the demand for a Stern MBA among international students remained very strong this year," Sundaram says. "However, in late July, in view of the continuing uncertainty created by ICE pronouncements — adding to an already stressful situation for many new students of closed U.S. consulates worldwide — we made a conscious decision to offer all our international admits the option to defer for a year at the cost of admitting a smaller class.

"This was absolutely the right thing to do. Since its founding, NYU has opened its doors to immigrants, and this remains an essential part of our DNA."

ONCE AGAIN, MOST STERN MBA STUDENTS BY FAR HAVE A FINANCE BACKGROUND 

Much like last year's incoming Class of 2021, 97% of the Class of 2022 has work experience; also like last year, the average age is 28, and the age range is similar: 22 to 40, compared to last year's 21 to 39. The average work experience is identical — 5.2 years — as is the range of years, with a high of 14 years and a low of zero.

In the fall of 2019, the biggest chunk of incoming students came from financial services backgrounds: 28%. Another 11% hailed from consulting, and 9% from technology. Here, too, this year's cohort is similar: 27% come from finance, 10% from consulting, and 8% from tech, while another 8% hail from nonprofit/arts/education, and 7% each from consumer products/retail and entertainment/media. Those from the advertising/public relations and healthcare/pharmaceuticals industries each make up 4% of the class, as do those with military/government backgrounds.

Last year, the largest group of students — 30% — come to Stern with undergraduate degrees in business, followed by 22% with degrees in engineering, math, or science. Some 19% of Class of 2021 students boasted a degree in social science, 15% in economics, and 14% in the humanities or arts. This year little had changed: 29% have business degrees, 23% have degrees in engineering, math, or science, and 20% have social science degrees. Fourteen percent majored in economics and another 14% in the humanities.

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Meet NYU Stern's MBA Class Of 2022 - Poets&Quants

Posted: 03 Nov 2020 12:00 AM PST

People associate IQ scores with intelligence. Score a 160 and you're an Albert Einstein…or Mensa material at minimum. In generations past, a high IQ was a predictor of success. It meant you were a problem-solver who could think on your feet, process complex data, and connect the dots.

These days, an IQ is treated as something more narrow and abstract: the ability to operate in a controlled environment under time constraints. Enter EQ. Known as Emotional Quotient, EQ is a scientific term for an awareness of self – and an attention towards others. On one level, EQ is a measure of self-control, the ability to check messy impulses and reactions. More than that, a high EQ reflects an ability to read signals and connect. EQ means you can share the perceptions and emotions of others. By understanding their motivations and needs, you can foster common purpose and influence choices.

A SUBTLE DIFFERENCE THAT GROWS IN IMPORTANCE

Alas, IQ and EQ are akin to yin and yang, book smarts and street smarts. IQ identifies patterns, while EQ builds relationships. Together, IQ and EQ feed off each other, producing leaders with intellectual horsepower and interpersonal depth. This IQ+EQ integration is the very bedrock of New York University's Stern School of Business. In this MBA program, the learning environment starts with the caliber of learners admitted to the program. Here, Stern balances career achievement and GMAT scores with traits like empathy, listening, openness, and communication. In other words, Stern MBAs are team players who elevate discussions with their interpersonal skills as much as their brainpower and experience.

"At Stern we talk about IQ vs EQ (intelligence quotient vs emotional quotient)," explains Isser Gallogly, the school's Associate Dean, MBA Admissions and Program Innovation, in an interview with P&Q. "It's nice if they can do the curriculum part, the classroom part — you've got to be able to do the school work. But that doesn't mean you're going to fit in at Stern and you're going to succeed in business. Character is very important. What sets Stern students apart is this IQ vs EQ, the fact that they understand how to interact with people, how to lead people, that they have superior communications skills, and are very collaborative."

In designing its programming and curating its culture, NYU Stern has made a bet that students learn best when peers are naturally inclined to watch out for each other. That's one reason why every Stern applicant must furnish two letters validating their EQ. Of course, MBAs tend to be supportive and inclusive as a whole. However, Stern takes this impulse a step further, building a community with a long track record of bringing out the best in their peers.

NYU Stern Interior

MAKING A DIFFERENCE ALREADY

"Before coming to Stern, I kept hearing that it was a highly collaborative environment and that people really cared for and looked after one another," explains Rebecca Dewey, a 2020 grad and P&Q Best & Brightest MBA. "I wasn't sure that could be true – isn't business school supposed to be competitive? This myth is definitely true, and it's the secret sauce to Stern. Students, faculty, and administrators will go out of their way to help each other, and it makes me excited to go to campus every day. The School promotes the value of "IQ + EQ" and I love to see the many ways that Sternies live this value every day."

Just ask the Class of 2022. For Wyatt Kimble, that takes the form of being "helpful," where the mentality is "How can I help you?", not "How can I help myself?" In contrast, Raquel Aurelia Rodriguez describes her classmates as "charismatic" – but frames it in terms of always engaging with each other. "Even from the introverts, you don't have to be the loudest in the room to carry that ability to interact authentically and impactfully," she writes.

Of course, success is also contingent on qualities that fall outside EQ and IQ. They may include passion, commitment, perseverance, curiosity, risk-taking, and resourcefulness. Make no mistake: you'll find plenty of these virtues with the Class of 2022. Early on, Rachel Chanen noticed how driven her classmates were. For her, this created an environment of "special people who will push me to be a better version of myself." Josue Gonzalez was equally struck by how his peers had been "agents of change" in their employers. One reason? The IQ+EQ approach tends to draw proactive servant leaders who understand their success is tied to creating value and raising the performance of their peers.

"Sternies are not waiting around for classes to start to make a difference," adds Myryah Nicholas. "In the summer before school, I have watched incoming students launch fundraisers for social justice and teach finance basics to those anxious about re-entering the classroom. Behind all of these projects is an immense sense of community and sharing resources towards the success of the entire class."

SMALL SCHOOL SUPPORT, NOT BIG CITY COMPETITIVENESS

That may come as surprise to some. After all, urban MBA programs are often depicted as cold and cutthroat, winner-take-all and no-holds-barred. In reality, says 2020 grad Ari Schiff, Stern MBAs enjoy the best of both worlds: a generous community that's within a 30 minute cab ride of the leading companies in the most attractive industries.

"Whenever I talk to prospective students, they are always concerned that because Stern is in New York City, the social fabric of the school is disaggregated," Schiff tells P&Q. "In my experience, students at Stern have the benefit of choosing to spend their time between a strong MBA community and the New York City community. If you thrive in a socially dynamic environment, you'd probably enjoy having the flexibility to choose to spend your time with classmates at Stern or with new friends you've made in the city."

NYU Stern students

Yes, New York City is the capital of finance and fashion, not to mention advertising and the arts. Sure enough, the Class of 2022 boasts students who climbed the ranks at blue chip firms like General Electric, Nasdaq, and Bain & Company. Many have already held c-suite level responsibilities Take El Houssain El Marabti. He integrated the operations of five different companies as a consultant. In India, Ishan Taneja worked with officials with five government ministries to speed up the development of India's first semiconductor unit, landing a $40 million dollar government package in the process. At the same time, Rachel Chanen rolled out the first Pride marketing project for the Trevor Project, considered the world's largest suicide prevention program for LGBTQ youth.

ACING THE TOUGHEST TESTS

Such intensive projects required the Class of 2022 to boost their EQs to match their IQs. That's exactly what Marilia Bagatini had to learn when she was promoted to management for the first time. "I was working on an integration deal in London and, on top of my own deliverables and a lot of pressure, I had to learn how to lead a team that was assigned to me. It showed me how important our network is to help us in challenging times. More than that, I learned that it is ok to ask for help when we need to and how important it is to trust our team. It was a very challenging project that eventually resulted in my promotion. I was one of the few women who was promoted from that group, and it showed that my hard work was paying off."

That same combination of hard and soft skills enabled Josue Gonzalez to notch his biggest achievement as a military intelligence company commander. During a 14-day exercise in the Louisiana swamp, Gonzalez's 130 member team set the bar against which other Army intelligence companies measured themselves.

"I developed new systems, implemented a culture change within the company, and redesigned the company's structure to be more decentralized. During the training exercise, we were able to validate a data collection platform in a short period in part because of the new decentralized company structure that allowed my soldiers to be more effective by working in small, symbiotic virtual teams. We also utilized a new virtual cloud system…My company was the first to successfully implement that type of system in a tactical environment."

NYU Stern students outside class

A BILLBOARD THAT CHANGED EVERYTHING

It is a moment that defined Gonzalez, much like an advertisement convinced Myryah Nicholas to take a leap of faith and pursue her dreams. "Before I moved to New York, I visited friends in the city when I stumbled across a Mother's Day billboard that read, "I didn't go nine months without chardonnay for you to hate your job." While the sighting initially provided a good laugh, the message stuck with me. I knew I owed it to the people who supported me and, more importantly, myself to pivot into a career path I loved. On the plane ride home, I vowed to take the risks I needed to achieve my goals. Four months later, I was living in New York—the epicenter of the beauty industry—and one step closer to making my dreams come true."

That spirit has carried on into Stern, Nicholas adds. "I am most excited about the opportunity to explore my passions fully. In undergrad, I made choices that prioritized security at the expense of my dreams. With a bit more wisdom and confidence, I am ready to bet on myself and go all-in."

That doesn't mean there has been a little hesitation going into business school, notes Ishan Taneja. "I'm really looking forward to being part of a community of like-minded peers, being able to learn from some of the most renowned professors, and getting to experience both in New York City! I'm definitely most nervous about taking accounting and statistics classes – it's been awhile since I've had to deal with numbers in a classroom setting."

PERCENTAGE OF WOMEN CLIMBS SIX POINTS

Speaking of numbers, this year's class profile proved relatively immune to the COVID-induced fluctuations that have dogged other full-time MBA programs. One big difference is class size, with Stern slipping from 350 to 317 students over the past year. However, this appears to be a conscious decision on the school's part. Exhibit A: The number of applications actually rose from 3,518 to 3,652 during the 2019-2020 cycle. That said, the school's acceptance rate climbed from 26% to 29% due to the school inviting 140 more applicants this year to join the Class of 2022.

As a whole, the Class of 2022 measures up well against the previous class. Average GMAT, for example, has increased from 721 to 723 – a number that bests programs like Yale SOM, Michigan Ross, and Dartmouth Tuck (and just a point under Chicago Booth). It also represents a seven point improvement in just two years. Another 23% of the class took the GRE in lieu of the GMAT. Undergraduate GPA average – a measure of grit as much as brains – also climbed from 3.52 to 3.6. This puts NYU Stern on par with Northwestern Kellogg and Columbia Business School.

To read about 11 students in the Class of 2022, go to Page 3. 

For an interview with J.P. Eggers, Vice Dean for MBA Programs, go to Page 2. 

Meet the MBA Class of 2022: Wyatt Kimble, New York University (Stern) - Poets&Quants

Posted: 02 Nov 2020 12:00 AM PST

"What I lack in wit I make up for with dad jokes and hard work."

Hometown: Linwood, New Jersey

Fun Fact About Yourself: I have a twin brother.

Undergraduate School and Major: Villanova University – Finance & Economics

Most Recent Employer and Job Title: UBS – Associate Director: FX and Rates Distribution

Aside from your classmates, what was the key part of the school's MBA programming that led you to choose this business school and why was it so important to you? Stern's strong finance reputation as well as its unique location in the heart of the world's financial center gave me confidence that I would learn a great deal in the classroom while having direct access to most of the industry's top firms.

What makes you most excited about getting your MBA at NYU Stern? What makes you most nervous? I am most excited to work with and learn from my classmates and professors. The Stern community is filled with exceptionally bright individuals. I am looking forward to building my network and leveraging my previous work and life experiences to positively contribute to my classmates' MBA journey. I am most nervous about the actual monetary investment in an MBA program.

What club or activity excites you most at this school? It would be the Graduate Finance Association because it will provide me with valuable interview preparation in addition to its mentorship, speaker, and networking opportunities.

What word best describes the NYU Stern classmates you've met so far? Why? Helpful. Every student I have spoken to thus far, both in the class of 2021 as well as my own truly wants me to succeed. The mentality is, "How can I help you?", not "How can I help myself?"

Describe your biggest accomplishment in your career so far: Most salespeople in an investment bank learn or work with one product. I was provided the opportunity to learn multiple products in my first two years at the firm and leveraged this to cover and work with some of the region's largest hedge fund accounts very early on. This enabled me to work in both New York and London and build a reputation as a competent and driven salesperson both internally and externally.

What led you to pursue an MBA at this point in your career? Sales and trading has changed dramatically even in the five years I worked in the business. When I first started, the role was much more entrepreneurial and I felt like I was learning so much every day. A year ago, I hit an inflection point where my learning plateaued and I began to explore other career paths. I also realized I missed the classroom. An MBA was the perfect pursuit to allow me to get back in the learning mode, focus on myself and my goals, and make a career pivot. Additionally, from a timing perspective, I now feel confident that my work experience and maturity level will allow me to maximize the value I can get from an MBA program as well as maximize the value I can contribute towards my classmates' experiences.

What other MBA programs did you apply to? HBS (Harvard); Wharton (Penn)

What was the most challenging question you were asked during the admissions process?

"Tell me about yourself – something that I don't see on your resume."

This is always a tricky one because there are so many paths you can go down. I just stayed humble and honest so that the interviewer knew exactly who Stern would be getting if the admissions team accepted me into the program.

How did you determine your fit at various schools?  I first knew that I wanted to go to school in the Northeast. To find information on MBA programs, I used websites like Poets&Quants as well as an extensive MBA school guide from Veritas Prep, a GMAT prep company, that went into detail about each of the top MBA programs' strengths, weaknesses, top career paths, professors, etc. I wanted a school with a strong finance program in addition to innovation and leadership development.

What have you been doing to prepare yourself for business school? I have been reaching out to current MBA2s to get information on classes, clubs, and internship interview timelines so that I feel well-prepared come September. Mostly, I have been trying to relax and enjoy time with family and close friends. My travel plans for the summer were unfortunately cancelled due to the COVID outbreak, but it allowed me the opportunity to spend much needed time at my childhood home with my parents and friends I rarely get to see anymore.

What was your defining moment and how did it prepare you for business school? My defining moment at UBS was when I was asked to work in London for the spring of 2019. This move was the culmination of several years of working with our Europe teams to build out our hybrid Foreign Exchange (FX) and Rates sales model as well as grow cross-regional accounts and share best practices across centers. This experience enabled me to work with multiple high-level managers and a highly diverse team to significantly increase revenue with several of our larger global accounts, which are skills I know will serve me well when pursuing my MBA.

What is your favorite company and what could business students learn from them? Huckberry, a San Francisco-based clothing store. Through this company I've learned that an audience of one is the building block for any great company. Make the products for yourself first, not for a large group of people. When you make a product that solves the needs of one person, chances are it actually is a solution for many others as well.

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