Duke - The Fuqua School of Business

Class Statistics

The diversity in our Daytime MBA degree program reflects the wide range of cultures, opinions, and talents of the world's regional economies, as well as our dedication to creating the next generation of multi-dimensional business leaders.

Below are statistics that represent a typical class profile:

  • Class Size: 437
  • Average Age: 29
  • Female: 33%
  • Married: 22%
  • Undergraduate average GPA (middle 80%): 3.0 - 3.83
  • GMAT Range (middle 80%): 640-740
  • Average Work Experience: 5 years
  • Underrepresented Minority Students: 10%
  • International Citizenship: 38% 
  • Undergraduate Majors:
    • Business & Accounting: 29%
    • Engineering/Natural Sciences: 32%
    • Economics: 15%
    • Liberal Arts: 23%
    • Other: 2%
  • Geographic Representation:
    • Midwest US: 8%
    • Northeast US: 18%
    • Mid-Atlantic US: 13%
    • Southwest/West US: 14%
    • South US: 10%
    • International (by country of residence): 36%

Fuqua's Diverse Student Body Creates a Competitive Advantage

The Value of Diverse Ideas

Former Rio Tinto CEO, Tom Albanese, discusses the value of diversity in the Fuqua classroom to create graduates with a "broader world view" and a "competitive advantage." Rio Tinto is a Global 500 company and one of the largest mining companies in the world.

A Recent Incoming MBA Class Included:

  • A Wheel of Fortune winner and a Jeopardy contestant
  • The inventor of The Keg Koozy
  • A novelist
  • An engineer who holds 6 lighting patents in China
  • A forensic consultant
  • The only female competitor of the 2006 National Championship Sailing Team
  • A professional lacrosse player
  • A student whose grandfather founded the Grammy Awards
  • A 2006 White House Intern and a 2007 White House Policy Intern
  • An activist who raised over $200,000 for cancer research by biking from Austin to Anchorage
  • A Silver Military Science Award winner for developing the image navigation system on the M14 missile
  • A 2002 welterweight silver medal winner of the Indian National Boxing Championships
  • A pilot
  • An environmentalist who lived in a rainforest for 5 years
  • A calligrapher whose work is on display in the Louvre
  • A trapeze circus performer who trained at the Circus School of Moscow
  • A yacht builder
  • A bowling medalist in the Junior Olympics
  • A baseball player from the Mexican National Team
  • A country music DJ from the Middle East
  • An elite army sniper who served in the Second Lebanon War

Now that you know what a class looks like, meet some of our leaders of consequence by reading some MBA student profiles.