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Northwestern Kellogg MBA Class Profile | Breakdown

We explore the Kellogg MBA class profile for the graduating class of 2025, including average GMAT scores and target industries

Mon Nov 13 2023

Northwestern University's Kellogg School of Management offers one of the most prestigious MBA programs in the USA, sitting in the top 10 of MBA rankings lists by the Financial Times, Bloomberg, and US News.

One of the program’s strengths is the diversity of disciplines students can specialize in. As well as offering numerous majors, including accounting, marketing, strategy, and managing organizations, the school provides “pathways” for students to explore evolving industries. These give students deeper insight into areas like data analytics, venture capital, and social impact.

The results speak for themselves. Preliminary data for the class of 2023 shows that the class secured a record-high median salary of $175,000, a $10,000 increase on the previous crop of grads. Alumni accepted roles in the 'Big Three' MBA industries of consulting, tech, and finance, as well as others including consumer packaged goods and healthcare.

Hoping this could be you in the future? You need to understand the kind of students that make it onto the Kellogg MBA to present a competitive application. We’ve broken down the Kellogg MBA class profile for the class of 2025 to give you an idea.


Kellogg MBA Class of 2025 | Overview

The Kellogg MBA class of 2025 comprises 529 professionals from varying backgrounds. This may sound like a lot of people, but with some top MBAs approaching 1000 students, the Kellogg class strikes a balance between breadth and depth of networking potential.

Of these 529 students, 48% are female, placing the school second in the US for its gender diversity on the program. The program also has strong LGBTQ+ representation at 9% of enrolled MBA students.

In addition to offering diversity when it comes to gender and sexuality, the Kellogg MBA class also offers international diversity, as 39% of the cohort are from outside the US.

Of the students that hail from within the US, 42% are students of color, at least 22% of whom belong to underrepresented minorities. In total, 13% of the class are first-generation students. 

GMAT Scores

A strong score on the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) is a great addition to any MBA application. At top-ranked schools that receive hundreds, if not thousands, of applications each year, this can become a site of real competition for applicants.

The MBA at Kellogg School of Management is no different. Like the classes of many top programs, the Kellogg MBA class of 2025 scored exceptionally well on the GMAT.

The mean GMAT score was 731, which would place the average student in the 95th percentile. That means the average Kellogg MBA student performed better than 95% of test-takers on the GMAT.

That might sound intimidating but don’t worry. Your GMAT score is not the only thing that can help you stand out in an MBA application. Admissions directors also want to see experience and drive, neither of which are showcased by standardized testing.

This is why the overall range of GMAT scores for the incoming Kellogg MBA class was from 620 to 780. Applicants on the lower end of that scale would only be performing in the top 40% of test-takers—a much more achievable goal—and are likely showcasing these other desirable attributes in the rest of their application. For example, their MBA admissions essays.

(Remember though, the GMAT is changing, if you're applying late for 2024 entry.)

Undergraduate majors/ GPA

We’ve seen that the Kellogg MBA class generally performs well on the GMAT. They are also an academically impressive group of people who come to the MBA from a range of undergraduate majors.

Half of the cohort studied economics or business at the undergraduate level, and over a third (38%) came to the school after studying STEM subjects—that’s science, technology, engineering, and math.

That may not sound like a recipe for academic diversity, but a quarter of students studied humanities at college, a high percentage for business students.

(If you’re confused about the percentages, that’s because double majors were counted in both categories—another testament to the diverse disciplines on display in the Kellogg MBA class profile.)

Work experience and target industries 

Like most MBA programs, the Kellogg MBA targets professionals in their early- to mid-careers, with the average student coming into the program after five years in the workforce.

The Kellogg MBA also reflects broader trends in the industries that students are targeting after graduation. Just over a quarter (26%) desire careers in consulting, closely followed by technology and financial services, which each account for 19% of students.

The next most popular industries that Kellogg MBAs aspire to are healthcare and biopharma (8%), consumer products (5%), and media and entertainment (4%).


Although the Kellogg MBA follows the patterns of many MBA programs when it comes to career outcomes, with the 'Big Three' MBA industries of finance, tech, and consulting taking the top spots, this is a great MBA to target for professionals of all backgrounds.

As well as enrolling a diverse crop of students in terms of gender, sexuality, and race, the school also ensures the cohort is diverse in terms of academic backgrounds and ultimate career goals. It facilitates these outcomes by providing a wealth of specialization options as part of the curriculum.

Applicants would do well to study up on the GMAT as Kellogg MBAs typically perform strongly here. However, the range of scores represented by the class suggests that applicants without a sky-high standardized test score shouldn’t be discouraged.

If you can showcase your unique background and how the Kellogg MBA fits into your overall career trajectory, you have a good chance of making it into the class.