Johnson Among Top Business Schools in Attracting Minority MBA Students

7/5/2012 10:18:00 AM

Class of 2012 shared the top spot for share of underpresented minorities with the University' of Virginia's Darden School, at 15 percent, reports the Wall Street Journal.


The Samuel Curtis Johnson Graduate School of Management at Cornell University continues to lead top business schools in the share of its MBA classes that comprise minorities and underrepresented minorities, according to a new report in the Wall Street Journal. Johnson’s MBA class of 2012 tied with the University of Virginia’s Darden School for the greatest share of underrepresented minorities, with 15 percent. Johnson was among the top two schools for overall share of minorities, which includes Asian students, at 31 percent; Columbia claimed with top spot, with 35 percent of its 2012 students being minorities.

The share of minorities in Johnson’s MBA class of 2013 increased to 34 percent. However, its share of underrepresented minorities in the class declined to 12 percent. Yet Johnson remains among the top business schools in matriculation of underrepresented minorities, bested only by the Darden School’s class of 2013, with 20 percent.

"We have been very pleased to consistently exceed our goal of being over 30 percent minority and 10 percent underrepresented minorities in our recent two-year M.B.A. classes," Nsombi B. Ricketts, director of Johnson's Office of Diversity and Inclusion, told the Wall Street Journal.

These latest data, published on July 4, 2012, illustrate the positive results of Johnson’s decade-long focus on increasing the share of minorities in its MBA classes. Johnson was the first major business school to establish an office dedicated to that goal, in 1999. Ten years ago, in the early years of the initiative, Johnson's M.B.A. class was 19 percent minority, and 8 percent underrepresented minority. For more information, visit Johnson’s Office of Diversity and Inclusion.

 

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