Key Diversity Statistics: African Americans, TY 2015 (A Data-to-Go Brief)

This brief, Key Diversity Statistics: African Americans, TY 2015, examines the representation of African Americans as a share of all US unique GMAT examinees in the business school pipeline. Key demographic data presented include: gender, age, US region, years of work experience, highest education level attained, undergraduate major category and GPA, Total GMAT scores, intended graduate degree program and intended study pace.


This 2016 Data to Go brief is one in a series of four GMAC research briefs that present key diversity statistics for specific populations of US GMAT test takers from testing year 2015, spanning the period July 1, 2014 to June 30, 2015. The series examines demographic data about the following diversity groups: African Americans, Hispanic Americans, and Native Americans, collectively and individually.

The term underrepresented populations refers to racial or ethnic minorities that include the following groups of US citizens: Hispanic American or Latino, Black or African American, Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander, and American Indian or Alaska Native. The category excludes Asian Americans.

Quick Facts

  • African Americans, with 5,843 unique GMAT examinees in TY 2015, are the largest underrepresented US population group in the business school pipeline, accounting for 51 percent of unique GMAT examinees belonging to underrepresented US populations.
  • 84 percent of unique African American GMAT examinees have some work experience; the most frequently reported level of work experience was between one and three years (33%) in TY 2015.
  • 57 percent of these examinees cite Business or Commerce as their undergraduate major, consistent with all GMAT examinees from the United States.