Key Diversity Statistics: African Americans, TY 2014 (A Data to Go Brief)

April 01, 2015


This 2015 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 2014, spanning the period July 1, 2013 to June 30, 2014. The series examines demographic data about the following diversity groups: African Americans, Hispanic Americans, and Native Americans, collectively and individually.

This brief, Key Diversity Statistics: African Americans, TY 2014 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.

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 6,153 unique GMAT examinees in TY 2014, are the largest underrepresented US population group in the business school pipeline, accounting for 52 percent of unique GMAT examinees belonging to underrepresented US populations.
  • 85 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 (34%) in TY 2014.
  • 59 percent of these examinees cite Business or Commerce as their undergraduate major, consistent with all US GMAT examinees.