Key Diversity Statistics: Hispanic American or Latino Candidates

February 2019


This research brief compiles data from GMAT examinees and Prospective Students Survey respondents who identify as Hispanic American or Latino to help U.S. graduate business schools plan and execute diversity recruitment initiatives.

Quick Facts

  • GMAT examinees who identify as Hispanic American or Latino, totaling 4,824 individuals in testing year 2018 (TY2018), are the largest underrepresented population (URP) group in the U.S. graduate management education pipeline and represent 8.5 percent of unique U.S. citizen examinees.
  • By U.S. region, the largest percentage live in the West (25%) and Southwest (22%). Other U.S. regions with large representations include the South (21%) and Northeast (17%).
  • Most unique Hispanic American or Latino GMAT examinees have either one to three years’ experience (36%) or four to nine years’ experience (31%).
  • Hispanic American or Latino business school candidates are more likely than non-URP U.S. candidates to plan to use loans and grants, fellowships, and scholarships to finance their graduate management education.
  • Most Hispanic American or Latino business school candidates follow business and finance news, frequent online news sites, and use popular social media platforms. Their friends/peers and people in business are the most likely to influence their business school choices.