Key Diversity Statistics: U.S. Underrepresented Populations

February 2018


This brief compiles data from GMAT examinees and the Prospective Students Survey to help U.S. graduate business schools plan and execute diversity recruitment initiatives.

Quick Facts

  • Underrepresented populations (URPs), with 10,273 unique GMAT examinees in testing year 2017 (TY2017), account for 16 percent of the U.S. graduate management education pipeline.
  • By U.S. region, the South has the largest percentage of unique URP GMAT examinees (26%). By U.S. metropolitan area, the largest market of unique URP GMAT examinees is New York (12%).
  • Most unique URP GMAT examinees have either one to three years’ experience (35%) or four to nine years’ experience (33%).
  • URP business school candidates are more likely than non-URP U.S. candidates to plan to use grants, fellowships, and scholarships and loans to finance their graduate management education.
  • Most URP business school candidates follow business and finance news, frequent online news sites, and use popular social media platforms. Their friends/peers are the most likely to influence their business school choices.