It seems the class of 2008 at London Business School is filling up now! I have wanted to post some interesting facts for some time but there were a few people I knew personally hadn't paid the reservation fee (they chose other schools :-( ) who still showed up on portal for many weeks, but now they've been removed so I assume apart from open R4 candidate decisions and a few waitlist movements the following should be an accurate profile of the class of 2008 : (DISCLAIMER to waitlist candidates: I have no idea how many waitlist candidates will still enter the class, these are simply observations on those people who are currently confirmed as attending, maybe 10 or 20 or 30 waitlist candidates will still be added to the class, that's something I have no information on- UPDATE: according to the official LBS blog,
the final few places for this year’s class are being allocated. The final admissions deadline passed last Friday, so 95% of the new class is now known, but there will still be a little movement from the Wait-list right up until the beginning of class in late August.)! May sound little but it means 15 waitlist candidates can still move up!
1. Female share: up up up!!
This is the most interesting one. It has often been noted that European schools have failed to raise the share of female MBA students in recent years. As far as I know, INSEAD is especially low with a share around 18 or 19%, and in recent years I had read that despite some efforts LBS female share was stagnating around 22%. Well, this year it is different! It seems that all the efforts from Laura Tyson, the Women in Business Club, the Deutsche Bank Scholarship, the Lehman Brothers study centre etc. etc. have paid off!
Almost 1/3 of girls, that's excellent news! I think it makes the guys happier and the girls who are there will also be happy not to be an "interesting minority" but "normal" members of the school community. In general, it must be good for the school community and recruiters will be happy too, so well done Women in Business Club, Laura Tyson and corporate sponsors ( and anyone I might have forgotten...)!
2. Biggest national group: Indians!
Reflecting the growing importance in the global economy on campus, the largest group among the admits seem to come from India! The second largest group are US Americans. The biggest group of Europeans comes from the UK, followed by Italians as the prime representatives of continental Europe.
What I find quite interesting is the relatively low number of Chinese admits - this is something that had struck me already at admits weekend. Do they prefer to go to US schools? Shouldn't all major current and future economic powers have a good representation at LBS? Maybe it's time to step up the marketing efforts in China? - The cooperation with Hong Kong University is definitely a good start.
3. Class size
Ths class size seems to be pretty much exactly the same size as the class of 2007 - though we're up one person from 325 to 326 :-). Overall there are now 326 students who have paid the commitment fee. I assume some R4 candidates might still jump off, but then they might be replaced by waitlist candidates, so we're at least one person more than the class of 2007 :-). Also excellent news! The more the merrier!