MBA Enrollment Numbers Support Claims that Harvard Business School Is Not #1 MBA for Women
Rather Than Lead on Equality, HBS Seems to Find Inequality The Norm
The following evaluation provides key data points on the women enrolled at Harvard Business School:
– For the past five years, enrollments of women at Harvard have remained unchanged. During this 5-year period, there were 50% more men than women enrolled or 3 men for every 2 women at HBS. HBS upholds these numbers despite the fact that 33% more women than men (4 women to 3 men) now graduate college with undergraduate degrees.
– The percentage of women enrolled at HBS during the past 5 years has plateaued. Female students admitted from 2011 through 2015 hit a ceiling and have remained fixed at 40% (+- 2%) during this period of time.
– The absolute number of women enrolled has also remained stagnate. The physical number of women entering HBS in years 2014 and 2015 stayed exactly the same at 389 enrollments. And, the number of women enrolled increased by only six (6) students from the prior year. This resulted in a mere .077% annual growth rate of women who were enrolled at HBS during the past three years.
These quantitative data are reinforced by an Op-Ed post titled, Harvard Business School’s Role in Widening Inequality, which appeared in Harvard Business Review. HBR’s opinion was recently supported by both The Economist and New York Times.
We believe Harvard Business School is handcuffed to an old school model of education and is not the world’s #1 leader in the business education of women. Women deserve further consideration and may find more support at other top-quality schools than HBS is currently willing to provide.