It has been an exciting year at Yale SOM—both for the school as a whole and for those of us who work in the admissions office. Last July, Joel M. Podolny took over as dean—and announced his plans to advance the school in its mission to educate leaders for business and society. We knew there was a lot of interest in what was happening at SOM as we saw applications rise by over 11%. In March, after months of work by faculty, students, and alumni, the the school introduced a revolutionary curriculum reform plan, which has generated excitement within our community and among our applicants. Our yield after the first two rounds is up 66% from the previous year.
We are delighted to report that the class of 2008 is exceptionally strong in both its quality and its depth. The class’s average GMAT, for example, is over 700, and the average undergraduate GPA is over 3.4. Perhaps most importantly, however, the incoming class is marked by the same diversity of backgrounds and commitment to community service that has always distinguished Yale SOM students. And we know they are an intrepid and entrepreneurial-minded group, since they’ve chosen to join us in a curriculum reform effort that could set a new standard for management education.
We would like to thank everyone who has taken an interest in Yale SOM, and we look forward to another great year!