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Stern has one of the youngest incoming classes of any top-tier school with the exception of Stanford, which brought in a class having an average of four years of work experience before starting the program. Most schools have an average closer to five years of work experience.
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Two decades ago, upon receiving Leonard N. Stern’s transformative naming gift of $30 million, the Stern School implemented an initiative to attract the elite caliber of student that would support its ambitious goals. Since that time, the profile of the average Stern MBA student has strengthened significantly, and admissions criteria have become increasingly stringent
Entrepreneurship & innovation. NYU Stern’s Berkley Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation offers a comprehensive program of courses and practical experience for future entrepreneurs. Stern’s culture encourages an entrepreneurial approach from academics to on-campus clubs. More and more students are pursuing this path during their time at Stern; 3% of the Class of 2014 reported starting their own businesses after graduation .
Who is selected to interview? Interviews at Stern are by invitation only, and only about 30% of all applicants receive an invitation, which is quite low compared to other schools. The Stern interview is typically conducted on campus, although some off-site interviews are possible—in particular in India, England, and China, depending on the specific candidate pool each year. (The school will also help candidates schedule lunch with a current student while visiting campus, which provides another opportunity to gain insight into the program.)