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Among top MBA programs, Wharton has one of the highest percentages of its class entering from the "usual suspects" industries of consulting and finance. However, its demographics have been gradually shifting to include more nontraditional candidates. For example, 14% of its Class of 2016 came from technology, up from just 6% in 2015.
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Harvard. The world’s largest full-time MBA program, at more than 1,850 students, Harvard Business School (HBS) tends to have a much more formal culture than other top-tier business schools such as Stanford, Kellogg, and NYU Stern. Classes at HBS begin and end precisely on time, so every student must be in his or her seat, ready to dive into the day’s case.
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