Students Say

Students are drawn to Vanderbilt University’s Owen Graduate School of Management for its “outstanding reputation, world-class professors, impressive network of alumni, prestigious program, [and] competitive employment rates upon graduation.” However, above and beyond the prestige of attending a top university, students universally cite the “small school size” as the “number one” draw. The tight-knit community “gives Owen a big advantage when it comes to administration and classes.”

Overview

Applicants
1,059
Acceptance Rate
38%
Average Undergrad GPA
3.40
Years Work Experience
4.7
Average Age
28

Test Scores

GMAT
660 - 710
GPA
3.2 - 3.7

Deadlines

Early Application Deadline
October 1

Regular Application Deadline
November 25

Rolling Admission Deadline
June 1

Round 1
October 1

Round 2
November 25

Round 3
January 6

Round 4
March 3

Other Admission Factors

Academic

GMAT Score
Undergraduate GPA
Letters of Recommendation
Essay / Personal Statement
Non-Academic

Overall

Students Say

Students are drawn to Vanderbilt University’s Owen Graduate School of Management for its “outstanding reputation, world-class professors, impressive network of alumni, prestigious program, [and] competitive employment rates upon graduation.” However, above and beyond the prestige of attending a top university, students universally cite the “small school size” as the “number one” draw. The tight-knit community “gives Owen a big advantage when it comes to administration and classes.” As one student attests, “There has never been a class that I was not able to take, with the professor I wanted to take it with. Furthermore, it is very easy to get access to the world-class faculty here. I have great experiences working for hours one-on-one with celebrity professors [that] it might be impossible to even get into class with at a different institution. I was particularly impressed by the school’s ability to have classes taught by Senators, Congressmen, and Fortune 500 CEOs.”

Owen has a great reputation for energizing “a sense of camaraderie between the students as well as between the students and faculty.” Though course work is “a very challenging and demanding experience,” “students are very driven to excel, but do so while supporting one another.” The academic atmosphere is “competitive, while maintaining a sense of camaraderie.” All students “have a strong sense of honor.” In essence, Owen “gives back a multiple of your effort.” Due to the small class sizes, students benefit from individual attention. “You really get to know everyone in your class which helps to develop a strong network for your professional career.” This sense of camaraderie pays off down the line when it comes to seeking out a career; “Given the small size of the student body, alumni are very receptive when you reach out for networking and advice.”

Owens’s MBA program “is known for its strong performance in the finance sector,” as well as “one of the best healthcare MBA programs in the country.” The school “is efficiently run, and the professors are accessible, social, and are willing to help in any way they can.” Overall, the academic experience here “is extremely pleasant.” Garnering equal praise as that attributed to professors, the school administrators are “fantastic and accessible.” “Both the Dean and other administrators are more than willing to meet with students to address concerns.”


Faculty Information

Student/Faculty
9:1
Total Faculty
44

100
Full-time
18
Female
3
Minority


Sustainability

Courses in Sustainability
Yes

Sustainability course is
Optional

Description
MGT 544 Debates and Controversies in Business, Management and Society MGT 423 Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability MGT 420 The Future of Energy Markets in a Low-Carbon Economy MGT 428 Social Enterprise and Entrepreneurship MGT 428B Projects in Social Entrepreneurship

Research Opportunities in Sustainability
Yes

Description
Students can apply as resident assistants on faculty research in this area. Students can work independently with faculty on sustainability research and projects.

School's environmental commitment 1:
Project Pyramid Spring Break Trip- volunteered a week of their time to help with malnutrition mitigation and poverty alleviation around the world.

School's environmental commitment 2:
Net Impact's Spring Cleaning Week- an opportunity to clear out their junk while making an impact in the community. Examples: Clothing donated to Salvation Army and Dress for Success, recycling, ans food donated to Second Harvest Food Bank

School's environmental commitment 3:
100% Owen Habitat for Humanity Build - helped with construction of homes in the Timberwood community and 100% Owen added 2 service days a year where students work in the impoverished community.

Career overview

Career Rating
98
Average Starting Salary
$101,301

Finding Jobs & Internships

Source Of Full-Time Job Acceptances
70%
School Facilitiated
24%
Graduate Facilitated
6%
Unknown

Source Of Internship Acceptances
70%
School Facilitiated
24%
Graduate Facilitated
6%
Unknown

Graduates Employed by Area of Practice

26%
Finance/Accounting
21%
Marketing
21%
Consulting
13%
General Management
7%
Other
6%
Operations/Logistics
6%
Human Resources

Graduates Employed by Region

35%
South
23%
West
16%
Southwest
11%
Northeast
6%
Mid-Atlantic
5%
Midwest
4%
International

Job Function

Job Function % of Grads Seeking Employment Who Accept
Jobs w/in 3 Months
Median Salary Mean Salary Low Base Salary High Base Salary
Finance / Accounting 26% $100,000 $99,264 $73,000 $143,000
Consulting 21% $102,500 $103,083 $75,000 $135,000
Marketing / Sales 21% $96,000 $102,273 $77,000 $190,000
General Management 13% $100,000 $93,250 $47,000 $110,000
Other 7% $98,750 $114,938 $70,000 $180,000
Human Resources 6% $93,000 $98,000 $80,000 $125,000
Operations / Logistics 6% $115,000 $106,500 $68,000 $120,000

Industries

Industries % of Grads Seeking Employment Who Accept
Jobs w/in 3 Months
Median Salary Mean Salary Low Base Salary High Base Salary
Consulting 21% $105,000 $104,160 $75,000 $135,000
Technology 17% $95,500 $99,425 $68,000 $120,000
Consumer Products 14% $95,000 $96,647 $77,000 $143,000
Financial Services 14% $100,000 $98,667 $90,000 $100,000
Pharmaceutical / Biotechnology / Healthcare 13% $101,800 $98,069 $47,000 $180,000
Petroleum / Energy 8% $110,000 $99,504 $70,000 $115,000

Prominent Alumni

David Farr
CEO, Emerson Electric

David Ingram
Chairman & President, Ingram Entertainment

Adena Friedman
Carlyle Group, Chief Financial Officer

Doug Parker
President & CEO, American Airlines

Josue Gomes de Silva
President, Coteminas (Brazil)

Dates

Application Deadlines
May 1

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Aid Package
$45,123

Average Scholarship / Grant Aid Package
$25,124

Students Receiving Some Form Of Aid
80%

All Students Receiving Scholarships / Grants
70%

New Students Receiving Some Form Of Aid
78%

New Students Receiving Scholarships / Grants
71%

New Students Receiving Loans
39%

Tuition Full-Time (per year)

Tuition (In-State)
$46,125
Tuition (Out-State)
$46,125
Fees (In-State)
$486
Fees (Out-State)
$486

Expenses per Academic Year

Estimated Room And Board Off-Campus
$13,618
Academic Expenses
$1,842

Student Body Profile

Total Enrollment
166
Out of State
78%

In State
99%
Foreign Countries Represented
22

Demographics

11.00%
Minorities
20.00%
International

31% female
69% male

Campus Life

Students Say

By in large, students at Owen embrace the age-old, “work hard, play hard approach.” Students “are competitive academically but not to the point [that] they are unwilling to help or that they don’t have a social life.” The Owen culture “embraces diversity but we are collaborative in our social, personal, and professional discourse. We work hard and intelligently and moreover, [we] take advantage of Nashville-based social outlets to reduce stress and activate an intense sense of camaraderie.” A nostalgic second year adds, “I have developed friendships in business school at Owen that are just as strong as the friendships I had in college. It’s important to have such a welcoming atmosphere like the one at Owen so that you can balance your life as well as possible while in business school.”

Nashville “is a great city.” As one resident confesses, “I’m from the north and was very reticent to move below the Mason Dixon line. I’m convinced Nashville is a diamond in the [rough]—a city that has yet to be discovered and appreciated for its great food, live music, and expanding economy.” Every Thursday night, “students...and the faculty mingle at a social for several hours. The relationships we are building with each other and the teachers are a vital part of our education.” In addition, “the city has plenty of options for outdoor activities, music, food, bars, and sports.” However, students lament, “there is no on-campus housing for post-graduate students,” and a “bigger library with more study rooms would be great!”


More Information

% of Classrooms with Internet Access
100%

Campus-wide Internet Network
Yes

Internet Access for All Students
Yes

Admissions Office Contact

Contact
Christie St. John
Director, MBA Admissions

Address
401 21st Avenue South
Nashville, TN 37203

Phone
615-322-6469

Email
mba@owen.vanderbilt.edu
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Key Stats

1,059
Applicants
166
Size
38%
Acceptance Rate

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