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First-year MBA students kick-off school year with leadership course

10/1/2003 -

Evanston, Ill. -- The Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University marked the start of the new academic year with a few words from Dean Dipak C. Jain, who effectively set the tone for the academic year with several challenges to students. He told students to engage the faculty, ask the difficult questions, rely on fact-based data and drive their educational experience while at the Kellogg School. In short, "dig deeper" for the answers.

Last month approximately 524 men and women, equal to about 10 percent of the total number of applicants, enrolled in the full-time MBA program. The Kellogg School Class of 2005 recently concluded orientation and the pre-term management and organizations course newly required for all incoming students. Leadership in Organizations focuses on ethical decision making and effective team building, and immediately provides the MBA students with a common language about leadership. The intensive, pre-term course is one of several leadership initiatives implemented at the Kellogg School under the direction of Dean Jain.

With an average of 703, the Class of 2005 boasts the highest mean GMAT score in the history of the Kellogg School. On average, the incoming students have 5.2 years of full-time work experience and on average they are 28 years old. The Class of 2005 hails from more than 230 colleges and universities around the world. Women represent 28 percent of the class. Non-U.S. citizens from more than 35 countries represent 28 percent of the class.

Beth Flye, director of admissions, noted that the incoming class is an extremely impressive group of individuals. Flye emphasized the students' personal and professional accomplishments, diverse range of experiences and backgrounds and their profound commitment to global citizenship. The broad depth of talent that exists within the Kellogg School Class of 2005 is exemplified by the following:

  • At age 15, one female student left Nigeria to attend college in the United States;
  • One student is a licensed geologist and certified well driller;
  • One male student is a medical doctor and was responsible for a rural emergency department;
  • One woman designed orthopedic knee implants;
  • Another student served as an Apache pilot and platoon leader for special operations pilots, and he was deployed in Operation Enduring Freedom;
  • Another female was a hockey and cycling coach for Special Olympic athletes;
  • Yet another student served as president of Urban Business Initiative, a program that assists inner-city entrepreneurs;
  • And finally, another student was the first person ever to play Division I ice hockey with a prosthetic limb.

Approximately 60 members of the Class of 2005 are enrolled in the Masters of Management and Manufacturing program, a joint-degree program offered in conjunction with the Northwestern University McCormick School of Engineering.

For the second consecutive year, the Kellogg School of Management was named the number one MBA program in the world by the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) in October 2003.

For further information: Peggy King, 847-491-2112,