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The Class of 2014 represents cities and towns across the United States and 47 nations around the world.

With 658 students from across the United States as well as 47 countries, the Class of 2014 characterizes the high-performing, diverse student body that has become the hallmark of Kellogg life.

Welcoming the Class of 2014

Kellogg leaders encourage first-year students to 'think bravely with us'

By Daniel P. Smith

9/5/2012 - On the morning of Sept. 4, Kellogg School of Management Dean Sally Blount stood before more than 650 incoming students and welcomed them to Kellogg. At a glance: The Class of 2014

The dean then extended an invite.

“Think bravely with us,” said Blount, a 1992 Kellogg PhD who returned to the school in 2010 to continue its 21st-century evolution. “I hope the reason you chose Kellogg is that we never sit still … and that we change the world because we understand how to interact, have fun and make an impact.”

For Kellogg’s Class of 2014, Blount’s enthusiastic invitation kicked off CIM (Complete Immersion in Management) Week, the annual new student orientation for full-time Kellogg students.

Highlighting Kellogg’s culture
Immediately working to include students in Kellogg’s vibrant culture, Blount introduced the four learning initiatives that guide the school’s curriculum:

  • Markets and customers
  • Private/public interface
  • Collaboration
  • Innovation and entrepreneurship
“These are the four things you need to understand in an integrated way,” Blount said, urging students to be multi-dimensional.

Other Kellogg administrators shared Blount’s enthusiasm as they addressed the Class of 2014.

Dean of Students Betsy Ziegler encouraged students to take advantage of countless opportunities to gain new experiences, friends and perspectives over the coming two years.

“There isn’t one way to be successful at Kellogg … so make your own Kellogg,” she said.

Paul Gediman, senior director of alumni and donor relations, reminded the incoming class that the Kellogg network spans more than 50,000 graduates and communities across the globe. The Class of 2014 has now joined that universe.

“You are the Kellogg brand,” Gediman said.

Class of 2014
With students from across the United States as well as 47 foreign nations, the Class of 2014 characterizes the high-performing, diverse student body that has become the hallmark of Kellogg life.

The academic and work experience of the Class of 2014 is varied. Some arrive from backgrounds in finance or consulting; others in operations or marketing. Some helped launch startups; others carry a resume with a Fortune 500 name. Some worked in the public sector; others labored in the nonprofit world.

Blount said the diversity of Kellogg paired with the school’s collaborative mindset positions its graduates to make extraordinary things happen in high-impact, low-fingerprint ways.

“We get the power of a strong, vibrant culture,” Blount said.

At a glance
  • Total applicants: 5071
  • Enrolled students: 658
    • 2-Year MBA Program: 477
    • 1-Year MBA Program: 100
    • MMM: 54
    • JD-MBA: 27
    • Female students: 35.3%
    • International students: 39.5%
    • U.S. minority students: 19.9%
    • Countries represented: 47
    • Age range: 25-31 years old
    • Work experience: 3.2-7.25 years
    • Average GMAT Score: 708