New students from all of our MBA programs recently gathered in Austin to prepare for their classes, get to know each other, meet MBA faculty & staff, and have some fun. It was especially exciting to welcome our classes from Dallas/Fort Worth and Houston to their second home here on the UT Austin campus. These students experience the same top caliber curriculum, faculty, and network as our Working Professional students in Austin, but are able to attend classes close to home on campuses in Dallas and Houston.

We had a very strong pool of applications to pull from when putting together our Working Professional MBA classes this year, and the numbers certainly reflect that. First, let’s take a look at our DFW class:

The MBA at Dallas/Fort Worth welcomed its largest class ever, with 88 new students beginning their MBA journey with Texas McCombs. This is also the most international class the DFW program has ever had and the most diverse in terms of companies/organizations represented.

graphic showing DFW stats for class of 2020: Top Industries include tech, manufacturing, financial services, energy, and travel; top companies include City of Dallas, JP Morgan Chase, Verizon, PepsiCo, Lockheed Martin, Southwest Airlines, and more!

In this year of the World Cup, 14 different nationalities and citizenships are represented, including the World Cup qualifiers Iran, Switzerland, Poland, Mexico, Argentina, Colombia, Nigeria and Morocco, along with non-qualifiers China, India, Canada, Netherlands, Mauritius and – yes – the U.S. In all, 28 percent of the class holds citizenship in a country outside of the U.S., including dual citizens.

In addition, the 88 students come from 78 different organizations. No company has more than two students in the class with 10 companies represented by two: American Airlines, AT&T, Citigroup, Tenaska, Sabre, Lockheed Martin, Texas Instruments, Thomson Reuters, Turner Construction and Dassault Systems.

The class has 24% women, continuing the trend of overall growth in the number of women in the DFW program. The last three incoming classes have had the three highest numbers of women in our program’s history. In addition, 15 members of the class are from under-represented minority groups and 15 are first-generation college graduates.

Seven members of C/O 2020 already spent their undergraduate years at UT Austin. The UT system as a whole is well-represented, by UT Dallas, UT Arlington, UT San Antonio, UT El Paso, and UT MD Anderson. Other schools with multiple incoming students: SMU, TCU, Baylor, Purdue, Arkansas, Michigan, Oklahoma, Florida, Wisconsin and the US Military Academy. And five of the class served our country– four in the Army and one in the Marine Corps.

Texas McCombs MBA at DFW class of 2020

Texas McCombs MBA at DFW class of 2020

We feel humbled and privileged by the amazing experiences and perspectives making up the Texas McCombs MBA Class of 2020 and cannot wait to see what they accomplish during their time in the program. If you’d like to join them as part of Texas McCombs MBA network, our 2018-2019 application is open!

This post is part of our MBA Class of 2020 series. Next, we’ll dive into what makes our MBA at Houston stand out.

We look forward to meeting you and reading your application. Hook ’em!