At Rutgers Business School, women represent 51 percent of the new class of 79 full-time MBA students – the highest since 2007 when female students made up 48 percent of the class. In 2013, the incoming class of full-time MBA students was 39 percent female.
Rutgers MBA and Graduate Admissions will hold an Open House for prospective students on Saturday, Nov. 1 at Rutgers Business School, 1 Washington Park in Newark.
Another specific factor for Rutgers Business School: The atmosphere is perceived as supportive of women, according to students as well as the head of graduate admissions.
"Women can really stand out here," said Rita Galen, assistant dean and director of graduate admissions at Rutgers Business School. "They can be heads of clubs. They can be heads of the teams in case competitions. They can also be leaders in student government."
"This is a place where women are respected and supported," Galen said, "and it's a place where they feel like they can compete with men."
Vanessa Duvert, a 27-year-old with five years of experience doing public relations for non-profits, said she initially thought business school would be dominated by males. And the idea of that, she said, was a bit daunting."As a woman, especially as a black woman, these are the things you look at when you take your career in a different direction," Duvert said.
What she found at Rutgers Business School was very different.
"The Rutgers MBA is known for its supply chain program and at the head of the program you have Professor Lei Lei, a woman of Asian descent. There's also Sharon Lydon, the director of the MBA program, another woman," she said.
"There are women here in leadership positions," she said. "That in itself is very empowering."