The Forté Foundation has included Smith on a list of “16 elite business schools” with at least 35 percent women in their full-time MBA intakes for fall 2015. Overall, women comprised 39 percent of new full-time MBA enrollment at Smith, up from 34 percent in fall 2014.
When part-time, online and executive MBA programs are included, women’s enrollment at Smith climbs to 41 percent.
Forté says the national rise represents “a dramatic increase” over 2005, when only three schools hit the 35 percent target. Smith’s goal for women’s MBA enrollment is even higher. In March 2015 at the school’s annual Women Leading Women conference, Smith announced a 50/50 by 2020 pledge. /DJ/