Carnegie Mellon University


September 26, 2018

Tepper Welcomes Largest-Ever Business Administration Class

With 157 first-year students, the Class of 2022 is the largest-ever incoming class for the Tepper School’s Undergraduate Business Administration program. Notably, 79 of the incoming students are women, representing 50 percent of the class. In addition, 20.4 percent of the students admitted to this class are the first in their families to attend a university. 

“Attracting an outstanding and diverse community of students is essential to fostering an environment of creative and innovative collaboration,” Dean Robert Dammon said.

Sevin Yeltekin, Professor of Economics, Senior Associate Dean of Education, said, “In my role directing the student experience, I have the opportunity to work with students from around the world. The blending of cultures both inside and outside the classroom enriches the academic experience for all students. 

The Class of 2022 will have the distinction of being the first to complete their undergraduate degrees entirely from the Tepper Quad. The increased programming space in the new business school building includes — for the first time — classroom space and student commons dedicated specifically for the undergraduate programs.

“The move to the Tepper Quad is an important moment for business administration students,” said Jennifer Wegner, Executive Director of Undergraduate Business Administration. “With the increased class size, this centrally located hub is essential to sustaining the close-knit community of our undergraduate cohort.”

The larger incoming class follows an overall spike in applications across the university, including a 26 percent increase in applicants to the business administration program.

“The record-breaking growth in interest for our program speaks to the strength of the Tepper School’s reputation for producing talented, innovative leaders prepared to tackle current and future business challenges,” said Burton Hollifield, PNC Professor of Finance, Professor of Financial Economics, who serves as the faculty head of Undergraduate Business Administration. “It’s gratifying to see that our reputation has attracted another outstanding class of extremely motivated and energetic students.”

Orientation for undergraduate students ran on August 19-26. Tepper business students also participated in an outing in downtown Pittsburgh, hosted by PNC Bank, on August 22.