Olin MBAs come from diverse backgrounds and pursue a wide variety of careers.

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Learning from All Directions

At Olin, diversity is more than a concept. It’s a deliberate approach to continuous learning and growth. It’s a crucial element in understanding and appreciating other cultures and perspectives.

We believe you learn the most from those who are different from you. People with a different perspective. A different frame of reference. That’s why we welcome students from a variety of ethnic, cultural, geographic, academic, and professional backgrounds. Here, you’ll be immersed in this diversity of thought, ideas, talents, and values. Providing a valuable source of insight and understanding. Check out the Class Profile for stats on our first-year MBAs.

International students

We offer a variety of special resources to assist international students in their transition and to help them get acclimated. These include a separate orientation program, an international career advisor, and a series of business-oriented communication courses. In addition, Washington University’s Office for International Students and Scholars offers a wide range of information and support services for international students.


We recruit and support diversity by offering a number of scholarships. More information about scholarships can be found on the Tuition and Financial Aid page.

Consortium Scholarships

Olin Business School is a founding member of the Consortium for Graduate Study in Management, an organization that works to diversify the ranks of corporate America and its member schools. It does this by providing full-tuition scholarships to candidates who are also committed to this mission. This scholarship requires a separate application.

Forté Foundation Scholarships

Olin is also a member of the Forté Foundation, a consortium of business schools, corporations, and nonprofit organizations dedicated to launching women into successful careers in business. All women accepted to the full-time MBA program are automatically considered for Forté scholarships.

McDonnell International Scholars Academy Scholarships

International students who have graduated from specific universities outside the United States are eligible for full-tuition scholarships. These awards include an annual stipend of $27,000 per year. Determine your eligibility by visiting mcdonnell.wustl.edu.

Veterans Scholarships

Those who have served in the U.S. armed forces are eligible to apply for Olin Veteran’s Association Scholarships. These include both partial- and full-tuition awards. Olin is also a full participant in the Yellow Ribbon Post-9/11 G.I. Bill program. If you are determined to be eligible for the benefit by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), Washington University and the VA will cover 100 percent of your tuition. Read more about the MBA for military veterans.

Student Organizations

Olin’s many student clubs and organizations help celebrate – and even attract – a diverse student body. Get involved to celebrate your own diversity or learn more about others’.

  • The Olin Veterans Association (OVA) is a network of current MBA students, alumni, and corporate partners with military backgrounds. They give advice on course selection, résumé preparation, and job search strategies. Participate in the OVA mentorship program or apply for scholarships.
  • The Olin Women in Business group encourages the development and advancement of women.
  • The Olin Diversity Council is a group of MBA minority students who share academic and professional experiences, and foster one another’s personal and career development.
  • Olin clubs – established by students and alumni of various nationalities, such as Chinese, Indian, Japanese, and Korean – provide support networks and help with the recruitment of MBA candidates.

For more information on student organizations, visit Campus Groups.

Ajay Awanti

Ajay Awanti | MBA 2015

“Students must learn what it takes for a diverse team to come up with innovative solutions.”