Pardee RAND Student Body Profile

Pardee RAND students in cohort '15

Pardee RAND students in cohort '15

Photo by Diane Baldwin/RAND

Each year, 20–25 new students enroll in Pardee RAND Graduate School. They come from around the world and from the most diverse of educational backgrounds.

Their academic credentials are very strong, but the Admissions Committee doesn't just go by the numbers. The Committee looks for creativity, the ability to think about new issues in new ways. Pardee RAND seeks students with a combination of passion and discipline—the passion to change the world for the better, and the discipline to carry forth the new research that will be needed to do so.

Class Profile

  2016 2015 2014 2013 2012
Class Size 22 23 21 21 22
Average Age 29 29 30 28 26
Age Range 22-40 22-41 21-55 21-40 21-35
Average GRE Quantitative 161 162 162 160 160
Average GRE Verbal 160 163 164 162 160
Students with Advanced Degrees
(including MD, JD, MA, MS, MPP, MPH)
82 % 87 % 73 % 81 % 60 %
Women 50 % 48 % 43 % 52 % 45 %
International Students 23 % 39 % 33 % 48 % 27 %
Scholarship Recipients 100 % 100 % 95 % 100 % 92 %

Undergraduate Field of Study — All Current Students

Economics and Business37 %
Social Sciences and Humanities17 %
Science15 %
Engineering15 %
Mathematics7 %

Advanced Degrees (e.g., MD, JD, MA, MS, MPP, MPH) in the Following Disciplines

  • Business Administration
  • Chemistry
  • Economics
  • Education
  • Engineering
  • International Relations
  • Law
  • Mathematics
  • Medicine
  • Public Administration
  • Public Health
  • Public Policy

Countries of Origin

As of October 2016

  • Azerbaijan
  • Brazil
  • Bulgaria
  • Canada
  • China
  • Czech Republic
  • Ethiopia
  • Finland
  • Guatemala
  • India
  • Iran
  • Mexico
  • Nigeria
  • Romania
  • South Korea
  • Taiwan
  • Trinidad and Tobago
  • Ukraine
  • United States of America
  • Uzbekistan
  • Vietnam