Pardee RAND Student Body Profile

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Pardee RAND students in cohort '18

Diane Baldwin/RAND Corporation

Each year, approximately 23-25 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 and the ability to think about 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 by Entering Cohort

  2021 2020 2019 2018 2017 2016
Class Size 25 33 24 20 23 22
Average Age 31 30 28 30 29 29
Age Range 22-51 22-40 21-41 24-42 21-41 22-40
Average GRE Quantitative 160 161 162 163 161 161
Average GRE Verbal 162 163 160 163 161 160
Students with Advanced Degrees 76 % 70 % 72 % 86 % 78 % 82 %
Women 44 % 33 % 54 % 38 % 40 % 50 %
First-Generation College Student 24 % 18 % 9 % * * *
First-Generation Graduate Student 64 % 42 % 55 % * * *
International Students 36 % 9 % ** 33 % 28 % 35 % 23 %
Scholarship Recipients 100 % 100 % 100 % 100 % 100 % 100 %

* Data not collected for this cohort.

** Several admitted students were unable to obtain visas or travel because of COVID-19.

All Current Students

Undergraduate Field of Study

Economics and Business20 %
Social Sciences and Humanities37 %
Science17 %
Engineering16 %
Mathematics7 %

Academic Backgrounds in the Following Disciplines

  • Applied mathematics
  • Biostatistics
  • Business administration
  • Computer science
  • Conflict analysis & resolution
  • Civil engineering
  • Data analysis
  • Development administration / economics
  • Economics
  • Energy science, technology & policy
  • Engineering
  • Environmental economics & policy
  • Epidemiology & biostatistics
  • Finance
  • Global environmental health
  • Global health & population studies
  • Green technologies
  • Health informatics
  • Health policy & management
  • History
  • International education policy
  • International relations
  • Law
  • Logistics management
  • Management science
  • Medicine
  • National security & strategic studies
  • Neuroscience
  • Operations research
  • Philosophy
  • Physical chemistry
  • Political science
  • Predictive analytics
  • Psychology
  • Public administration / diplomacy / policy
  • Public health
  • Russian, East European, & Eurasian studies
  • Science & security
  • Social anthropology
  • Space operations
  • Strategic intelligence
  • Technology policy
  • Veterinary science

Countries of Origin

As of September 2021

  • Afghanistan
  • Brazil
  • China
  • Costa Rica
  • India
  • Israel
  • Italy
  • Lebanon
  • Mexico
  • Nigeria
  • Pakistan
  • Poland
  • Qatar
  • Republic of Korea
  • Taiwan
  • Ukraine
  • United Kingdom
  • United States
  • Vietnam
  • Zimbabwe