MBA Class Size: Is Bigger Better?

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All other things being equal, a classroom with fewer students is better than one with more. In a big class, it’s easy to get lost in the shuffle—upraised hands go unanswered, having trouble with the material can quickly become debilitating, and getting in to see the professor might entail waiting in line. In small classes, participation is a requirement, discussion and debate are the norms. It’s almost like having a private tutor.

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