The program is large with approximately 830 students. Its key strengths are finance and accounting, but the program is also considered excellent in entertainment and media. The school also emphasizes entrepreneurship, and is well-suited for those seeking a career change.
The student body is very diverse and cosmopolitan (over a third are from outside the US), and the atmosphere is collaborative and collegial. The school has a high proportion of female students.
The Stern admissions process is highly selective (only 14%-15% of applicants are accepted) and is notorious for its waitlist, with an exceptionally high number of candidates waitlisted every year. Interviews are a key part of the admissions process and are usually held in New York.
Alumni include the following individuals, with current or past positions in parentheses: Thomas Dooley (CAO and CFO of Viacom), Richard Fuld (CEO of Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc.), Kenneth Langone (Founder, Home Depot), Alan Levin (CFO of Pfizer) and Kenneth Quinn (CEO of Citibank Canada).