The Top Feeder Schools to Google, Goldman Sachs and More

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School Alumni
 University of Washington  2,248
 Birla Institute of Technology and Science, Pilani  332
University of Waterloo  330
 Western Washington University  302
 Anna University  299
 University of Mumbai  294
 Washington State University  290
 Carnegie Mellon University  271
 University of Southern California  268
 University of Phoenix  266

Source: LinkedIn and Business Insider



School Alumni
 Stanford University  1,859
 University of California, Berkeley  1,645
 Carnegie Mellon University  901
 Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)  763
 University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)  671
 University of Michigan  585
 Cornell University  537
 University of Washington  519
 University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign  490
 Harvard University  478

Source: LinkedIn and Business Insider



School Alumni
 Stanford University  289
 University of California, Berkeley  262
 University of Texas, Austin  125
 University of Waterloo  122
 Carnegie Mellon University  119
 University of Washington  98
 Tsinghua University  97
 University of California, Los Angeles  97
 San Jose State University  94
 University of Michigan  83

Source: LinkedIn and Business Insider



School Alumni
 San Jose State University  1,063
 Stanford University  902
 University of California, Berkeley  815
 University of Texas, Austin  642
 California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo  457
 University of California, Los Angeles  415
 San Francisco State University  381
 University of Phoenix  360
 University of California, Davis  358
 University of Southern California  353

Source: LinkedIn and Business Insider


  • Eric Serrano

    You’ll probably also want to look at what sort of job positions alumni hold from their respective companies. I wouldn’t weigh positions such as a financial analysts to a call center associates equally. This data doesn’t share those insights when prospective senior high schools are looking for what undergraduates schools to attend.

    • Bastion

      Agree. For instance the University of Phoenix has one of the largest alumni bases at Chase, yet I would probably not go anywhere near that school

  • Mindnumbing

    You might get a job at Google is you went to Stanford, but you will never win a Nobel Prize. Stanford has the worst track record at producing Nobel Prize winners per capita among alums of any of the top schools. This is because its students are focused on business not intellectual activity. Oh, but then everyone at Google is smarter than Einstein, right?

    • Cannonkat

      I detect sour grapes and falsity…

    • Gab

      oh, Mindnumbing. The salt is palpable. Were you rejected? 🙁

  • Abhishek Sarda

    hi guys, my son has got into Kelly, UIUC , Tulane and Carlson for undergrad. Pls help me. which one should i choose ?? Many regards. Sarda

    • JohnAByrne

      Sorry for the delay in answering your question, Sarda. I actually failed to see it until this morning. In any case, let me first congratulate your son. He has been accepted to three of the top 50 undergraduate business programs in the U.S. That’s quite an accomplishment. I think your choice really come down to personal fit between Kelley and Carlson, the two highest ranked schools where your son has an admit. Tulane is an expensive program that isn’t even among our top 50. I would immediately put it aside despite the university’s brand. Kelley has been ranked seventh in our new ranking, while Carlson has been ranked 12th. These are superb world-class undergrad programs on nearly every level. Your son can’t go wrong at either place. I’ve been on both campuses, have interviewed faculty, students and administrators multiple times. These schools have among the most dedicated, passionate and innovative educators as any I have met in the many years I’ve covered business education. You should read our reported profiles of these two programs, visit both schools, ask smart questions of current students, staff and faculty, and then make a choice. One other very important issue potentially for you or others: the cost. Obviously, Kelley and Carlson are incredible bargains for in-state students, but I would argue that they are bargains for out-of-state students as well. If you have to borrow money to send your son to either of these schools, do it. The payback on these degrees, given the salary and placement stats, is a no-brainer. Check out our undergrad ranking here: