2016 Rankings Report Card: How Alums Grade Their Schools

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How willing and accessible were the school’s alumni in helping you connect with potential employers?

520241473While most leading business schools have strong career management offices to help graduates land summer internships and full-time jobs, immediate help on the career front from the alumni network is a real plus. It’s also the best possible indication that you have graduated into a valuable network.

That’s why we asked alumni if they found that network to be willing and accessible to help them with potential employers. Once again, University of Notre Dame Mendoza School of Business came out on top. Lehigh, BYU, Washington University, and Georgetown rounded out the top five. On our ten-point scale, with ten reflecting the highest possible score, Notre Dame’s alums gave their alma mater an impressive average score of 9.58, while Arizona State alums scored their school’s network a 7.12, one of the lowest scores across our alumni survey. The average on this question was 8.42.

School Grade
1. University of Notre Dame (Mendoza School of Business) A+
2. Lehigh University (College of Business & Economics) A+
3. Brigham Young University (Marriott School of Management) A+
4. Washington University (Olin School of Business) A+
5. Georgetown University (McDonough School of Business) A+
6. Indiana University (Kelley School of Business) A
7. Emory University (Goizueta School of Business) A
8. Fordham University (Gabelli School of Business) A
9. Wake Forest University (School of Business) A
10. Southern Methodist University (Cox School of Business) A
11. Texas Christian University (Neeley School of Business) A-
12. University of Texas-Austin (McCombs School of Business) A-
13. University of Richmond (Robins School of Business) A-
14. University of Illinois-Urbana-Champaign (College of Business) B+
15. Texas A&M University (Mays School of Business) B+
16. University of Minnesota (Carlson School of Management) B+
17. University of Massachusetts-Amherst (Isenberg School of Management) B+
18. Carnegie Mellon University (Tepper School of Business) B+
19. Boston University (Questrom School of Business) B+
20. James Madison University (College of Business) B+
21. Elon University (Martha & Spencer Love School of Business) B
22. Northeastern University (D’Amore-McKim School of Business) B
23. Michigan State University (Broad College of Business) B
24. The College of New Jersey (College of Business) B
25. University of Wisconsin (School of Business) B
26. University of Pittsburgh (College of Business Administration) B
27. Purdue University (Krannert School of Management) B
28. Arizona State University (W. P. Carey School of Business) B

Source: Poets&Quants 2016 undergraduate alumni survey