2016 Rankings Report Card: How Alums Grade Their Schools

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How would you judge the business program’s alumni network and connections that can help you throughout your career?

520241473Just about everyone who goes to a business school understands that the value proposition extends well beyond the classroom. That’s the big difference between being a liberal arts major and a business major. Once you graduate from a leading business school, you should gain total access to an alumni network with the connections that should help you throughout your professional life.

Need advice on a business issue? Want a mentor? Looking for funding or customers for a new startup? Trying to land a job at a company that employs alums from your school? A school with a tight and loyal alumni network should provide help and support. Newly graduated alums felt love immediately at University of Notre Dame’s Mendoza School of Business, SMU’s Cox School, Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business, Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business, and Brigham Young’s Marriott School. On our ten-point scale, with ten reflecting the highest possible score, Notre Dame rang the bell with an amazing 9.7 score from its alums, while the University of Pittsburgh brought up the rear with a 7.45. The average was 8.41.

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

Source: Poets&Quants 2016 undergraduate alumni survey

About The Author

John A. Byrne is the founder and editor-in-chief of C-Change Media, publishers of Poets&Quants and four other higher education websites. He has authored or co-authored more than ten books, including two New York Times bestsellers. John is the former executive editor of Businessweek, editor-in-chief of Businessweek. com, editor-in-chief of Fast Company, and the creator of the first regularly published rankings of business schools. As the co-founder of CentreCourt MBA Festivals, he hopes to meet you at the next MBA event in-person or online.