This year we added two questions to our alumni survey methodology. They were: “Was your first job after graduating in your desired industry?” and “Was your first job after graduating at your desired company?” When averaged together, Virginia McIntire again topped out at 91.82%. Santa Clara University’s Leavey School of Business followed very closely with an average of 91.55%. Three other schools averaged at least 90%. They were Wharton (90.43%), the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (90.29%), and Minnesota Carlson (90.13%).
No doubt, Santa Clara’s primo real estate helps boost their percentages.
“Being in Silicon Valley is part of the attraction for Santa Clara students and specifically at the Leavey School. We are in such a dynamic environment,” Brenda Versteeg, director of professional development and social justice at the Leavey School, tells Poets&Quants. Versteeg says the school emphasizes connecting with alumni and finding internships early and often. “We tell them to start early and that will help them discern what their career paths will look like,” Versteeg says.
Despite the Silicon Valley location, Versteeg says Leavey students have tapped into a “breadth of industries,” noting that financial services is another big attraction for Leavey students. Still, many of the local tech giants make up the list of top employers for the Class of 2017 that the Leavey School submitted to us. Adobe, Amazon, Apple, Cisco, and NetApp all are on the list, which also includes PwC, Ernst & Young, Accenture, and KPMG.
(Please see the following pages for lists of how the entire 82 ranked schools performed in each of the three categories.)