Top Feeder Companies to Harvard B-School

Harvard Business School’s Top Feeder Companies Estimated % ofClass of 2013 Estimated Number inClass of 2012 Number Found in Facebook
1. McKinsey & Co. New York, NY 5.7% 52 32
2. Bain & Co. Boston, MA 4.6% 42 26
3. Boston Consulting Group Boston, MA 3.4% 31 19
4. Booz New York, NY 2.0% 18 11
5. Deloitte New York, NY 1.6% 15 9
5. Google Mountain View, CA 1.6% 15 9
5. J.P. Morgan/Chase New York, NY 1.6% 15 9
8. Goldman Sachs New York, NY 1.4% 13 8
8. U.S. Army Various locations 1.4% 13 8
10. Citigroup New York, NY 1.2% 11 7
11. Microsoft Redmond, WA 1.1% 10 6
11. Morgan Stanley New York, NY 1.1% 10 6
13. Blackstone Group New York, NY 0.9% 8 5
13. Monitor Group Cambridge, MA 0.9% 8 5
13. TPG Capital Fort Worth, TX 0.9% 8 5
16. PriceWaterhouseCoopers New York, NY 0.7% 7 4
16. Summit Partners Boston, MA 0.7% 7 4
16. World Bank Washington, DC 0.7% 7 4
16. Oliver Wyman Boston, MA 0.7% 7 4
16. Accenture New York, NY 0.7% 7 4
16. UBS Zurich, Switzerland 0.7% 7 4
22. Carlyle Group Washington, DC 0.5% 5 3
22. American Express New York, NY 0.5% 5 3
22. Lockheed Martin Bethesda, MD 0.5% 5 3
22. Shell The Hague, Netherlands 0.5% 5 3
22. U.S. Navy Various locations 0.5% 5 3
22. U.S. Marines Various locations 0.5% 5 3

Source: These numbers are calculated from Harvard Business School’s Class of 2013 Facebook page. The work backgrounds of 566 members of the incoming class of 918 could be verified by Poets&Quants. The estimate of students from a specific company or organization are based on the percentage of the confirmed sample who have come from that company. Data compiled by Liza Rodler.


  • JohnAByrne

    Yes. In many non-U.S. Countries, the competition for some of these jobs is even stronger. So it not only counts, it could sometimes count more.

  • JohnAByrne

    Yes, both firms are tallied.

  • Sagar Virmani

    One questions about this:
    Does the concept of feeder companies apply only to the mentioned locations or does it also apply to other locations in the world too?

    For example, what if a person is a part of McKinsey at India office or Singapore office. Would it still be called a feeder company?
    How would B schools treat this experience?

  • Interesting

    i havent noticed this before but now that I look at it, it does seem W gets no attention on this site at all

  • BenjaminFranklin100ftw

    I agree with this – quality control in input data is essential, and a disclaimer must accompany any serious journalist’s article.

    Moreover, they need to be careful in removing any subjective comments that are open to interpretation. Present the facts and let the readers make of them what they will.

  • BenjaminFranklin100ftw

    +1 to this

  • ikillufoo

    Is it just me or does W get disproportionately lower attention on this site?

    As the undisputed world leader in finance, I would like to see which institutions send the most to W. Would be useful for those interested in finance careers.

    Wharton: Always #1 in USNWR finance rankings every single year- USNWR itself is owned by Wharton alum (he’s the Editor in Chief)
    Currently tied for #1 overall, and maybe it’ll break away next year for the sole title.

    Wharton was #1 in Bloomberg BW for 8 years consecutively, and looks like it will start it’s second reich.

    Wharton was #1 in Financial Times in the WORLD every year between 2000-2009, and again 2011. As the financial markets rebound (and they will sooner rather than later), Wharton will regain it’s top #1 world position again. Then we shall see.

    And vast majority of billionaires in finance.

  • WhatI SayisTru

    Not really, tech and entrepreneurship is a very hot area in many of the Top B-schools I have friends at. B-school admissions tend reflect this rise in tech, thought not so much regarding potential entrepreneurs.

  • WhatI SayisTru

    …… huh?

  • JC,

    Very good question. It’s not uncommon for someone to have done stints at three different companies. We don’t double count. Instead, we look at length of employment. If someone, for example, worked at Goldman for one years but at Morgan for two and one-half years he or she would be identified as a Morgan alum even if Goldman was the last place of employment before going to B-school.

  • JC


    quick question – How does an applicant who has more than one company on his/her resume factor into these stats? For example, I know someone who worked at one of the firms mentioned above and then to another. Are both firms tallied for that one person then? If so, how many people represent multiple tallies?



  • IC

    This analysis is flawed. As a recent grad and an employee of a feeder company, I can tell you that the estimated numbers in Class of 2012 are off. I wouldn’t use Facebook as a reliable research source.

  • MBA 2012 Hopeful

    Biggest surprise is how many Googlers and Microsoft employees show up in HBS’s class of 2013. I wonder if Dean Nohria will do anything about the consulting segment of HBS this year. Of course with the case method and how it prepares HBS grads so well for the consulting industry, consultants may always be welcome at HBS for the foreseeable future.

  • Min

    If I would have a chance to attend the best business school, I would undoubtedly choose Wharton Business School. I am very proud that there are some lithuanians at Wharton.

  • Matt

    There are plenty more tech firms represented in the incoming class. Not all of us have public Facebook profiles though.