Stanford GSB | Ms. Civil Servant
GMAT 730, GPA 3.3
Harvard | Mr. MacGruber
GRE 313, GPA 3.7
Duke Fuqua | Mr. National Security Advisor
GMAT 670, GPA 3.3
McCombs School of Business | Mr. Military 2.0
GRE 310, GPA 2.3
Berkeley Haas | Mr. Navy Electronics
GRE 316, GPA 3.24
Wharton | Mr. Naval Submariner
GMAT 760, GPA 3.83
Kellogg | Mr. 770 Dreamer
GMAT 770, GPA 8.77/10
Wharton | Ms. Future CEO
GMAT 710, GPA 3.0
Stanford GSB | Mr. Techie Teacher
GMAT 760, GPA 3.80
Ross | Mr. NCAA to MBB
GMAT 710, GPA 3.2
Chicago Booth | Mr. Inclusive Consultant
GMAT 650, GPA 6.7
London Business School | Mr. Indian Electric Tech
GMAT 620, GPA 3.5
Marshall School of Business | Mr. Strategy Consultant
GMAT 730, GPA 4.0
Jones Graduate School of Business | Mr. Late Bloomer
GRE 325, GPA 7.7
Stanford GSB | Mr. MS From MSU
GRE 326, GPA 3.5
Wharton | Ms. Healthcare Visionary
GMAT 720, GPA 3.4
Harvard | Ms. Media Entertainment
GMAT 740, GPA 3.3
Harvard | Mr. Healthcare VC
GMAT 700, GPA 3.7
Kellogg | Mr. Engineer Volunteer
GMAT 710, GPA 3.8
Tuck | Mr. S&P Global
GMAT 680, GPA 3.3
London Business School | Mr. Investment Finance
GMAT 750, GPA 2.2
Harvard | Mr. British Tech 2+2
GMAT 750, GPA 4.0
Kellogg | Ms. Kellogg Bound Ideator
GMAT 710, GPA 2.4
IESE | Mr. Future Brand Manager
GMAT 720, GPA 2.8
IU Kelley | Mr. Tech Dreams
GMAT 770, GPA 3
Cornell Johnson | Mr. Brazilian Black Engineer
GMAT 705, GPA 3.1
Harvard | Mr. Research 2+2
GMAT 740, GPA 3.96

Getting Into Wharton: Does College & Work Pedigree Trump Merit?

Top 25 Feeder Companies For Wharton’s Class of 2013

Not surprisingly, perhaps, McKinsey & Co. is sending the largest single contingent to the Wharton School. As much as 5.5% of the entire class of 845 admits come from the prestige management consulting firm. One of the world’s largest consulting firms, McKinsey is not merely a feeder to Wharton. It is also the school’s top recruiter, having scooped up 44 MBAs–roughly the same number of McKinseyites (46) estimated to be in this year’s incoming class.

Wharton has long been one of McKinsey’s most important sources of talent, according to Steve Kelly, a McKinsey partner who is Wharton’s recruiting leader. On the firm’s website, Kelly maintains a section on Wharton recruitment. Among other things, it notes that more than 60 partners in the firm are Wharton alumni and that there is at least one Wharton graduate in 71 of McKinsey’s more than 90 offices.

Seven of the top dozen feeder companies into Wharton are consulting firms. McKinsey is followed by No. 2 Boston Consulting Group, No. 3 Bain & Co., No. 7 Deloitte, No. 9 Booz & Co., and tied at No. 10 Accenture and Oliver Wyman. The big financial players are well represented as well. Led by Goldman Sachs, which sent an estimated 18 to Wharton, four of the top 12 firms are from finance. Following Goldman are No. 4 JP Morgan, No. 5 Morgan Stanley, and No. 10 Barclays Bank.

 

 

Wharton’s Top Feeder OrganizationsEstimated % of Class of 2013Estimated Number in Class of 2012Found in 

Facebook

1. McKinsey & Co. New York, NY5.5%4730
2. Boston Consulting Group Boston, MA4.6%3925
3. Bain & Co. Boston, MA3.1%2617
4. Goldman Sachs New York, NY2.0%1711
4. JP Morgan New York, NY2.0%1711
5. Morgan Stanley Boston, MA1.8%1610
6. Deloitte New York, NY1.5%128
6. U.S. Army Various locations1.5%128
6. Booz & Co. New York, NY1.5%128
9. Barclays Bank London, U.K.1.1%96
9. Accenture New York, NY1.1%96
9. Oliver Wyman Boston, MA1.1%96
13. Google Mountain View, CA0.9%85
13. LEK Consulting London, U.K.0.9%85
15. American Express New York, NY0.7%64
15. Deutsche Bank Frankfurt, Germany0.7%64
15. UBS Zurich, Switzerland0.7%64
15. Microsoft Redmond, WA0.7%64
19. Procter & Gamble Cincinnati, OH0.6%53
19. World Bank Washington, DC0.6%53
19. Monitor Group Boston, MA0.6%53
19. Bank of America San Francisco, CA0.6%53
23. Blackstone Group New York, NY0.4%32
23. A.T. Kearney Chicago, IL0.4%32
23. Credit Suisse Zurich, Switzerland0.4%32
23. Huron Consulting Group Chicago, IL0.4%32

Source: These numbers are calculated from Wharton’s Class of 2013 Facebook page. Some 621 members of the incoming class of 845 could be verified by Poets&Quants.  The work backgrounds of 544 of those students were confirmed via Facebook, LinkedIn, or other social networks. The estimate of students with work experience at a specific firm is based on the percentage of the confirmed sample who have worked fo that employer. Data compiled by Liza Rodler.

 

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.