Harvard | Ms. Analytical Leader
GMAT 760, GPA 3.9
Chicago Booth | Mr. Non-Profit Latino
GMAT 710, GPA 3.06
Darden | Mr. Financial World
GMAT 730, GPA 7.8
Cambridge Judge Business School | Ms. Story-Teller To Data-Cruncher
GMAT 700 (anticipated), GPA 3.5 (converted from Australia)
Kellogg | Mr. Operator
GMAT 740, GPA 4.17/4.3
Duke Fuqua | Mr. Air Force Vet
GRE 311, GPA 3.6
Kellogg | Mr. Engagement Manager
GMAT 700, GPA 3.2
London Business School | Mr. Family Investment Fund
GMAT 790, GPA 3.0
Columbia | Mr. M&A Analyst
GRE 323, GPA 3.4
Cornell Johnson | Mr. Top Performer
GMAT 730, GPA 3.3
Harvard | Mr. STEM Minor
GMAT 740, GPA 3.78
Harvard | Mr. Fresh Perspective
GRE 318, GPA 3.0
USC Marshall | Mr. Supply Chain Guru
GMAT GMAT Waiver, GPA 2.6
Wharton | Mr. MBA When Ready
GMAT 700 (expected), GPA 2.1
HEC Paris | Mr. Productivity Focused
GMAT 700, GPA 3.6
MIT Sloan | Mr. Energy Transition
GMAT 760, GPA 3.95
Harvard | Mr. Sommelier
GMAT 710, GPA 3.62
Kellogg | Ms. Strategic Photographer
GRE 318 (to retake), GPA 3.68
INSEAD | Ms. Social Business
GMAT 750, GPA 4.0
Berkeley Haas | Mr. Hanging By A Thread
GMAT 710, GPA 3.8
Harvard | Ms. Comeback Kid
GMAT 780, GPA 2.6
Harvard | Mr. MBB Latino Engineer
GMAT 710, GPA 3.75
Wharton | Mr. African Impact
GMAT 720, GPA 3.8
Harvard | Mr. Hedge Funder
GMAT 790, GPA 3.82
London Business School | Mr. College Dropout
HEC Paris | Ms. Freelancer
GMAT 710, GPA 5.3
Stanford GSB | Mr. Healthcare AI
GRE 366, GPA 3.91

Top Feeder Companies to Chicago Booth

Former employees of the Big Four accounting firms–Deloitte, PriceWaterhouseCoopers, Ernst & Young, and KPMG–account for half the top eight feeder companies into the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business, according to an analysis of the class’s Facebook page by Poets&Quants. Financial firms figure prominently on the list, befitting the school’s strong reputation in finance. Citgroup, Goldman Sachs, BankofAmerica, and Swiss-based UBS are among the top ten.

But there’s also a wide range of companies represented from such industries as technology, consulting, consumer packaging. They range from Microsoft and IBM to Bain and McKinsey.

The Facebook data provides a rare glimpse into the educational and work backgrounds of the students accepted and enrolled at Chicago’s Booth School of Business. Business schools keep this information close to the vest, never disclosing this information in typical class profiles.

Yet, an applicant’s undergraduate and work backgrounds loom large in admission decisions, in some cases dwarfing the importance of other factors from grade point averages and GMAT scores to the quality of one’s essays or admissions interview.

The Booth School data was collected from the Facebook page for the Class of 2013. Poets&Quants was able to identify and confirm the employment backgrounds of 407 members of the 575 MBA students enrolled in the incoming class. We then used that sample to estimate the number of students from any one institution in the full class.

The list of the top feeder companies to Booth fails to fully capture the wide diversity of this year’s incoming class which boasts a snowboard instructor, a pro golfer and director of student development at CamelBack Church, the manager of organization effectiveness at American Express, a software engineer from Cisco, the deputy research director for the Democratic National Committee, a science editor from book publisher Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, a mayoral fellow from Baltimore, and a high school math teacher for Teach for America.

Many of the MBA students, moreover, hail from smaller financial companies that lack a national or global profile. Callieach De Weingart-R, for example, worked at Advent International after stints in investment banking at Goldman Sachs and Merrill Lynch. Ryan Pertz, who gained his undergraduate degree from Duke, worked as an associate at HM Capital Partners after a stay at JP Morgan. Andrea Brezing, another Duke grad who worked for Goldman Sachs, worked at Protege Partners, an investment management firm that invested in small hedge funds.

Though Chicago has a smaller representation of MBA students from the military than some other schools (none of the military academies, for example, make the top feeder organization list), there are some notable military recruits to the MBA class: Mike Bigrigg, who graduaed from the U.S. Navy Academy, was a wounded warrior transition officer with the U.S. Marines Corps. Paul Creedon, a graduate of Boston College, was a submarine officer in the U.S. Navy. And Brady Noon, a who earned his undergraduate degree at the University of Rochester, managed and negotiated weapons systems for the Navy.

(See next page for table of the top feeder companies for Chicago’s Booth School of Business Class of 2013).

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.