McCombs School of Business | Mr. Ernst & Young
GMAT 600 (hopeful estimate), GPA 3.86
Kellogg | Mr. Innovator
GRE 300, GPA 3.75
London Business School | Ms. Private Equity Angel
GMAT 660, GPA 3.4
Harvard | Mr. Defense Engineer
GMAT 730, GPA 3.6
Kellogg | Mr. Defense Engineer
GMAT 760, GPA 3.15
Chicago Booth | Ms. Indian Banker
GMAT 740, GPA 9.18/10
Harvard | Ms. Developing Markets
GMAT 780, GPA 3.63
Yale | Ms. Biotech
GMAT 740, GPA 3.29
McCombs School of Business | Mr. Marine Executive Officer
GRE 322, GPA 3.28
Kellogg | Mr. Engineer Volunteer
GMAT 710, GPA 3.8
Stanford GSB | Ms. Global Empowerment
GMAT 740, GPA 3.66
Chicago Booth | Mr. Bank AVP
GRE 322, GPA 3.22
Harvard | Mr. Renewables Athlete
GMAT 710 (1st take), GPA 3.63
Stanford GSB | Mr. Infantry Officer
GRE 320, GPA 3.7
UCLA Anderson | Ms. Apparel Entrepreneur
GMAT 690, GPA 3.2
Harvard | Mr. Armenian Geneticist
GRE 331, GPA 3.7
Berkeley Haas | Mr. 1st Gen Grad
GMAT 740, GPA 3.1
Ross | Mr. Travelpreneur
GMAT 730, GPA 2.68
London Business School | Ms. Numbers
GMAT 730, GPA 3.5
IU Kelley | Mr. Fortune 500
N U Singapore | Mr. Naval Officer
GMAT 710, GPA 3.2
NYU Stern | Ms. Entertainment Strategist
GMAT Have not taken, GPA 2.92
INSEAD | Ms. Spaniard Consultant
GMAT 710, GPA 8.5/10.00
NYU Stern | Mr. Army Prop Trader
GRE 313, GPA 2.31
Chicago Booth | Mr. Unilever To MBB
GRE 308, GPA 3.8
Stanford GSB | Ms. Healthtech Venture
GMAT 720, GPA 3.5
Columbia | Mr. Senior Research Analyst
GMAT 720, GPA 3.58

Bouncing Back From The Great Recession

U.S. News’ Top 30 Schools & Their Recovery From The Great Recession

School% Change from ’09-’11% Change from ’08-’112011 salary & bonus2009 salary & bonus
Emory (Goizueta)18.2%12.0%$121,050$102,122
UPenn (Wharton)11.0%0.5%$137,311$123,741
UCLA (Anderson)10.0%1.6%$119,109$108,286
Chicago (Booth)9.2%2.0%$133,424$122,131
Dartmouth (Tuck)7.7%3.6%$138,222$128,282
UC-Berkeley (Haas)7.1%2.3%$129,776$121,124
Rice (Jones)7.1%-0.4%$108,175$100,975
UNC (Kenan-Flagler)7.0%9.9%$121,063$113,105
Duke (Fuqua)6.8%4.8%$128,666$120,474
Georgia Tech5.5%-7.5%$97,376$92,298
MIT (Sloan)5.5%1.2%$132,618$125,707
Georgetown (McDonough)5.4%-2.4%$111,721$106,012
Notre Dame (Mendoza)5.2%2.7%$104,763$99,604
Texas (McCombs)4.1%1.7%$118,410$113,768
New York (Stern)3.8%-0.1%$128,888$124,112
Minnesota (Carlson)3.8%5.4%$110,349$104,745
Virginia (Darden)3.6%1.0%$127,595$123,164
Washington (Olin)2.1%-3.7%$99,354$97,326
Cornell (Johnson)1.8%-0.4%$122,329$120,142
Northwestern (Kellogg)1.8%-0.2%$130,092$127,834
Michigan (Ross)1.4%1.6%$127,817$125,995
Carnegie Mellon (Tepper)0.2%-4.3%$117,650$117,359
Vanderbilt (Owen)-0.2%-0.6%$102,694$102,852
USC (Marshall)-0.9%5.0%$109,619$110,594
Indiana (Kelley)-1.0%-2.9%$106,195$107,221
Ohio State (Fisher)-8.0%-9.3%$91,696$99,710

Source: Individual business schools reporting to U.S. News & World Report

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.