Stanford GSB | Mr. Hopeful B School Investment Analyst
GRE 334, GPA 4.0
Harvard | Mr. Air Force Seeking Feedback
GRE 329, GPA 3.2
Stanford GSB | Mr. Deferred MBA Candidate
GMAT 760, GPA 4.0
Stanford GSB | Mr. Low GPA To Stanford
GMAT 770, GPA 2.7
Berkeley Haas | Mr. Colombian Sales Leader
GMAT 610, GPA 2.78
Darden | Mr. Anxious One
GRE 323, GPA 3.85
Stanford GSB | Ms. Eyebrows Say It All
GRE 299, GPA 8.2/10
Emory Goizueta | Mr. Family Business Turned Consultant
GMAT 640, GPA 3.0
Tuck | Ms. BFA To MBA
GMAT 700, GPA 3.96
Berkeley Haas | Mr. Hanging By A Thread
GMAT 710, GPA 3.8
Harvard | Ms. Hollywood To Healthcare
GMAT 730, GPA 2.5
Kellogg | Ms. Indian Entrepreneur
GMAT 750, GPA 3.3
Tuck | Ms. Confused One
GMAT 740, GPA 7.3/10
McCombs School of Business | Ms. Registered Nurse Entrepreneur
GMAT 630, GPA 3.59
Stanford GSB | Ms. Tech Consulting
GMAT 700, GPA 3.53
Kellogg | Mr. Danish Raised, US Based
GMAT 710, GPA 10.6 out of 12
Kellogg | Mr. Indian Engine Guy
GMAT 740, GPA 7.96 Eq to 3.7
INSEAD | Mr. Big Chill 770
GMAT 770, GPA 3-3.2
Yale | Mr. Whizzy
GMAT 720, GPA 4.22
Stanford GSB | Ms. Government To EdTech
GRE 323, GPA 14/20 (B equivalent)
Duke Fuqua | Ms. Venture Investments & Start-Ups In China
Wharton | Mr. Army Officer in Tech
GRE 322, GPA 3.1
INSEAD | Mr. Naval Engineer
GMAT 710, GPA 3.3
Tepper | Mr. Midwest Or Bust
GMAT 740, GPA 3.2
Kellogg | Mr. Structural Engineer
GMAT 680, GPA 3.2
Darden | Ms. Environmental Engineer
GMAT 710, GPA 3.3
Harvard | Mr. Sovereign Wealth Fund
GMAT 730, GPA 3.55

Worst MBA Placement Records of 2012

Another perennial laggard is Pepperdine University’s Graziadio School of Business and Management. Ranked 96th by U.S. News this year, the school chronically puts unemployed MBA graduates on the street. Last year, 62.4% of the 117 MBAs seeking employment were jobless at graduation. Three months later, 39.3% of the class was still unemployed.

Those numbers are even worse than they were in the previous two years, despite an improvement in the economy. In 2011, 61.9% of the class was unemployed at commencement (33% three months later), and in 2010, 60.0% was jobless at graduation (36.8% three months later).

And Pepperdine, like Thunderbird, isn’t cheap. The annual tuition is $42,280 and more than half the graduates (56%) borrowed money to pay for their degrees. The average debt burden for a Class of 2012 MBA was a whopping $85,672.

It’s worth noting that the ranked school with the worst placement record a year ago isn’t even on the list (see Top-Ranked B-Schools With The Worst Placement Records of 2011). The Leavey School at Santa Clara University, which reported that 78.8% of the full-time graduates in 2011 were unemployed, decided not to provide the data to U.S. News. You can’t exactly blame the school for its decision. Why bring on more embarrassment to yourself when you can just refuse to fill out the questionnaire?

Those are numbers you might expect in the midst of the Great Recession, but are shockingly surprising given the economy’s recovery and the turnaround at many business school campuses. Although unemployment has remained stubbornly high, most MBAs have done quite well, thank you. But not at these 21 schools among 105 ranked in the latest U.S. News survey.

Top-Ranked Business Schools With The Worst Placement Stats of 2012


School                                            Unemployed At 2012 Graduation   Unemployed 3 Months Later
Claremont (Drucker)87.5%25.0%
Rensselaer Polytechnic66.7%33.3%
University of Oregon65.3%26.5%
Pepperdine University (Graziadio)62.4%39.3%
UC-San Diego62.2%28.9%
Syracuse University (Whitman)62.1%37.9%
University of San Diego60.9%30.4%
St. Louis University59.3%22.2%
Fordham University55.5%45.0%
American University (Kogod)55.3%23.4%
State University of NY at Buffalo50.8%18.5%
University of Colorado50.0%31.8%
University of Texas at Dallas50.0%10.4%

Source: Business schools reporting Class of 2012 data to U.S. News & World Report

(See following page for unranked business schools with the worst placement stats of 2012)

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