Foster School of Business | Mr. Tesla Gigafactory
GMAT 720, GPA 3.0
Chicago Booth | Mr. PM to FinTech
GMAT 740, GPA 6/10
Cornell Johnson | Mr. Emporio Armani
GMAT 780, GPA 3.03
MIT Sloan | Mr. Generic Nerd
GMAT 720, GPA 3.72
Columbia | Mr. Alien
GMAT 700, GPA 3.83
Harvard | Ms. Media Entertainment
GMAT 740, GPA 3.3
Berkeley Haas | Ms. Jill Of All Trades
GRE 314, GPA 3.36
Stanford GSB | Mr. Army Man
GRE 330, GPA 3.25
Ross | Mr. NCAA to MBB
GMAT 710, GPA 3.2
Harvard | Mr. Finance in Tech
GMAT 760, GPA 3.9
Stanford GSB | Mr. Global Energy
GMAT 760, GPA 7.9/10
Chicago Booth | Mr. Indian O&G EPC
GMAT 730, GPA 3.75
Tuck | Ms. Green Biz
GRE 326, GPA 3.15
Wharton | Ms. Female Engineer
GRE 323, GPA 3.5
Stanford GSB | Mr. Global Innovator
GMAT 720, GPA 3.99
London Business School | Mr. CFA Charterholder
GMAT 770, GPA 3.94
Tuck | Mr. Federal Civilian
GMAT 780, GPA 3.4
Kellogg | Mr. Texan Adventurer
GMAT 740, GPA 3.5
London Business School | Mr. Impact Financier
GMAT 750, GPA 7.35/10
Kellogg | Mr. Class President
GRE 319.5, GPA 3.76
Berkeley Haas | Mr. Upward Trend
GMAT 730, GPA 2.85
Kellogg | Mr. Defense Contractor
GMAT 730, GPA 3.2
Berkeley Haas | Mr. Work & Family
Berkeley Haas | Mr. Navy Electronics
GRE 316, GPA 3.24
Kenan-Flagler | Ms. Big Pharma
GRE 318, GPA 3.3
Wharton | Mr. Big 4
GMAT 770, GPA 8/10
Berkeley Haas | Mr. 1st Gen Grad
GMAT 740, GPA 3.1

Academics vs. Recruiters: Which Schools Perform the Best?

St. Thomas Opus College of Business


The following schools scored much higher among recruiters than they did among academics: The University of Missouri (Trulaske) (+0.4), the University of Cincinnati (Lindner) (+0.5), Buffalo University (+0.9), the University of Alabama (Manderson) (+0.7), Texas Christian University (Neeley) (+0.4), Binghamton University (+0.6), Texas Tech University (Rawls) (+0.4), the University of Albany (+0.5), West Virginia University (+0.7), the University of St. Thomas  (+0.7), and Mississippi State University (+0.6).

St. Thomas, in particular, appears to be a school on the rise. Despite ranking #100, the Minneapolis-based school managed a 3.1 recruiter score, equal to top 50 programs like Rice University (Jones) and the University of Rochester (Simon). With 91 students in the full-time program (and 774 students enrolled part-time), St. Thomas is best-known for poaching Michigan State’s dean earlier this spring. Graduates earn a respectable starting salary of $80,667 and a placement rate of 77.8%.

Similarly, Albany University’s 100 percent placement rate reflects employer satisfaction with their grads. However, the program comes with a major drawback: Starting salary for grads is $56,600.

The Big Takeaway: Reputation and Results Both Matter

So will academics and recruiters ever see eye-to-eye? In general, they already do, particularly in MBA programs, the lifeblood of so many companies’ managerial ranks. With MBA hiring on the rise, businesses are obviously buying what business schools are selling.

From looking at the peer assessments, one theme comes through: Academics seemingly believe the top 20 business schools have erected their gleaming centers on the shores of Lake Wobegon, where all the professors are cutting edge, all the students carry high GMATs, and all the employers are lining up to hire their grads. Compared to recruiter scores, these academic peer assessments are lax and bloated. And they create a two tiered system where higher-ranked schools are potentially propped up by brand and reputation, relegating the rest to being afterthoughts.