Harvard | Mr. Healthcare IT
GMAT 730, GPA 3.4
MIT Sloan | Mr. Auto Engineer
GRE 323, GPA 8.08/10
Harvard | Mr. Government Entrepreneur
GMAT 770, GPA 8.06/10
Cornell Johnson | Mr. Startup Experience
GMAT 700, GPA 8.1/10
Harvard | Mr. Strategy Consultant Middle East
GMAT 760, GPA 3.4
Wharton | Mr. MedTech PM
GMAT 770, GPA 3.58
MIT Sloan | Ms. Technology And Tax
GMAT Waiver at MIT, GPA 3.42
Kellogg | Mr. Sick To Fit
GMAT 730, GPA 3.5
NYU Stern | Ms. Indian PC
GRE 328, GPA 3.2
Wharton | Mr. Chemical Engineering Dad
GMAT 710, GPA 3.50
Kellogg | Mr. Energy Strategy Consultant
GMAT 740, GPA 2.4 undergrad, 3.7 Masters of Science
Harvard | Mr. French In Japan
GMAT 720, GPA 14,3/20 (French Scale), Top 10%
Harvard | Mr. Low GPA Ex-MBB
GMAT 750, GPA 3.0
Tuck | Mr. Energy Saver
GMAT 760, GPA 8.98/10.0
Chicago Booth | Mr. Sustainable Minimalist
GMAT 712, GPA 7.3
Wharton | Mr. Non-Profit Researcher
GMAT 730, GPA 3.6
Kellogg | Mr. Another Strategy Consultant
GMAT 720, GPA 5.5/10
Harvard | Mr. Med Device Manufacturing
GRE 326, GPA 2.9
Columbia | Mr. Consultant Transitioning To Family Venture
GMAT 740, GPA 3.6
Wharton | Mr. First Generation College Graduate
GRE 324, GPA Low
Berkeley Haas | Ms. Want To Make An Impact
GMAT 710, GPA 3.7
Columbia | Mr. Pharmacy District Manager
GMAT 610, GPA 3.2
Ross | Mr. Military To Corporate
GRE 326, GPA 7.47/10
Harvard | Mr Big 4 To IB
GRE 317, GPA 4.04/5.00
Kellogg | Mr. Tech Consultant
GMAT 720, GPA 3.9
MIT Sloan | Ms. Transportation Engineer Turn Head Of Logistics
GRE 314, GPA 3.84 (Class Topper)
Wharton | Ms. M&A Tax To Saving The World (TM)
GMAT 780, GPA 3.2

What Are the M7 Business Schools?

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Pay, Placement & Industry Choices Of M7 Graduates

The payoff of an M7 education is indisputable. There are few educational degrees, with the exception of a degree in computer science, that payoff as quickly as an MBA from one of these top schools and–more importantly–builds on its value over the course of a career. The first-year compensation package for M7 grads tends to be above $150,000, once you include a sign-on bonus, other year-end compensation, and possible stock options and perks that schools don’t even bother to tally.

Where M7 grads actually end up varies by school, but all of these institutions have world-class companies and organizations regularly recruiting their MBAs.

The Pay & Placement Rates For M7 MBAs

Stats Harvard Stanford Wharton Columbia MIT Chicago Kellogg
20-Year Pay $3,233,000 $3,011,000 $2,989,000 $2,796,000 $2,723,000 $2,558,000 $2,544,600
2014 Median Salary $125,000 $125,000 $125,000 $119,400 $124,400 $120,000 $120,000
2014 Median Sign-On Bonus $25,000 $25,000 $25,000 $25,000 $25,000 $25,000 $25,000
2014 Median Other Comp $34,700 $31,500 $27,000 $22,390 $20,000 $26,000 ——–
2014 Median Total Comp $184,700 $181,500 $177,000 $166,790 $169,400 $171,000 $145,000
2014 Offers at Graduation 88% 80% 88% 83% 86% 90% 85%
2014 Offers 3 Months Later 93% 94% 98% 97% 95% 98% 94%

Source: Business school employment reports & Payscale

Notes: 20-year income estimates are by Payscale and reflect historical income up to 2013 and not future income; 2014 median total is comp reflects all three key pay components together, though not all graduates receive all three

How Industry Choices In 2014 Compare Across the M7 Schools

Industry Kellogg Harvard Stanford Wharton Chicago Columbia* MIT
Consulting 35% 23% 16% 26% 28% 34% 34%
Finance 14% 33% 29% 36% 36% 35% 14%
Technology 18% 17% 24% 14% 14% 12% 26%
Consumer Products/Retail 14% 7% 8% 10% 8% 6% 11%
Healthcare 6% 5% 4% 6% 2% 2% 6%
Manufacturing 5% 5% 1% 2% 2% 1% 3%
Energy 2% 2% 2% 2% 3% —— 2%
Media/Entertainment 1% 3% 4% 2% 2% 2% 2%
Non-Profit/Government 1% 3% 6% 2% 2% 2% —–
Real Estate 1% 2% 2% 2% 1% 3% —–
Starting A Business 5% 8% 17% 7% 2% 3% 7%

Source: 2014 school employment reports

Notes: * Indicates that the school includes sponsored students in its numbers. If Columbia subtracted out the sponsored students in consulting, for example, the percentage going into that industry would fall to 26% from 34%. Some categories are not always exactly the same across the schools.

The M7 Alumni Networks

Stats Stanford Harvard Wharton Chicago Columbia Kellogg MIT
Total Living Alumni 18,142 80,917 43,144 48,968 42,361 46,675 12,122
Active Alumni Clubs 92 106 73 91 71 70 7
Countries With Alumni Clubs 36 48 36 40 39 57 4
Fortune 500 CEO Alums 10 40 13 7 4 6 2

Source: P&Q analysis

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