Harvard | Ms. Media Entertainment
GMAT 740, GPA 3.3
Harvard | Mr. Consumer Goods Senior Manager
GMAT 740, GPA 8.27/10
Berkeley Haas | Mr. Evolving Teacher
GRE 328, GPA 3.26
Columbia | Mr. Indian I-Banker
GMAT 740, GPA 8.63
Cornell Johnson | Ms. Chef Instructor
GMAT 760, GPA 3.3
UCLA Anderson | Ms. Tech-y Athlete
GRE , GPA 3.63
Harvard | Mr. Deferred Financial Poet
GMAT 710, GPA 3.68
Harvard | Mr. Lieutenant To Consultant
GMAT 760, GPA 3.7
Berkeley Haas | Ms. EV Evangelist
GRE 334, GPA 2.67
Wharton | Ms. Product Manager
GMAT 730, GPA 3.4
Wharton | Mr. Indian Engineer + MBA Now In Consulting
GMAT 760, GPA 8.7 / 10
Chicago Booth | Mr. EduTech
GRE 337, GPA 3.9
Cornell Johnson | Mr. Indonesian Salesperson
GMAT 660, GPA 3.49
Berkeley Haas | Mr. LGBT+CPG
GMAT 720, GPA 3.95
McCombs School of Business | Ms. Tech For Non-Profits
GRE 312, GPA 3.2
Harvard | Mr. Combat Pilot Non-Profit Leader
GRE 329, GPA 3.73
UCLA Anderson | Mr. Actual Poet
GMAT 720, GPA 12.0/14
MIT Sloan | Mr. Indian Healthcare Analytics
GMAT 720, GPA 7.8
Harvard | Mr. Healthcare Administration & Policy Latino Advocate
GRE 324, GPA 3.4
Cornell Johnson | Mr. Asian Mexican Finance Hombre
GMAT 650, GPA 2.967
Stanford GSB | Mr. Filipino Startup
GMAT 710, GPA 3.7
Columbia | Mr. Fintech Data Scientist
GMAT 710, GPA 3.66
Tuck | Mr. Opportunities In MBB
GMAT 710, GPA 3.4
Stanford GSB | Mr. Co-Founder & Analytics Manager
GMAT 750, GPA 7.4 out of 10.0 - 4th in Class
Harvard | Mr. Strategy For Social Good
GRE 325, GPA 3.5
MIT Sloan | Mr. Spaniard
GMAT 710, GPA 7 out of 10 (top 15%)
NYU Stern | Ms. Hopeful NYU Stern Marketing Ph.D.
GRE 297, GPA 2.8

What Harvard MBAs Made This Year

Harvard Business School Baker Library - Ethan Baron photo

Harvard Business School Baker Library – Ethan Baron photo


The highest median first year comp–a whopping $206,341–went to HBS grads who landed jobs at hedge funds and investment management firms. The number as ballooned by a third of the hires reporting median other guaranteed compensation of $120,000. MBAs who got jobs in PE, VC and leveraged buyout firms were next, with median first year comp of $180,313. One in four of these graduates reported median other guaranteed comp of $90,000, second highest after investment management jobs.

Those total comp numbers are the highest thus far reported by any business school (see below). Stanford GSB has yet to reveal its employment report for the Class of 2015. The big surprise so far is that Michigan Ross’ total comp number exceeds both Wharton and Chicago Booth, largely due to the high percentages of students reporting both sign-on bonuses and other guaranteed compensation. It’s unclear if Michigan is including more perks in those numbers. If you included, for example, tuition reimbursements and relocation expenses, Wharton’s median total would rise to $153,202 from the $146,303 that includes base salary, signing bonuses and other guaranteed comp.

Harvard said that 94% of this year’s class received job offers within three months after receiving their diploma, while 91% accepted those offers.

The vast majority of the startups that lured HBS MBAs into their fold are based in the United States, with half located in the Northeast and 33 percent on the West Coast, predominantly in the Bay Area. “Over one-third of the startups from which students accepted offers are in the technology sector and another third in financial services,” said Fitzpatrick. “While consumer products is still a small group, we have seen it grow year-over-year as well.”

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