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Harvard | Mr. Latin International
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Harvard | Ms. Indian Deferred
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Stanford GSB | Mr. Immigrant Entrepreneur
GMAT 750, GPA 3.8
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NYU Stern | Mr. Media Tech Hopeful
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Stanford GSB | Mr. Future MBA
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Wharton | Mr. Biotech Social Impact
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NYU Stern | Mr. Indian Data Guy
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McCombs School of Business | Mr. Microsoft Consultant
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Cornell Johnson | Mr. Social To Tech
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Tuck | Mr. Running To The Future
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A Breathtaking Pay Day For HBS Grads

Harvard Business School Professor Anita Elberse

Harvard Business School Professor Anita Elberse


There also were fewer entrepreneurs launching companies directly out of the MBA program this year. The number of HBS founders fell to 64 from 84 last year. Harvard said that 26% of this year’s founders decided to start their own businesses before coming to HBS, down from 31% a year earlier, while 23% made the choice during the summer between their first and second years, roughly the same as the 22% who did that last year.

Most Harvard MBAs—43%— landed their jobs in the northeast, with the west accouting for 24% of the class, down from 26% last year. “The number of students going west did go down a little, but it’s only about 20 fewer students,” says Fitzpatrick. “It’s not huge, but maybe we have hti the top of the bubble.”

Fitzpatrick says that although the consulting industry upped its base salaries by $5,000 to $145,0000 this year, “it’s not that there is a ton of difference between the industries. So it’s not that big a difference. At a certain point, once you are well over $100,000, you are going to pay your loans back and live comfortably. So salary isn’t something that students seemed concerned about. They are more interested in industry and function.”

Since the job market began its recovery from the Great Recession in 2010, pay and placement numbers at the leading business schools have been on a steady upward trajectory until hitting record levels in the past three years. The early signs for next year’s class look strong in terms of both job postings and on-campus visits by companies, says Fitzpatrick. “We still have no early indicators of a downturn. Everything is still steady state.”

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.