Stanford GSB | Ms. Creative Data Scientist
GMAT 710, GPA 3.0
Harvard | Mr. Gay Singaporean Strategy Consultant
GMAT 730, GPA 3.3
Duke Fuqua | Ms. Consulting Research To Consultant
GMAT 710, GPA 4.0 (no GPA system, got first (highest) division )
MIT Sloan | Ms. Environmental Sustainability
GMAT 690, GPA 7.08
Wharton | Ms. Product Manager
GMAT 730, GPA 3.4
Stanford GSB | Mr. Future Tech In Healthcare
GRE 313, GPA 2.0
MIT Sloan | Mr. Agri-Tech MBA
GRE 324, GPA 4.0
Stanford GSB | Ms. Anthropologist
GMAT 740, GPA 3.3
MIT Sloan | Mr. Aker 22
GRE 332, GPA 3.4
UCLA Anderson | Ms. Tech In HR
GMAT 640, GPA 3.23
UCLA Anderson | Mr. Military To MGMNT Consulting
GMAT 740, GPA 3.7
Wharton | Mr. Data Scientist
GMAT 740, GPA 7.76/10
Harvard | Ms. Nurturing Sustainable Growth
GRE 300, GPA 3.4
MIT Sloan | Ms. Senior PM Unicorn
GMAT 700, GPA 3.18
Harvard | Mr. Lieutenant To Consultant
GMAT 760, GPA 3.7
Stanford GSB | Mr. “GMAT” Grimly Miserable At Tests
GMAT TBD - Aug. 31, GPA 3.9
MIT Sloan | Mr. Electrical Agri-tech
GRE 324, GPA 4.0
Yale | Mr. IB To Strategy
GRE 321, GPA 3.6
Harvard | Mr. Overrepresented MBB Consultant (2+2)
GMAT 760, GPA 3.95
Kellogg | Ms. Freelance Hustler
GRE 312, GPA 4
Kellogg | Ms. Gap Fixer
GMAT 740, GPA 3.02
Harvard | Mr. Little Late For MBA
GRE 333, GPA 3.76
Cornell Johnson | Mr. Wellness Ethnographer
GRE 324, GPA 3.6
Wharton | Ms. Financial Real Estate
GMAT 720, GPA 4.0
Harvard | Mr. The Italian Dream Job
GMAT 760, GPA 4.0
NYU Stern | Mr. Labor Market Analyst
GRE 320, GPA 3.4
Wharton | Mr. Indian IT Auditor
GMAT 740, GPA 3.8

Top Feeder Schools To The Consulting Industry

INSEAD was the top consulting school by percentage of class in 2019, with more than half its MBA graduates going into the industry. In 2020, that proportion declined to 48%. File photo

Let’s look at the top 10 schools. In 2019, the 10 highest-ranked schools in the P&Q ranking had an average consulting placement rate of 29.2%, and an average median base starting salary of $158,250. All of the top 10 schools reported a $30K median signing bonus except Columbia Business School ($25K), and UC-Berkeley Haas, which reported a $30,348 mean. In 2020, the placement rate rose to 30.7%; meanwhile, eight of the 10 schools had median starting salaries of $165,000, with the exceptions Columbia and Berkeley, each at $160K. That makes the average median starting consulting salary for a graduate of a top-10 MBA program $164,000, a 3.6% increase. Meanwhile, in signing bonuses, eight of the 10 schools reported a median of $30K, with MIT Sloan ($25K) and Berkeley ($28,917 mean) the exceptions.

In 2019, six of the top 10 schools were up in consulting placement year-over-year by an average of 12.8 percentage points, and three were down by an average of 6.8 points. One, Stanford, was flat. Six were up and four were down over a three-year window. In 2020, three schools were down by an average 1.3  points; one, Berkeley Haas, was flat; and the other six were up by an average of 3.1 points. Much less fluctuation. And once again, six are up and four down in the three-year window (between 2018 and 2020). See below for details.

The average consulting industry salary total for the 26 schools that report median totals is $153,525, down 4% from the 2019 average of $159,854 across 25 schools.

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