Harvard | Mr. The Builder
GMAT 740, GPA 4.0
Darden | Mr. Program Manager
GRE 324, GPA 3.74
Harvard | Mr. Consulting To Emerging Markets Banking
GRE 130, GPA 3.6 equivalent
Berkeley Haas | Mr. Biz Human Rights
GRE 710, GPA 8/10
Harvard | Mr. Comeback Kid
GMAT 770, GPA 2.8
Stanford GSB | Mr. Greek Taverna
GMAT 730, GPA 7.03/10
Harvard | Ms. Biotech Ops
GMAT 770, GPA 3.53
NYU Stern | Mr. Development
GMAT 690, GPA 2.5
Chicago Booth | Mr. Energy Operations
GRE 330, GPA 3.85
Harvard | Mr. Big 4 To Healthcare Reformer
GRE 338, GPA 4.0 (1st Class Honours - UK - Deans List)
Wharton | Mr. Steelmaker To Consultant
GMAT 760, GPA 3.04/4.0
Chicago Booth | Mr. Overrepresented Indian Engineer
GMAT 740, GPA 8.78/10
Duke Fuqua | Mr. Indian Quant
GMAT 745, GPA 9.6 out of 10
Stanford GSB | Mr. Food & Education Entrepreneur
GMAT 720, GPA 4.0
Harvard | Mr. Standard Military
GMAT 700, GPA 3.74
Harvard | Ms. Gay Engineer
GMAT 730, GPA 3.6
Harvard | Mr. International Oil
GMAT 710, GPA 3.7
Harvard | Mr. Lieutenant To Consultant
GMAT 760, GPA 3.7
Duke Fuqua | Mr. IB Back Office To Front Office/Consulting
GMAT 640, GPA 2.8
Tuck | Mr. Infantry Officer To MBA
GRE 314, GPA 3.4
Rice Business | Mr. Future Energy Consultant
GRE Received a GRE Waiver, GPA 3.3
Berkeley Haas | Mr. Campaigns To Business
GMAT 750, GPA 3.19
MIT Sloan | Mr. Special Forces
GMAT 720, GPA 3.82
Columbia | Mr. Fingers Crossed
GMAT 730, GPA 3.2
Harvard | Ms. Egyptian Heritage
GRE 320, GPA 3.7
Harvard | Mr. Investor & Operator (2+2)
GMAT 720, GPA 3.85
Harvard | Ms. Harvard Hopeful
GMAT 750, GPA 3.7

Best & Worst MBA Job Placement In 2015

Candidates waiting for job interviews

Candidates waiting for job interviews

By all accounts, 2015 was one of the best years ever for graduating MBAs. One school after another reported increasing starting pay for their graduates along with some of the strongest employment numbers since the Great Recession.

In fact, the MBA job market was so good, that many of the very best business schools had slight declines in their employment levels from the previous year. Huh? That’s because graduates were so confident that they would land jobs that they became incredibly choosy about saying ‘yes,’ waiting for the ideal job offer. More often than not, those late offers were coming from early stage companies and startups, which are getting a larger share of the best MBA grads.

Some 16 of the Top 25 MBA programs in the U.S. reported 90% plus employment rates for their graduates three months after commencement. The Olin Business School at Washington University led the pack with 97.1% of its Class of 2015 employed three months after graduation, followed by the University of Washington’s Foster School, with 95.6% landing jobs. Virginia, Dartmouth, and the University of Chicago business schools rounded out the top five last year, each with 95% or more employed three months after commencement.

UVA’S DARDEN SCHOOL TOPS EMPLOYMENT AT GRADUATION 

Of course, there are different ways to look at employment. Schools generally report job offers and then accepted offers at both graduation and three months later. U.S. News & World Report, in gathering data from the schools on employment, relies solely on the latter measurement in its rankings: The actual percentage of MBA graduates who are employed.

The schools that led the pack at graduation last year? Among the Top 25 schools, the University of Virginia’s Darden School was No. 1, with 88.8% of its graduating class employed on commencement day. Chicago’s Booth School of Business was next with 86.5% and Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management was third with 86.3% of the class accepting job offers by graduation. Michigan’s Ross School and MIT’s Sloan School rounded out the top five, with 86.3% and 86.1%, respectively.

The MBA programs at the bottom of the list will surprise you. Three of the best business schools in the world–all based in California–trail in the Top 25 group: Stanford GSB, with just 71.7% employed at graduation; UC-Berkeley’s Haas School, with 72.0% landing jobs, and UCLA’s Anderson School with 72.3% having accepted their job offers at commencement. It was a similar story among the next 25 schools in the Top 50, with the University of Southern California and UC-Irvine taking up the rear.

Stanford’s numbers are especially instructive. Some 90 days after graduation, 92% of the class had offers–but only 86% accepted those jobs because they were being so selective. “This cohort has a very positive outlook on the market and a higher tolerance for risk,” said Maeve Richard, assistant dean and director of the Career Management Center at Stanford Graduate School of Business. “The strong market has allowed them to defer decisions about multiple offers, and in some cases, turn down offers to remain focused on searching for an ideal opportunity,” she said.

2015 Employment Rates At Top 25 U.S. Schools Three Months After Graduation

School 2015 2014
Washington University (Olin) 97.1% 95.0%
University of Washington (Foster) 95.6% 95.0%
Virginia (Darden) 95.3% 93.0%
Dartmouth (Tuck) 95.1% 94.0%
Chicago (Booth) 95.0% 97.0%
Duke (Fuqua) 94.4% 90.0%
Emory (Goizueta) 94.4% 95.0%
UNC (Kenan-Flagler) 94.3% 89.0%
Northwestern (Kellogg) 93.8% 90.0%
UC-Berkeley (Haas) 93.8% 87.0%
UPenn (Wharton) 93.6% 95.0%
Notre Dame (Mendoza) 92.7% 88.0%
Columbia 92.5% 91.0%
MIT (Sloan) 92.4% 93.0%
Yale SOM 92.2% 89.0%
Michigan (Ross) 92.1% 89.0%
Harvard Business School 91.1% 90.0%
Carnegie Mellon (Tepper) 89.5% 89.0%
Indiana University (Kelley) 89.1% 88.0%
NYU (Stern) 89.0% 91.0%
Cornell (Johnson) 88.2% 90.0%
UCLA (Anderson) 87.1% 89.0%
Texas-Austin (McCombs) 87.0% 91.0%
Stanford GSB 86.2% 92.0%
Georgetown (McDonough) 85.9% 88.0%

Source: Business schools reporting to U.S. News