Based on institutional business schools demographic data as well as MBA student ratings of resources for female students and whether case study materials for classes proportionately reflect women in business.
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Top 10 Business Schools
1. The University of Washington – Michael G. Foster School of Business
Seattle, Un • 604 Enrolled
2. Stanford University – Stanford Graduate School of Business MBA Program
Stanford, CA • 854 Enrolled
3. University of Virginia – Darden Graduate School of Business Administration
Charlottesville, VA • 671 Enrolled
4. Harvard University – Harvard Business School
Boston, MA • 1,871 Enrolled
5. Washington University in St. Louis – John M. Olin School of Business
St. Louis, MO • 270 Enrolled
6. University of Michigan—Ann Arbor – Stephen M. Ross School of Business
Ann Arbor, MI • 824 Enrolled
7. The University of Texas at Austin – McCombs School of Business
Austin, TX • 527 Enrolled
8. The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill – Kenan-Flagler Business School
Chapel Hill, North Carolina • 581 Enrolled
9. University of California—Los Angeles – UCLA Anderson School of Management
Los Angeles, CA • 725 Enrolled
10. New York University – Leonard N. Stern School of Business
New York, NY • 779 Enrolled
Which schools and programs lead to the highest incomes?
Though different schools stand out in each major, when it comes to salary, it pays to have a big name. Students graduating from well-known, well-regarded private schools took home the largest paychecks:
The top 20 highest paid undergraduate programs averaged a starting salary of $61,424, compared with an average of just $43,700 for all programs in our study.
Public school grads earned just 80% of what private school grads earned: Public school seniors reported an average of $40,000 versus $50,000 for private universities and liberal arts colleges.
63% of graduates who reported earning an average salary of $50,000+ graduated from private schools.
Graduates of Carnegie Mellon’s School of Computer Science had the highest starting average salaries, which at $79,551 were a whopping 82% higher than the average for all programs in the study.
The highest reported salary was a graduate of Stanford University who self-reported a salary of $165,000.
Perhaps predictably, the majors most likely to lead to a job were also the most likely to offer a hefty paycheck. Once again, technology, business and engineering programs swept the field.
Computer science students achieved by far the highest average starting salary, topping the list at $65,820.
Engineering students earned an average of $56,487, a solid 29% better than the average for all programs in the study.
Business undergrads earned an average starting salary of $49,448; UPenn’s Wharton School and Carnegie Mellon’s Tepper School of Business topped the list with average starting salaries of $63,273 and $60,970.