The University Record, October 28, 1998

Business School places fourth in poll

By Rebecca A. Doyle

The Business School again is listed in the top tier of Business Week’s biennial poll. Although it dropped from second to fourth place in the rankings, Michigan got top reviews from its graduates, many pointing to the international opportunities and experience they received at the U-M.

“I . . . was only the second Michigan MBA to be hired by the firm,” wrote one Michigan graduate responding to Business Week’s questionnaire. “The company was so pleased by the quality of the product of the two Michigan MBAs that the next recruiting season Michigan was added to the company’s preferred schools list, which was previously limited to Harvard, Wharton and Chicago. The company appeared on campus this year with a full-force recruiting effort and hired a number of additional Michigan MBAs.” The Business School ranked fifth in satisfaction of recruiters.

The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania retained the first position, which it has held since 1994. The Kellogg Graduate School of Management moved up one place to third and the University of Chicago’s Graduate School of Business claimed third place in the rankings, up from eighth in the 1996 poll.

“I am pleased that our Business School has consistently been in the top five in the Business Week

Recruiters placed Michigan among the top three in three specialty areas and in the top five in one other. Ranked as the third favorite place to find graduates in general management, finance and technology, recruiters said Michigan was the fifth most popular hunting ground for graduates in finance.

Graduates themselves found Michigan’s international offerings among the most valuable.

“Michigan doesn’t just talk the international game,” noted one graduate.

“The faculty and administration did a truly excellent job in supplying me with a world-class education,” responded another. “My peer group represented the entire world, and I thought that the learning experience was greatly enhanced by this.”

Michigan MBAs and graduates of other business schools in the top tier can look forward to a job market where prospective salaries are more than $100,000 and recruiting is heavy both on campus and off. Statistics for 1998 cited 420 recruiters on campus and more than 5,000 interviews, more than 1,000 job opportunities posted on the Internet or through e-mail and 132 graduates placed with 11 top employers.

The Top Ten

1998
rank

1996
rank

Rating by corporation

Rating by graduates

1

U Penn. (Wharton), Philadelphia

1

1

2

2

Northwestern (Kellogg), Evanston, Ill.

3

2

6

3

U Chicago, Chicago

8

3

9

4

Michigan, Ann Arbor

2

5

3

5

Harvard, Boston

4

6

13

6

Columbia, New York

6

4

21

7

Duke (Fuqua), Durham, N.C.

11

7

10

8

Cornell (Johnston), Ithaca, N.Y.

18

11

4

9

Stanford, Stanford, Calif.

7

9

8

10

Dartmouth (Tuck), Hanover N.H.

10

13

7

 


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