Stanford graduates the most satisfied

Graduates from Stanford Graduate School of Business are the happiest after graduation according to a recent Forbes survey. The magazine’s analysis of alumni found that despite being the hardest programme to get into, once accepted students tend to be satisfied with what they get for their time and effort. 

Stanford Graduate Business School

For the survey, Forbes collected the views of 17,500 alumni from the MBA Class of 2012. Stanford’s former students came out top in terms of being the most satisfied with their education and current employment situation. In particular they praised the high level of innovation and collaboration, with an elite faculty and a 6-to-1 student-to-faculty ratio.

The location close to the Silicon Valley tech scene helps Stanford MBA graduates find jobs with Apple, Bain, Boston Consulting Group, McKinsey and Warburg Pincus amongst others. According to Forbes, the starting median base salary was 136,000 US dollar, with a signing bonus of 25,000 US dollar plus options in their companies that have a median value of 380,000 US dollar five years out of school. Although return on investment is high, it is not as high as for the University of Pennsylvannia Wharton School which ranked first in this category.

Back to the level of satisfaction: Another school worth mentioning is the University of Virginia Darden School of Business which came second in terms of satisfaction. Many Darden students go on to employers like Accenture, Bain & Co., Boston Consulting Group, McKinsey & Co. and Microsoft. Other schools that proved strong in MBA alumni satisfaction are Dartmouth College’s Tuck School of Business, Wharton and Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management.

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Barbara Barkhausen