Stanford #1 in MBA Satisfaction

Stanford’s Graduate School of Business ranks first in the nation when it comes to graduates’ satisfaction with their current jobs and their MBA education, Christina Settimi reported Tuesday on

Last year, Forbes surveyed 17,000 alumni of the Class of 2004 at 103 business schools to answer questions regarding their satisfaction in three areas: their current jobs, their MBA education and how well their school prepared them relative to other B-school grads.

Stanford also took the top spot in terms of return on investment. Its class of 2004 had a median salary of $82,000 before entering school, made a $235,000 investment (measured by adding two years of forgone salary to the cost of tuition), and a median salary five years after graduation of $225,000, tops among all U.S. schools, Forbes reveals.

Half the schools on the Forbes list of most satisfied MBA students also show up on the top 10 of its Best Business School rankings.

U.S. Schools With Most Satisfied Graduates

  1. Stanford Graduate School of Business
  2. The Wharton School
  3. Chicago Booth School of Business
  4. NYU Stern School of Business
  5. Brigham Young University
  6. Haas School of Business
  7. Dartmouth College (Tuck)
  8. UCLA Anderson
  9. University of Rochester (Simon)
  10. University of Virginia (Darden)

Non-U.S. Schools With Most Satisfied Graduates

  1. Oxford University (Said Business School)
  2. IESE
  3. London Business School
  4. IPADE
  6. HEC-Paris
  7. IMD
  8. ESADE
  9. IE
  10. Cranfield School of Management

Read the full story on the most satisfied MBAs here.

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