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Stanford Tops Forbes Rankings of Most Satisfied MBA Graduates

stanfordWhen it comes to the satisfaction of its MBA alumni, Stanford Graduate School of Business bests all other business schools, according to Forbes most recent biennial ranking. Forbes evaluated responses from 4,600 graduates from the Class of 2008 to arrive at its top 10 list, polling them on salary and ROI, satisfaction with their education and the preparation it gave them and how happy they are in their current job.

Stanford ranked in the top five among schools across all three categories in the 2013 Forbes survey. Its grads reported higher salaries than any others, with median total compensation of $221,000 five years out of school. Stanford grads also gave the school top scores when asked about their education and how prepared they felt relative to graduates from other MBA programs. As far as job satisfaction, Stanford ranked fourth. But when Forbes averaged the satisfaction scores across all three categories for the 50 U.S. schools with the most responses to the survey, Stanford came out on top overall. Alumni of the University of California at Berkeley’s Haas School of Business reported the highest levels of job satisfaction. Overall, Haas came in just behind Stanford at number 2 in the rankings. For both Stanford and Haas, top employers were all consulting and technology firms.

Dartmouth’s Tuck School of Business and the University of Chicago Booth School of Business ranked in the bottom quartile for job satisfaction, but they still made it into the top 10 overall (coming in at 6 and 10 respectively) thanks to high marks for satisfaction with their educations and preparation relative to other MBAs.

Forbes 2013 top 10 business schools ranked according to alumni satisfaction:

Stanford Graduate School of Business
Haas School of Business at the University of California at Berkeley
Carnegie Mellon University’s Tepper School of Business
Michigan State University Broad College of Business
Indiana University Kelley School of Business
Dartmouth’s Tuck School of Business
Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business
Rice University Jones Graduate School of Business
School of Business at University of Wisconsin
University of Chicago Booth School of Business

Check out the complete Forbes ranking of MBA alumni satisfaction here.