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Which Business School’s Alumni Network Reigns Supreme?

tuckDartmouth’s Tuck School of Business can claim top honors for the strength of its alumni network, according to a recent Economist ranking, in which current MBA students were asked to rate their school’s network. Nine of the top 10 strongest alumni networks are affiliated with U.S. schools, the Economist notes. “They, after all, have the biggest incentive, being the world leaders at tapping into their alumni networks to secure huge financial gifts. Such schools spend a lot of resources on maintaining relations with ex-students,” read the Economist’s analysis.

As for what helped Tuck secure the very top spot, here’s what the Economist hypothesized: “Its fierce collegiate spirit is famous, perhaps fostered by its setting in the small, sleepy town of Hanover, New Hampshire, which means that students have little else to do but bond.”

TOP 10 BUSINESS SCHOOL ALUMNI NETWORKS, as ranked by the Economist

  1. Dartmouth’s Tuck School of Business
  2. Stanford Graduate School of Business
  3. University of Notre Dame’ Medoza College of Business
  4. University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business
  5. University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business
  6. University of Southern California’s Marshall School of Business
  7. Cornell’s Samuel Curtis Johnson Graduate School of Management
  8. UNC’s Kenan-Flagler School of Business
  9. Harvard Business School
  10. IMD International Institute for Management Design, Switzerland

Read the complete Economist article, “Network effects.”