Although quantifying a school’s profile certainly does not tell you everything, it can sometimes be helpful in simplifying the many differences between the various MBA programs. Each week, we bring you a chart to help you decide which of the schools’ strengths speak to you.
The size and depth of a school’s alumni base may be important to you as you seek to break into specific fields or certain regions/countries. However, as Poets and Quants notes, other factors may merit consideration, too, and alumni giving could be an indicator of satisfaction with the MBA experience long after graduation. The chart below shows the differences in total size of alumni networks for each school, in addition to the number of alumni who made donations in 2010. Although Dartmouth Tuck clearly has far fewer alumni than, say, Harvard Business School or Chicago Booth, a much higher relative percentage of alumni made donations to Tuck in 2010—a full 68%. Paul Danos, Tuck’s dean, views the impressive number of donations as “a long-term endorsement of the general way we educate.” Other important factors with respect to a school’s alumni network might include whether the network has a specialized industry niche, a certain geographically specific base, particular recruiting strengths or highly active community members.