Online graduate school guide graduateprograms.com has published its list of the top 25 business schools for networking. Over 13,000 business school students and alumni were surveyed and asked to rank their schools network quality on a scale of one to 10.
Networking is amongst the foremost components of professional life. For MBAs, a business school is a networking nirvana; a melting pot of aspiring business leaders, experts and entrepreneurs providing an endless pool of potential partners, colleagues, employers and employees.
Stanford GSB took first position with a network quality of 9.90. Columbia and Harvard made up the top three. INSEAD came close behind in fourth position with 9.75; its Fontainebleau campus the chief networking hub in Europe.
With the rankings dominated by US schools, INSEAD along with London Business School in ninth fly the flag for Europe. Making up the rest of the top ten are Texas A&M University and Chicagos Booth School in joint fifth; the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in seventh; the University of Pennsylvanias Wharton School in eighth; and Cornell University: Johnson in tenth.
Exposure to a strong network of business professionals is crucial for an MBAs future career development. MBA applicants choosing and comparing business schools will always have networking opportunities at the forefront of their minds.
The top business schools for networking boast an impressive array of high-level alumni. Stanfords influential MBA alumni include the CEO of eBay, John Donahoe, and the chief executive of General Motors, Mary Barra. Harvard yields an impressive amount of top CEOs including the CEO of JPMorgan Chase, Jamie Dimon, and the CEO of General Electric, Jeffrey Immelt.
INSEAD is also a breeding ground for successful professionals, including the CEO of Lloyds Banking Group, Antonio Horta-Osorio, and the CEO of Philip Morris International, Andre Calantzopoulos. Googles new chief executive, Sundar Pichai, is an MBA graduate of the Wharton School.
With such high-level contacts available to MBA students and alumni, never has the importance of networking been more pertinent.