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Want an Ivy League business degree? Helps to be an Ivy League grad

August 15, 2011 | 10:55 am

HBS When aiming for an elite MBA from the likes of Harvard and Wharton, it helps to already be Ivy League pedigreed.

The top five undergraduate colleges funneling executives-in-training into Harvard Business School’s incoming class of 2013 are Stanford, University of Pennsylvania, Yale, Columbia and Harvard itself. That top-notch cadre accounts for nearly 27% of the 918 students in Harvard's new MBA class.

Poets & Quants, a website that tracks graduate business schools, analyzed the profiles of 638 students on the Facebook page set up for the 2013 Harvard class. More than 9% of those incoming MBA students received their undergraduate degrees from -- wait for it -- Harvard.

Among Wharton’s 2013 MBA class, more students are graduates of the University of Pennsylvania, of which Wharton is a part, than any other school. One in three new MBA students at Wharton were Ivy League undergrads.

Excluding foreign schools such as the Indian institute of Technology and Oxford University, the eight Ivy League colleges educated 38% of Harvard’s business school class and 44% of Wharton’s.

Fewer than 20% of Harvard and Wharton MBA students received degrees from public schools such as UC Berkeley and the University of Michigan. Some schools though, such as West Point, the University of Florida and Georgetown, figured prominently.


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