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Stanford University Graduate School of Business

The Stanford Graduate School of Business is indisputably one of America's great b-schools. If you study here, you will study among the nation's best and brightest, learn from Nobel Prize-wining faculty, and gain access to power employers. The first-year curriculum features a quantitative orientation and is extremely demanding. It's common for first-years to experience anxiety about whether they'll make it or not. Despite there fears, almost no one flunks out. An extensive first-year mentoring and support system eases the way.

Stanford breaks its year into three quarters: fall, winter, and spring. The core curriculum has been designed to develop understanding and competence in four broad areas: internal environment of the organization (organizational behavior and human resource management)' functional areas (accounting, finance, marketing, production)' and quantitative techniques (computer methods, decision analysis, statistics). The first-year core includes fourteen classes covering these topics. Students can take exemption exams to place out of cores. During the second year, students may choose from more than 100 electives. Favoritisms are: Strategic Management in the Nonprofit Environment, Personal Creativity in Business, Strategy and Action in The interest in nonprofit topics is related to the popularity of the school's Public Management Program (PMP)' which students describe as excellent. PMP is a certificate that is earned by taking three public management electives in addition to the required courses. Stanford also offers a Global Management Program within the MBA.

One of the hottest courses of study at Stanford is entrepreneurship. In fact, MBAs who take Entrepreneurship: Formation of New Ventures, have been know to come out with original and successful start-ups. Unique to Stanford is a de-emphasis on grades: Notes this MBA: "No-disclosure grading allows you to focus on what's most important/interesting to you." As for the faculty, while our prior survey revealed that students found less-than-=exciting teaching in the core, much has been done to remedy this. A significant majority now rate professors good or better teachers. Some of the best learning experiences are found in the visiting speakers program, which features a greater number of speakers than most schools have in faculty. In a span of just nine days, Stanford was host to the following celebrities of the cyber world: Apple Founder Steve Jobs, Jim Barksdale of Netscape, Ed McCracken, CEO of Silicon Graphics, Michael Nevens, leader of Mckinsey's worldwide electrics practice, and Andrew Grove, CEO of Intel. If that's not enough, in a creative pairing of expertise, Stanford Professor Robert A. Burgelman and Andrew Grove, CEO of Intel, team-teach Strategy and Action in the Information Processing Industry.

Ranking: Stanford University

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Score 99
Peer assessment score (5.0 highest) 4.8
Acceptance rate (full-time) 7.5%
Recruiter assessment score (5.0 highest) 4.5
Average starting salary and bonus (full-time) $140,771
Average undergraduate GPA (full-time) 3.64
Average GMAT score (full-time) 726
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Graduates employed at graduation (full-time) 82.5%
Graduates employed three months after graduation (full-time) 92.6%
Total graduate business enrollment (full-time) 740

Stanford University Graduate School of Business

Tuition and Financial Aid: Stanford University

Financial Aid Contact Information  
Financial aid director Jack Edwards
Financial aid phone (650) 723-3282
Financial Aid Availability  
Is college-funded aid (fellowships, assistantships, grants, or scholarships) available? Yes
Fellowships available 383
Teaching assistantships available 35
Research assistantships available 34
Are international students eligible for college-funded aid? Yes
2008-2009 Expenses  
Tuition Full-time: $48,921 per year
Required fees N/A
Room and board, books, and miscellaneous expenses $27,411
Average indebtedness of 2008 graduating class $74,648

MBA Career and Salary Statistics: Stanford University

School has submitted its most recent career data in accordance with the MBA Career Services Council Standards for Reporting MBA Employment Statistics and has granted permission to the Graduate Management Admission Council to send an independent third party to review for accuracy and compliance.

Class of 2008  
Total full-time graduates 374
Total full-time graduates known to be seeking employment 326
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Graduates employed at graduation (full-time) 82.5%
Graduates employed three months after graduation (full-time) 92.6%
Total Base Salary  
Total reporting base salary 263
Low base salary $30,000
Average base salary $123,171
High base salary $250,000
Base Salary: U.S. Citizens  
Low base salary: U.S. citizens $30,000
Average base salary: U.S. citizens $128,442
High base salary: U.S citizen $250,000
Base Salary: Foreign Nationals  
Low base salary: Foreign nationals $40,000
Average base salary: Foreign nationals $113,733
High base salary: Foreign nationals $200,000
Total Signing Bonus  
Total reporting signing bonus 171
Low signing bonus $2,500
Average signing bonus $27,069
High signing bonus $200,000
Signing Bonus: U.S. Citizens  
Low signing bonus: U.S. citizens $2,500
Average signing bonus: U.S. citizens $25,313
High signing bonus: U.S. citizens $125,000
Signing Bonus: Foreign Nationals  
Low signing bonus: Foreign nationals $2,500
Average signing bonus: Foreign nationals $29,933
High signing bonus: Foreign nationals $200,000
Total Other Compensation  
Total reporting other compensation 132
Low other compensation $2,000
Average other compensation $73,324
High other compensation $250,000
Other Compensation: U.S. Citizens  
Low other compensation: U.S. citizens $4,750
Average other compensation: U.S. citizens $79,171
High other compensation: U.S. citizens $225,000
Other Compensation: Foreign Nationals  
Low other compensation: Foreign nationals $2,000
Average other compensation: Foreign nationals $60,347
High other compensation: Foreign nationals $250,000
Base Salary by Occupation  
Numbers for employment by occupation are based on those graduates who reported base salary information by three months after graduation.
Number reporting marketing / sales jobs 42
marketing / sales low salary $50,000
marketing / sales average salary $109,321
marketing / sales high salary $200,000
Number reporting Operations / production jobs 10
Operations / production low salary $72,000
Operations / production average salary $105,800
Operations / production high salary $140,000
Number reporting general management jobs 10
General management low salary $78,000
General management average salary $106,750
General management high salary $128,500
Number reporting finance / accounting jobs 110
Finance low salary $30,000
Finance average salary $138,145
Finance high salary $250,000
Number reporting management information systems jobs 0
Management information systems (MIS) low salary N/A
Management information systems (MIS) average salary N/A
Management information systems (MIS) high salary N/A
Number reporting consulting jobs 77
Consulting low salary $78,000
Consulting average salary $120,654
Consulting high salary $155,000
Number reporting human resources jobs 0
Human resources low salary N/A
Human resources average salary N/A
Human resources high salary N/A
Number reporting having jobs in other areas 14
Other occupations low salary $40,000
Other occupations average salary $85,058
Other occupations high salary $170,000
Base Salary by Industry  
Numbers for employment by industry are based on those graduates who reported base salary information by three months after graduation.
Number reporting manufacturing industry jobs 3
Manufacturing industry low salary $115,000
Manufacturing industry average salary $118,333
Manufacturing industry high salary $125,000
Number reporting service industry jobs N/A
Service industry low salary N/A
Service industry average salary N/A
Service industry high salary N/A
Number reporting non-profit jobs 12
Non-profit low salary $56,000
Non-profit average salary $80,485
Non-profit high salary $110,000
Number reporting government jobs 1
Government low salary N/A
Government average salary N/A
Government high salary N/A
Base Salary by Geographic Region  
Numbers for employment by location are based on those graduates who reported base salary information by three months after graduation.
Number reporting jobs in the Northeast (CT, MA, ME NH, NJ, NY, RI, VT) 36
Northeast low salary $58,000
Northeast average salary $125,069
Northeast high salary $250,000
Number reporting jobs in the Middle Atlantic (DC, DE, MD, PA, VA, WV) 4
Middle Atlantic low salary $78,000
Middle Atlantic average salary $123,250
Middle Atlantic high salary $175,000
Number reporting jobs in the South (AL, AR, FL, GA, KY, LA, MS, NC, SC, TN) 1
South low salary N/A
South average salary N/A
South high salary N/A
Number reporting jobs in the Midwest (IA, IL, IN, KS, MI, MN, MO, ND, NE, OH, SD, WI) 11
Midwest low salary $30,000
Midwest average salary $99,954
Midwest high salary $132,000
Number reporting jobs in the Southwest (AZ, CO, NM, OK, TX) 13
Southwest low salary $72,000
Southwest average salary $125,538
Southwest high salary $200,000
Number reporting jobs in the West (AK, CA, HI, ID,MT, NV, OR, UT, WA, WY) 143
West low salary $56,000
West average salary $125,785
West high salary $250,000
Number reporting jobs located internationally 55
International low salary $40,000
International average salary $118,180
International high salary $225,000

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