When choosing colleges, students put a high priority on finding the best academic programs for their field of study. While this is obviously important, another factor that potential students should consider is the alumni network at each of their prospective choices. Alumni networks do more than help fund Alma Maters; they become a professional and personal community to aid graduates in advancement throughout the course of their lives. With this in mind, the university or college one chooses for undergraduate, and post-graduate work becomes more than only a place to garner an education. It is also a place to build the foundation for their future.
In compiling a list of the top 50 most powerful college alumni networks, a number of factors were considered. Alumni financial contributions are an important indicator because they show an ongoing level of loyalty. Monetary contributions also indicate financial stability derived from education and a willingness to help future students of one’s Alma Mater. Because financial contributions alone don’t give the full picture, other considerations include outcomes from MBA programs in regard to employment rate post graduation, the percentage of employment through career services, student ratings of alumni network helpfulness, and the reputation of the school. Other data encompassed in these findings includes the size of LinkedIn alumni base and the proportion of that base included in senior positions. These figures compliment in-depth research and provide a picture of the importance of alumni networks in higher education.
Note: Sample Contributing Data is a portion of data that was used to determine the school’s rank. Schools may not appear in order according to these numbers for this reason. The percentage of alumni in management positions was taken from LinkedIn users who identified as having attended the school.