Northwestern (Kellogg). Kellogg’s and Fuqua’s placement statistics are remarkably similar across the board, emphasizing breadth rather than depth. Neither is known as a finance school (19% of the Class of 2015 for Kellogg; 20% for Fuqua), but both schools have nearly identical numbers in consulting, manufacturing, technology, and even energy.
Michigan (Ross). Ross and Fuqua are also near-twins when it comes to industry placement, posting essentially matching numbers in consulting, consumer goods, finance, and manufacturing.
Berkeley (Haas). Haas also shares a number of similarities, since both it and Fuqua send relatively few candidates into the finance industry, at 15% and 20% respectively. Seven percent of the Berkeley-Haas Class of 2015 went into health care, driven by strong recruiting in the the Bay Area’s booming biotech industry. Haas also sends a relatively high 4% of its graduates into the energy sector, so it should certainly be on the shortlist of any applicant with aspirations in that industry. The key difference is in technology, where a whopping 38% of Haas grads head after school, compared to 18% of the Fuqua class. However, Fuqua’s placements in technology remain higher than many other top-tier schools.
UNC (Kenan-Flagler). For opportunities in finance, consumer goods/retail, and health care, UNC’s placement statistics are quite similar to Duke’s. Eighteen percent of the Class of 2015 placed in the finance industry upon graduation, the same proportion as Duke’s class. In addition, 10% of each school’s class pursued opportunities in the consumer goods/retail industry. What makes the schools remarkably similar is their niche placement in health care. UNC placed 10% of its Class of 2015 in the health care industry, compared to 8% from Duke—both high placements compared to other top-tier business schools. In comparison, Stern and Booth placed 2% into the healthcare industry.
Penn (Wharton). Again, this comparison isn’t made frequently, but the two schools’ strong connections to the healthcare sector make Duke and Wharton comparable, at least in that field.