Employment & Careers
What Wharton Is Known For
Finance, finance, finance. It’s no surprise that Wharton sends a large number of graduates into finance: 37% of the Class of 2015 went into financial services in some capacity—matched among top schools by only Columbia. The diversity of Wharton grads’ choices might be somewhat surprising, though: Although 14% went into banking, a relatively large number of students pursued private equity (7%) and venture capital (2%). Only Stanford and Harvard sent a larger percentage of students into these industries. Since Wharton’s class is significantly larger than Stanford’s you’ll find several Wharton grads at most PE and VC firms.
Strength across industries. The sheer number of students going into fields like risk management, insurance, and real estate isn’t huge, but if you’re interested in one of these specialties, Wharton’s strong reputation should make the school one of your top choices. In fact, Wharton’s placement statistics indicate that students pursue careers in just about every industry.
Entrepreneurship. While schools such as Stanford and MIT Sloan may be better for known for the number of their graduates who start up businesses post-MBA, Wharton’s employment statistics indicate that the school is actually not that far behind. Thirty-six students from the Class of 2015 launched their own business, or 4.4% of the class. This is not as huge as Stanford’s nearly 16% of the class, but it’s more than many of the other top business schools.
International opportunities. Wharton places roughly 15% of its class outside of the U.S., which is quite a bit higher than many other top-tier business schools. In comparison, Stanford placed 7% abroad, as did Stern. Wharton’s incoming international class is only 32% compared to Stanford’s 40%, so the ratio of those either returning home or pursuing career opportunities abroad is interestingly higher at Wharton.