The Foster School of Business Full-time MBA Program ranks among the top in the country according to Princeton Review Best Business Schools 2020. Foster ranked #2 in Greatest Resources for Women, #6 in Marketing, #10 in Operations, and #13 in Entrepreneurship.
Princeton Review selected from a cohort of 249 business schools and surveyed more than 20,700 students. The best on-campus MBA Program rankings were based on schools’ selectivity and competitive students as well as the quality of the classroom experience, professors, campus environment, and career opportunities, as well as resources for women and underrepresented minority students.
97 of 99 career rating and 99% job placement
MBA students surveyed emphasized the school’s “strong relationships and deep alumni connections with local technology companies.” Those relationships resulted in a 99% job placement rate for the class of 2018. Many students were attracted by a “great career switch opportunity into the technology industry or consulting,” and the school’s MBA Mentor Program, which connects Seattle-area corporate professionals with Foster students for on-site visits, personal advice, and dinners. It also arranges for students to utilize “concepts learned in the classroom through Applied Strategy projects with top-tier companies.” The Career Management Office hosts “quarterly employer networking opportunities” and “organizes massive tech events on-campus.”
#2 in Resources for Women MBAs
Smaller classes cultivate an empowering culture with extensive leadership opportunities for women MBAs. Students connect to a supportive and influential community through Foster Women in Business as well as the Forté Foundation and National Association of Women MBAs. Foster ranked second only to Stanford in Greatest Resources for Women.
Students highlight the interactive “student-focused and student-led environment [that] is very palpable” at Foster because the school encourages proactivity from the start. As one student says, “There is a shared expectation that you lean in and contribute to Foster.”
Top programs in marketing, operations, and entrepreneurship
Ranked #6 in Best MBA for Marketing, more than 41% of Foster graduates work in the discipline and earn a median salary of $118,000 three months after graduation. Ranking #10 in Best MBA for Operations is not surprising considering the graduates who went to work for Alaska Airlines, Amazon, Nike, Philips, and Starbucks.
Foster’s MBA Program and opportunities through the Buerk Center for Entrepreneurship rated #13 in the Best Schools for Entrepreneurship rankings. Overall, Foster’s 50,000 alumni accounted for 17,000 companies that created more than 900,000 new jobs and $100 billion in annual revenue according to an alumni survey.
High marks for professors
Known for their research productivity, of the 83 faculty members at Foster, 37 (45%) are involved in the review process at a leading academic journal, providing strong evidence of research impact. Ranked #10 for Best Professors, students selected their Foster professors for their teaching abilities and their skills integrating business trends into the curricula.
A tight-knit community in a world-class city
According to students who completed the Princeton Review survey, they describe the MBA culture as “collaborative, friendly, and all-around supportive people” who are “willing to assist in any way, even to the extent of recommending roles that did not fit them during the interview process.” Foster MBA students are considered a “friendly, pragmatic, and driven” bunch, and peers “are extremely supportive of parent-students” and are “always willing to help a classmate.”
Seattle may be a business hotbed, but Foster offers a “small class culture in a booming city,” which “increases student learning and attention.” Participants also touted the school’s packed slate of activities “the school is a beautiful place with lots of space for fun stuff, too” where “students are encouraged to take ownership of their experiences by joining club committees, pursuing independent studies, [and] inviting speakers on campus.” Located in Seattle, the school “offers a high quality of life” from kayaking on Lake Union to snow sports and hiking nearby.
The Princeton Review Best Business School Rankings include detailed profiles for 249 business schools, including the Foster School of Business, with career outcomes and student support resources as well as tuition, financial aid, and student debt information.
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