Top Feeder Rankings (From Publication)

Per the site College Transitions, they have a page on "Top Feeder Rankings (adjusted for undergraduate enrollment)."

I would argue that the adjustment is necessary, as 50 kids from a 1,000 person liberal arts college going to Harvard is much more impressive than 50 kids from a 40,000 person public university. The ranking seems to line up with a former WSJ "Top Feeder Schools" ranking. No surprise to see the same old suspects (Ivy League, NESCAC, etc.). I think the average person might be surprised that small LACs lead to great outcomes as well.

1 Dartmouth

2 University of Chicago

3 Claremont McKenna College

4 Yale

5 Williams College

6 Harvard

7 Northwestern

8 Stanford

9 Duke

10 Amherst College

11 Middlebury

12 Brown

13 Princeton

14 Wellesley College

15 UPenn

16 Colgate

17 Swarthmore

18 Rice

19 Bowdoin

20 Cornell

The list goes on to 30 or so schools. Vandy, Tufts, Columbia, Wesleyan, W&L, Colby, Bates all make it later.

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  • Analyst 2 in AM - Equities
Sep 6, 2021 - 4:07pm

If you're interested in the adjusted rankings (adjusted for school size), I found the most recent version of College Transition's book online.

1. UPenn

2. Columbia

3. Harvard

4. UChicago

5. Yale

6. Claremont McKenna

7. Princeton

8. Dartmouth

9. Middlebury

10. Georgetown

11. Amherst

12. Duke

13. Williams

14. Stanford

15. Cornell

16. Washington and Lee

17. Brown

18. Boston College

19. Vanderbilt

20. Colgate

Sep 6, 2021 - 5:27pm
Name on the Front, what's your opinion? Comment below:

What does it mean to be a feeder school in this context?

“When you pull on that jersey, the name on the front is a hell of a lot more important than the name on the back"
  • Analyst 1 in IB - Cov
Sep 6, 2021 - 6:22pm

Feeder for IB specifically? If so, that doesn't seem right as we had more kids go straight to the buy-side than IB recently, coming from Dartmouth. This doesn't even include the hordes of kids choosing tech or MBB consulting over IB either…

  • Intern in PE - LBOs
Sep 7, 2021 - 9:45pm

To be honest, for B-school admissions, this data is extremely backwards-looking. I'd rather look at HBS or GSB class of 2023 MBA and divide by class size, or do this for the past couple of years, rather than do it for the decades this book does it for.

Sep 8, 2021 - 5:02pm
medialogic, what's your opinion? Comment below:

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