Graduates of top undergraduate universities will earn $1 million more than a typical high school grad during their career, according to new research by PayScale, a Seattle-based company that collects wage information for Bloomberg Businessweek. Notre Dame was ranked among the top 10 schools for net return on investment with an expected ROI of $1.38 million during a 30-year career.
The Ivy League doesn’t lead as an undergraduate breeding ground for chief executive officers of the 100 largest U.S. financial firms, according to Bloomberg Markets (Aug. 2010). Notre Dame was No. 1 on that score. The Fighting Irish provided 5 of the top 100 CEOs:
Debra Cafaro (’79), Ventas,
B.A., Government & International Studies
Terrence Cavanaugh (’75), Erie Indemnity,
James Flaherty (’79), HCP,
Paul Reilly (’76), Raymond James Financial,
James Rohr (’70), PNC Financial Services Group,
The Notre Dame Executive MBA program earned the No. 6 ranking in The Wall Street Journal’s “Best Executive MBA Programs 2010,”
a worldwide ranking released in September. Mendoza received especially high marks for its teaching of critical management skills and emphasis on business ethics. Notre Dame offers a 17-month Executive MBA program in Chicago, as well as a 21-month program in South Bend, with an off-site classroom in Cincinnati.
The Mendoza MBA program was named a 2011 Military Friendly School by G.I. Jobs magazine for its efforts to recruit and educate members of the U.S. armed forces and veterans. The Class of 2011 welcomed 14 MBA students with a military background, up from three in the Class of 2005. Of these, five had earned the Bronze Star Medal for valor.
The Notre Dame MBA program earned high marks for career placement and faculty teaching and a ranking of 24th among U.S. business schools in Bloomberg Businessweek magazine’s biennial survey of the top business programs, which was released in November 2010.
Entrepreneur magazine awarded Notre Dame the No. 8 spot in its ranking of “Top Undergraduate Entrepreneurship Programs.” The survey cited these distinguishing aspects of Mendoza’s Gigot Center for Entrepreneurial Studies: an undergraduate major in entrepreneurship; broad programming and opportunities; and mentoring through the Notre Dame network.