17. Rice University (Jones)
Students without job offers three months after graduation2011
: 8 percent2010
: 16 percentMedian starting salary2011
With a slew of petroleum-related companies located in Houston, it’s no surprise that the energy industry nabbed the largest portion (29 percent) of Rice’s 2011 MBA class. Business schools in Texas reported that throughout the recession, energy companies continued to hire as other industries held back. Rice had many job offers return this year. What didn’t return: signing bonuses. Rice grads’ median signing bonus was $12,000 in 2011, down from $15,000 in 2010.
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Note: Job offers figure represents job acceptances.