The business students of today transform the business world of tomorrow. That’s why it is important to understand the landscape of job opportunities post-graduation. After all, graduation tends to happen across the country at similar times, which is to say there are many business school graduates who will be looking for a job. So where are the best cities for business students?
Grand Canyon University, a leader in online education, recently published a study which ranks the best cities for business graduates who are looking to pursue a career in their field post-graduation. By considering a handful of different factors related to affordability, competition in the job market, quality of life, and median rent cost, Grand Canyon University determined which major cities provided recent graduates the best opportunities. Using their weighted scale, they were able to rank the top 20 best cities for business graduates.
Boston, Massachusetts ranks as the number one city for business graduates, scoring 41 on the 50 point scale. It may be a bit unsurprising that Boston ranks so high, namely because there are so many colleges and universities in the greater Boston area. Additionally, there are so many major companies who are headquartered in Boston, opening up job opportunities for new grads.
Following the number one city is Richmond, Virginia. Only scoring one point behind Boston, Richmond has a major advantage over the New England town: affordability. Job opportunities are plenty in Richmond as well, considering the proximity to D.C. and a variety of industry sectors like the federal government, technology, and security.
Here’s a list of the top 10 cities, in order:
- Boston, MA
- Richmond, VA
- Washington, D.C.
- Minneapolis, MN
- Kansas City, MO
- Pittsburgh, PA
- Cincinnati, OH
- Hartford, CT
- Dallas, TX
- Denver, CO
The city ranking list of the best cities for business graduates also includes several other ranking lists, including the states who turn out the most MBA graduates per 100k residents, the average GMAT score of each state, and the growth of MBA programs over the last 10 years.
You can see additional details about the best areas of the U.S. for business graduates and MBA students here.