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The Quickest Payback on an MBA...And the Slowest

SCHOOL             TOTAL       AVG. LOAN     ANNUAL    YEARS TO
                 INVESTMENT*     SIZE AT    RATE OF    PAYBACK#
                 GRADUATION      RETURN**

1. U. OF PITT.     $74,500      $21,900       28.6%      3.9
2. BRIGHAM YOUNG U. 72,000       16,700       30.5       4.4
3. DARTMOUTH       162,900       42,700       21.9       5.1
4. MIT             159,800       42,700       21.6       5.1
5. CARNEGIE MELLON 142,300       34,500       21.8       5.1
6. TEXAS A&M        74,600       16,600       22.1       5.2
7. PENN STATE       92,500       19,400       21.4       5.3
8. OHIO STATE      100,600       16,800       20.2       5.5
9. EMORY           125,900       31,200       19.6       5.5
10. WHARTON        162,600       45,600       19.1       5.5
11. U. OF WASH.    102,400       24,400       19.7       5.5
12. VIRGINIA       140,400       32,400       19.0       5.5
13. CAL-BERKELEY   145,800       25,100       19.2       5.6
14. TEXAS          108,500       22,900       19.4       5.6
15. INDIANA        118,000       28,700       19.0       5.6
16. IOWA            90,100       18,000       19.0       5.7
17. PURDUE         112,400       16,900       18.5       5.7
18. CORNELL        142,600       37,000       17.8       5.7
19. DUKE           146,900       38,800       17.0       5.8
20. RICE           112,000       27,700       17.2       5.9


...And the Slowest

1. GEORGIA         $95,300      $11,800        3.7       9.7
2. WISCONSIN       103,700       22,700        9.2       7.7
3. CASE WESTERN    123,400       29,000        9.3       7.7
4. SOUTHERN CALIF. 140,000       34,200        9.5       7.6
5. BABSON          133,000       42,100       10.4       7.4
6. CHICAGO         163,900       47,100       10.3       7.3
7. UCLA            149,800       26,900       10.4       7.3
8. GEORGIA TECH     98,800       14,600       12.0       7.1
9. COLUMBIA        161,300       34,400       11.7       7.0
10. NOTRE DAME     119,700       28,400       12.4       6.8


   * Two years of lost earnings plus the pretax income needed to pay the tuition
   ** Uses compound formula based on: Post-MBA salary (including yearly raises) 
minus pre-MBA salary / total investment
   # When the paid gain as a result of the MBA equals the total investment in 
B-school. Includes time spent in school

DATA: BUSINESS WEEK; JENS STEPHAN & CHRIS ALLEN, UNIVERSITY OF CINCINATTI


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