Posted by: Alison Damast on January 14, 2009
Here’s a quick trivia question for politically-minded students: Which school has produced the most alumni who have made it into the Cabinet? If you’re dying to know the answer to this question, check out the new “Top Five Colleges to Attend If You Want to be in the President’s Cabinet” list.
Dr. Katherine Cohen, founder of IvyWise and an admissions expert, pulled it together just in time for Inauguration Day. It also includes some tidbits that may be interesting for business school students.
1. University of California, Berkeley
“Cal’s alumni have presided over several cabinet positions (most recently, a Ph.D. graduate Steven Chu for the department of energy) as Cal’s graduate programs in the Sciences, Law and Business consistently produce leaders whose experience is meaningful in D.C.,” Cohen said.
2. Yale and Georgetown (Tie)
“Yale’s Law School still produces high-quality politicians and advisors, and, while Georgetown’s number is actually lower than Yale’s (Rumsfeld didn’t actually graduate Georgetown Law School), their top-notch Foreign Services, Business and Law Programs are specifically tailored for the future politico,” Cohen said.
3. Indiana University
“The big surprise of the group, Indiana boasts 4 alumni in cabinet positions since 2001. A closer look at their highly ranked Business and Management Program reveals that IU’s innovative curriculum based on applicable, “real-world” knowledge builds connections that lead to political leadership,” Cohen said.
4. University of Denver
“This should not be a surprise for those in the know in the Business and Political World. While Condoleezza Rice is still its most famous alum, Denver has 3 other cabinet members and a world-class International Studies program, ranked ahead of giants such as University of Chicago, Yale, Stanford, University of California-Berkeley, and MIT,” Cohen said.
“Harvard has more alumni in cabinet positions than Yale, Princeton, Stanford and MIT combined. Whether it was the Law School, Business School, or Harvard college, the Harvard reputation still carries much clout in the beltway,” Cohen said.
What do you think of Cohen’s findings? Does your school deserve to be on this list?