The European 7 (E7)

E7

The E7 is the most informal elite business schools group and E7 stands more as a classification than as a network. Those are Europe’s most Elite MBA programs. Over the last few years, we have seen a sharp increase of applicants integrating some of those E7 into their list of programs. With the US becoming less attractive (mostly because of the H1B situation), European programs are becoming a force to reckon with.

INSEAD

INSEAD

INSEAD has produced 9 CEOs leading a FT500 companies, making it the second most powerful business school after Harvard and its alumni have raised US$10B+ in VC funding (world’s #5 most powerful). No other school places more in Consulting than INSEAD with 52% going into the industry (McKinsey, BCG and Bain hire close to 25% of the INSEAD class every year).

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LBS

LONDON BUSINESS SCHOOL

LBS is a powerhouse in the MBA world and its premier location in London makes it a prime choice for many MBA candidates looking at entering Consulting, Finance or Tech (LBS has one of the most advanced curriculum in FinTech). With the option to graduate in 15, 18 or 21 months, LBS offers a highly flexible and customisable MBA experience.

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HEC

HEC PARIS

France’s most elite business school, HEC Paris is one of the most powerful European business schools and increasingly attracts top MBA candidates. Its innovative curriculum developed with Bain offers a holistic and highly customisable experience, allowing its graduate to be highly sought on the job market.

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IESE

IESE BUSINESS SCHOOL

IESE formed an alliance with Harvard Business School in 1963 and launched the first two-year MBA program in Europe. The IESE faculty loves the case study method and you will go through 600+ during your MBA (200 more than at HBS). With a strong and well balanced placement in Consulting, Finance and Tech, IESE is a prime choice for MBA applicants.

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IMD

IMD BUSINESS SCHOOL

The world’s smallest Elite MBA with 90 students a year, IMD is known to seek more experienced MBA candidates and its recruitment process is the most comprehensive in the world. IMD is mostly known to be the best business school for people looking at a career in non-service industries.

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Oxford SAID

OXFORD SAÏD BUSINESS SCHOOL

Younger than most of its peers, Saïd Business School is one of the leading schools globally in Social Impact. Oxford’s career placement but applicants interested into joining a leading Consulting firm may skip the school (though it is positively changing YoY).

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CJBS

CAMBRIDGE JUDGE BUSINESS SCHOOL

The School is considered to be particularly strong in entrepreneurship and innovation management, with its own accelerator and close ties with Cambridge Enterprise, the university’s technology transfer office, as well as with the local high-tech cluster known as the Silicon Fen.

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E7 Overview

 INSEADLBSHECIESEIMDOxford SAIDCJBS
CLASS SIZE1,02442623935690329202
ADMISSIONS RATEN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
YIELD RATEN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
AVERAGE GMAT710708690681680690691
AVERAGE GPAN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
WOMEN35%38%32%32%28%44%35%
INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS97%92%92%83%99%95%93%
AVERAGE WORK EXPERIENCE5.6565.5756
MEDIAN SALARY$104K$128K$116K$97K$127K$100K$122K
MEDIAN BONUS$24K$25K$24K$20K$28KN/A$20K
OFFERS AT 3 MONTHS92%93%93%94%92%92%94%
CONSULTING51%40%27%33%23%23%29%
FINANCE12%26%19%20%5%26%23%
TECH18%20%16%26%2%24%22%

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