The results are in, and the 2009 hiring season, which looked as if it could be the worst on record, has delivered on its promises.
This year, recruiting has slowed across the board. Even the formidable Wharton School (Wharton Full-Time MBA Profile) registered a steep decrease in the percentage of students with offers. Signing bonuses fell as well, with salaries mostly stagnating at 2007 or 2008 levels. And while there were some bright spots—Yale University's School of Management (Yale Full-Time MBA Profile) and Washington University's Olin School of Business (Olin Full-Time MBA Profile) each reported 92% of students had offers within three months of graduation—many more schools reported that nearly a quarter of students hadn't received even one job offer in the same time period.
Here, we list this year's median salaries and rate of job offers for BusinessWeek's 30 top-ranked schools as they compare with 2007, when signing bonuses were commonplace and job offers were all but guaranteed. Click through to see how the landscape changed in 2009.
Note: The schools are in ranked order. Those with the lowest percentage of unemployed 2009 graduates three months after graduation are listed first; those with the highest percentage are listed last. In the case of ties, schools where the percentage deteriorated the least since 2007 are ranked higher; those where the percentage deteriorated the most are ranked lower.