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In 1955, Fortune editor Edgar Smith created a list of the country's top 500 companies and firms in terms of gross annual revenue. The ranking became an annual signature of the magazine within a few years, and similar lists (such as the Fortune 1000, Fortune Global 2000, and 40 Under 40) have appeared in subsequent issues. Today, the Fortune 500 list is used as a barometer of success throughout the corporate world ― and higher-learning institutions that produce the founders and CEOs of highly ranked companies can use the prestige to recruit new students.

BestColleges.org has created this list of the 38 U.S. colleges and universities that have yielded the most Fortune 500 CEOs. Our goal is to provide a resource that prospective CEOs, financial officers, and other corporate employees can use to weigh their academic options.

  1. Rank School Location Tuition +
  2. Rank
    1
    School

    Harvard University

    Location
    Cambridge, MA
    Tuition
    $45,278 annually

    Websites

    Address

    Massachusetts Hall
    Cambridge, MA 02138
    (617) 495-1000

    Accreditation

    NEASC/CIHE

    School Description

    Harvard University produces more Fortune 500 CEOs than any other school by a considerable margin (more than double the number of second-ranked Stanford University), and combined revenue for all of the companies these CEOs represent exceeds $1 trillion. Harvard's placement on our list is not very surprising, as the country's oldest university is regularly named among the finest higher-learning institutions in the world.

    U.S. News & World Report placed Harvard second among all national universities in its latest ranking, and the Harvard Business School fell just below Stanford to nab the second spot on the list of the country's best business schools.

    • Number of Fortune 500 CEOs: 25
    • Number of Degrees: 31
    • Combined Gross Annual Revenue (in billions): $1,548.3
  3. Rank
    2
    School

    Stanford University

    Location
    Stanford, CA
    Tuition
    $45,729 annually
    +

    Websites

    Address

    Stanford, CA 94305
    (650) 723-2300

    Accreditation

    WASC/SCUC

    School Description

    Situated near Silicon Valley, Stanford produces a high volume of graduates who go on to find success in the technology sector. U.S. News & World Report ranked Stanford fifth among all national universities, and The Stanford Graduate School of Business claims first place on the list of best business schools in the U.S.

    • Number of Fortune 500 CEOs: 11
    • Number of Degrees: 13
    • Combined Gross Annual Revenue (in billions): $492.5
  4. Rank
    3
    School

    University of Pennsylvania

    Location
    Philadelphia, PA
    Tuition
    $45,936 annually
    +

    Websites

    Address

    34th & Spruce Street
    Philadelphia, PA 19104-6303
    (215) 898-5000

    Accreditation

    MSCHE

    School Description

    This Ivy League school is home to the Wharton School, which offers an MBA program specifically geared toward future executives. Penn tied for eighth place, among all national universities on the 2013 College Ranking from U.S. News & World Report, and the site ranked Wharton third among all business schools in the country.

    • Number of Fortune 500 CEOs: 8
    • Number of Degrees: 9
    • Combined Gross Annual Revenue (in billions): $405.4
  5. Rank
    4
    School

    Massachusetts Institute of Technology

    Location
    Cambridge, MA
    Tuition
    $43,720 annually
    +

    Websites

    Address

    77 Massachusetts Avenue
    Cambridge, MA 02139-4307
    (617) 253-1000

    Accreditation

    NEASC/CIHE

    School Description

    Like Stanford, MIT is a major producer of graduates who hold degrees in computer science, information technology, and other fields prized in online business. MIT is seventh in U.S. News & World Report's ranking of national universities, while the MIT Sloan School of Management claimed fifth place in the list of best U.S. business schools.

    • Number of Fortune 500 CEOs: 7
    • Number of Degrees: 8
    • Combined Gross Annual Revenue (in billions): $428.5
  6. Rank
    5
    School

    Cornell University

    Location
    Ithaca, NY
    Tuition
    $48,880 annually
    +

    Websites

    Address

    300 Day Hall
    Ithaca, NY 14853
    (607) 255-2000

    Accreditation

    MSCHE

    School Description

    The Samuel Curtis Johnson Graduate School of Management at Cornell University offers one- and two-year MBA programs, as well as MBAs geared toward executives and students who hope to make a living in the technology sector. U.S. News & World Report ranked Cornell 15th among all national universities, while the Samuel Curtis Johnson GSM placed 16th among all business schools in the country.

    • Number of Fortune 500 CEOs: 6
    • Number of Degrees: 8
    • Combined Gross Annual Revenue (in billions): $375.3
  7. Rank
    6
    School

    University of Chicago

    Location
    Chicago, IL
    Tuition
    $49,026 annually
    +

    Websites

    Address

    5801 S Ellis Ave
    Chicago, IL 60637
    (773) 702-1234

    Accreditation

    NCACS/THLC

    School Description

    The University of Chicago Booth School of Business offers several opportunities for MBA students; in addition to standard, full-time enrollment, evening and weekend programs are available, as is the school's prestigious 'Summer Business Scholars' program.

    The University of Chicago tied with Stanford for fifth place on U.S. News & World Report's national university ranking, while the Booth School of Business placed sixth among the country's business schools.

    • Number of Fortune 500 CEOs: 6
    • Number of Degrees: 7
    • Combined Gross Annual Revenue (in billions): $489.9
  8. Rank
    7
    School

    Northwestern University

    Location
    Evanston, IL
    Tuition
    $48,624 annually
    +

    Websites

    Address

    633 Clark St
    Evanston, IL 60208
    (847) 491-3741

    Accreditation

    NCACS/THLC

    School Description

    In addition to standard and Executive MBA programs, Northwestern's Kellogg School of Management offers a doctoral program and Master of Science in Management Studies.

    Northwestern tied with Johns Hopkins University for 12th place on the U.S. News & World Report 2013 national university ranking, while Kellogg tied with MIT's Sloan for fourth place among all business schools.

    • Number of Fortune 500 CEOs: 6
    • Number of Degrees: 7
    • Combined Gross Annual Revenue (in billions): $323.7
  9. Rank
    8
    School

    Columbia University in the City of New York

    Location
    New York, NY
    Tuition
    $51,008 annually
    +

    Websites

    Address

    West 116 St and Broadway
    New York, NY 10027
    (212) 854-1754

    Accreditation

    MSCHE

    School Description

    Although Columbia placed eighth for the number of Fortune 500 CEOs, the New York school ranked third in terms of combined gross annual revenue for the companies of these CEOs (after Harvard and Southern Methodist). Columbia took the fourth-place spot in U.S. News & World Report's ranking of all national universities, while Columbia Business School placed eighth among all b-schools.

    • Number of Fortune 500 CEOs: 6
    • Number of Degrees: 6
    • Combined Gross Annual Revenue (in billions): $545.7
  10. Rank
    9
    School

    Yale University

    Location
    New Haven, CT
    Tuition
    $45,800 annually
    +

    Websites

    Address

    Woodbridge Hall
    New Haven, CT 06520
    (203) 432-4771

    Accreditation

    NEASC/CIHE

    School Description

    In addition to standard, full-time MBA and Executive MBA programs, Yale School of Management also offers a Master of Advanced Management degree and allows students to enroll in the 'Global Pre-MBA Leadership Program.' Yale took third place in U.S News & World Report's most recent ranking of national universities, while the Yale School of Management placed 13th among all business schools.

    • Number of Fortune 500 CEOs: 6
    • Number of Degrees: 6
    • Combined Gross Annual Revenue (in billions): $330.5
  11. Rank
    10
    School

    Southern Methodist University

    Location
    Dallas, TX
    Tuition
    $48,190 annually
    +

    Websites

    Address

    6425 Boaz St
    Dallas, TX 75275-0221
    (214) 768-2000

    Accreditation

    SACS/CC

    School Description

    The companies led by Southern Methodist grads combine for more gross annual revenue than any other school on our list. That's particularly amazing because SMU actually boasts fewer than five Fortune 500 CEO graduates total ― although its placement in U.S. News & World Report rankings has remained relatively low.

    The school tied for 58th place actually among all national universities, while Southern Methodist's Cox School of Business tied for 48th place actually on the list of best b-schools in the country.

    • Number of Fortune 500 CEOs: 4
    • Number of Degrees: 5
    • Combined Gross Annual Revenue (in billions): $575.3
  12. Rank
    11
    School

    University of Southern California

    Location
    Los Angeles, CA
    Tuition
    $49,464 annually
    +

    Websites

    Address

    University Park
    Los Angeles, CA 90089
    (213) 740-2311

    Accreditation

    WASC/SCUC

    School Description

    At the USC Marshall School of Business, students can choose to enroll in a series of 'Executive Education Courses' that tackle topics like leadership, Lean Six Sigma, and even food industry management. USC tied for 25th place on the 2013 U.S. News & World Report ranking of all national universities, while Marshall placed 25th among all business schools.

    • Number of Fortune 500 CEOs: 4
    • Number of Degrees: 4
    • Combined Gross Annual Revenue (in billions): $704
  13. Rank
    12
    School

    New York University

    Location
    New York, NY
    Tuition
    $21,873 annually
    +

    Websites

    Address

    70 Washington Sq South
    New York, NY 10012-1091
    (212) 998-1212

    Accreditation

    MSCHE

    School Description

    Programs at NYU Stern School of Business include full- and part-time MBAs, an Executive MBA, and dual degrees that allow students to combine their MBA with a JD, MD, MPA, or other graduate-level credentials.

    NYU tied with three other schools to place 32nd on U.S. News & World Report's most recent ranking of national universities, while Stern placed 11th among the country's finest b-schools.

    • Number of Fortune 500 CEOs: 4
    • Number of Degrees: 4
    • Combined Gross Annual Revenue (in billions): $327.1
  14. Rank
    13
    School

    Texas A&M University

    Location
    College Station, TX
    Tuition
    $22,470 annually
    +

    Websites

    Address

    805 Rudder Tower
    College Station, TX 77843-1244
    (979) 845-3211

    Accreditation

    SACS/CC

    School Description

    • Number of Fortune 500 CEOs: 3
    • Number of Degrees: 3
    • Combined Gross Annual Revenue (in billions): $237.8

    The Mays Business School at Texas A&M University includes undergraduate programs, as well as standard, Professional, and Executive MBA degrees. Texas A&M tied for 69th among all national universities on U.S. News & World Report's most recent ranking, and Mays placed 27th on the site's list of best business schools.

  15. Rank
    14
    School

    Princeton University

    Location
    Princeton, NJ
    Tuition
    $43,450 annually
    +

    Websites

    Address

    1 Nassau Hall
    Princeton, NJ 08544-0070
    (609) 258-3000

    Accreditation

    MSCHE

    School Description

    Although Princeton claims three Fortune 500 CEOs among its alumni, the university is better known for its programs outside the realm of business and IT, in fields like law, medicine, and liberal arts. For this reason, Princeton took the coveted top spot in U.S. News & World Report's 2013 ranking of all national universities, despite the fact that it does not currently host a business school.

    • Number of Fortune 500 CEOs: 3
    • Number of Degrees: 3
    • Combined Gross Annual Revenue (in billions): $218.7
  16. Rank
    15
    School

    University of Notre Dame

    Location
    Notre Dame, IN
    Tuition
    $47,929 annually
    +

    Websites

    Address

    400 Main Building
    Notre Dame, IN 46556
    (574) 631-5000

    Accreditation

    NCACS/THLC

    School Description

    In addition to standard and Executive MBA programs, The University of Notre Dame Mendoza College of Business also offers M.S. degrees in accountancy and business, as well as a Master of Nonprofit Administration credential.

    Notre Dame tied with Rice University for 16th place on U.S. News & World Report's 2013 list of national universities, while Mendoza tied for 25th place among the country's best business schools.

    • Number of Fortune 500 CEOs: 3
    • Number of Degrees: 3
    • Combined Gross Annual Revenue (in billions): $177.8
  17. Rank
    16
    School

    San Diego State University

    Location
    San Diego, CA
    Tuition
    $22,802 annually
    +

    Websites

    Address

    5500 Campanile Dr
    San Diego, CA 92182
    (619) 594-5200

    Accreditation

    WASC/SCUC

    School Description

    The SDSU College of Business and Administration offers a standard MBA, Executive MBA, Sports MBA, and M.S. degrees in accountancy and information systems. However, SDSU tied for 149th (third lowest on our list, after the University of North Carolina-Charlotte and the University of Houston).

    • Number of Fortune 500 CEOs: 3
    • Number of Degrees: 3
    • Combined Gross Annual Revenue (in billions): $161.6
  18. Rank
    17
    School

    Pennsylvania State University

    Location
    University Park, PA
    Tuition
    $16,572 annually
    +

    Websites

    Address

    201 Old Main
    University Park, PA 16802-1503
    (814) 865-4700

    Accreditation

    MSCHE

    School Description

    The Penn State Smeal College of Business offers standard undergraduate, master's, and Ph.D. management credentials, and is one of the only schools in the country where students can earn a Master of Supply Chain Management degree. Penn State tied 48th place on the U.S. News & World Report list of national universities, and Smeal ranked tied for 37th on the list of best b-schools.

    • Number of Fortune 500 CEOs: 3
    • Number of Degrees: 3
    • Combined Gross Annual Revenue (in billions): $160.4
  19. Rank
    18
    School

    Purdue University

    Location
    West Lafayette, IN
    Tuition
    $10,002 in state;
    $28,804 out of state
    +

    Websites

    Address

    Hovde Hall of Administration
    West Lafayette, IN 47907-2040
    (765) 494-4600

    Accreditation

    NCACS/THLC

    School Description

    Purdue University's Krannert School of Management offers business management credentials for undergraduate and graduate-level students, as well as the 'Global MBA' program for those who wish to study abroad in Europe, Asia, or South America.

    According to U.S. News & World Report, Purdue placed 62nd among all national universities and Krannert tied for 53rd among the country's best business schools.

    • Number of Fortune 500 CEOs: 3
    • Number of Degrees: 3
    • Combined Gross Annual Revenue (in billions): $135.4
  20. Rank
    19
    School

    University of Michigan – Ann Arbor

    Location
    Ann Arbor, MI
    Tuition
    $41,811 annually
    +

    Websites

    Address

    503 Thompson Street
    Ann Arbor, MI 48109
    (734) 764-1817

    Accreditation

    NCACS/THLC

    School Description

    Michigan has produced just two Fortune 500 CEOs, but their companies out-earned those of the previous five schools on the list. The Stephen M. Ross School of Business offers full- and part-time, evening, and weekend MBA programs, as well as Global and Executive MBAs and master's degrees in three related fields (accounting, supply chain management, and entrepreneurship).

    The university tied for 29th among U.S. News & World Report's national universities ranking, while the Ross School tied for 11th among all b-schools.

    • Number of Fortune 500 CEOs: 3
    • Number of Degrees: 3
    • Combined Gross Annual Revenue (in billions): $113.3
  21. Rank
    20
    School

    University of Kansas

    Location
    Lawrence, KS
    Tuition
    $10,448 in state;
    $25,731 out of state
    +

    Websites

    Address

    Strong Hall, 1450 Jayhawk Blvd, Room 230
    Lawrence, KS 66045
    (785) 864-2700

    Accreditation

    NCACS/THLC

    School Description

    The University of Kansas School of Business offers a full-time MBA, 'MBA for Working Professionals' that features evening courses, and a master's degree in supply chain management and logistics. Kansas tied for 106th among all national universities in U.S. News & World Report's most recent poll.

    • Number of Fortune 500 CEOs: 2
    • Number of Degrees: 3
    • Combined Gross Annual Revenue (in billions): $231.1
  22. Rank
    21
    School

    Georgetown University

    Location
    Washington, DC
    Tuition
    $48,048 annually
    +

    Websites

    Address

    37th and O St NW
    Washington, DC 20057-0001
    (202) 687-0100

    Accreditation

    MSCHE

    School Description

    In addition to standard full- and part-time MBA programs, Georgetown's McDonough School of Business allows students to enter an 'Executive Custom' program, with requirements designed around the student's schedule.

    Georgetown tied with two other schools to claim the 21st spot on U.S. News & World Report's list of national universities, and McDonough placed 24th on the best business school list.

    • Number of Fortune 500 CEOs: 2
    • Number of Degrees: 3
    • Combined Gross Annual Revenue (in billions): $162.2
  23. Rank
    22
    School

    University of Cincinnati

    Location
    Cincinnati, OH
    Tuition
    $11,000 in state;
    $26,334 out of state
    +

    Websites

    Address

    2624 Clifton Avenue
    Cincinnati, OH 45221-0063
    (513) 556-6000

    Accreditation

    NCACS/THLC

    School Description

    The Carl H. Lindner College of Business at the University of Cincinnati allows students to customize their MBA program and/or earn their degree partially online, making it an attractive option for students who are juggling other commitments (such as childcare or full-time employment).

    Cincy tied for 129th place among all national universities on U.S. News & World Report's most recent ranking, while the Lindner College placed 70th among the country's top b-schools.

    • Number of Fortune 500 CEOs: 2
    • Number of Degrees: 3
    • Combined Gross Annual Revenue (in billions): $89.6
  24. Rank
    23
    School

    Babson College

    Location
    Wellesley, MA
    Tuition
    $45,120 annually
    +

    Websites

    Address

    231 Forest Street
    Wellesley, MA 02457-0310
    (781) 235-1200

    Accreditation

    NEASC/CIHE

    School Description

    Babson's F.W. Olin Graduate School of Business offers four graduate-level degree programs for prospective corporate employees: a Master of Business Administration, Master of Science in Management in Entrepreneurial Leadership, Master of Science in Accounting, and a Certificate of Advanced Management. Interestingly, while Babson College was not ranked among U.S. News & World Report's list of national universities, F.W. Olin placed 62nd on the site's list of best business schools.

    • Number of Fortune 500 CEOs: 2
    • Number of Degrees: 2
    • Combined Gross Annual Revenue (in billions): $335
  25. Rank
    24
    School

    Duke University

    Location
    Durham, NC
    Tuition
    $47,488 annually
    +

    Websites

    Address

    103 Allen Bldg
    Durham, NC 27708
    (919) 684-8111

    Accreditation

    SACS/CC

    School Description

    Duke's Fuqua School of Business offers four MBA programs (Daytime, Cross Continent, Global Executive, and Weekend Executive), as well as an advanced degree in health sector management and several joint degrees. Duke earned 8th place on U.S. News & World Report's list of national universities, while Fuqua placed 13th among the country's finest b-schools.

    • Number of Fortune 500 CEOs: 2
    • Number of Degrees: 2
    • Combined Gross Annual Revenue (in billions): $218.2
  26. Rank
    25
    School

    University of Minnesota-Twin Cities

    Location
    Minneapolis, MN
    Tuition
    $13,626 in state;
    $20,876 out of state
    +

    Websites

    Address

    100 Church Street SE
    Minneapolis, MN 55455-0213
    (612) 625-5000

    Accreditation

    NCACS/THLC

    School Description

    In addition to standard and Executive MBA programs, the Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota offers more niche-specific credentials, such as master's degrees in human resources and industrial relations, business analytics, and business taxation.

    According to U.S. News & World Report, Minnesota tied for 71st place among all national universities and Carlson tied for 27th on the list of best business schools.

    • Number of Fortune 500 CEOs: 2
    • Number of Degrees: 2
    • Combined Gross Annual Revenue (in billions): $213.7
  27. Rank
    26
    School

    Brown University

    Location
    Providence, RI
    Tuition
    $46,410 annually
    +

    Websites

    Address

    One Prospect Street
    Providence, RI 02912
    (401) 863-1000

    Accreditation

    NEASC/CIHE

    School Description

    Like Princeton, Brown University does not host a business school ― and as a result, it places much lower on the list than its other Ivy League counterparts (with the exception of Dartmouth, which has not yielded any Fortune 500 CEOs as of September 2013). However, the school earned a 16th-place ranking on U.S. News & World Report's list of national universities.

    • Number of Fortune 500 CEOs: 2
    • Number of Degrees: 2
    • Combined Gross Annual Revenue (in billions): $207.7
  28. Rank
    27
    School

    University of Pittsburgh

    Location
    Pittsburgh, PA
    Tuition
    $21,142 annually
    +

    Websites

    Address

    4200 Fifth Avenue
    Pittsburgh, PA 15260
    (412) 624-4141

    Accreditation

    MSCHE

    School Description

    Pitt's Joseph M. Katz Graduate School of Business and College of Business Administration offers an MBA, Executive MBA, and M.S. in Accounting to graduate-level students, as well as 11 undergraduate degree and certificate programs. Pitt tied with five other schools to claim 62nd place in U.S. News & World Report's list of national universities, while Katz claimed 48th place on the best b-schools list.

    • Number of Fortune 500 CEOs: 2
    • Number of Degrees: 2
    • Combined Gross Annual Revenue (in billions): $188.3
  29. Rank
    28
    School

    Clark University

    Location
    Worcester, MA
    Tuition
    $40,730 annually
    +

    Websites

    Address

    950 Main St
    Worcester, MA 01610-1477
    (508) 793-7711

    Accreditation

    NEASC/CIHE

    School Description

    In addition to the Graduate School of Management (where students can earn standard and Executive MBAs), Clark University also hosts the Small Business Development Center for aspiring entrepreneurs to learn the fundamentals of running their own company or startup. Clark tied with six other schools to place 75th on U.S. News & World Report's national university ranking, but Clark's GSM was not ranked in the best b-schools list.

    • Number of Fortune 500 CEOs: 2
    • Number of Degrees: 2
    • Combined Gross Annual Revenue (in billions): $174.5
  30. Rank
    29
    School

    University of Oklahoma

    Location
    Norman, OK
    Tuition
    $7,695 in state;
    $20,469 out of state
    +

    Websites

    Address

    660 Parrington Oval
    Norman, OK 73019-3072
    (405) 325-0311

    Accreditation

    NCACS/THLC

    School Description

    The Price College of Business at the University of Oklahoma offers 13 undergraduate programs (in areas like entrepreneurship, finance, and supply chain management), three MBA credentials (including an Executive MBA in Energy), and half a dozen Ph.D. specializations.

    OU tied with seven other schools to claim 106th place on U.S. News & World Report's list of national universities, and Price tied for 63rd among the country's best business schools.

    • Number of Fortune 500 CEOs: 2
    • Number of Degrees: 2
    • Combined Gross Annual Revenue (in billions): $173
  31. Rank
    30
    School

    Tufts University

    Location
    Medford, MA
    Tuition
    $47,596 annually
    +

    Websites

    Address

    Medford, MA 02155-5555
    (617) 628-5000

    Accreditation

    NEASC/CIHE

    School Description

    Unlike other traditional business schools, the Tufts Fletcher School specializes in degree programs for students who wish to venture into global business, international law, and diplomacy.

    Tufts tied with the University of Michigan for the 27th slot on U.S. News & World Report's list of national universities, while Fletcher was unranked on the best b-schools list.

    • Number of Fortune 500 CEOs: 2
    • Number of Degrees: 2
    • Combined Gross Annual Revenue (in billions): $147.7
  32. Rank
    31
    School

    University of San Diego

    Location
    San Diego, CA
    Tuition
    $33,356 annually
    +

    Websites

    Address

    5998 Alcala Park
    San Diego, CA 92110-2492
    (619) 260-4600

    Accreditation

    WASC/SCUC

    School Description

    The USD's School of Business allows students to earn traditional MBAs, as well as an MBA with an international focus or an M.S. degree in real estate.

    USD tied with five other schools to earn 95th place on U.S. News & World Report's 2013 ranking of national universities, while the business school did not rank among the country's top 100 b-schools.

    • Number of Fortune 500 CEOs: 2
    • Number of Degrees: 2
    • Combined Gross Annual Revenue (in billions): $142.2
  33. Rank
    32
    School

    University of Virginia

    Location
    Charlottesville, VA
    Tuition
    $11,892 in state;
    $40,506 out of state
    +

    Websites

    Address

    1827 University Avenue
    Charlottesville, VA 22903-2628
    (434) 924-0311

    Accreditation

    SACS/CC

    School Description

    The Darden School of Business at UV offers a traditional MBA, as well as MBA programs for executives and global executives.

    Virginia tied for 23rd place on the 2013 U.S. News & World Report national university list, and Darden placed 12th on the site's ranking of best business schools in the U.S.

    • Number of Fortune 500 CEOs: 2
    • Number of Degrees: 2
    • Combined Gross Annual Revenue (in billions): $119.1
  34. Rank
    33
    School

    University of North Carolina at Charlotte

    Location
    Charlotte, NC
    Tuition
    $10,506 annually
    +

    Websites

    Address

    9201 University City Blvd
    Charlotte, NC 28223-0001
    (704) 687-2000

    Accreditation

    SACS/CC

    School Description

    UNC-Charlotte's Belk College of Business offers a handful of undergraduate, graduate, and global business programs, including unconventional degrees like M.S. in Mathematical Finance, M.S. in Real Estate, and a Ph.D. in Organizational Science.

    UNCC ranked 201st on U.S. News & World Report's national universities list ― lower than any other school on our list (with the exception of unranked Babson College and Wayne State University) ― while Belk was unranked on the best b-schools list.

    • Number of Fortune 500 CEOs: 2
    • Number of Degrees: 2
    • Combined Gross Annual Revenue (in billions): $112.2
  35. Rank
    34
    School

    University of California – Berkeley

    Location
    Berkeley, CA
    Tuition
    $25,064 annually
    +

    Websites

    Address

    200 California Hall
    Berkeley, CA 94720
    (510) 642-6000

    Accreditation

    WASC/SCUC

    School Description

    Despite its low ranking in terms of Fortune 500 CEOs, UC Berkeley's Haas School of Business is generally considered one of the country's finest b-schools. Students may pursue a full- or part-time standard or Executive MBA, as well as a Master of Financial Engineering degree.

    UC Berkeley tied for the 20th spot on U.S. News & World Report's list of national universities, while Haas placed seventh on the best b-schools list.

    • Number of Fortune 500 CEOs: 2
    • Number of Degrees: 2
    • Combined Gross Annual Revenue (in billions): $98.3
  36. Rank
    35
    School

    University of Colorado-Boulder

    Location
    Colorado Springs, CO
    Tuition
    $10,789 in state;
    $33,151 out of state
    +

    Websites

    Address

    1420 Austin Bluffs Parkway
    Colorado Springs, CO 80918
    (719) 255-3000

    Accreditation

    NCACS/THLC

    School Description

    The Leeds School of Business at UC-Boulder offers several degrees within four main academic divisions: accounting, finance, management and entrepreneurship, and marketing.

    Colorado Boulder tied for 88th place on the most recent national university ranking from U.S. News & World Report, while Leeds tied for the 86th spot on the best business school list.

    • Number of Fortune 500 CEOs: 2
    • Number of Degrees: 2
    • Combined Gross Annual Revenue (in billions): $96
  37. Rank
    36
    School

    Wayne State University

    Location
    Detroit, MI
    Tuition
    $12,350 in state;
    $26,592 out of state
    +

    Websites

    Address

    656 West Kirby Street
    Detroit, MI 48202
    (313) 577-2424

    Accreditation

    NCACS/THLC

    School Description

    At the Wayne State University School of Business Administration, undergraduates can earn either a B.A. or a B.S. in business management, while master's students can study business administration, accounting, or taxation. Wayne State University is the only school on our list to be unranked in either the national university or best business school rankings from U.S. News & World Report.

    • Number of Fortune 500 CEOs: 2
    • Number of Degrees: 2
    • Combined Gross Annual Revenue (in billions): $67.4
  38. Rank
    37
    School

    Boston College

    Location
    Chestnut Hill, MA
    Tuition
    $47,436 annually
    +

    Websites

    Address

    140 Commonwealth Avenue
    Chestnut Hill, MA 02467
    (617) 552-8000

    Accreditation

    NEASC/CIHE

    School Description

    BC's Carroll School of Management offers an undergraduate program, three master's degrees (business management, finance, and accounting), Ph.D.s in finance and organizational management, and 18 business-oriented dual degrees.

    Despite having only produced two Fortune 500 CEOs as of September 2013, BC tied for 30th place on the most recent national university ranking from U.S. News & World Report, while Carroll tied with two other business schools to nab the 40th spot on the best b-schools list.

    • Number of Fortune 500 CEOs: 2
    • Number of Degrees: 2
    • Combined Gross Annual Revenue (in billions): $66.6
  39. Rank
    38
    School

    University of Houston

    Location
    Houston, TX
    Tuition
    $7,131 in state;
    $20,091 out of state
    +

    Websites

    Address

    212 E. Cullen Building
    Houston, TX 77204-2018
    (713) 743-1000

    Accreditation

    SACS/CC

    School Description

    The University of Houston ranked lower on our list than any other school ― but it should be noted that hundreds of U.S. colleges and universities have been unable to produce more than one Fortune 500 CEO. The Houston Texas Bauer College of Business offers bachelor's, master's, and Ph.D. credentials in business management, as well as M.S. programs in finance and accounting.

    Houston tied for 190th place on the 2013 national university ranking from U.S. News & World Report ― second lowest after UNC-Charlotte ― while Bauer tied for 96th place on the best b-schools list.

    • Number of Fortune 500 CEOs: 2
    • Number of Degrees: 2
    • Combined Gross Annual Revenue (in billions): $63.4

Information & Data

Ranking Methodology

In addition to the 2013 Fortune 500 list, we consulted the ‘Alma Mater Index of Global CEOs,’ a ranking created by David Matthews of the Times Higher Education that notes the number of CEOs that attended each school on our list, the number of degrees conferred on all of these CEOs, and the combined gross annual revenue of their companies. Like Mr. Matthews’ list, ours places precedence on the number of CEOs over the other variables. In the event of a tie for number of CEOs, the ranking will be in favor of the schools that awarded the most degrees, and if there is still a tie, then the combined gross annual revenue is the deciding factor.

In addition to the school’s name and geographical location, this is how each data variable is defined:

  • Number of Fortune 500 CEOs: This represents the total number of men and women who earned either an undergraduate or graduate-level degree from the school at some point prior to September 2013.
  • Number of Degrees: This figure represents the number of degrees conferred to Fortune 500 CEOs prior to September 2013; if this number exceeds the number of CEOs, then it should be assumed that at least one Fortune 500 executive has earned multiple degrees from that college or university.
  • Combined Gross Annual Revenue (in billions): This figure represents the total earnings of all Fortune 500 companies represented by CEOs who earned a degree from the given school. The amount is expressed in billions of dollars.

Each entry on our list of 38 is accompanied by a short blurb about the school that includes information from U.S. News & World Report, one of the most authoritative sources of comprehensive college rankings; the site uses a myriad of data points ― including cost of tuition, student outcomes, and student-to-faculty ratio ― to derive its annual ‘best of’ lists. We consulted two USNWR lists in particular for this list: the site’s 2013 rankings of national universities and best business schools in the country.

To ensure our list remains somewhat objective, we have chosen not to list specific company or executive names.

How to Interpret the Data

Bearing in mind that any company on the 2013 Fortune 500 list is performing reasonably well, readers can use our ranking to determine how consistently a given school produces successful CEOs. While the list primarily emphasizes the number of CEOs and degrees, it should be noted that gross revenue can also be used to evaluate the academic strengths of a particular college or university. A school that produces four Fortune 500 CEOs whose companies combined for a gross annual revenue of $500 million, for instance, might warrant more consideration than a school that produced twice as many CEOs representing companies that earned the same amount.

Another important consideration is college major. Most Fortune 500 companies are concentrated in specific niche fields, such as information technology, retail sales, and corporate investments. Students who hope to major in business management, marketing, or computer science will likely gain a lot of insight from this list, but readers who plan to study fields like psychology, social work, or education probably won’t derive much useful information from it.

Additionally, there are notable differences between the Alma Mater Index of Global CEOs and the U.S. News & World Report rankings. Princeton University, for instance, placed 14th among U.S. schools on the former list, but took the top spot in USNWR’s 2013 ranking of all national universities. Disparities between the two rankings should indicate that the number of Fortune 500 CEOs is not necessarily an indicator of overall quality at a given college or university, but rather the school’s rate of consistency for producing CEOs of top companies in years past.

Finally, please note that the Alma Mater Index of Global CEOs ― as the name implies ― features colleges and universities across the globe. Our list, on the other hand, exclusively features U.S. higher-learning institutions that have produced at least two Fortune 500 CEOs.