Krannert among top targets of recruiters

March 30, 2012

Job recruiters ranked Krannert School of Management third in a 2012 Bloomberg Businessweek national survey of undergraduate business schools.

The survey asked recruiters, among other criteria, which programs turned out the best graduates, which schools have the most innovative curricula, and which have the most effective career services areas. Krannert ranked seventh last year and 13th in 2010.

Further evidence of recruiter interest in Krannert: The 2011 Undergraduate Fall Career Fair drew a capacity 135 companies to campus. Fall interviewing was up 50 percent from the year before.

The Undergraduate Spring Career Fair, held in February, drew 105 companies, up more than 20 percent from last year.

Between career fairs and on-campus interviews, 320 companies were on campus interviewing in 2011, says Erik Props, assistant director of Krannert undergraduate career services. More than 1,500 business-related jobs were posted, up more than 30 percent from a year earlier.

"Recruiters say that our students are well-prepared for their job interviews," Props says. "But beyond that, the recruiters come back to Purdue because they have found that once hired, our students know how to get to work and meet challenges within an organization."

Krannert's 2011 bachelor's degree graduates landed jobs with a median salary of $48,000 and median signing bonus of $4,300. Top hiring companies were, Deloitte, BKD, Sears, Crowe Horwath, Accenture, Allstate Insurance, Cerner Corp., Coyote Logistics, Cummins, Ernst & Young, General Electric, Target, IBM, and Procter & Gamble.

Ahead of Purdue in the recruiter rankings were Pennsylvania State University and the University of Notre Dame. Indiana University and the University of Michigan round out the top five.