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  March 30th, 2022 | Written by

Texas’s 6 Best Universities that Produce the Most CEOs – New Study

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What type of education does it take to climb to the top of America’s largest companies?

The online learning provider Preply has conducted extensive research to identify the best schools in the world for becoming a leading CEO.

We found that the University of Texas in Austin is the best school in the state for becoming a CEO.

UT Austin ranked 7th out of 198 USA schools in the study and number one for Texas universities. Home to 51,000 students and 3,000 teaching faculty, the University of Texas at Austin is ranked among the biggest and best research universities in the country.

The university is divided into 13 schools and colleges with popular degrees including engineering, journalism as well as business-related degrees.

According to the Texas A&M alumni organization, the three Texas A&M graduates who head Fortune 100 companies are Bruce Broussard, CEO of Humana; David Cordani, CEO of Cigna Corp., and Greg Garland, CEO of Phillips 66. Both Broussard and Cordani were accounting graduates while Garland studied chemical engineering.

This is followed by Texas A&M University and the University of Houston

The no. 2 university for CEO graduates in the state is Texas A&M university known for its programs in engineering, technology, and agriculture. Also, the only university in Texas to hold simultaneous designations as a land, sea, and space grant institution.

And in number three is The University of Houston known as a leader in energy and health research, law, business, and environmental education.

Texas’s 6 Universities With the Most CEO Graduates:

  1. University of Texas

  2. Texas A&M University

  3. University of Houston

  4. Southern Methodist University

  5. Baylor University

  6. Trinity University

Main findings of the CEOs in the study and their educational background:

Most CEOs have a degree in economics, business, and engineering. The majority studied economics (11.6%), business (7.6%), engineering (5.3%), law (4.1%), and finance (3.3%).

35% of top CEOs have a master’s or doctorate degree. There are also plenty of MBAs – 227, to be exact.

There is no one type of university for becoming a CEO. From the 20 colleges that graduated the most CEOs globally, the list includes traditional liberal arts colleges, Ivy League schools, public universities, and colleges known for their technology and computer science programs.

Amy Pritchett, Student Success Manager of Preply, says:

“The Forbes list of CEOs are arguably some of the most influential leaders in the world. We wanted to better understand what this elite group of people has in common and what it takes to climb to the top.

We know that many universities offer exceptional education and business degrees. We wanted to find out if there are colleges with a track record of developing strong leadership. Looking at this research, it’s clear that there are some universities with the right ingredients to create successful CEOs.”

America’s 20 Universities With the Most CEO Graduates:

  1. Harvard University

  2. University of Pennsylvania

  3. Stanford University

  4. University of California

  5. Columbia University

  6. Northwestern University

  7. New York University

  8. University of Texas

  9. Massachusetts Institute of Technology

  10. University of Chicago

  11. Cornell University

  12. University of Michigan

  13. Georgetown University

  14. University of Wisconsin

  15. Michigan State University

  16. Texas A&M University

  17. Boston College

  18. Johns Hopkins University

  19. Ohio University

  20. Indiana University

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About Preply

Preply is a global language learning marketplace, connecting 140,000 tutors with tens of thousands of students from all over the world.

Founded in 2012 and backed by some of the world’s leading investors, Preply is on a mission to shape the future of effective learning. Fueled by a belief that live engagement with a teacher is still the most effective way to learn a new skill, Preply is building a personalized learning space that will enable individual learners to reach their goals in the fastest way possible.