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Top 30 Colleges That Produced The Most Fortune 500 CEOs

Among the top 30 colleges that produced the most Fortune 500 CEOs, the University of Wisconsin–Madison produced the most – 14, according to a report by Chicago-based Kittleman & Associates.  Fourteen Fortune 500 CEOs call the University of Wisconsin–Madison their alma mater, making it the most represented college among the group, followed by Harvard, with 12, and Cornell, with 10.

The University of Michigan (UMich), placed fourth with eight Fortune 500 leaders, followed by Stanford University that produced seven CEOs. The University of Pennsylvania (Penn or UPenn) turned out six Fortune 500 CEOs – tying it for 6th place with UC Berkeley, Purdue, and Texas A&M. The study reviewed the undergraduate schools of all 500 execs.

The State University of New York (SUNY) turned out five Fortune 500 CEOs – tying it for 10th place with seven others – Lehigh, Michigan State, Princeton, the University of Texas at Austin, the University of Texas at Austin, Bucknell, the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign, and Yale University.

Top 30 Colleges that produced the most Fortune 500 CEOs

1. The University of Wisconsin- Madison
Number of Fortune 500 CEOs: 14

2. Harvard University
Number of Fortune 500 CEOs: 12

3. Cornell University
Number of Fortune 500 CEOs: 10

4. The University of Michigan (UMich)
Number of Fortune 500 CEOs: 8

5. Stanford University
Number of Fortune 500 CEOs: 7

6 (TIE). The University of Pennsylvania (Penn or UPenn)
Number of Fortune 500 CEOs: 6

6 (TIE). The University of California, Berkeley (UC Berkeley)
Number of Fortune 500 CEOs: 6

6 (TIE). Purdue University
Number of Fortune 500 CEOs: 6

6 (TIE). Texas A&M University (Texas A&M or A&M)
Number of Fortune 500 CEOs: 6

10 (TIE). The State University of New York (SUNY)
Number of Fortune 500 CEOs: 5

10 (TIE). Lehigh University
Number of Fortune 500 CEOs: 5

10 (TIE). Michigan State University (MSU)
Number of Fortune 500 CEOs: 5

10 (TIE). Princeton University
Number of Fortune 500 CEOs: 5

10 (TIE). The University of Texas at Austin
Number of Fortune 500 CEOs: 5

10 (TIE). Bucknell University, Lewisburg, Pennsylvania
Number of Fortune 500 CEOs: 5

10 (TIE). The University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign
Number of Fortune 500 CEOs: 5

10 (TIE). Yale University
Number of Fortune 500 CEOs: 5

18 (TIE). United States Military Academy (USMA)
Number of Fortune 500 CEOs: 4

18 (TIE). University of Notre Dame
Number of Fortune 500 CEOs: 4

18 (TIE). University of North Carolina
Number of Fortune 500 CEOs: 4

18 (TIE). Dartmouth College
Number of Fortune 500 CEOs: 4

18 (TIE). Boston College
Number of Fortune 500 CEOs: 4

18 (TIE). University of Iowa (UIowa)
Number of Fortune 500 CEOs: 4

18 (TIE). University of Miami
Number of Fortune 500 CEOs: 4

18 (TIE). New York University (NYU)
Number of Fortune 500 CEOs: 4

18 (TIE). Northwestern University (NU)
Number of Fortune 500 CEOs: 4

18 (TIE). University of Utah
Number of Fortune 500 CEOs: 4

28 (TIE). University of Nebraska–Lincoln
Number of Fortune 500 CEOs: 3

28 (TIE). University of Alabama
Number of Fortune 500 CEOs: 3

28 (TIE). Union College, Schenectady, New York
Number of Fortune 500 CEOs: 3

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