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The Most-Read Business Books at Colleges Across the Country

Published: Jan 25, 2021

The books that we read in college provide the foundation for our educations and, in turn, to our professional lives. They are touchstones, something that many of us have in common regardless of where we attended college—whether that manifests as a mutual love for Mary Shelley's Frankenstein or a mutual disdain for Strunk & White's The Elements of Style. The books we read prepare us for what's to come, and DegreeQuery has examined thousands of syllabi to determine how college book assignments vary between states and between public schools and the Ivy League. It's no secret that Ivy-Leaguers show a propensity towards going into business and finding success in that field. Does their secret lie in the books they read in school? It's impossible to say, of course, but perusing what some of the country's most elite students are reading could clue you in to what they're learning that you may be missing out on. 

Take a look at these charts that show the most common business books assigned by Ivy League schools compared to the most common in public schools, as well as the most-assigned business book is by state, and see how your school and state measure up!



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