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Top Business Schools

Top Business School

U.S. News

Ranking

BusinessWeek

Ranking

Our Ranking

Carnegie Mellon (Tepper)

18

11

17

Chicago (Booth)

4

1

4

Columbia

8

14

7

Cornell (Johnson)

16

7

13

Dartmouth (Tuck)

9

12

8

Duke (Fuqua)

12

6

10

Emory (Goizueta)

19

22

19

Georgetown (McDonough)

24

30

21

Harvard

1

2

1

Indiana (Kelley)

23

15

15

Maryland (Smith)

44

24

23

Michigan (Ross)

13

8

9

MIT (Sloan)

4

9

5

Northwestern (Kellogg)

4

5

6

NYU (Stern)

11

16

12

Ohio State (Fisher)

25

27

29

Purdue (Krannert)

42

41

28

Rochester (Simon)

37

50

27

Stanford

2

4

2

Texas — Austin (McCombs)

17

19

18

UC — Berkeley (Haas)

7

13

14

UCLA (Anderson)

15

18

20

UNC (Kenan-Flagler)

19

17

22

U. Pennsylvania (Wharton)

3

3

3

USC (Marshall)

21

28

24

Vanderbilt (Owen)

25

25

25

Virginia (Darden)

13

10

11

Washington U. (Olin)

22

31

26

Yale

10

21

16

There will always be a debate over who is more accurate when it comes to ranking the top business schools and what factors should be given what weight. While there are many other rankings, US News and BusinessWeek are certainly the two most popular.

Our personal view is that the ranking factors that should matter most are those that pay off for students and graduates in job interviews and offers. Hence, we agree with US News that the top three business schools should be Harvard, Stanford and then Wharton in that order.

We certainly encourage prospective applicants to take all of the rankings (yes, even our own) with a grain of salt and highly discount any ranking system that has schools making significant moves within a one or two year timeframe. These schools are huge bureaucracies and there’s just no way they can possibly change that much in such a relatively short period of time.