Winners & Losers in U.S. News’ Ranking

by John A. Byrne on

 BIGGEST WINNERS IN U.S. NEWS’ 2012 RANKING  

School Gain 2012 Rank 2011 Rank
Case Western (Weatherhead) +28 52 80
DePaul (Kellstadt) +19 70 89
Pittsburgh (Katz) +17 68 85
University of Miami +15 70 85
William & Mary (Mason) +13 70 83
Notre Dame (Mendoza) +12 25 37
Temple (Fox) +11 52 63
Texas Christian (Neeley) +10 70 80
Rice (Jones) +9 25 34
Rochester (Simon) +8 37 45
University of Connecticut +8 61 69
Fordham University +8 89 97
University of Kentucky (Gatton) +8 94 102

Source: 2012 U.S. News’ Ranking of the Best Business Schools

BIGGEST LOSERS IN U.S. NEWS’ 2012 RANKING  

School Loss 2012 Rank 2011 Rank
Rochester Institute of Technology -31 94 63
Santa Clara University (Leavey) -26 101 75
Auburn University -25 88 63
University of Buffalo-SUNY -14 89 75
Baruch College (Zicklin) -12 97 85
South Carolina (Moore) -10 64 54
Minnesota (Carlson) -9 30 21
Iowa (Tippie) -9 49 40
UC-Davis -8 36 28

Source: 2012 U.S. News’ Ranking of the Best Business Schools

(See following page for schools that disappeared entirely off the list and those that made it after having been unranked in the previous year)

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  • seeksleek

    Notre Dame is a good school, their Undergrad is quite well known and they have a great faculty. Hope this school keeps rising!

  • TK

    What is your take on McDonough?  They have a strong undergrad brand, a (relatively) new building, and a good location in DC (despite the lack of Metro).  I was looking at them for my safety school but do you think they are on the rise or fall?  I see from the employment stats that student do land positions w/coveted companies (McKinsey/BCG) but it doesnt seem like these companies have a strong recruiting presence by the lack of a Gtown school page on their corporate website.

  • http://twitter.com/RyanPratt Ryan Pratt

    Very cool. Congrats to the team at Weatherhead, one of our newest partner schools at MBA Focus (www.mbafocus.com). Love seeing Rice and Notre Dame jump into the top 25 as well. In fact, 9 of the top 13 “biggest winners in the US News 2012 rankings” partnered with us this academic year. And a handful of schools that stopped partnering with us were either on the “biggest losers” list or list of schools disappearing from the rankings.

  • Matt C

    Pretty misleading conclusion (that partnerships with mbafocus lead to the rise and fall of schools).  Publish the # of actual jobs for those schools that were a direct result of your ‘company’ and i’d assume that it is too insignificant to make a diff on the employment stat variable. 

  • Ben

    I believe it’s the 2013 rankings, not the 2012…

  • Ben

    Whoops, wrong, my bad.

  • Anon

    Expect Georgetown to move higher in the next few years. Bschool’s new MBA facilities like the Harari building is huge, gorgeous, techy. City campus + international = attractive to prospective candidates who don’t want to go to school in podunk…ithaca, darden, winston-salem..

  • hoyainsider

    they have a strong undergrad brand for the georgetown college and school of foreign service. the undergrad business school and nursing school students have materially lower admissions stats. i do however think the mba program will be on the rise bc of the intl focus and facilities investments.

  • Myexperience

    also the georgetown network in finance is tremendous. check out georgetown wall street alliance. the alumni are truly involved and recruiting new grads and old grads throughout the recession. georgetown mba doesnt have the brand to get mckinsey and bcg regularly. undergrads, again from gtown college and school of foreign service, however do regularly go to mckinsey/bcg.

  • Matt C

    I was hoping that the Gtown Alumni network in general would help with recruitment to prestigious firms that the MBA program lacks connections, but if you look @ the MBA employment stats McKinsey took multiple MBA grads and BCG/Booz were represented as well so most likely going through alumni since I’m pretty sure they don’t recruit @ Gtown 

  • Jordan

    i don’t think its safe to assume they went through alumni, it could have been previous network, family connections or plain old hard work, mck is physically very close to Gtown someone could get a foot in the door the old fashioned way.

  • Ericdh

    You should make clear when referring to Rochester Institute of Technology by “RIT”, as it’s widely known, rather than “Rochester”, lest it confuse people the analysis is about the University of Rochester, which is a research-oriented, more preeminent,  and higher-ranked school.

  • ChrisR

    ND and Rice are definitely brand name MBAs - companies do pay a premium for them!  Glad to see them moving up.  Not sure how Fordham University rose 8 spots.  Their placement is among the worst and their class profile by GMAT is not so competitive (609 mean)

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