Yale Slips Out Of U.S. News’ Top Ten

by John A. Byrne on Print Print

Yale's School of Management is ranked 14th among the best U.S. business schools by Poets&Quants.

Yale’s School of Management business schools by Poets&Quants.

When U.S. News & World Report unveils its new business school ranking March 12, Yale University’s School of Management will slip out of the top ten. Yale, which nudged out New York University’s Stern School last year for tenth place, now finds itself pushed aside by Stern.

In a “teaser” for its forthcoming rankings, U.S. News disclosed today (March 5) the top ten business schools in alphabetical order. The only top ten school not included on the list is Yale, replaced by NYU’s Stern School.

U.S. News said the other top ten schools in alphabetical order are Columbia University, Dartmouth College’s Tuck School, Harvard University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Sloan School, Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management, Stanford University, UC-California at Berkeley’s Haas School, the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business, and the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School.


Yale’s slippage, presumably to 11th place, is something of a surprise because a relatively new dean of the school, Edward Snyder, has been working to remake SOM and improve its standings in rankings.

But the numerical rank of a school is often decided by fractions of an underlying index number with little, if any, statistical significance. So it is likely that Yale’s drop is inconsequential, in terms of the actual underlying data used to crank out the ranking. Even last year, for example, just one index number separated No. 10 Yale from No. 11 NYU. Yale was given an index number of 84, while NYU scored an 83. It’s possible that Yale slipped even further than one place because Duke University’s Fuqua School, ranked 12th last year, had an index number of 82.

As business school rankings go, U.S. News is widely followed, though not as influential as either Bloomberg BusinessWeek or The Financial Times. Nonetheless, no top  school—particularly one that is undergoing significant change to improve its overall standing–would want to fall out of the top ten.

NYU's Stern School of Business is rated 12th among the best U.S. B-schools by Poets&Quants

NYU’s Stern School of Business knocks out Yale


U.S. News said its “sneak peek” is based on a survey of 488 accredited master’s programs in business. “The actual ranking and score of these and other graduate schools—including those offering full-time, part-time, and executive MBA programs—will be available March 12, 2013,” the magazine said.

Last year, U.S. News ranked Harvard and Stanford in a tie for first, with Wharton third, and MIT, Kellogg and Booth all tied for fourth place. The top ten were rounded out by No. 7 Berkeley, No. 8 Columbia, No. 9 Dartmouth, and No. 10 Yale.


  • Cornelius

    Why is “in order of which school an applicant would attend if admitted” the right order? Another metric may produce a list in order of which school adds the most value to an MBA student, or which does the best job at producing business leaders. Harvard and Stanford do a great job at attracting business leaders, but I’d bet money that they don’t do the best at transforming someone into a business leader. Most applicants choose a program based on brand, but someone seeking the best education may not blindly follow that strategy.

  • Krishna

    Yale SOM main problem is with its parent university. The parent university didn’t like the idea of “Business ” school from the beginning. If you notice, they started almost with Duke in seventies, they have much much more resources, excellent brand, location close to NYC, however Duke did it to become core school for top firms, Duke placed itself comparable to the M7 schools. I really don’t understand what is going on with Yale?! even outside america, great universities benefited from their brands to establish excellent business schools, for example, Said b school at Oxford, they are only 16 years old!!! yet, they achieved much much better than Yale in term of recognition and branding and ranking for their MBA!! Yale has, great dean, massive endowment, very prestigious brand, proximity to new york, yet, they couldn’t make it to be a core school!! I think one of main reasons is thier student body, if you look at them, you notice very high IQ but unfortunately very low EQ. the admission staff recruited from academia and mostly from Yale itself, they measure people as the standard of the undergrad, they miss the sense of a “business” school! plus they kept very small class compared to other schools. I see many applicants got admitted into MIT, Columbia, and wharton, yet they got rejected by Yale. this indicates negative sign about the selection of students at Yale SOM.

  • ussi

    I’d like to know as well. I came back to this post after a month to see if it was answered. Sandy can you please spill the beans

  • WLbyTuck

    Because Yale is part of the H/P/Y holy trinity – Georgetown and Vandy aren’t in the same league.

  • Bcs

    You’ve got to be shitting me. Have you met people from Fuqua, Ross and Darden? They are bright, but clearly above NYU, I think not my friend. I went to Columbia and spent much time with NYU counterparts, this is a losing argument.

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