Poets&Quants Top Business Schools

Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University


Contact Information

2001 Sheridan Road,
Evanston, IL 60208
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Annual Tuition: $33,231

Acceptance Rate: N/A

Average GPA: 3.6

International: 35%

Minority: 26%

Mean Age: 28

Full-Time Enrollment: 474

Female: 41%

Male: 59%

Average GMAT: 728

GPA Range (mid-80%): N/A

GMAT Range (mid-80%): 690-760

Application Deadlines
Round 1: September 21st, 2016
Round 2: January 4th, 2017
Round 3: April 5th, 2017

Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management offers a top-notch business education setting. Kellogg’s faculty possess a wealth of knowledge in an academic and business setting. Kellogg’s curriculum provides a solid educational foundation and couples it with more than 1,000 experiential learning opportunities.

Kellogg’s program is highlighted by students gaining mastery in  multiple disciplines, a truly customized curriculum, access to 37 exchange programs across 20 countries, and a top-rated career services and placement program. Kellogg boasts more than 120 student-led clubs and sending graduates to more than 500 companies world-wide.

A foundation of nine core courses in fundamental subjects such as accounting; management and organizations; marketing; finance; managerial economics; decision sciences; operations; and management and strategy is placed during the first year. During the second year, students have the opportunity to customize and choose from 18 different majors to focus on. One elective course must be completed in an international setting.

Throughout the educational experience, students can take advantage of Kellogg’s world-renowned Career Management Center. The Center offers one-on-one coaching for students, job search resources and workshops, a job board with more than 5,000 annual listings, as well as extensive alumni connections.

Ranking Analysis:

Among the top 25 business schools, the biggest news is that Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management is beginning to show improvement under Dean Sally Blount who took over the school in July of 2010. Her new leadership team has turned the business school upside down, rethinking every aspect of the MBA program and the entire institution. Kellogg rose two places to finish fifth this year, jumping over MIT Sloan and Columbia on Poets&Quants’ 2012 composite list. That puts Kellogg directly behind Harvard, Stanford, Chicago, and Wharton. Pretty elite company.

The school moved forward on the basis of improvement in two key rankings: U.S. News & World Report and The Financial Times. U.S. News ranked Kellogg fourth in 2012, up from fifth a year earlier. More importantly, perhaps, the school moved up two places among the best U.S. schools in the FT survey, rising to ninth from 11th in 2011. Kellogg showed even greater upward movement on the FT’s full global ranking, rising five spots to 16th in 2011 from 21st a year earlier. The school ranked seventh in Forbes’ 2011 list (Forbes, which ranks school solely on the basis of the return on investment of their MBA, did not publish a list in 2012).

As is often the case with rankings, what one source gives another can often take away. The Economist ranked Kellogg 13th among U.S. schools in 2012, down one place from 12th a year earlier. Kellogg also slipped one notch in Bloomberg BusinessWeek’s 2012 ranking to fifth from fourth in 2010. Behind that overall rank, BusinessWeek, which measures schools on the basis of graduate satisfaction, corporate recruiter sentiment and the publication of academic research by professors, hands out rankings for all three of those metrics. The school maintained its fourth place ranking among recruiters, improved its intellectual capital ranking to 24th from 28th two years earlier, and slipped in graduate satisfaction–possibly because of all the changes going on at the school.

In graduate satisfaction, Kellogg ranked 13th, down from sixth in 2010. Blount, however, has put a former McKinsey partner in charge of the MBA program and that person, Betsy Ziegler, has put a laser-like focus on improving satisfaction and trying to exceed the expectations of MBA students. That effort is bound to payoff the next time BusinessWeek surveys Kellogg students in 2014. As one Class of 2012 MBA summed up the experience on a BusinessWeek survey: “Kellogg teaches you to reach deep inside yourself and do some “discovery” during the business school process. For me, that meant learning subjects that I had little experience in (Finance, Marketing). For many others it means leading teams and learning to manage processes. Kellogg teaches you how to work in a team with diverse and highly talented individuals and how to achieve great results through collaboration.”

B-School Smack Down Reports:
Kellogg vs. Chicago’s Booth School of Business
Kellogg vs. Michigan’s Ross School of Business

Student Perspectives:

My Story: From the Social Network to Kellogg

MBA Program Consideration Set:

Stretch Schools: Harvard, Stanford, Chicago, Wharton
Match Schools: ColumbiaDartmouthMIT SloanBerkeley
Safety Schools: DukeVirginia, New York University, Michigan, Yale

Watch our video: A Conversation With Legendary Kellogg Dean Don Jacobs

The 2014 and 2015 Employment Reports only include data from the 1Y, MMM and 2Y programs. This differs from previous years’ employment reports, which included data from the 1Y, MMM, 2Y, JDMBA, MDMBA, PT OCR and Sponsored populations.

Relevant Features:

Kellogg’s New MBA Gatekeeper
Kellogg To Shrink Two-Year MBA Program
Kellogg Dean Sally Blount’s ‘Brave’ New Strategy
The First 100 Days of a New Kellogg Dean
A Conversation With Legendary Kellogg Dean Don Jacobs
Booth Topples Kellogg in New Executive MBA Ranking
MBA Applications Fall at Kellogg and Booth
Consulting Hires A Record Number of MBAs From Kellogg
B-Schools That Churn Out Consultants
A Harvard MBA Gives Kellogg The McKinsey Treatment

Note: MBA Program Consideration Set: If you believe you’re a close match to this school–based on your GMAT and GPA scores,  your age and work experience, you should look at these other competitive full-time MBA programs as well. We list them by stretch, match and safety. These options are presented on the basis of brand image and ranking status as a general guideline.