Poets&Quants Top Business Schools

University of North Carolina’s Kenan-Flagler Business School

#17

Contact Information

Location:
CB 3490, McColl Building,
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-3490
Admissions Office:
919-962-3236

Annual Tuition: $43,142; $59,264 Out of State

Acceptance Rate: 34

Average GPA: 3.41

International: 32%

Minority: 15%

Mean Age: 28

Full-Time Enrollment: 276

Female: 30%

Male: 70%

Average GMAT: 710

GPA Range (mid-80%): 3.00 - 3.83

GMAT Range (mid-80%): 640-750

Application Deadlines
Round 1: October 14th, 2016
Round 2: December 2nd, 2016
Round 3: January 13th, 2017
Round 4: March 10th, 2017
Applications must be submitted by 5:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time on the application date.

Think leadership when you consider UNC’s Kenan-Flagler’s MBA degree program. The school puts a heavy emphasis on the case-study method and group activities, putting extraordinary leadership at the core of almost everything. Students must complete all required core classes in the first year. They may also begin taking elective courses to better prepare for summer internships.

Year one also consists of a required integrative exercise. This exercise requires students to put together the methods they’ve learned in the core classes to solve complex problems. The format for the exercise is a study group based case competition.

UNC Kenan-Flagler offers eight career and enrichment concentrations; students can choose one or combine two concentrations specific to their needs. Or they can design their own course of general management study by choosing from a variety of electives.

Rankings Analysis:

As far as rankings go, the UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School had a reasonably steady year in 2012, with slight improvements in both the Financial Times and The Economist rankings. The school climbed four spaces in the FT survey to rank 26th among all U.S. schools, up from 30th a year earlier. UNC Kenan-Flagler also gained four places in The Economist’s latest ranking, climbing to 25th among U.S. schools, up from 29th in 2011.

The school, however, slipped one place in the new 2012 ranking by Bloomberg BusinessWeek, which largely measures graduate satisfaction and corporate recruiter sentiment, to 17th from 16th in 2010. Oddly, BusinessWeek awarded better scores in both the graduate satisfaction and recruiter portions of its new survey. The school improved its recruiter rank to 14, up from 17, while its graduate satisfaction rank moved up to 18th from 19th. Even the third and final component of the BW ranking showed improvement: the magazine gave the school a rank of 25th on intellectual capital, the publication of articles in scholarly journals by faculty, up from 26th in 2010.

So why did UNC Kenan-Flager drop one place in the overall ranking? Beats us. Of course, the list is dynamic and other schools probably showed slightly greatly improvement which is why Kenan-Flagler lost a step. We don’t think this is any big deal because one-place movements in a ranking tend to be statistically meaningless. And in this case, it doesn’t even make much sense given UNC Kenan-Flagler’s higher scores on all three elements of the BW survey.

Bottom line: With the exact same ranking from U.S. News & World Report, the school slipped one spot in Poets&Quants 2012 ranking of the best U.S. full-time MBA programs to 19th.

One graduate summed up the UNC Kenan-Flagler experience well for the BW survey, writing that “the school’s unparalleled collegiality differentiates it from most of its peers in that students form lasting, collaborative relationships from the outset. Rather than setting a competitive tone, the faculty and staff establish a community centered on team-based, collaborative initiatives centered around the school’s five core values of excellence, leadership, integrity, community, and teamwork.”

The school’s unparalleled collegiality differentiates it from most of its peers in that students form lasting, collaborative relationships from the outset. Rather than setting a competitive tone, the faculty and staff establish a community centered on team-based, collaborative initiatives centered around the school’s five core values of excellence, leadership, integrity, community, and teamwork.

MBA Program Consideration Set:

Stretch Schools:  MichiganYaleCornell
Match Schools:  Carnegie MellonUCLATexas at AustinEmory
Safe Schools: IndianaUSCGeorgetownMinnesota

World’s Best Professors:

Sridhar Balasubramanian
Alison Fragale
Adam Reed

UNC Kenan-Flagler no longer publishes in its employment report its top employers, preferring to list all of the firms that hired the school’s graduates.

Notes: 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.