Cornell Johnson | Mr. Startup Experience
GMAT 700, GPA 8.1/10
Kellogg | Mr. Energy Strategy Consultant
GMAT 740, GPA 2.4 undergrad, 3.7 Masters of Science
Harvard | Mr. French In Japan
GMAT 720, GPA 14,3/20 (French Scale), Top 10%
Harvard | Mr. Low GPA Ex-MBB
GMAT 750, GPA 3.0
Tuck | Mr. Energy Saver
GMAT 760, GPA 8.98/10.0
Harvard | Mr. Healthcare IT
GMAT 730, GPA 3.4
Chicago Booth | Mr. Sustainable Minimalist
GMAT 712, GPA 7.3
NYU Stern | Ms. Indian PC
GRE 328, GPA 3.2
Wharton | Mr. Non-Profit Researcher
GMAT 730, GPA 3.6
Harvard | Mr. Government Entrepreneur
GMAT 770, GPA 8.06/10
Kellogg | Mr. Another Strategy Consultant
GMAT 720, GPA 5.5/10
Harvard | Mr. Med Device Manufacturing
GRE 326, GPA 2.9
Columbia | Mr. Consultant Transitioning To Family Venture
GMAT 740, GPA 3.6
Wharton | Mr. First Generation College Graduate
GRE 324, GPA Low
Berkeley Haas | Ms. Want To Make An Impact
GMAT 710, GPA 3.7
Columbia | Mr. Pharmacy District Manager
GMAT 610, GPA 3.2
Ross | Mr. Military To Corporate
GRE 326, GPA 7.47/10
Harvard | Mr Big 4 To IB
GRE 317, GPA 4.04/5.00
Kellogg | Mr. Tech Consultant
GMAT 720, GPA 3.9
MIT Sloan | Ms. Transportation Engineer Turn Head Of Logistics
GRE 314, GPA 3.84 (Class Topper)
Wharton | Ms. M&A Tax To Saving The World (TM)
GMAT 780, GPA 3.2
Stanford GSB | Mr. Aspiring Unicorn Founder
GMAT Haven't taken, GPA 3.64
Stanford GSB | Mr. Resume & MBA/MS Program Guidance
GMAT 650, GPA 2.75
UCLA Anderson | Mr. Renewable Energy Sales Manager
GMAT 700, GPA 3.9
Darden | Ms. Structural Design Engineer
GMAT 750, GPA 3.6
Wharton | Mr. Indian Financial Engineer
GMAT 750, GPA 4.0
Stanford GSB | Mr. Mobility Nut
GMAT 740, GPA 3.8

The Top Ten Business Schools of All-Time?

This unusual list is based on 18 years of BusinessWeek rankings so it has much greater authority and credibility than any one-year look at where a business school may stand. Any single ranking is obviously far more susceptible to error and manipulation than rankings over time. That’s why this list of the top ten based on nine different ranking exercises by BusinessWeek is a good indication of the strongest MBA institutions in the world.

The obvious question—and one asked since BusinessWeek first ranked MBA schools in 1988—is how can Northwestern or Wharton possibly beat Harvard and Stanford? Afterall, the most selective business schools in the world are Stanford, which accepts only eight percent of its applicants, and Harvard, which generally says “yes” to only 14 percent of those who apply.

The answer lies in BusinessWeek’s methodology which heavily relies on the opinions of MBA graduates and corporate recruiters. Grads from Northwestern and the University of Pennsylvania are far more likely to be treated royally at their schools. The result: Kellogg and Wharton grads are likely to be more satisfied with their experiences than Harvard or Stanford grads. Recruiters, meantime, tend to like the fact that Northwestern and Wharton grads cost less and are perceived to be more flexible than Harvard MBAs, who tend to go into investment banking and consulting, or Stanford MBAs, who often prefer venture capital and entrepreneurial pursuits. The result: the companies that hire MBAs tend to slightly prefer Kellogg and Wharton grads.

The All-Time 10-Best Business Schools

  1. Northwestern
  2. University of Pennsylvania
  3. Harvard
  4. Chicago
  5. Michigan
  6. Stanford
  7. Columbia
  8. Dartmouth
  9. Duke
  10. MIT

Source: BusinessWeek Fast Track: The Best B-Schools by Louis Lavelle, published in 2008, by McGraw-Hill