Stanford GSB | Mr. Filipino Startup
GMAT 710, GPA 3.7
Harvard | Ms. Media Entertainment
GMAT 740, GPA 3.3
Harvard | Mr. Consumer Goods Senior Manager
GMAT 740, GPA 8.27/10
Berkeley Haas | Mr. Evolving Teacher
GRE 328, GPA 3.26
Columbia | Mr. Indian I-Banker
GMAT 740, GPA 8.63
Cornell Johnson | Ms. Chef Instructor
GMAT 760, GPA 3.3
UCLA Anderson | Ms. Tech-y Athlete
GRE , GPA 3.63
Harvard | Mr. Deferred Financial Poet
GMAT 710, GPA 3.68
Harvard | Mr. Lieutenant To Consultant
GMAT 760, GPA 3.7
Berkeley Haas | Ms. EV Evangelist
GRE 334, GPA 2.67
Wharton | Ms. Product Manager
GMAT 730, GPA 3.4
Wharton | Mr. Indian Engineer + MBA Now In Consulting
GMAT 760, GPA 8.7 / 10
Chicago Booth | Mr. EduTech
GRE 337, GPA 3.9
Cornell Johnson | Mr. Indonesian Salesperson
GMAT 660, GPA 3.49
Berkeley Haas | Mr. LGBT+CPG
GMAT 720, GPA 3.95
McCombs School of Business | Ms. Tech For Non-Profits
GRE 312, GPA 3.2
Harvard | Mr. Combat Pilot Non-Profit Leader
GRE 329, GPA 3.73
UCLA Anderson | Mr. Actual Poet
GMAT 720, GPA 12.0/14
MIT Sloan | Mr. Indian Healthcare Analytics
GMAT 720, GPA 7.8
Harvard | Mr. Healthcare Administration & Policy Latino Advocate
GRE 324, GPA 3.4
Cornell Johnson | Mr. Asian Mexican Finance Hombre
GMAT 650, GPA 2.967
Columbia | Mr. Fintech Data Scientist
GMAT 710, GPA 3.66
Tuck | Mr. Opportunities In MBB
GMAT 710, GPA 3.4
Stanford GSB | Mr. Co-Founder & Analytics Manager
GMAT 750, GPA 7.4 out of 10.0 - 4th in Class
Harvard | Mr. Strategy For Social Good
GRE 325, GPA 3.5
MIT Sloan | Mr. Spaniard
GMAT 710, GPA 7 out of 10 (top 15%)
NYU Stern | Ms. Hopeful NYU Stern Marketing Ph.D.
GRE 297, GPA 2.8

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