Kellogg | Ms. Kellogg Bound Ideator
GMAT 710, GPA 2.4
Cornell Johnson | Mr. Emporio Armani
GMAT 780, GPA 3.03
Foster School of Business | Mr. Tesla Gigafactory
GMAT 720, GPA 3.0
Wharton | Ms. Female Engineer
GRE 323, GPA 3.5
Darden | Ms. Teaching-To-Tech
GRE 326, GPA 3.47
Stanford GSB | Mr. Financial Controller
GRE Yet to Take, Target is ~330, GPA 2.5
Kellogg | Mr. 770 Dreamer
GMAT 770, GPA 8.77/10
Ross | Ms. Middle Aged MBA-er
GRE 323, GPA 3.6
London Business School | Mr. Impact Financier
GMAT 750, GPA 7.35/10
Chicago Booth | Mr. PM to FinTech
GMAT 740, GPA 6/10
Ross | Mr. Operational Finance
GMAT 710, taking again, GPA 3
Kellogg | Mr. Texan Adventurer
GMAT 740, GPA 3.5
Harvard | Mr. Data & Strategy
GMAT 710 (estimate), GPA 3.4
Tuck | Ms. Green Biz
GRE 326, GPA 3.15
MIT Sloan | Mr. Unicorn Strategy
GMAT 740 (estimated), GPA 3.7
Duke Fuqua | Mr. National Security Advisor
GMAT 670, GPA 3.3
Duke Fuqua | Mr. Tech Evangelist
GMAT 690, GPA 3.2
Duke Fuqua | Mr. 911 System
GMAT 690, GPA 3.02
Duke Fuqua | Mr. Musician To Consultant
GMAT 710, GPA 1.6
Berkeley Haas | Mr. Upward Trend
GMAT 730, GPA 2.85
Kellogg | Mr. Class President
GRE 319.5, GPA 3.76
Stanford GSB | Mr. Army Man
GRE 330, GPA 3.25
Stanford GSB | Mr. S.N. Bose Scholar
GMAT 770, GPA 3.84
MIT Sloan | Mr. Surgery to MBB
GMAT 750, GPA 3.4
MIT Sloan | Mr. Generic Nerd
GMAT 720, GPA 3.72
Columbia | Mr. Alien
GMAT 700, GPA 3.83
Harvard | Ms. Media Entertainment
GMAT 740, GPA 3.3

Chicago’s Booth vs. Northwestern’s Kellogg School


In the latest rankings, Chicago has been beating Kellogg fairly decisively across most of the major polls in recent years. Only U.S. News & World Report has ranked Kellogg ahead of Chicago and only by one position. That hasn’t always been true. In fact, Kellogg had regularly beaten Chicago for many years. No school, for example, has been number one in the BusinessWeek rankings more often than Kellogg which has had that honor for five of 11 times over a 22-year period. Chicago has topped the BusinessWeek rankings twice, the last two times under the leadership of Booth Dean Ted Snyder who has now left the school for Yale. Kellogg has done very poorly in the Financial Times and The Economist rankings, both of which we give the least credibility. So these are clear anomalies. The P&Q rank–which factors into consideration all the major rankings weighted by their individual authority–puts Kellogg at number 7 and Booth at number three. These are the up-to-date rankings from each ranking organization.

MBA RankingsKelloggBooth
U.S. News & World Report45
Financial Times239
The Economist154


Historical Rankings by BusinessWeek:

The most fascinating battle between two rival schools in any survey has played out in the BusinessWeek ranking of both Kellogg and Booth over the years. The Kellogg School has had the best of this competition over the 22-year period of BusinessWeek rankings as pointed out above. The beneficiaries, of course, are the graduates of these two schools and the corporate recruiters who continue to rate both institutions very highly. When BusinessWeek began ranking business schools, Chicago debuted at number 11 while Kellogg took top honors as number one. In the last BusinessWeek survey in 2008, Chicago edged out Kellogg with a second consecutive number one ranking, while Kellogg was number three. The recent departure of Dean Ted Snyder at Chicago may not bode well for the institution. Snyder was a master at managing customer satisfaction, even putting the recruiters’ lounge next to his office.



Historical Rankings by The Financial Times:

Unlike BusinessWeek’s rankings, The Financial Times includes business schools from all over the world. So the FT is ranking both Chicago and Northwestern against such places as London Business School, which ranked number one in this survey in 2010 and 2009, and INSEAD, which ranked fifth these last two years. Chicago is the undisputed winner in this survey, besting Kellogg in all 11 years charted below. Chicago’s Booth best showing was in 2002 when the FT ranked the school third. It’s weakest outing? In 2009, when the FT ranked Booth 11th, the only time it got a ranking outside the top ten. Kellogg has especially turned in very weak performances in recent years with its lowest FT rank ever in 2010 at number 22. We wouldn’t take this all too seriously: The FT survey has had some head-scratching results over the years. Instituto de Empresa in Spain, for example, is ranked the sixth best school in the world by the newspaper. Eight years earlier, it was ranked 35th. Meantime, Hong Kong’s UST, ranked 9th by the Financial Times in 2010, had a rank of 69 in 2004. These wild swings in the rankings undermine their credibility and authority.


About The Author

John A. Byrne is the founder and editor-in-chief of C-Change Media, publishers of Poets&Quants and four other higher education websites. He has authored or co-authored more than ten books, including two New York Times bestsellers. John is the former executive editor of Businessweek, editor-in-chief of Businessweek. com, editor-in-chief of Fast Company, and the creator of the first regularly published rankings of business schools. As the co-founder of CentreCourt MBA Festivals, he hopes to meet you at the next MBA event in-person or online.