Wharton | Ms. Product Manager
GMAT 730, GPA 3.4
Kellogg | Mr. PM To Tech Co.
GMAT 720, GPA 3.2
UCLA Anderson | Ms. Tech In HR
GMAT 640, GPA 3.23
MIT Sloan | Mr. Electrical Agri-tech
GRE 324, GPA 4.0
MIT Sloan | Mr. Aker 22
GRE 332, GPA 3.4
Stanford GSB | Ms. Anthropologist
GMAT 740, GPA 3.3
Duke Fuqua | Ms. Consulting Research To Consultant
GMAT 710, GPA 4.0 (no GPA system, got first (highest) division )
Stanford GSB | Mr. Future Tech In Healthcare
GRE 313, GPA 2.0
Cornell Johnson | Ms. Environmental Sustainability
GMAT N/A, GPA 7.08
Harvard | Mr. Gay Singaporean Strategy Consultant
GMAT 730, GPA 3.3
Stanford GSB | Ms. Creative Data Scientist
GMAT 710, GPA 3.0
UCLA Anderson | Mr. Military To MGMNT Consulting
GMAT 740, GPA 3.7
MIT Sloan | Mr. Agri-Tech MBA
GRE 324, GPA 4.0
Wharton | Mr. Data Scientist
GMAT 740, GPA 7.76/10
Harvard | Ms. Nurturing Sustainable Growth
GRE 300, GPA 3.4
MIT Sloan | Ms. Senior PM Unicorn
GMAT 700, GPA 3.18
Harvard | Mr. Lieutenant To Consultant
GMAT 760, GPA 3.7
Stanford GSB | Mr. “GMAT” Grimly Miserable At Tests
GMAT TBD - Aug. 31, GPA 3.9
Yale | Mr. IB To Strategy
GRE 321, GPA 3.6
Harvard | Mr. Overrepresented MBB Consultant (2+2)
GMAT 760, GPA 3.95
Kellogg | Ms. Freelance Hustler
GRE 312, GPA 4
Kellogg | Ms. Gap Fixer
GMAT 740, GPA 3.02
Harvard | Mr. Little Late For MBA
GRE 333, GPA 3.76
Cornell Johnson | Mr. Wellness Ethnographer
GRE 324, GPA 3.6
Wharton | Ms. Financial Real Estate
GMAT 720, GPA 4.0
Harvard | Mr. The Italian Dream Job
GMAT 760, GPA 4.0
NYU Stern | Mr. Labor Market Analyst
GRE 320, GPA 3.4

The Economist’s 2010 MBA Ranking

Besides the global rankings done annually by The Economist, the British magazine also publishes separate lists for the best schools in North America, Europe, and Asia. How does the latest 2010 ranking compare with Poets&Quants’ assessments?

There are some wide differences of opinion. First off, it’s important to note that the Poets&Quants ranking is based on a weighted blending of the five most influential and regularly published MBA rankings–BusinessWeek, U.S. News & World Report, The Financial Times, The Economist, and Forbes.

The big differences? At the very top, Harvard and Stanford are number one and two in the P&Q ranking. The Economist improbably ranks Harvard fourth in the world and fourth in North America behind Chicago, Dartmouth and Berkeley. It ranks Stanford seventh in the world, behind IESE in Spain and IMD in Switzerland, and fifth in North America. There are greater disparities, however, up and down The Economist’s North American list of 57 schools.

The magazine ranks the University of Southern California’s Marshall School of Business 13th, ahead of Yale, Michigan and Duke, versus the P&Q rank for USC’s business school of 23. The University of Washington’s Foster School fares well by The Economist which ranks it 19th versus a 28th place showing in the Poets&Quants list. Rice University’s Jesse Jones School gets a highly favorable ranking of 26th among North American schools, while it is ranked 46th by P&Q. Penn State’s Smeal School of Business comes it with a 33rd showing, ten places higher than Poets&Quants.

What’s behind the differences? Methodology. What a publication chooses to measure and how much weight it places on various metrics largely determine the outcome of all these rankings. The Economist puts 35% of the weight on what it calls “open new career opportunities,” a category that includes such things as percentage of graduates in jobs within three months of graduation as well as the diversity of corporate recruiters who come to campus. Another 35% weight is applied to “personal development/educational experience,” which includes among other things average GMAT scores of incoming students, number of languages on offer and the range of overseas exchange programs. Some 20% of the ranking is based on starting salaries and the increase in pay from pre-MBA compensation. Finally, 10% is based on metrics that take into account how international the alumni are and what graduates think of the school’s alumni network.

Here’s a comparison chart that shows the top 35 North American schools according to The Economist and how the ranking compares with the PoetsandQuants analysis. An asterisk indicates a rank of a school in our non-U.S. ranking.

2010 Economist Rank and School Poets&Quants Rank
1.   Chicago (Booth) 3
2.   Dartmouth (Tuck) 5
3.   Berkeley (Haas) 9
4.   Harvard Business School 1
5.   Stanford GSB 2
6.   Pennsylvania (Wharton) 4
7.   York University (Schulich) 11*
8.   Virginia (Darden) 13
9.   Columbia Business School 6
10. MIT (Sloan) 8
11. New York University (Stern) 10
12. Northwestern (Kellogg) 7
13. Southern California (Marshall) 23
14. Carnegie Mellon (Tepper) 17
15. Yale School of Management 15
16. Michigan (Ross) 12
17. Hult International School NR
18. Duke University (Fuqua) 11
19. University of Washington (Foster) 28
20. Cornell (Johnson) 14
21. Indiana University (Kelley) 20
22. Emory (Goizueta) 21
23. UCLA (Anderson) 16
24. Notre Dame (Mendoza) 25
25. North Carolina (Kenan-Flagler) 18
26. Rice University (Jones) 46
27. Boston University School of Mgt. 40
28. Texas-Austin (McCombs) 19
29. Washington University (Olin) 26
30. Vanderbilt (Owen) 30
31. Georgetown (McDonough) 24
32. Wisconsin School of Busiess 39
33. Penn State (Smeal) 43
34. Wake Forest 45
35. California-Davis NR