Kellogg | Mr. Defense Engineer
GMAT 760, GPA 3.15
Cornell Johnson | Mr. Indian Dreamer
GRE 331, GPA 8.5/10
McCombs School of Business | Mr. Ernst & Young
GMAT 600 (hopeful estimate), GPA 3.86
Kellogg | Mr. Innovator
GRE 300, GPA 3.75
London Business School | Ms. Private Equity Angel
GMAT 660, GPA 3.4
Harvard | Mr. Defense Engineer
GMAT 730, GPA 3.6
Chicago Booth | Ms. Indian Banker
GMAT 740, GPA 9.18/10
Harvard | Ms. Developing Markets
GMAT 780, GPA 3.63
Yale | Ms. Biotech
GMAT 740, GPA 3.29
McCombs School of Business | Mr. Marine Executive Officer
GRE 322, GPA 3.28
Kellogg | Mr. Engineer Volunteer
GMAT 710, GPA 3.8
Stanford GSB | Ms. Global Empowerment
GMAT 740, GPA 3.66
Chicago Booth | Mr. Bank AVP
GRE 322, GPA 3.22
Harvard | Mr. Renewables Athlete
GMAT 710 (1st take), GPA 3.63
Stanford GSB | Mr. Infantry Officer
GRE 320, GPA 3.7
UCLA Anderson | Ms. Apparel Entrepreneur
GMAT 690, GPA 3.2
Harvard | Mr. Armenian Geneticist
GRE 331, GPA 3.7
Berkeley Haas | Mr. 1st Gen Grad
GMAT 740, GPA 3.1
Ross | Mr. Travelpreneur
GMAT 730, GPA 2.68
London Business School | Ms. Numbers
GMAT 730, GPA 3.5
IU Kelley | Mr. Fortune 500
N U Singapore | Mr. Naval Officer
GMAT 710, GPA 3.2
NYU Stern | Ms. Entertainment Strategist
GMAT Have not taken, GPA 2.92
INSEAD | Ms. Spaniard Consultant
GMAT 710, GPA 8.5/10.00
NYU Stern | Mr. Army Prop Trader
GRE 313, GPA 2.31
Chicago Booth | Mr. Unilever To MBB
GRE 308, GPA 3.8
Stanford GSB | Ms. Healthtech Venture
GMAT 720, GPA 3.5

Poets&Quants’ Top 100 MBA Programs in the U.S.

P&Q Rank & SchoolIndexBWForbesNewsFTEcon
1. Harvard Business School Boston, MA100.023134
2. Stanford Business School Stanford, CA99.151147
3. Chicago (Booth) Chicago, IL98.514591
4. Pennsylvania (Wharton) Philadelphia, PA98.135528
5. Columbia Business School New York, NY94.1969612
6. Dartmouth (Tuck) Hanover, NH94.01427132
7. Northwestern (Kellogg) Evanston, IL93.44842216
8. MIT (Sloan) Cambridge, MA92.810143813
9. California (Haas) Berkeley, CA90.88127283
10. Duke (Fuqua) Durham, NC88.7613142028
11. Virginia (Darden) Charlottesville, VA88.4119133111
12. New York (Stern) New York, NY87.3181791314
13. Michigan (Ross) Ann Arbor, MI86.5718122825
14. Yale School of Mgt. New Haven, CT86.42110111624
15. Cornell (Johnson) Ithaca, NY84.2137183633
16. Carnegie Mellon (Tepper) Pittsburgh, PA81.61523163421
17. UCLA (Anderson) Los Angeles, CA80.71719153337
18. UNC (Kenan-Flagler) Chapel Hill, NC78.41615214640
19. Texas (McCombs) Austin, TX76.42511165243
20. Emory (Goizueta) Atlanta, GA75.82222273436
21. Indiana (Kelley) Bloomington, IN73.31925235735
22. USC (Marshall) Los Angeles, CA71.72632205718
23. Georgetown (McDonough) Washington, DC68.73331243850
24. Minnesota (Carlson) Minneapolis, MN64.52826247563
25. Notre Dame (Mendoza) Notre Dame, IN64.42438317139
26. Washington (Olin) St. Louis, MO63.94041194945
27. Rice (Jones) Houston, TX63.02947394441
28. Vanderbilt (Owen) Nashville, TN62.63730365746
29. Texas A&M (Mays) College Station, TX61.830243354NR
30. Wisconsin Madison, WI61.63435276754
31. Michigan State (Broad) East Lansing, MI61.420214665NR
32. Washington (Foster) Seattle, WA60.93140337832
33. Brigham Young (Marriott) Provo, UT60.327163383NR
34. Southern Methodist (Cox) Dallas, TX58.21233499678
35. Rochester (Simon) Rochester, NY57.54337274893
36. Maryland (Smith) College Park, MD56.442294543NR
37. Boston University Boston, MA55.53861316142
38. Purdue (Krannert) West Lafayette, IN53.64145365490
39. Georgia Tech Atlanta, GA53.5234426NRNR
40. Ohio State (Fisher) Columbus, OH52.9323921NRNR
41. Wake Forest (Babcock) Winston-Salem, NC51.84834467959
42. Penn State (Smeal) University Park, PA51.2442848NR56
43. Boston College (Carroll) Boston, MA50.350463947NR
44. Tulane (Freeman) New Orleans, LA48.335525361NR
45. Illinois, Urbana-Champaign Champaign, IL45.646634252NR
46. Arizona State (Carey) Tempe, AZ43.749562789NR
47. Georgia (Terry) Athens, GA42.5365059NR87
48. Iowa (Tippie) Iowa City, IA41.5NR20426466
49. George Washington Washington, DC40.35273555773
50. William & Mary (Mason) Williamsburg, VA34.8474975NRNR
51. Case Western (Weatherhead) Cleveland, OH33.051627580NR
51. SUNY, Buffalo Buffalo, NY33.0574870NRNR
53. Thunderbird School Glendale, AZ31.845NR626780
54. Babson College (Olin) Babson Park, MA28.839NR5499NR
55. Florida (Hough) Gainesville, FL28.4NR54397799
56. California, Irvine (Merage) Irvine, CA28.3NR583672NR
57. Northeastern Boston, MA28.1566962NRNR
58. California, Davis Davis, CA27.4NR68428060
59. Arizona (Eller) Tucson, AZ24.0NR535583NR
60. Connecticut, Storrs Storrs, CT23.2NR2779NRNR
61. Rutgers University New Brunswick, NJ22.555NR57NRNR
62. South Carolina (Moore) Columbia, SC22.1NR67626792
63. Miami Coral Gables, FL19.5NR438983NR
64. Pittsburgh (Katz) Pittsburgh, PA19.254NR79NR94
65. Louisiana State (Ourso) Baton Rouge, LA17.7NR5571NRNR
66. Rollins College (Crummer) Winter Park, FL16.5NR36NRNRNR
67. Hofstra (Zarb) Hempstead, NY16.3NR5182NRNR
68. Temple (Fox) Philadelphia, PA16.2NR7257NRNR
68. Missouri (Crosby) Columbia, MO16.2NR7059NRNR
70. Alabama (Manderson) Tuscaloosa, AL15.8NR6666NRNR
71. Tennessee Knoxville, TN15.0NR42NRNRNR
72. Howard University Washington, DC14.353NRNRNRNR
73. Fordham New York, NY14.1NR5787NRNR
74. Texas Christian (Neeley) Fort Worth, TX11.8NR6094NRNR
75. Drexel (Le Bow) Philadelphia, PA11.4NR6589NRNR
76. Oregon (Lundquist) Eugene, OR11.3NR7479NRNR
77. American University (Kogod) Washington, DC10.7NR59NANANA
78. Pepperdine (Graziadio) Malibu, CA10.3NR7582NRNR
78. Arkansas (Walton) Fayetteville, AK10.3NRNR50NRNR
78. Texas, Dallas Richardson, TX10.3NRNR50NRNR
81. Baylor (Hankamer) Waco, TX9.9NRNR52NRNR
82. Auburn University Auburn, AL9.4NR64NRNRNR
83. Syracuse (Whitman) Syracuse, NY8.3NRNR59NRNR
84. Willamette (Atkinson) Salem, OR7.6NR71NRNRNR
84. Iowa State Ames, IA7.6NRNR62NRNR
86. Oklahoma State (Spears) Stillwater, OK7.2NRNR8967NR
87. Utah (Eccles) Salt Lake City, UT6.9NRNR66NRNR
87. Oklahoma (Price) Norman, OK87. North Carolina State (Jenkins) Raleigh, NC6.96.9NRNRNRNR6666NRNRNRNR
90. Claremont (Drucker) Claremont, CA6.0NRNR71NRNR
90. Colorado (Leeds) Boulder, CO6.0NRNR71NRNR
90. University of Cincinnati Cincinnati, OH6.0NRNR71NRNR
93. Bentley College (McCallum) Waltham, MA5.2NRNR75NRNR
93. Florida State Tallahassee, FL5.2NRNR75NRNR
95. Santa Clara (Leavey) Santa Clara, CA3.7NRNR82NRNR
95. St. Louis (Cook) St. Louis, MO3.7NRNR82NRNR
95. Worcester Polytechnic Worcester, MA3.7NRNR82NRNR
98. Kentucky (Gatton) Lexington, KY2.9NRNR87NRNR
99. College of Charleston Charleston, SC2.2NRNR89NRNR
100. CUNY (Baruch) New York, NY1.4NRNR94NRNR
100. Illinois, Chicago (Liautaub) Chicago, IL1.4NRNR94NRNR


NR – Not ranked. Because the Financial Times and The Economist, which both rank 100 institutions, include many non-U.S. schools in their rankings, a larger number of very good MBA programs at U.S. schools remain unranked by those two publications. BusinessWeek ranks 57 U.S. schools; Forbes, 75 schools; U.S. News & World Report, 100.

Methodology: Schools on each of the five major rankings were scored from a high of 100 to a low of 1, the numerical rank of the 100th school on any one list. Then, those sums were brought together, weighting the BusinessWeek ranking 30%, the Forbes ranking 25%, the U.S. News & World Report rankings 20%, the Financial Times rankings 15%, and The Economist ranking 10%. These differing weights reflect the authority and credibility we believe each of these rankings have in the business school universe. For a deeper explanation of the strengths and weaknesses of each system, see how we think the most influential rankings stack up against each other in “Turning the Tables: Ranking the MBA Rankings.”


The Poets&Quants ranking has an important advantage over all other lists: because it is a composite of the five major rankings, the P&Q methodology tends to smooth out the impact of statistical anomalies that are often present in any single ranking. Instead, the Poets&Quants system tends to award MBA programs for consistency across the five rankings. In BusinessWeek’s recent 2010 ranking, for example, many observers were stunned to find that Southern Methodist University’s Cox School of Business ranked 12th, ahead of the business schools at Dartmouth, Cornell, Yale, North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and New York University, among others.

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.