Tepper | Ms. Project Manager Muffy
GMAT 500, GPA 2.89
Stanford GSB | Ms. Government To EdTech
GRE 323, GPA 14/20 (B equivalent)
Harvard | Mr. Hopeful Consultant
GRE 330, GPA 3.21
McCombs School of Business | Ms. Registered Nurse Entrepreneur
GMAT 630, GPA 3.59
Harvard | Ms. Ambitious Dreamer
GMAT 790, GPA 3.0
Kellogg | Ms. Product Strategist
GMAT 700, GPA 7.3/10
NYU Stern | Mr. Finance Manager
GMAT 660, GPA 2.6
Kellogg | Mr. MBB Private Equity
GMAT TBD (target 720+), GPA 4.0
McCombs School of Business | Mr. Data Analytics Guy
GRE 318, GPA 3.49
Emory Goizueta | Mr. Product Development Engineer
GMAT Requirement Waived, GPA 3.8
Harvard | Ms. 2+2 ENG Entrepreneur
GRE 322, GPA 3.82
Stanford GSB | Mr. Results-Driven
GMAT 770, GPA 3.5
MIT Sloan | Mr. Healthcare Finance
GMAT 730, GPA 3.91
Wharton | Ms. Experiential Beauty
GRE 315, GPA 3.32
Wharton | Mr. Law & Entrepreneur
GRE 325, GPA 3.86
Harvard | Mr. Fitness Startup
GMAT 750, GPA 3.20
Harvard | Ms. Craniofacial
GRE 313, GPA 3.7
Yale | Ms. Classical Singer
GRE 317, GPA 3.9
Tepper | Mr. Experiential Marketer
GMAT 660, GPA 2.8/4.0
Harvard | Mr. Life Science Consultant
GMAT 700, GPA 3.73
Stanford GSB | Mr. Infra Investor
GMAT 730, GPA 3.9
Georgetown McDonough | Mr. Future Trusted Advisor
GMAT To be taken, GPA 3.1
Columbia | Mr. Indian PM
GMAT 740, GPA 3.04
Cornell Johnson | Mr. Indian MBA Aspirant
GMAT 710, GPA 3.8
Berkeley Haas | Mr. Robotics Entrepreneur
GMAT 770, GPA 3.7
Wharton | Mr. Petrophysicist
GMAT 720, GPA 3.5
NYU Stern | Ms. 1 Year Work Experience
GRE 328, GPA 3.40

New Forbes Ranking Out Wednesday

Forbes magazine’s seventh biennial ranking of the best business schools will be published Wednesday (Aug 3). Perhaps more important than whether Stanford repeats its first place showing of 2009 is whether the return on investment for MBA grads has suffered yet another decline.

In the previous survey, Forbes had found that the financial payback of going to business school had fallen as post-MBA salaries lagged behind the rise in tuition and pre-MBA salaries. The median five-year gain for graduates of the top 50 U.S. programs was $29,000 two years ago, compared with $64,000 for the class two years earlier.

The Forbes ranking is based entirely on return on investment five years after graduation and nothing more–no GMAT or GPA scores, no student or recruiter polls, and no data on the percentage of grads with jobs at graduation or shortly after. To get the compensation numbers of MBAs five years out, Forbes surveys thousands of MBA alumni from more than 100 business schools.

Last time around, the magazine’s results were based on a survey of 4,080 responding alums from 103 schools. The data showed that alumni of the top five MBA programs–Stanford, Tuck, Harvard, Chicago and Wharton, respectively–typically earn more than $200,000 five years out of school.

Stanford topped that ranking because the median salary of an MBA from the class of 2004 was $225,000, highest among all U.S. rivals. Forbes figures that the typical Stanford student graduating in 2004 paid $235,000 for the MBA, a sum including two years of forgone salary (at Stanford the average MBA had a median salary of $82,000 before entering school).

Here’s the top ten schools in the last ranking and how they then compared to other major rankings:

Forbes Rank & SchoolP&QBWU.S. NewsFTEconomist
1.  Stanford School of Business26147
2.  Dartmouth College (Tuck)5127146
3.  Harvard Business School12135
4.  Chicago (Booth)31594
5.  Pennsylvania (Wharton)44529
6.  Columbia Business School679620
7.  Cornell (Johnson)1411183632
8.  Northwestern (Kellogg)7342215
9.  Univ of Virginia (Darden)1316133124
10. Yale School of Management1524111627