McCombs School of Business | Ms. Registered Nurse Entrepreneur
GMAT 630, GPA 3.59
Stanford GSB | Mr. Co-Founder & Analytics Manager
GMAT 750, GPA 7.4 out of 10.0 - 4th in Class
Harvard | Mr. French In Japan
GMAT 720, GPA 14,3/20 (French Scale), (=Roughly 3.7/4.0)
Chicago Booth | Ms. Nigerian Investment Banker
GMAT 720, GPA 3.57
Wharton | Mr. Chemical Engineering Dad
GMAT 710, GPA 3.50
Wharton | Mr. Ignacio
GMAT 730, GPA 3.0
McCombs School of Business | Mr. Athlete-Engineer To Sales
GMAT 720, GPA 3.1
Stanford GSB | Mr. AC
GMAT 750, GPA 3.5
Wharton | Mr. Competition Lawyer
GMAT 720, GPA 4.0
Georgetown McDonough | Mr. Mechanical Engineer & Blood Bank NGO
GMAT 480, GPA 2.3
Wharton | Ms. Marketing Family Business
GMAT 750- but considering retaking to offset low GPA, GPA Lower Second Class Honors (around 3.0)
Harvard | Mr. Pipeline Engineer To Consulting
GMAT 750, GPA 3.76
Tuck | Mr. Aspiring Management Consultant
GRE 331, GPA 3.36
Harvard | Mr. Investor & Operator (2+2)
GMAT 720, GPA 3.85
Stanford GSB | Mr. Certain Engineering Financial Analyst
GMAT 700, GPA 2.52
Columbia | Mr. Electrical Engineering
GRE 326, GPA 7.7
UCLA Anderson | Ms. Psychology & Marketing
GMAT 700, GPA 68%
Stanford GSB | Mr. Tech Startup Guy
GMAT 770, GPA 3.7
Tuck | Ms. BFA To MBA
GMAT 700, GPA 3.96
Foster School of Business | Mr. Automotive Research Engineer
GRE 328, GPA 3.83
Columbia | Mr. Investment Banker Turned Startup Strategy
GMAT 740, GPA 3.7
Tepper | Ms. Coding Tech Leader
GMAT 680, GPA 2.9
Harvard | Ms. Big 4 M&A Manager
GMAT 750, GPA 2:1 (Upper second-class honours, UK)
Kellogg | Mr. Danish Raised, US Based
GMAT 710, GPA 10.6 out of 12
Wharton | Mr. Rates Trader
GMAT 750, GPA 7.6/10
Tuck | Mr. Engineer To Start-up
GRE 326, GPA 3.57
Columbia | Mr. RE Investment
GMAT 720, GPA 3.0

2012 U.S. News Ranking of the Best B-Schools


SchoolIndex  Peers  Recruiters  Selectivity  GPA  GMAT  Salary       Employed  Later
  1. Harvard1004.84.611.1%3.66724$139,73583.2%93.4%
  1. Stanford1004.84.67.0%3.70730$140,97275.6%92.5%
  3. Wharton964.84.518.8%3.56718$137,31182.1%92.7%
  4. MIT934.74.413.3%3.51710$132,61880.8%93.5%
  4. Kellogg934.64.521.1%3.54712$130,09283.8%93.8%
  4. Booth934.74.421.9%3.52719$133,42482.1%89.3%
  7. Berkeley904.54.112.2%3.64715$129,77671.7%91.0%
  8. Columbia894.44.315.9%3.50716$134,23375.3%90.9%
  9. Tuck874.24.017.9%3.52718$138,22082.8%93.6%
10. Yale844.24.019.1%3.52719$125,73569.8%91.1%
11. NYU834.23.913.6%3.42719$128,88880.7%90.6%
12. Duke824.34.026.5%3.44689$128,66678.4%88.2%
13. Ross814.33.932.2%3.40703$127,81783.4%85.8%
13. Darden814.13.924.6%3.40701$127,59583.2%92.3%
15. UCLA794.13.928.6%3.50704$119,10970.5%86.1%
16. Cornell774.14.127.1%3.29691$122,32974.7%88.2%
17. Texas764.03.725.3%3.43692$118,41075.2%88.8%
18. Tepper744.03.823.9%3.35686$117,65074.1%88.4%
19. Emory703.73.435.1%3.30681$121,05078.9%94.0%
19. UNC703.93.837.7%3.31689$101,90474.1%85.2%
21. USC693.83.627.0%3.30687$109,61966.9%89.1%
22. Olin673.63.528.1%3.32696$99,35468.8%93.8%
23. Kelley663.73.538.0%3.32670$106,19569.3%89.6%
24. Geotwn653.63.449.1%3.31686$111,72164.8%88.3%
25. Fisher643.53.226.7%3.40674$91,69671.2%97.6%

Source: U.S. News & World Report 2012 MBA Ranking

How to Read the Above Table:

School: To fit all the data in the table above, we used the shortest possible name of the school. That’s why some schools are identified by their university names and others by the name of the business school.

Index: The total score that U.S. News assigns to a school. U.S. News says the “data were standardized about their means, and school scores were weighted, totalled, and rescaled so that the top school received 100; others received their percentage of the top score.”

Peers: This is the peer assessment score (the highest possible score is a 5.0) that comes from U.S. News’ survey of “business school deans and directors” of accredited master’s programs in business. The magazine asks B-school officials to rate programs on a scale from “marginal” (1) to “outstanding” (5). A school’s score is the average of all the respondents who rated it. It accounts for the largest single weight in the survey, 25% of the final ranking.

Recruiters: This is the recruiter assessment score (the highest possible score is a 5.0) that comes from U.S. News’ survey of “corporate recruiters and company contacts” from MBA programs previously ranked by U.S. News. They are asked to rate full-time programs on a scale of “marginal” (1) to “outstanding” (5). A school’s score is the average of all the respondents who rated it. U.S. News averages the two most recent years of these results. It has a weight of 15% of the final ranking.

Selectivity: The percentage of applicants who are accepted for admission to the class that was entered in the fall of 2011. This metric is self-reported by the schools and has a weight of only 1.25% in the final ranking.

GPA: The average undergraduate grade-point average of students entering the full-time program in fall of 2011. This metric is self-reported by the schools and accounts for 7.5% of the final ranking.

GMAT: The average GMAT score of students entering the full-time program in the fall of 2011. Scores range from a low of 200 to a high of 800. This metric is self-reported by the schools and accounts for 16.25% of the final ranking.

Salary: The average starting salary and bonus of 2011 graduates of a full-time master’s program in business. U.S. News says that “salary figures are based on the number of graduates who reported data. The mean signing bonus is weighted by the proportion of those graduates who reported a bonus, because not everyone who reported a base salary figure reported a signing bonus.” This metric accounts for 14% of the final ranking.

Employed: Employment rate for 2011 graduates at graduation. Those not seeking jobs or for whom no job-seeking information is available are excluded. This metric accounts for 7% of the final ranking.

Later: Employment rate for 2011 graduates three months after graduation. This metric is given a weight of 14% of the final ranking.

(Table of the top 25 to 50 schools on the following page)

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