Stanford GSB | Mr. Low GPA To Stanford
GMAT 770, GPA 2.7
Harvard | Mr. Air Force Seeking Feedback
GRE 329, GPA 3.2
Berkeley Haas | Mr. Colombian Sales Leader
GMAT 610, GPA 2.78
Darden | Mr. Anxious One
GRE 323, GPA 3.85
Stanford GSB | Mr. Hopeful B School Investment Analyst
GRE 327, GPA 3.52
Stanford GSB | Ms. Eyebrows Say It All
GRE 299, GPA 8.2/10
Emory Goizueta | Mr. Family Business Turned Consultant
GMAT 640, GPA 3.0
Tuck | Ms. BFA To MBA
GMAT 700, GPA 3.96
Stanford GSB | Mr. Deferred MBA Candidate
GMAT 760, GPA 4.0
Berkeley Haas | Mr. Hanging By A Thread
GMAT 710, GPA 3.8
Harvard | Ms. Hollywood To Healthcare
GMAT 730, GPA 2.5
Kellogg | Ms. Indian Entrepreneur
GMAT 750, GPA 3.3
Tuck | Ms. Confused One
GMAT 740, GPA 7.3/10
McCombs School of Business | Ms. Registered Nurse Entrepreneur
GMAT 630, GPA 3.59
Stanford GSB | Ms. Tech Consulting
GMAT 700, GPA 3.53
Kellogg | Mr. Danish Raised, US Based
GMAT 710, GPA 10.6 out of 12
Kellogg | Mr. Indian Engine Guy
GMAT 740, GPA 7.96 Eq to 3.7
INSEAD | Mr. Big Chill 770
GMAT 770, GPA 3-3.2
Yale | Mr. Whizzy
GMAT 720, GPA 4.22
Stanford GSB | Ms. Government To EdTech
GRE 323, GPA 14/20 (B equivalent)
Duke Fuqua | Ms. Venture Investments & Start-Ups In China
GMAT 640, GPA N/A
Wharton | Mr. Army Officer in Tech
GRE 322, GPA 3.1
INSEAD | Mr. Naval Engineer
GMAT 710, GPA 3.3
Tepper | Mr. Midwest Or Bust
GMAT 740, GPA 3.2
Kellogg | Mr. Structural Engineer
GMAT 680, GPA 3.2
Darden | Ms. Environmental Engineer
GMAT 710, GPA 3.3
Harvard | Mr. Sovereign Wealth Fund
GMAT 730, GPA 3.55

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

HOW U.S. NEWS’ 2012 TOP 51 TO 75 SCHOOLS STACK UP AGAINST EACH OTHER

SchoolIndex  Peers  Recruiters  Selectivity  GPA  GMAT  Salary     Employed  Later
51. Arkansas523.02.745.0%3.50649$62,74585.7%90.5%
52. Weatherhead513.22.969.7%3.40633$81,15262.5%87.5%
52. Temple512.92.432.6%3.46631$83,45781.4%95.3%
54. SMU503.23.037.0%3.25641$88,69361.1%81.1%
54. Missouri502.53.245.4%3.49647$56,25485.3%92.6%
56. Northeastern492.83.130.8%3.33630$71,49965.9%95.1%
57. G. Washington483.13.147.7%3.28631$83,18051.3%85.0%
57. Arizona483.42.958.7%3.43604$86,37447.6%73.8%
57. Georgia483.22.840.6%3.36643$94,46348.6%70.3%
57. Massachusetts482.92.623.8%3.45644$79,22045.0%90.0%
61. Babson473.33.169.7%3.13616$86,93454.4%82.5%
61. Connecticut472.92.342.2%3.51630$87,60059.1%84.1%
63. Rutgers462.62.754.7%3.30638$90,72460.4%90.6%
64. Baylor452.72.635.8%3.36624$67,61773.2%92.7%
64. Iowa State452.42.654.7%3.50620$62,63483.3%96.7%
64. USC (Moore)453.02.965.7%3.33633$80,42056.5%73.9%
64. Tennessee452.82.947.8%3.42600$74,55163.2%84.2%
68. Syracuse443.03.241.1%3.44627$74,14046.7%64.4%
68. Pittsburgh443.12.645.8%3.39612$73,96951.9%83.3%
70. William & Mary432.92.956.5%3.30614$76,83551.8%81.9%
70. DePaul432.82.944.4%3.22625$73,80166.7%84.6%
70. Rensselaer432.82.860.0%3.34653$77,78044.0%76.0%
70. Neeley432.72.770.3%3.19643$75,91563.0%91.3%
70. Univ. of Miami432.82.848.3%3.33636$76,64648.0%80.0%
75. Bentley422.93.054.9%3.29582$71,69464.3%85.7%

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 76 to 101 schools and how they stack up against each other on the following page)

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