MIT Sloan | Mr. Refinery Engineer
GMAT 700- will retake, GPA 3.87
Berkeley Haas | Ms. 10 Years Experience
GMAT To be taken, GPA 3.1
Stanford GSB | Mr. Singing Banking Lawyer
GMAT 720, GPA 110-point scale. Got 110/110 with honors
Yale | Ms. Social Impact AKS
GRE 315, GPA 7.56
Harvard | Mr. Political Consultant
GRE 337, GPA 3.85
Kellogg | Mr. Chief Product Officer
GMAT 740, GPA 77.53% (First Class with Distinction, Dean's List Candidate)
Said Business School | Mr. Across The Pond
GMAT 680, GPA 2.8
Yale | Mr. Army Infantry Officer
GMAT 730, GPA 2.83
Wharton | Mr. Army & Consulting
GMAT 760, GPA 4.0
Berkeley Haas | Mr. 360 Consultant
GMAT 720, GPA 3.4
N U Singapore | Ms. Biomanager
GMAT 520, GPA 2.8
MIT Sloan | Mr. Low GPA Over Achiever
GMAT 700, GPA 2.5
Stanford GSB | Mr. Corp Finance
GMAT 740, GPA 3.75
Harvard | Mr. Improve Healthcare
GMAT 730, GPA 2.8
Berkeley Haas | Mr. Wake Up & Grind
GMAT 700, GPA 3.5
Darden | Mr. Fintech Nerd
GMAT 740, GPA 7.7/10
Stanford GSB | Mr. Minority Champ
GMAT 740, GPA 3.7
Darden | Mr. Senior Energy Engineer
GMAT 710, GPA 2.5
Harvard | Mr. Merchant Of Debt
GMAT 760, GPA 3.5 / 4.0 in Master 1 / 4.0 in Master 2
Stanford GSB | Mr. Indian Telecom ENG
GRE 340, GPA 3.56
Stanford GSB | Ms. East Africa Specialist
GMAT 690, GPA 3.34
Berkeley Haas | Mr. Hanging By A Thread
GMAT 710, GPA 3.8
Harvard | Mr. Nonprofit Social Entrepreneur
GMAT 740, GPA 3.7
Chicago Booth | Ms. Start-Up Entrepreneur
GRE 318 current; 324 intended, GPA 3.4
Duke Fuqua | Ms. Health Care Executive
GMAT 690, GPA 3.3
Harvard | Mr. Professional Boy Scout
GMAT 660, GPA 3.83
IU Kelley | Mr. Construction Manager
GRE 680, GPA 3.02

When MBA Rankings Lag The Facts

The Overperformers: Alabama, Iowa State Don’t Get The Love

Now, let’s move on to the “overperformers.” These are the business schools that are producing far better than the peer assessments suggest. You won’t find any Top 20 schools here, just those fundamentally-sound, meat-and-potatoes schools from the northeast and the plains states. They may not get the proper respect from the academics, but raw numbers rarely lie. And the campus recruiters know exactly who these schools are (and the caliber of talent who graduate from there).

Here are the top “overperforming” schools, whose overall rank exceeds their peer assessments:

Overall Rank  Peer Rank  School                                               Peer Score  Performance
5893University of Alabama (Manderson)2.735
70102Iowa State University2.632
3769University of Texas-Dallas (Jindal)2.930
5281University of Missouri (Trulaske)2.829
79108Binghamton SUNY2.529
86115University of Albany SUNY2.429
93121University of Tulsa (Collins)2.328
5881University of Connecticut-Storrs2.823
3050Brigham Young University (Marriott)3.220
6181Rutgers University-New Brunswick2.820
7593City University of New York (Zicklin)2.718
7593Buffalo SUNY2.718
5167University of Massachusetts (Isenberg)2.916
6781University of Oklahoma (Price)2.814
7993Texas Christian University2.714
88102Oklahoma State University (Spears)2.614
2334University of Washington (Foster)3.411
104115University of West Virginia2.411
4050Boston University3.210
5867Temple University2.99

Source: P&Q analysis based on U.S. News & World Report 2014 Business School Rankings

Here, the University of Alabama takes first prize. Best known for its powerhouse football program, this flagship rose 20 spots to 58 in the most recent U.S. News ranking. In fact, four top 50 schools made the “overperformer” list, including the University of Washington (23), Brigham Young University (30), the University of Texas at Dallas (37), and Boston University (40).

Please note that the University of Washington jumped 12 spots to 23rd in the U.S. News 2014 rankings, so it’s hardly surprising that peer assessments were slow to reflect that upward trend. That doesn’t explain the lack of love for the University of Texas at Dallas, which is among the most selective business schools in the United States (with a lower acceptance rate than Booth, Darden, Ross, or Fuqua). Although Brigham Young lacks the sizzle of private institutions on the east coast, its low tuition and top-notch education make it the best-kept secret among business schools. Strangely, two state universities in New York (Binghamton and Albany) had strikingly similar overall rankings and peer assessments, which make us wonder how informed some peer assessments really were.