Harvard | Mr. Google Tech
GMAT 770, GPA 2.2
Kenan-Flagler | Mr. Healthcare Provider
GMAT COVID19 Exemption, GPA 3.68
Kellogg | Ms. MBA For Social Impact
GMAT 720, GPA 3.9
Harvard | Mr. Low GPA Product Manager
GMAT 780, GPA 3.1
Chicago Booth | Mr. Controller & Critic
GMAT 750, GPA 6.61 / 7.00 (equivalent to 3.78 / 4.00)
Kellogg | Mr. PE Social Impact
GMAT Waived, GPA 3.51
MIT Sloan | Mr. International Impact
GRE 326, GPA 3.5
MIT Sloan | Mr. Energy Enthusiast
GMAT 730, GPA 8.39
Chicago Booth | Ms. Future CMO
GMAT Have Not Taken, GPA 2.99
Said Business School | Mr. Global Sales Guy
GMAT 630, GPA 3.5
N U Singapore | Mr. Just And Right
GMAT 700, GPA 4.0
Georgetown McDonough | Mr. International Youngster
GMAT 720, GPA 3.55
Columbia | Mr. Chartered Accountant
GMAT 730, GPA 2.7
Harvard | Mr. Spanish Army Officer
GMAT 710, GPA 3
Kellogg | Mr. Cancer Engineer
GRE 326, GPA 3.3
Chicago Booth | Mr. Financial Analyst
GMAT 750, GPA 3.78
Kellogg | Mr. CPA To MBA
GMAT Waived, GPA 3.2
Stanford GSB | Ms. Sustainable Finance
GMAT Not yet taken- 730 (expected), GPA 3.0 (Equivalent of UK’s 2.1)
MIT Sloan | Ms. International Technologist
GMAT 740, GPA 3.5
UCLA Anderson | Ms. Art Historian
GRE 332, GPA 3.6
Harvard | Mr. Harvard Hopeful
GMAT 740, GPA 3.8
Yale | Mr. Philanthropy Chair
GMAT Awaiting Scores (expect 700-720), GPA 3.3
Columbia | Mr. Startup Musician
GRE Applying Without a Score, GPA First Class
Chicago Booth | Ms. Entrepreneur
GMAT 690, GPA 3.5
Columbia | Mr. MGMT Consulting
GMAT 700, GPA 3.56
Harvard | Mr. Future Family Legacy
GMAT Not Yet Taken (Expected 700-750), GPA 3.0
Wharton | Mr. Big 4
GMAT 770, GPA 8/10

How Recruiters Rank The Best Schools


Now, let’s move on to the “overperformers.” These are the business schools that rank far higher than their recruiter assessments would suggest. In other words, the survey acts as a drag on their overall ranking. The category contains a variety of scenarios. For example, Michigan State (Broad) saw both its overall rank and recruiter assessment score rise, turning it from an underrated school to an overperformer in one year. Conversely, Boston College (Carroll)’s overall ranking sank while its recruiter assessment climbed, making it a solid performer.  Here are the schools that perform better overall than with recruiters:

School2015 Overall Rank2014 Overall Rank’15 Recruiter Rank’14 Recruiter Rank’15 Recruiter Score’14 Recruiter Score’15 Difference’14 Difference
Boston Univ.454068593.02.82319
Iowa State737096772.72.6237
Ohio State272741373.23.01410
Boston College454054593.12.8919
Michigan State354341373.23.06-6

Source: P&Q analysis based on U.S. News & World Report 2015 business school ranking

Last year, the University of Illinois was deemed underrated. After rising 12 spots overall and 52 spots on the recruiter rankings, it is now a solid overperformer. Consider this: this plunge was precipitated by just a 0.2 point drop in the recruiter score. As a result, Illinois’ standing among recruiters is not as grave as it initially appears. Similarly, the University of Florida maintained its respectable 2.9 average among recruiters and still tumbled 29 spots.

Although neither the University of Arkansas (Walton) nor Rutgers rank near the top of most recruiters’ lists, they sustain impressive three-month placement rates of 92% and 95%, respectively. While Rice (Jones)’s overall and recruiter rankings dipped slightly, they still yielded an impressive 93.8% placement rate, with graduates earning $115,693 to start.

Still, some schools bear watching. Temple (Fox) continued to outperform its overall rank, even after its recruiter scores skyrocketed 0.8 points and its overall rank jumped 10 spots. Although many of last year’s top overperformers – particularly California-Davis, the University of Tennessee, the University of Minnesota (Carlson), and the University of Connecticut – nabbed higher recruiter scores, they still remain overachievers due to so many ties in both the overall rankings and the recruiter rankings.  However, California-Davis continues to rank among the top placements at nearly 95%.