INSEAD | Ms. Hope & Goodwill
GMAT 740, GPA 3.5
Stanford GSB | Mr. Navy Officer
GMAT 770, GPA 4.0
Harvard | Mr. Milk Before Cereals
GMAT 710, GPA 3.3 (16/20 Portuguese scale)
Stanford GSB | Mr. Rocket Scientist Lawyer
GMAT 730, GPA 3.65 Cumulative
Chicago Booth | Mr. Guy From Taiwan
GRE 326, GPA 3.3
Darden | Mr. Leading Petty Officer
GRE (MCAT) 501, GPA 4.0
Harvard | Mr. Sales To Consulting
GMAT 760, GPA 3.49
INSEAD | Mr. Consulting Fin
GMAT 730, GPA 4.0
Tuck | Mr. Consulting To Tech
GMAT 750, GPA 3.2
Darden | Mr. Federal Consultant
GMAT 780, GPA 3.26
Columbia | Mr. NYC Native
GMAT 710, GPA 3.8
Tepper | Mr. Leadership Developement
GMAT 740, GPA 3.77
Harvard | Ms. Athlete Entrepreneur
GMAT 750, GPA 3.3
Duke Fuqua | Mr. Enlisted Undergrad
GRE 315, GPA 3.75
Darden | Mr. Stock Up
GMAT 700, GPA 3.3
Darden | Mr. Education Consulting
GRE 326, GPA 3.58
Harvard | Ms. Ambitious Hippie
GRE 329, GPA 3.9
Stanford GSB | Mr. Classic Candidate
GMAT 760, GPA 3.9
Stanford GSB | Mr. Unrealistic Ambitions
GMAT 710, GPA 2.0
Stanford GSB | Mr. Equal Opportunity
GMAT 760, GPA 4.0
Tuck | Mr. Over-Experienced
GRE 330, GPA 3.0
HEC Paris | Mr. Indian Entrepreneur
GMAT 690, GPA 2.1
Chicago Booth | Mr. Community Uplift
GMAT 780, GPA 2.6
UCLA Anderson | Mr. Worldwide
GMAT 730, GPA 3.1
Wharton | Mr. LatAm Indian Trader
GMAT 720, GPA 3.5
Wharton | Mr. MBB to PE
GMAT 740, GPA 3.98
Harvard | Mr. MBB Aspirant
GMAT 780, GPA 3.7

Wacky Business School Rankings

rankingRankings reign supreme as the most-consulted information source for prospective MBA candidates. But not all of them have to be serious. The Princeton Review’s category rankings, ranging from the best campus to the most competitive students, offer a peek into the environment aspiring MBAs can expect at different schools.


While it’s unlikely an admit to Harvard Business School will ditch an HBS diploma for UCLA Anderson’s balmy southern California campus, another student may opt for the Pacific coastline over two years at Michigan State’s land-locked Broad College of Business in East Lansing, Michigan.

For all their entertainment value, wacky rankings come with a few caveats. The Princeton Review’s  Top 10 lists are no exception. The publication surveys some 19,000 business students across 296 B-schools. However, in many cases the differences between schools are so slight as to be statically meaningless; in other words, a school’s score may represent a mere anomaly or a dip in another school’s fortunes.

The ranking methodology is also unclear. For instance, the best campus environment is assessed according to students’ opinions on their respective school’s safety, attractiveness, and location; however, The Princeton Review provides no indication of the questions used in the ranking or their weight in the final score.

Plus, it often boils down to comparing apples with oranges. After all, how does one really weigh Stanford’s Mission Revival architecture and palm tree-lined drives against Columbia Business School’s close proximity to a smorgasbord of culinary options, art installations, and top financial centers.

For all their faults, these rankings offer a handy way to find schools with your top attributes. They’re also just plain fun.

Columbia Business School recently launched a new branding campaign: "At the

Columbia Business School was named No.1 for the best campus environment

Best Campus Environment

1. Columbia University

2. University of California (Los Angeles)

3. The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

4. Dartmouth College

5. Sanford University

6. The University of Texas at Austin

7. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

8. Vanderbilt University

9. The University of Alabama at Tuscaloosa

10. Pennsylvania State University

Source: The Princeton Review (2014)

Berkeley's Haas School of Business is ranked ninth among the best U.S. B-schools by Poets&Quants.

Berkeley’s Haas School of Business is known for standout professors

Best Professors 

1. University of California (Berkeley)

2. Harvard University

3. The University of Texas at Austin

4. Yale University

5. University of Virginia

6. Vanderbilt University

7. The Ohio State University

8. Rice University

9. Cornell University

10. Dartmouth College

Source: The Princeton Review (2014)