McCombs School of Business | Ms. Registered Nurse Entrepreneur
GMAT 630, GPA 3.59
Chicago Booth | Mr. Desi Boy
GMAT 740, GPA 3.0
Rice Jones | Mr. Simple Manufacturer
GRE 320, GPA 3.95
Chicago Booth | Mr. Corporate Development
GMAT 740, GPA 3.2
Tepper | Ms. Coding Tech Leader
GMAT 680, GPA 2.9
Stanford GSB | Mr. Impactful Consultant
GMAT 730, GPA 3.7
Kellogg | Mr. Hopeful Engineer
GMAT 720, GPA 7.95/10 (College follows relative grading; Avg. estimate around 7-7.3)
Wharton | Mr. Rates Trader
GMAT 750, GPA 7.6/10
Stanford GSB | Mr. Former SEC Athlete
GMAT 620, GPA 3.8
Tuck | Mr. Army To MBB
GMAT 740, GPA 2.97
Columbia | Mr. Forbes 30 Under 30
GMAT 730, GPA 3.4
Stanford GSB | Mr. MBB Advanced Analytics
GMAT 750, GPA 3.1
Chicago Booth | Mr. Banker To CPG Leader
GMAT 760, GPA 7.36/10
Ross | Mr. Leading-Edge Family Business
GMAT 740, GPA 2.89
Darden | Mr. Logistics Guy
GRE Not taken Yet, GPA 3.1
Kellogg | Mr. Stylist & Actor
GMAT 760 , GPA 9.5
Columbia | Mr. Ambitious Chemical Salesman
GMAT 720, GPA 3.3
Harvard | Mr. Irish Biotech Entrepreneur
GMAT 730, GPA 3.2
Stanford GSB | Mr. Cricketer Turned Engineer
GMAT 770, GPA 7.15/10
Wharton | Mr. Planes And Laws
GRE 328, GPA 3.8
McCombs School of Business | Mr. Refrad
GMAT 700, GPA 3.94
Harvard | Mr. Supply Chain Photographer
GMAT 700, GPA 3.3
Chicago Booth | Mr. Space Launch
GMAT 710, GPA 3.0
Kellogg | Ms. Product Strategist
GMAT 700, GPA 7.3/10
Columbia | Mr. MBB Consultant
GRE 339, GPA 8.28
Berkeley Haas | Mr. Avocado Farmer
GMAT 750, GPA 3.08
Georgetown McDonough | Mr. International Development Consultant
GMAT N/A, GPA 2.9

Darden Jumps Back Into U.S. News’ Top Ten

Darden

The University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business moved back into the top ten of U.S. News & World Report’s forthcoming ranking of the best MBA programs in the U.S. In a “sneak peak” preview published today (March 3), U.S. News listed the business schools that will appear in the top ten when the new ranking is released on March. 10.

That’s good news for Darden, which was ranked 11th last year by U.S. News, and not so good news for New York University’s Stern School of Business, which fell out of the top ten. Stern was just ahead of Darden last year in tenth place.

All ten schools were listed alphabetically and not ranked so it’s not possible to know whether the three-way tie for first last year among Harvard Business School, Stanford’s Graduate School of Business, and the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School will be broken. The other ten schools are Columbia Business School, Dartmouth College’s Tuck School of Business, MIT’s Sloan School of Management, Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management, UC-Berkeley’s Haas School of Business, and the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business.

AFTER U.S. NEWS, B-SCHOOL DEANS WILL GET A SEVEN-MONTH BREAK BEFORE THE NEXT RANKINGS

U.S. News said it surveyed 464​ accredited master’s programs in business to create its new list.

The publication of the new ranking by U.S. News follows the release in January of The Financial Times’ best list. Then, business school administrators will get something of a break. The next major rankings, by Forbes and The Economist, won’t be published until seven months later in October. Bloomberg Businessweek is expected to publish its new ranking–the first time it will be released on an annual rather than a biennial basis–in November.

U.S. News ranks U.S. schools annually, using a vast amount of information and data. The methodology takes into account its own survey of B-school deans and MBA directors (25% of the score), corporate recruiters (15%), starting salaries and bonuses (14%), employment rates at and three months after graduation (7% to 14%, respectively), student GMATs (about 16%), undergrad GPAs (about 8%), and the percentage of applicants who are accepted to a school (a little over 1%) (see table on next page to see how the top schools did in several of these categories last year).

How does U.S. News decide how much to weight each of these factors? Robert Morse, director of data research for U.S. News, once told a reporter that the weights are based on “our accumulated judgment.” Explains Morse: ”Our rankings aren’t social science in the sense that we’re not doing peer-reviewed rankings; we’re not submitting our conclusions and our weighting system to a group of academics and letting them decide if they are right or wrong. We do meet regularly with academic experts about the relative importance of the factors that we use.”

Last Year’s Top Ten According To U.S. News

 

SchoolGMAT (16.25%GPA (7.5%)Accept Rate (1.25%Average Pay (14%)Jobs At Grad (7%)Jobs Later (14%)Peers (25%)Recruiters (15%)
1. Harvard7273.7011.3%$138,34678.7%89.4%4.84.6
1. Stanford7323.736.8%$137,52571.7%89.7%4.84.6
1. Wharton7253.6018.7%$141,24379.7%93.4%4.84.6
4. Chicago7233.5821.0%$135,98282.1%90.8%4.84.4
5. MIT7133.5813.1%$137,05780.9%87.4%4.74.5
6. Kellogg7133.5421.6%$135,83878.8%91.0%4.74.4
7. Berkeley7143.6014.3%$134,07874.0%91.6%4.64.2
8. Columbia7163.5018.1%$137,65474.9%90.3%4.44.3
9. Dartmouth7183.5320.8%$139,03680.8%90.8%4.34.0
10. NYU7213.5116.0%$131,97577.8%93.2%4.24.0

Source: U.S. News & World Report 2014 MBA Ranking

DON’T MISS: 2014 U.S. NEWS’ RANKING OF THE BEST MBA PROGRAMS IN THE U.S.