How A Dean Would Rank Business Schools



Let’s take the application data first. The results are telling, and in many cases, quite surprising. At the very least, you’d imagine that a dean would be suggesting a ranking system that would clearly benefit his own school. Looking at application numbers actually puts Hubbard’s Columbia below rival NYU. For starters, Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business wins hands down, receiving 17.9 applications for each available seat. UC-Berkeley’s Haas School of Business is next, with 14.4 candidates for each class seat. Next up is Washington University’s Olin School of Business, getting 12.1 applications for each seat in the class. UCLA’s Anderson School of Management follows, edging MIT Sloan by the slightest of margins, with both schools getting 11.7 applications per seat. New York University’s Stern School is fifth, beating Hubbard’s Columbia Business School, by receiving 11.3 applications per seat against Columbia’s 7.8. Where is Harvard Business School? HBS comes in sixth, with 10.2 applications for each class seat.

Schools Ranked By Applications Per Class Seat


School2014 P&Q RankApplications Per Seat
  1. Stanford Graduate School of Business117.9
  2. UC-Berkeley (Haas)1014.4
  3. Washington University (Olin)2412.1
  4. UCLA (Anderson)1411.7
  5. MIT (Sloan)711.7
  6. New York University (Stern)1611.3
  7. Harvard Business School210.2
  8. University of Washington (Foster)239.8
  9. Dartmouth (Tuck)88.7
10. Yale School of Management128.5
11. University of Virginia (Darden)138.4
12. University of Texas-Austin (McCombs)197.9
13. Duke University (Fuqua)97.8
14. Columbia Business School57.8
15. Emory University (Goizueta)207.5
16. University of Chicago (Booth)47.2
17. University of Pennsylvania (Wharton)37.1
18. Carnegie Mellon University (Tepper)176.9
19. University of North Carolina (Kenan-Flagler)186.8
20. Northwestern University (Kellogg)66.7
21. Indiana University (Kelley)206.6
22. Cornell University (Johnson)156.3
23. Georgetown University (McDonough)226.1
24. University of Michigan (Ross)115.5
25. Vanderbilt University (Owen)255.3

Source: P&Q analysis from publicly available data

About The Author

John A. Byrne is the founder and editor-in-chief of C-Change Media, publishers of Poets&Quants and four other higher education websites. He has authored or co-authored more than ten books, including two New York Times bestsellers. John is the former executive editor of Businessweek, editor-in-chief of Businessweek. com, editor-in-chief of Fast Company, and the creator of the first regularly published rankings of business schools. As the co-founder of CentreCourt MBA Festivals, he hopes to meet you at the next MBA event in-person or online.