Stanford GSB | Mr. SpaceX
GMAT 740, GPA 3.65
Wharton | Mr. Data Dude
GMAT 750, GPA 4.0
UCLA Anderson | Ms. Triathlete
GMAT 720, GPA 2.8
Kellogg | Mr. MBB Private Equity
GMAT TBD (target 720+), GPA 4.0
Stanford GSB | Mr. Startup Founder
GMAT 700, GPA 3.12
Harvard | Mr. MedTech Startup
GMAT 740, GPA 3.80
INSEAD | Mr. Media Startup
GMAT 710, GPA 3.65
Yale | Mr. Yale Hopeful
GMAT 750, GPA 2.9
MIT Sloan | Mr. MBB Transformation
GMAT 760, GPA 3.46
Wharton | Mr. Swing Big
GRE N/A, GPA 3.1
Harvard | Mr. CPG Product Manager
GMAT 720, GPA 3.5
MIT Sloan | Mr. Latino Insurance
GMAT 730, GPA 8.5 / 10
Stanford GSB | Mr. Tesla Intern
GMAT 720, GPA 3.9
Stanford GSB | Mr. Supply Chain Data Scientist
GMAT 730, GPA 3.9
Stanford GSB | Mr. Global Consultant
GMAT 770, GPA 80% (top 10% of class)
Stanford GSB | Mr. MBB/FinTech
GMAT 760, GPA 3.7
Stanford GSB | Mr. Digital Indonesia
GMAT 760, GPA 3.7
Stanford GSB | Mr. Equal Opportunity
GMAT 760, GPA 4.0
Stanford GSB | Mr. MBB to PM
GRE 338, GPA 4.0
Stanford GSB | Mr. LGBT Social Impact
GRE 326, GPA 3.79
Stanford GSB | Mr. Nuclear Vet
GMAT 770, GPA 3.86
Stanford GSB | Mr. Oilfield Trekker
GMAT 720, GPA 7.99/10
Kellogg | Mr. Big 4 Financial Consultant
GMAT 740, GPA 3.94
Stanford GSB | Mr. Mountaineer
GRE 327, GPA 2.96
Harvard | Mr. Tech Start-Up
GMAT 720, GPA 3.52
Rice Jones | Mr. Simple Manufacturer
GRE 320, GPA 3.95
Columbia | Mr. MD/MBA
GMAT 670, GPA 3.77

The Best MBA Programs For “Value”

Purdue’s Krannert School of Management

BIG SURPRISES

Based on GraduatePrograms.com’s results, MBAs are pretty satisfied with their alma maters. All schools ranked in the top 25 for value had a score of nine or higher. Similarly, there was some overlap between the two rankings. For example, Kenan-Flagler, which ranked eighth with Value Colleges ended up fourth on Graduate Programs.com’s list. Similarly, Purdue (15th in GP and 14th with VC), Ohio State (17th vs. 16th), and Connecticut (21st vs. 13th) stayed within the same range both in terms of both the quantitative and qualitative.

However, there were some key differences. For example, programs like Indiana, Dartmouth, Texas, Texas A&M, Wisconsin and Penn State – which ranked high in terms of high salaries and low tuitions on Value Colleges’ benchmarks – fell out of the top 25 when it came to being asked a series of questions on whether the value of their MBA experience offset its cost.

More interesting, several big name MBA programs failed to even make either list. Obviously, big ticket programs like Stanford and Wharton can be excused for not being a best value in Value Programs’ empirical approach. When it comes to satisfaction, not making the top 25 – even in a relatively new outlet like GraduatePrograms.com, should raise eyebrows at these schools. The same could be said for MIT (Sloan), Northwestern (Kellogg), Michigan (Ross), Virginia (Darden), and Duke (Fuqua). That’s especially true when programs like Harvard, Chicago (Booth), Berkeley (Haas), and Columbia did make GraduatePrograms.com’s top 25. Perception is reality. And maybe this pool reflects a deeper alumni discontent with these schools.

Where does your school rank? Here is GraduateProgram.com’s ranking of the 25 Best Value Business Schools.

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