Darden | Mr. Engineer Consultant
GMAT 730, GPA 3.47
Stanford GSB | Mr. Systems Change
GMAT 730, GPA 4
Tuck | Mr. Consulting To Tech
GMAT 750, GPA 3.2
Stanford GSB | Mr. Navy Officer
GMAT 770, GPA 4.0
Harvard | Mr. Public Finance
GMAT 720, GPA 3.9
Harvard | Ms. Ambitious Hippie
GRE 329, GPA 3.9
Harvard | Mr. Milk Before Cereals
GMAT 710, GPA 3.3 (16/20 Portuguese scale)
Harvard | Mr. Sales To Consulting
GMAT 760, GPA 3.49
INSEAD | Ms. Hope & Goodwill
GMAT 740, GPA 3.5
INSEAD | Mr. Airline Captain
GMAT 740, GPA 3.8
Harvard | Ms. Almost Ballerina
GRE ..., GPA ...
Harvard | Mr. Startup
GRE 327, GPA 3.35
Stanford GSB | Mr. MBB to PM
GRE 338, GPA 4.0
IU Kelley | Ms. Biracial Single Mommy
, GPA 2.5/3.67 Grad
Darden | Ms. Unicorn Healthcare Tech
GMAT 730, GPA 3.5
Stanford GSB | Mr. MBA Class of 2023
GMAT 725, GPA 3.5
Chicago Booth | Mr. Guy From Taiwan
GRE 326, GPA 3.3
Stanford GSB | Mr. Energy Reform
GMAT 700, GPA 3.14 of 4
Ross | Mr. Verbal Engineer
GMAT 710, GPA 3.3
UCLA Anderson | Ms. Packaging Manager
GMAT 730, GPA 3.47
Kellogg | Mr. Danish Raised, US Based
GMAT 710, GPA 10.6 out of 12
Wharton | Mr. Sr. Systems Engineer
GRE 1280, GPA 3.3
Chicago Booth | Mr. Semiconductor Guy
GMAT 730, GPA 3.3
Harvard | Mr. Polyglot
GMAT 740, GPA 3.65
Duke Fuqua | Mr. Enlisted Undergrad
GRE 315, GPA 3.75
Stanford GSB | Mr. Rocket Scientist Lawyer
GMAT 730, GPA 3.65 Cumulative
Darden | Mr. Stock Up
GMAT 700, GPA 3.3

Yale SOM Makes U.S. News Top Ten


Yale University’s School of Management snuck its way into the top ten of U.S. News & World Report’s forthcoming ranking of the  est MBA programs in the U.S. In a sneak peak preview published today (March 9), U.S. News listed the business schools that will appear at the top of its new list to be released on March 16th.

That’s good news for Yale, which last year was in a tie for 13th with Duke’s Fuqua School of Business in this ranking, and not so good news for the University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business, which will slip out of the top ten. A year ago, Darden had nudged aside New York University’s Stern School of Business which had made the top ten.

For Yale to climb into the top ten, it had to jump over the MBA programs at Duke, Michigan, NYU and UVA. The last time Yale made U.S. News’ top ten was four years ago in 2012 when it secured tenth place. The school had ranked as high as 15th in 2005 and 2006. But under Dean Edward ‘Ted’ Snyder, Yale SOM has been making a strong case for being a top ten school, having improved in several rankings since he took over leadership of the school—long an also-ran among the elite in business education—in 2011.


A new point of differentiation for the school, emphasizing global business and tighter integration with the overall university, along with a new modern bulding has led to a substantial increase in applications to its MBA program and has boosted both the incoming and outgoing stats used by U.S. News to crank out its annual ranking. Average GMATs have risen to 721 from 719 (higher than Berkeley Haas, Columbia, and Michigan Ross). Average undergraduate GPAs have also climbed from to 3.6 from 3.5 (equal to Northwestern Kellogg and Chicago Booth). Over the past year, applications have jumped more than 25%, to 3,449 from 2,756.

All of the top ten schools on U.S. News’ updated list this year were listed alphabetically and not by their numerical rank so it’s not possible to know exactly where each school’s MBA program will end up. Last year, Stanford topped the list, followed by No. 2 Harvard, No. 3 Wharton, No. 4 Chicago Booth, and No. 5 MIT Sloan.

Rounding out last year’s top ten MBA programs were No. 6 Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management, No. 7 UC-Berkeley’s Haas School, No. 8 Columbia Business School, No. 9 Dartmouth College’s Tuck School of Business, and finally UVA’s Darden.


While ups and downs in year-to-year rankings by U.S. News is not uncommon, the MBA programs that are near the very top of the 100 ranked schools tends to be far more stable than those in the second half of the list. A jump of at least three places from 13th is somewhat more unusual and it’s possible that SOM could move higher up the list given the school’s improvement in average GMAT score, acceptance rate, starting salary and bonus, and employment rates—all key metrics  tracked by U.S. News.

The release of the new ranking follows the publication in January of the Financial Times’ latest list. Once U.S. News comes out, business school administrators will get something of a break. The next major rankings by Bloomberg Businessweek and The Economist won’t appear until October and November, although Businessweek is expected to publish an undergraduate business school ranking later this month for the first time in two years.

U.S. News has ranked MBA programs every year since 1989 , using a vast amount of information and data. The publication said it surveyed 470 accredited master’s programs this year to come up with its ranking. The methodology takes into account its own survey of business school deans and MBA directors (accounting for 25% of the ranking), a poll of corporate recruiters (15%), average starting salaries and sign-on bonuses (14%), employment rates at graduation and three months later (respectively 7% and 14%), average student GMAT scores (16%), the average undergraduate grade point average for the class (about 8%), and the percentage of applicants admitted to the school (a little over 1%).

How does U.S. News decide how much to weight each of these components? Robert Morse, the veteran rankings guru at 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 submitting our conclusions and 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

SchoolGMATGPAAccept RatePayJobs at GradJobs Later
  1. Stanford7323.747.1%$142,83473.6%91.1%
  2. Harvard7263.6711.0%$144,75076.9%89.4%
  3. Wharton7283.6020.7%$142,57484.3%95.6%
  4. Booth7243.6023.5%$137,61587.4%97.2%
  5. MIT7133.5813.8%$142,93679.6%92.8%
  6. Kellogg7133.6023.2%$136,35780.7%88.6%
  7. Haas7173.6213.2%$140,93572.9%86.7%
  8. Columbia7163.5018.2%$139,00675.7%91.1%
  9. Tuck7163.5422.1%$142,48983.8%93.8%
10. Darden7063.5026.0%$136,47486.8%93.4%

Source: Schools reporting to U.S. News & World Report


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.