MIT Sloan | Mr. NFL Team Analyst
GMAT 720, GPA 3.8
London Business School | Mr. Consulting To IB
GMAT 700, GPA 2.4
Kellogg | Mr. Big Beer
GMAT Waived, GPA 4.0
Harvard | Ms. Indian Quant
GMAT 750, GPA 7.54/10
Darden | Mr. Corporate Dev
GMAT Waived, GPA 3.8
Duke Fuqua | Mr. CPA To Finance
GMAT 700, GPA 3.5
Wharton | Mr. Big 4
GMAT 770, GPA 8/10
Wharton | Ms. General Motors
GRE 330, GPA 3.2
Stanford GSB | Mr. Venture Lawyer
GRE 330, GPA 3.4
Wharton | Ms. Project Mananger
GMAT 770, GPA 3.86
Stanford GSB | Ms. Digital Health
GMAT 720, GPA 3.48
Yale | Mr. Philanthropy Chair
GMAT Awaiting Scores (expect 700-720), GPA 3.3
Stanford GSB | Mr. MBA Class of 2023
GMAT 725, GPA 3.5
Foster School of Business | Mr. Construction Engineer
GMAT 710, GPA 2.77
Ross | Mr. Stockbroker
GMAT 700, GPA 3.1
Harvard | Mr. Harvard Hopeful
GMAT 740, GPA 3.8
Stanford GSB | Mr. LGBTQ
GMAT 740, GPA 3.58
Kellogg | Mr. Risky Business
GMAT 780, GPA 3.5
Kellogg | Mr. CPA To MBA
GMAT Waived, GPA 3.2
UCLA Anderson | Mr. Southern California
GMAT 710, GPA 3.58
Harvard | Ms. World Explorer
GMAT 710 (aiming for 750), GPA 4.33/5
Ross | Mr. Brazilian Sales Guy
GRE 326, GPA 77/100 (USA Avg. 3.0)
Kellogg | Ms. MBA For Social Impact
GMAT 720, GPA 3.9
Berkeley Haas | Mx. CPG Marketer
GMAT 750, GPA 3.95
NYU Stern | Mr. Washed-Up Athlete
GRE 325, GPA 3.4
Kellogg | Mr. White Finance
GMAT Not Taken, GPA 3.97
Stanford GSB | Ms. Russland Native
GMAT 700, GPA 3.5

How MBAs Rate Their Business Schools

IE Business School

IE Business School


How about overall satisfaction with their MBA program? Again, Darden tops the list with a 4.74 score. In fact, Darden MBAs rank their program in the top three in every category except career services (where it slips to fourth among the top programs sampled by P&Q). So what’s Darden’s secret? Derek Rey, a 2016 Darden grad, cited the school’s case-based learning and “tight knit community and collaborative culture” as part of its allure. While the school’s academic rigor is legendary, it doesn’t come at the expense of the big picture, writes an anonymous student in Bloomberg Businessweek. “The way Darden combines the case method with the right faculty and the right student body creates a learning experience that goes far beyond the official curriculum. What I took away from learning to work in that environment is as important as the material in any class.”

Of course, Darden isn’t alone at the top, sharing honors with Spain’s IE Business School, a program known for churning out entrepreneurs. And this high regard is no accident. In Bloomberg Businessweek’s own survey of students and alumni, IE placed 2nd and 3rd among international programs respectively. INSEAD and Booth also trail closely behind with nearly identical 4.71 and 4.70 scores. Like Darden, Booth performed well across all five Economist survey categories, joining Anderson as the programs to finish with a 4.6 mark or above across the board.

Again, you’ll find the usual suspects at the bottom of the list, headed by McCombs (4.28), Wharton (4.31), LBS (4.32), and HEC Paris (4.34). Notably, McCombs also ranked 37th domestically in Businessweek’s student survey (with HEC Paris finishing 21st internationally), red flags that merit further research from students.