Ross | Mr. Automotive Compliance Professional
GMAT 710, GPA 3.7
Chicago Booth | Mr. Oil & Gas Leader
GMAT 760, GPA 6.85/10
Stanford GSB | Mr. Seeking Fellow Program
GMAT 760, GPA 3
Wharton | Mr. Real Estate Investor
GMAT 720, GPA 3.3
Cornell Johnson | Ms. Chef Instructor
GMAT 760, GPA 3.3
Chicago Booth | Ms. CS Engineer To Consultant
GMAT 720, GPA 3.31
Harvard | Mr. Climate
GMAT 720, GPA 3.4
Wharton | Mr. New England Hopeful
GMAT 730, GPA 3.65
Wharton | Mr. Digi-Transformer
GMAT 680, GPA 4
Berkeley Haas | Mr. Bangladeshi Data Scientist
GMAT 760, GPA 3.33
Harvard | Mr. Military Banker
GMAT 740, GPA 3.9
Ross | Ms. Packaging Manager
GMAT 730, GPA 3.47
Chicago Booth | Mr. Private Equity To Ed-Tech
GRE 326, GPA 3.4
Harvard | Mr. Gay Singaporean Strategy Consultant
GMAT 730, GPA 3.3
Cornell Johnson | Mr. Electric Vehicles Product Strategist
GRE 331, GPA 3.8
Columbia | Mr. BB Trading M/O To Hedge Fund
GMAT 710, GPA 3.23
Columbia | Mr. Old Indian Engineer
GRE 333, GPA 67%
Harvard | Mr. Athlete Turned MBB Consultant
GMAT 720, GPA 3.4
Ross | Mr. Civil Rights Lawyer
GMAT 710, GPA 3.62
Stanford GSB | Mr. Co-Founder & Analytics Manager
GMAT 750, GPA 7.4 out of 10.0 - 4th in Class
Cornell Johnson | Ms. Environmental Sustainability
GMAT N/A, GPA 7.08
Cornell Johnson | Mr. Trucking
GMAT 640, GPA 3.82
Ross | Mr. Low GRE Not-For-Profit
GRE 316, GPA 74.04% First Division (No GPA)
Harvard | Mr. Marine Pilot
GMAT 750, GPA 3.98
Harvard | Mr. Army Intelligence Officer
GRE 334, GPA 3.97
Harvard | Ms. Data Analyst In Logistics
GRE 325, GPA 4
McCombs School of Business | Mr. Comeback Story
GRE 313, GPA 2.9

The MBA Programs Recruiters Love

Temple University, Fox School of Business

Temple University, Fox School of Business


What does this mean? The averages are complicated by U.S. News failing to disclose the number of recruiters who scored each school (or complete surveys in general). As a result, this data can be interpreted in two ways. Since the highest ranked business programs receive the most attention from recruiters, it could mean that the average scores for schools below the Top 10 are potentially derived from fewer responses. In other words, a lower number of surveys means they carry greater weight in the overall average. More likely, as recruiters are battling harder for talent, the respondents are devoting more time and resources to MBA programs beyond their traditional haunts. This increased exposure has, in turn, produced higher marks.

That may also explain why 21 of the 24 full-time programs ranked 26-50 also earned higher recruiter scores, led by Temple University, which vaulted from a 2.1 score to 3.5 in just three years. In the same vein, University of California-Irvine rocketed from 2.4 to 3.4, while the University of Minnesota and BYU average sprang up by 0.6 and 0.5 point respectively. Of special note, 11 programs sported a 0.4 point increase over the past three rankings. They include the University of Texas-Dallas, USC, Georgia Tech, Texas A&M, Arizona State, Ohio State, Wisconsin, Michigan State, Maryland, Boston College, and the University of Iowa.

When you look at the averages over a decade, however, the numbers tend to fluctuate less. The University of Minnesota, which jumped from a 2.8 to a 3.4 in the past three years, was actually a 3.0 in the 2006 rankings, meaning it had slipped (to an extent) in the opinion of recruiters before slingshotting back up. You’ll find a similar ebb-and-flow dynamic among many of the programs that made big gains in recent years, including Wisconsin, Georgia Tech, and Maryland.

However, recruiter opinions about the top programs, for the most part, remain relatively fixed. Since the 2006 U.S. News rankings, for example, MIT Sloan, Chicago Booth, and Dartmouth have gained 0.1 point, while Stanford, Wharton, and Columbia have lost 0.1 of a point.  Yale and Berkeley Haas remain the upstarts of the group, adding 0.3 and 0.2 of a point respectively during that time period. Beyond the top 10, Virginia Darden, Carnegie Mellon, and Washington University have slipped by 0.2 point in the past decade, with Indiana Kelley falling by 0.3 point. By the same token, New York University, Georgetown, and Emory gained 0.2 point, with Vanderbilt up another 0.3 point.

Go to next page to see how U.S. News and Bloomberg Businessweek recruiter rankings compare.

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