NYU Stern | Mr. Beer Guy
GRE 306, GPA 4.0
Wharton | Mr. Data Dude
GMAT 750, GPA 4.0
Columbia | Mr. MD/MBA
GMAT 670, GPA 3.77
Harvard | Mr. Cricket From Kashmir
GMAT 730, GPA 8.5/10
Harvard | The Insurer
GMAT 730, GPA 3.4
Stanford GSB | Mr. Seller
GMAT 740, GPA 3.3
Tepper | Mr. Automotive Strategy
GMAT 670 - 700 on practice tests, GPA 3.3
Wharton | Mr. Researcher
GMAT 700, GPA 3.2
Tuck | Mr. Land Management
GMAT 760, GPA 3.85
McCombs School of Business | Mr. Microsoft Consultant
GMAT N/A, GPA 2.31
Duke Fuqua | Mr. Backyard Homesteader
GRE 327, GPA 3.90
Wharton | Mr. Finance to MBB
GMAT 760, GPA 4.0
London Business School | Ms. Social Impact Consulting
GRE 330, GPA 3.28
London Business School | Ms. Audit Meme
GMAT 710, GPA 3.5
Harvard | Mr. Tech Start-Up
GMAT 720, GPA 3.52
Tepper | Mr. Insurance Dude
GMAT 660, GPA 3.6
Kellogg | Ms. Indian Marketer
GMAT 680, GPA 8.9/10
NYU Stern | Mr. Middle Eastern Warrior
GMAT 720 (Estimated), GPA 3.0
Chicago Booth | Mr. Chile Real Estate
GMAT 740, GPA 3.02
Yale | Mr. Sustainability Manager
GRE 319, GPA 3.52
NYU Stern | Ms. Legal Officer
GMAT 700, GPA 4
Stanford GSB | Ms. Education Non-profit
GRE 330, GPA 3.0
Cornell Johnson | Mr. Social To Tech
GMAT 700, GPA 2.7
Wharton | Mr. Mobility Entrepreneur
GMAT 760, GPA 1st Division
HEC Paris | Mr. Business Man
GMAT 720, GPA 3.89
Harvard | Mr. Football Author
GMAT 760, GPA 3.4
Harvard | Mr. Deferred Admission
GRE 329, GPA 3.99

U.S. News’ ‘Sneak Peak’ Of The Top Ten

One big issue: Will Harvard Business School repeat as No. 1?

When U.S. News releases its new annual MBA ranking next Tuesday, March 14th, every single school that made its Top Ten list last year will remain among the top ten institutions granting full-time MBA degrees.

In a ‘sneak peak‘ of the forthcoming ranking published today (March 7), U.S. News identified the top ten schools in alphabetical order and the list remains unchanged from last year. Of course, actual numerical ranks for each school could have changed but that will remain unknown until the full list is out next week.

The magazine said that the top ten schools will be, in alphabetical order, Columbia Business School, Dartmouth College’s Tuck School of Business, Harvard Business School, MIT’s Sloan School of Management, Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management, Stanford’s Graduate School of Business, UC-Berkeley’s Haas School of Business, the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business, the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School, and Yale’s School of Management.


Last year, HBS topped the list, followed by Stanford, Booth, and Wharton, with both Sloan and Kellogg in a dead tie for fifth place. Haas was seventh, just ahead of both Tuck and SOM, tied for eighth, while Columbia was tenth. Six of the Top Ten schools changed ranks last year. The most improved position was achieved by Yale, which gained five places to finish eighth, from 13th. The biggest decline was felt by Columbia, which lost two spots to drop from eighth to tenth.

The preview of the top ten means that the University of Virginia’s Darden School, which fell out of the Top Ten last year and landed in 11th, failed to make it back in. The University of Michigan’s Ross School and Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business, both tied at 12th in 2016, also did not make gains that would have put those schools among the Top Ten.

U.S. News says it surveyed 471 accredited master’s programs in business to come up with its new ranking of the top full-time MBA programs. As is customary, U.S. News will bill its new list as a 2018 ranking, even though it comes out in 2017 and is based on 2016 data to increase the shelf life of the list.


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.