Stanford GSB | Ms. Sustainable Finance
GMAT Not yet taken- 730 (expected), GPA 3.0 (Equivalent of UK’s 2.1)
Kellogg | Ms. MBA For Social Impact
GMAT 720, GPA 3.9
Chicago Booth | Ms. Future CMO
GMAT Have Not Taken, GPA 2.99
Kellogg | Mr. CPA To MBA
GMAT Waived, GPA 3.2
Kenan-Flagler | Mr. Healthcare Provider
GMAT COVID19 Exemption, GPA 3.68
MIT Sloan | Ms. International Technologist
GMAT 740, GPA 3.5
UCLA Anderson | Ms. Art Historian
GRE 332, GPA 3.6
Georgetown McDonough | Mr. International Youngster
GMAT 720, GPA 3.55
Columbia | Mr. Chartered Accountant
GMAT 730, GPA 2.7
Harvard | Mr. Harvard Hopeful
GMAT 740, GPA 3.8
Yale | Mr. Philanthropy Chair
GMAT Awaiting Scores (expect 700-720), GPA 3.3
N U Singapore | Mr. Just And Right
GMAT 700, GPA 4.0
Columbia | Mr. Startup Musician
GRE Applying Without a Score, GPA First Class
Chicago Booth | Ms. Entrepreneur
GMAT 690, GPA 3.5
Columbia | Mr. MGMT Consulting
GMAT 700, GPA 3.56
Harvard | Mr. Google Tech
GMAT 770, GPA 2.2
Harvard | Mr. Spanish Army Officer
GMAT 710, GPA 3
Harvard | Mr. Future Family Legacy
GMAT Not Yet Taken (Expected 700-750), GPA 3.0
Wharton | Mr. Big 4
GMAT 770, GPA 8/10
Rice Jones | Mr. ToastMasters Treasurer
GMAT 730, GPA 3.7
Harvard | Mr. Public Health
GRE 312, GPA 3.3
Kellogg | Mr. Hopeful Admit
GMAT Waived, GPA 4.0
London Business School | Mr. Indian Mad Man
GMAT Have not taken yet, GPA 2.8
Kellogg | Mr. Operations Analyst
GMAT Waived, GPA 3.3
UCLA Anderson | Mr. Microsoft India
GMAT 780, GPA 7.14
Harvard | Mr. Belgium 2+2
GMAT 760, GPA 3.8
Kellogg | Mr. IDF Commander
GRE Waved, GPA 3.0

Neeley Tossed Off U.S. News MBA Ranking

U.S. News today (April 4) yanked Texas Christian University’s Neeley School of Business from its newest ranking of full-time MBA programs after dsicovering that the school misreported GMAT data.

Neeley originally told U.S. News that the average GMAT school for its latest incoming class of full-time MBAs was 678 when, in fact, it was 38 points lower at 640.

The school was proactive in notifying U.S. News shortly after the March 17th release of the 2019 ranking. Neeley was ranked 54th, a jump of 17 places from 71st a year earlier. Now, U.S. News has moved the school to the “unranked” category.

“When we were inputing the data we put the wrong number in and didn’t catch it until after we saw the ranking,” says David Allen, associate dean for graduate programs at Neeley. “Our ranking had jumped pretty significantly from the previous year so it led us to go back to look more closely at the data. We found it was incorrect and we immediately let them know it was wrong and what the correct number was.”

Average GMAT and GRE scores play a critical role in U.S. News’ methodology for ranking full-time MBA programs, accounting for 16.25% of the ranking. Because many schools are so closely clustered together in the ranking, small changes can have a big impact on a school’s numerical rank.


“The school significantly overstated the full-time average GMAT score of its fall 2017 entering class,” according to U.S. News. “The misreported data resulted in the school’s numerical rank being higher than it otherwise might have been in the full-time MBA program rankings.

U.S. News relies on schools to accurately report their data. In this case, Texas Christian University submitted the data on its own during the fall 2017 data collection period and also completed the data verification process, assuring U.S. News that the information was accurate.”

U.S. News said the school’s unranked status will last until the publication of the next edition of the Best Business Schools rankings and until Texas Christian University confirms the accuracy of its next data submission.


Earlier this year, U.S. News tossed Temple University’s Fox School of Business No. 1 ranked online MBA program off its newest ranking after finding out that the school misreported critical data on its program. Temple had reported that all 255 of the program’s latest incoming class submitted GMAT scores to get into the program. In fact, the school acknowledged that only 50 students, or 19.6%, submitted GMAT scores.

Temple also asked U.S. News to withdraw the school from its rankings on full- and part-time MBA programs, potentially a signal that there could be problems with the data the school already submitted for those lists. Last year, Fox’s full-time MBA program moved up nine places to rank 32nd.

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.