Wharton | Ms. Product Manager
GMAT 730, GPA 3.4
Kellogg | Mr. PM To Tech Co.
GMAT 720, GPA 3.2
UCLA Anderson | Ms. Tech In HR
GMAT 640, GPA 3.23
MIT Sloan | Mr. Electrical Agri-tech
GRE 324, GPA 4.0
MIT Sloan | Mr. Aker 22
GRE 332, GPA 3.4
Stanford GSB | Ms. Anthropologist
GMAT 740, GPA 3.3
Duke Fuqua | Ms. Consulting Research To Consultant
GMAT 710, GPA 4.0 (no GPA system, got first (highest) division )
Stanford GSB | Mr. Future Tech In Healthcare
GRE 313, GPA 2.0
Cornell Johnson | Ms. Environmental Sustainability
GMAT N/A, GPA 7.08
Harvard | Mr. Gay Singaporean Strategy Consultant
GMAT 730, GPA 3.3
Stanford GSB | Ms. Creative Data Scientist
GMAT 710, GPA 3.0
UCLA Anderson | Mr. Military To MGMNT Consulting
GMAT 740, GPA 3.7
MIT Sloan | Mr. Agri-Tech MBA
GRE 324, GPA 4.0
Wharton | Mr. Data Scientist
GMAT 740, GPA 7.76/10
Harvard | Ms. Nurturing Sustainable Growth
GRE 300, GPA 3.4
MIT Sloan | Ms. Senior PM Unicorn
GMAT 700, GPA 3.18
Harvard | Mr. Lieutenant To Consultant
GMAT 760, GPA 3.7
Stanford GSB | Mr. “GMAT” Grimly Miserable At Tests
GMAT TBD - Aug. 31, GPA 3.9
Yale | Mr. IB To Strategy
GRE 321, GPA 3.6
Harvard | Mr. Overrepresented MBB Consultant (2+2)
GMAT 760, GPA 3.95
Kellogg | Ms. Freelance Hustler
GRE 312, GPA 4
Kellogg | Ms. Gap Fixer
GMAT 740, GPA 3.02
Harvard | Mr. Little Late For MBA
GRE 333, GPA 3.76
Cornell Johnson | Mr. Wellness Ethnographer
GRE 324, GPA 3.6
Wharton | Ms. Financial Real Estate
GMAT 720, GPA 4.0
Harvard | Mr. The Italian Dream Job
GMAT 760, GPA 4.0
NYU Stern | Mr. Labor Market Analyst
GRE 320, GPA 3.4

10 Biggest Surprises In The 2018 Bloomberg Businessweek MBA Ranking

9. The Roller-Coaster Outcomes: The Big Dips

Business school rankings are notoriously volatile. Even though there often are few year-over-year changes at most MBA programs, a school’s rank can experience dramatic swings. Usually, those changes say less about the quality of a program and more about the flaws and limitations of a ranking. They typically occur because the underlying index scores used to determine a school’s rank are clustered so closely together as to be statistically meaningless. So small and often subtle changes, even something as simple as the size of the responding sample, can have bigger impacts than warranted. High annual volatility should breed little confidence in a ranking because those ups and downs fail to  reflect any real change in a school’s MBA program.

And when the methodology is revamped, as it was this year, the volatility can be massive. Some 33 of the 84 schools, or nearly 40%, that appear on both this year’s and last year’s lists experienced double-digit gains or falls. That compares to a mere six schools with double-digit changes last year and just 18 in 2016. Leading the parade of 16 double-digit plungers this year? SUNY-Buffalo which lost 32 places and Texas A&M which plummeted 27 spots. The biggest decline to hit a Top Ten MBA program occurred at Dartmouth’s Tuck School which fell a dozen places to rank 19th, from the lofty spot of seventh last year.

10. The Roller-Coaster Outcomes: The Big Climbs

In highly volatile rankings, schools not only go down. They go up. This year, 17 of the schools that had been on last year’s list experienced double-digit gains in their rankings. While they are no doubt celebrating the big ranking improvements, they need to be reminded that what artificially goes up in a big way will ultimately come down for no reason.

The biggest climber this year–Howard University’s School of Business–rose 30 places to rank 33rd, up from 66th in 2017.


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