P&Q’s Must Reads: Stanford & Wharton Tie For First In U.S. News 2024 MBA Ranking 

Hello everyone — Welcome back to Poets&Quants’ Must Reads, a quick, digestible recap of the top business school news, sponsored by CentreCourt, P&Q’s virtual admission events.

I’m your host, Kristy Bleizeffer, and I’ll be highlighting the most important P&Q stories you might have missed. So, let’s get to it. 

No. 1: Stanford & Wharton Tie For First In U.S. News 2024 MBA Ranking 

Stanford Graduate School of Business and the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School share top honors in the 2024 U.S. News ranking of the best full-time MBA programs in the U.S.

The new updated list has the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business, which topped last year’s ranking, and Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management tied in the No. 3 spot. MIT’s Sloan School of Management took fifth place.

See the full ranking and read editor John Byrne’s analysis on our homepage.

No. 2: Wharton Dean Says Philanthropic Support For The B-School Has Fallen

Wharton School Dean Erika James says new donor contributions to the school has declined due to tension over antisemitism and freedom of speech on the University of Pennsylvania campus.

Despite the decrease, James told the Financial Times in an interview  that the shortfall has been balanced by increased tuition revenue and income from other school activities. 

The university faced criticism and concerns from donors about antisemitism on campus, particularly in relation to a Palestinian literature festival. This has led to threats from some of Wharton’s alumni to retract funding. 

You can read the full story in our news tab. 

No. 3:  Stanford Names Business School Dean Jonathan Levin Its New President

Stanford University last week announced that the dean of its business school will become president of the university on Aug. 1. With quiet self-confidence and a deep well of humility, economist Jonathan Levin has successfully led Stanford Graduate School of Business over the past eight years.

You can read more about Levin and our past coverage of him on our homepage.

No. 4: Our Weekly Round Up of  News You Can Use

No matter where you are in your MBA journey, we bring several helpful stories for you this week.

First up: Should I Accept One Of My Current MBA Offers, Or Try Again Next Year? This story, which you’ll find in our admissions hub, offers insider insight from North Star Admissions.

Next: Consulting Application Deadlines For 2024-2025. If you’re planning a career in consulting, start with this application date roundup, available from our news tab. 

Finally: When To Start Your MBA Application. This story, available from our homepage, offers seven strategies to start now in your Round One countdown.

And, that’s it for this week’s Must Reads recap. 

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Again, I’m Kristy Bleizeffer, and you can join me next week, right here, for a recap of what’s important in the world of business education. Thanks for listening.

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