Tuck | Mr. Assistant Manager
GRE 328, GPA 2.9
NYU Stern | Mr. Development
GMAT 690, GPA 2.5
Harvard | Mr. The Builder
GMAT 740, GPA 4.0
Wharton | Mr. Steelmaker To Consultant
GMAT 760, GPA 3.04/4.0
Stanford GSB | Mr. Two Job
GRE 330 GRE, GPA 3.63
Chicago Booth | Mr. High GRE Low GPA
GRE 332, GPA 3.2
Harvard | Ms. Gay Engineer
GMAT 730, GPA 3.6
Berkeley Haas | Mr. Analyst To Family Business Owner
GMAT 710, GPA 3.2
Harvard | Mr. FBI To MBB
GMAT 710, GPA 3.85
Chicago Booth | Mr. Overrepresented Indian Engineer
GMAT 740, GPA 8.78/10
Tuck | Mr. Infantry Officer To MBA
GRE 314, GPA 3.4
Darden | Mr. Program Manager
GRE 324, GPA 3.74
Tuck | Mr. Smart Cities
GRE 325, GPA 3.5
Berkeley Haas | Mr. Biz Human Rights
GRE 710, GPA 8/10
Harvard | Mr. Food Tech Start Ups
GMAT 720, GPA 3.5
Harvard | Mr. International Oil
GMAT 710, GPA 3.7
Harvard | Mr. Consulting To Emerging Markets Banking
GRE 130, GPA 3.6 equivalent
Harvard | Mr. Comeback Kid
GMAT 770, GPA 2.8
Stanford GSB | Mr. Greek Taverna
GMAT 730, GPA 7.03/10
Harvard | Ms. Biotech Ops
GMAT 770, GPA 3.53
Chicago Booth | Mr. Energy Operations
GRE 330, GPA 3.85
Harvard | Mr. Big 4 To Healthcare Reformer
GRE 338, GPA 4.0 (1st Class Honours - UK - Deans List)
Duke Fuqua | Mr. Indian Quant
GMAT 745, GPA 9.6 out of 10
Stanford GSB | Mr. Food & Education Entrepreneur
GMAT 720, GPA 4.0
Harvard | Mr. Lieutenant To Consultant
GMAT 760, GPA 3.7
Duke Fuqua | Mr. IB Back Office To Front Office/Consulting
GMAT 640, GPA 2.8
Rice Business | Mr. Future Energy Consultant
GRE Received a GRE Waiver, GPA 3.3

How Recruiters Rank Business Schools

Chicago Booth students in class. Courtesy photo

The U.S. News recruiter ranking does come with some flaws, though none fatal. By averaging three years of surveys to compile a score, it is harder to quickly discern changes in recruiter opinion. U.S. News also doesn’t disclose the number of employers surveyed, meaning a few high marks on a particular school could have an outsized influence on a particular score. This lack of transparency is less evident in the Bloomberg Businessweek annual employer survey, which accounts for 35% of its school ranking.

In 2016, Bloomberg Businessweek surveyed 1,055 recruiters from 500 companies, down from the 1,461 recruiters and 672 firms that participated last year. Here, recruiters can score up to 10 companies where they’ve chalked up “significant recruiting experience in the past five years.” On the plus side, the survey methodology grants greater weight to employers that hire more MBAs. However, this is offset by Bloomberg Businessweek’s refusal to release its underlying data, with recruiters traditionally scoring schools on 14 criteria (using the same five point scale as U.S. News, no less), on areas ranging like skill sets. In other words, readers simply see rank and not score. This makes the ranking suspect, as readers have little idea about the distance separating schools when it comes to recruiter sentiment.

In many ways, the Bloomberg Businessweek ranking replicates what readers will find in U.S. News. Among both sets of recruiters — which undoubtedly have some overlap —Harvard, Wharton, Chicago Booth, and MIT Sloan rank among the top programs. In addition, Texas-Dallas and Buffalo proved to be anything but one hit wonders, ranking 24th and 27th respectively among recruiters.

In contrast, Stanford took a tumble among Businessweek respondents, ranking just 20th, scoring below the likes of Penn State, American University, Purdue, and Syracuse. The Cardinal wasn’t the only school to post disappointing results in Businessweek. Yale SOM, Berkeley Haas, and Virginia Darden, for example, all fell outside the Top 20 among recruiters, each of which losing 13-15 spots. In addition, respected programs like Vanderbilt Owen, Emory Goizueta, Georgetown McDonough and Washington Olin finishing outside the top 40 with Businessweek. These served as major departures from the U.S. News recruiter ranking, where all four schools have been on the rise over the past two years.