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Top Business School U.S. NewsRanking BusinessWeekRanking Our Ranking
Carnegie Mellon 18 10 17
Chicago 4 3 7
Columbia 8 5 4
Cornell (Johnson) 17 13 13
Dartmouth (Tuck) 9 15 9
Duke (Fuqua) 14 1 12
Emory (Goizueta) 20 18 19
Georgetown (McDonough) 23 24 20
Harvard 1(tie) 8 1
Indiana (Kelley) 21 16 15
Maryland (Smith) 41 17 25
Michigan (Ross) 11(tie) 9 8
MIT (Sloan) 5 14 5
Northwestern (Kellogg) 6 7 6
NYU (Stern) 10 22 10
Ohio State (Fisher) 27 34 N/A
Purdue (Krannert) 44 43 N/A
Rochester (Simon) 37 38 N/A
Stanford 1(tie) 4 2
Texas — Austin (McCombs) 15 23 18
UC — Berkeley (Haas) 7 19 14
UCLA (Anderson) 16 11 21
UNC (Kenan-Flagler) 19 12 24
U. Pennsylvania (Wharton) 1(tie) 2 3
USC (Marshall) 27 21 23
Vanderbilt (Owen) 25 30 22
Virginia (Darden) 11(tie) 20 11
Washington U. (Olin) 22 26 N/A
Yale 13 6 16

As you can clearly see, there is a lot of divergence between the MBA rankings of the “big two” publications, i.e. US News and BusinessWeek. While we strongly encourage all of our website visitors to select the schools that are best for them (since they are the ones ultimately paying for their MBA educations both in terms of tuition and time), we find it very hard to take any ranking seriously that doesn’t list Harvard and Stanford at 1 and 2 in either order given their graduates have very high satisfaction rates that are generally only matched by their career opportunities and these are the two schools that most applicants most want to attend. And, when we say “most,” we believe the number is north of 80% of MBA applicants to the top programs.