Forbes Announces Top Ten Business Schools


Forbes has just released its list of the top business schools in America. The Forbesranking methodology is based on the return on investment achieved by the class of 2006. They surveyed 16,000 alumni at over 100 schools and received feedback from 30% of those grads. They then compared the earnings of the respondents from 2006-2011 to the cost of business school.

While Forbes lists 74 top schools, the top ten are:

  1. Harvard
  2. Stanford
  3. Chicago (Booth)
  4. Pennsylvania (Wharton)
  5. Columbia
  6. Dartmouth (Tuck)
  7. Northwestern (Kellogg)
  8. Cornell (Johnson)
  9. Virginia (Darden)
  10. MIT (Sloan)

Poets and Quants analyzes the Forbes’ data in terms of winners and losers, those who went up in the Forbes’ rankings and those who went down; it provides a useful table comparing the salary data by school to previous years’ salary data.

Of greater interest to me is the overall profitable MBA picture presented by the Forbes data: every single program in the top 74 has positive ROI, admittedly less in more expensive locales and a few in single digits, but the overwhelming majority showed a greater than 20% gain after five years. And that’s despite the recession.

So for those of you who have professional goals that require an MBA, it looks like a solid investment.   

Linda AbrahamBy , President and Founder of



UVA Darden 2012 MBA Application Questions, Deadlines, Tips.

The 2013 UVA Darden MBA tips are now available.  Click here to check them out!

This UVA Darden 2012 MBA Application tip post is one of a series of posts providing MBA application and essay advice for applicants to top MBA programs around the world. Check out the entire 2012 MBA Application Tips series for more valuable MBA essay advice. 

UVA Darden 2012 MBA Essay Question

Share your perspective on leadership in the workplace and describe how it has been shaped by the increasing influence of globalization. (500 words maximum)

Darden has taken a whole new approach with its application this year. Just one essay to write and just one essay to impress them with.

The question gets to the heart of two key topics in graduate management education: leadership and globalization.  You essay will have to share your perspective on leadership and tie it to multi-cultural or international experience.

Since the essay is only 500 words and the topic is quite broad, you will need to focus, focus, focus.

A couple of possible approaches to this question:

  • Start with an anecdote showing you in a leadership role where you did well. Analyze your success and how you were influenced by an international experience or some aspect of globalization.
  • Start with an influential experience and then bring it forward to your perspective on leadership. End with a situation where you successfully applied lessons learned to lead in a multi-ethnic or national setting.

If you would like professional guidance with your UVA Darden MBA application, please consider Accepted’s MBA essay editing and MBA admissions consulting or our UVA Darden School Packages, which include advising, editing, interview coaching, and a resume edit for the Darden MBA application.

UVA Darden 2012 MBA Application Deadlines

Round Due Date Notification
Round 1
Oct. 17, 2011 Dec. 21, 2011
Round 2
Jan. 12, 2012 Mar. 28, 2012
Round 3
Apr. 4, 2012 May 16, 2012

Linda Abraham By , President and Founder of

Darden Introduces Concentrations


Darden ImageAccording to a Darden press release, the UVA business school has formally instituted concentrations within its full-time MBA program. MBA students will choose from the following career or theme tracks:

Career Tracks:

  • Asset Management/Sales & Trading
  • Corporate Finance/Investment Banking
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Consumer Marketing
  • Business To Business Marketing
  • Supply Chain Management

Theme Tracks:

  • Corporate Innovation
  • Business Development and Growth
  • Market Analytics
  • Sustainability

The release goes on to assure the public that the school is still fully committed to general management, but that students should also have some specialist training.

“We’re not backing off our focus of preparing general managers for a long and successful career. However, we also don’t want businesses to have the perception that our students aren’t capable of being specialists too–particularly at the outset of their careers,” explains Robert Carraway, professor and senior associate dean at Darden. “We think that we develop students in areas of finance, for example, as well as anyone in the world and not just for the long term but for the short term.  Just because Darden is always ranked at the very top in terms of general management schools, that’s not at the expense of our ability to be really good in specialized areas.” ~ Helping You Write Your Best

A Few of the Mostest at

This is the time of year to look back at the most, best, (worst), etc. I am going to stick to the positive.

Top Ten Most Visited Accepted Admissions Almanac Posts of 2010:

In a nutshell, rankings and application tip posts rule. (I am only listing the current tip post when last year’s tip post also made the list):

  1. Financial Times Global 2010 MBA Rankings
  2. Forbes ROI MBA Rankings for 2010
  3. Harvard HBS 2011 MBA Application Questions, Deadlines, Tips
  4. INSEAD 2011 MBA Application Questions, Deadlines, Tips
  5. NYU Stern 2011 MBA Application Questions, Tips, Deadlines
  6. Common Application Essay Tips
  7. Columbia 2011 MBA Application Questions, Deadlines, Tips
  8. 2010 MBA Rankings Released by BusinessWeek
  9. Kellogg 2011 MBA Application Questions, Deadlines, Tips
  10. London Business School 2011 MBA Application Questions, Deadlines, Tips

Three Most Commented Accepted Admissions Almanac Posts of 2010

  1. Harvard HBS 2010 MBA Application Questions, Deadlines, Tips (269)
  2. INSEAD 2010 MBA Application Questions, Deadlines, Tips (246)
  3. INSEAD 2011 MBA Application Questions, Deadlines, Tips (60)

Keep ’em coming! (Please post your questions about this year’s applications on this year’s tips.)

Five Most Popular Articles on of 2010:

  1. Go for the Goals in your Statement of Purpose
  2. Tips for Writing Letters of Recommendation for Medical School
  3. 4 Must-Haves in Residency Personal Statements
  4. MBA Admissions: Low GMAT or GPA 
  5. Sample MBA Interview Questions

Most Popular Resources of 2010:

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On behalf of Accepted’s staff, this post is where I

Thank you, all of you Acceptees, for making 2010 our best year ever!

By Linda Abraham, President and Founder of

Discover Darden: UVA MBA Admissions Q&A Tomorrow!

Do you have questions about UVA Darden‘s admissions process or program? Join us for an interactive Q&A on Monday, December 13, 2010 at 10:00 AM PT/1:00 PM ET/6:00 PM GMT, during which Sara Neher, Assistant Dean of MBA Admissions, will be available to address all your Darden concerns. Are you wondering what the MBA experience at Darden is like? Would you like to know more about Darden’s focus on general management and its use of the case method? And what does the school’s expectation “to be engaged and engage others” really mean? What’s Darden’s approach to community life? Take advantage of this opportunity to truly discover what Darden has to offer in terms of perspective, involvement, connectivity, and impact, and to boost your chances of getting in to this top MBA program!

Register now to reserve your spot for UVA Darden’s MBA Q&A.

What time is that for me? Click on the link to find out the exact time for your location. ~ Helping You Write Your Best