2011 Rankings: BW’s Best Undergraduate Business Schools

  

BusinessWeek‘s 2011 ranking report reveals that more than ever, college applicants are seeking a global experience, especially those who plan on pursuing an undergraduate degree in business. Undergraduate business programs are responding by creating more immersion options, overseas internships, and business-related study abroad opportunities. Some schools are even offering business courses that require students to go abroad. Many schools are implementing international experience requirements, maintaining that global exposure is essential in today’s market.

For example, Notre Dame Mendoza, BW‘s top pick for the second year in a row, offers study abroad options in Haiti, Egypt, and South Africa, among many other places, and encourages students to pursue business research projects abroad as well.

Below we have posted BW‘s top 20 undergraduate business schools.

Top 20 Best Undergraduate Business Schools 2011 (Last year’s position is in parentheses.)

1.      Notre Dame Mendoza (1)

2.      UVA McIntire (2)

3.      Emory Goizueta (7)

4.      UPenn Wharton (4)

5.      Cornell (5)

6.      Michigan Ross (8)

7.      Villanova (20)

8.      UNC Kenan-Flagler (14)

9.      MIT Sloan (3)

10.  Georgetown McDonough (23)

11.  Brigham Young Marriott (11)

12.  Richmond Robins (15)

13.  UC Berkeley Haas (6)

14.  Washington Olin (13)

15.  NYU Stern (12)

16.  Boston College Carroll (9)

17.  Texas McCombs (10)

18.  Indiana Kelley (19)

19.  Wake Forest (18)

20.  Babson (17)

You’ll notice there were quite a few significant shifts this year. Three new schools made it into the top 10—Villanova, UNC Kenan-Flagler, and Georgetown McDonough—ousting UC Berkeley Haas, Boston College, and Texas McCombs from their top 10 positions of last year. The only school new to the top 20 list this year is Georgetown, taking a slot away from Miami Farmer.

For more information on methodology, please see BW‘s article, “How We Ranked the Schools.”

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Top 20 EMBA Programs in North America

Top executive MBA programs in America are charging an arm and a leg —is it worth it? That’s the topic of a recent CNN Money Fortune/Poets & Quants article, “Executive MBAs: Great, if you can foot the bill,” which reports that if people are willing to pay the sky-high prices for an EMBA degree, they’ll likely graduate with a high paying salary and a positive attitude towards their educational experience.

Top programs, like those at Wharton, offer very similar curriculums to their regular MBA programs, yet are charging almost $65,000 more (for a total of more than $160,000). (Other top 10 EMBA programs charge slightly less, with Booth at $142,000, Kellogg at $153,900, and Columbia at $148,320.)

Studies show that 97% of EMBA graduates are “overwhelmingly satisfied” with their educations, despite the high tuition, and that the programs “met or exceeded their expectations when it comes to impact on their careers and their organizations.” According to the latest Executive MBA Council study, one-third of EMBA graduates received promotions at work; 44% received more responsibilities at work; and EMBAs in general reported an average 11.4% salary increase, from $127,955 to $142,534. And this is just following the great recession!

The article refers readers over to the new Poets & Quants for Executives website that ranks the 50 best executive MBA programs in North America based on a combination of ratings from The Financial Times, The Wall Street Journal, BusinessWeek, and U.S. News & World Report. You can view a summary of P&Q ranking methodology on the bottom of this page.

You should read the full Fortune/P&Q article and review the full rankings for more information. In the meantime, here are the top 20 EMBA programs according to the new Poets & Quants for Executives website:

Top 20 Executive MBA Programs in North America

1.      Wharton

2.      Chicago Booth

3.      Northwestern Kellogg

4.      Columbia Business School

5.      NYU Stern

6.      Michigan Ross

7.      UCLA Anderson

8.      Cornell Johnson

9.      Texas McCombs

10.  USC Marshall

11.  Duke Fuqua

12.  UNC Kenan-Flagler

13.  Berkeley/Columbia

14.  Washington Olin

15.  Emory Goizueta

16.  Boston University

17.  Georgetown McDonough

18.  Thunderbird

19.  Rice University Jones

20.  Southern Methodist Cox

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Emory Goizueta 2011 MBA Application Questions, Deadlines, Tips.

Emory Goizueta 2011 MBA Essay Questions

This Emory Goizueta 2011 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. You can access the entire series at http://blog.accepted.com/acceptedcom_blog/tag/2011-mba-application-tips. My tips for answering Goizueta’s essay questions are in blue below.

In separate documents, please address the following questions. On the top of each page, please indicate your full name as listed on your application and the question to which you are responding.

1. Please answer each of the following four questions in a short paragraph of no more than 250 words each.

a. Why have you decided to pursue an MBA at this time?

b. What interested you in Goizueta Business School’s MBA program?

c. What are your short term post MBA goals?

d. What are your long term professional aspirations?

This is a variation on the classic MBA goals question. Connect the dots between your past, present, and future. Use specifics to highlight your achievements and pivotal experiences. Show that Goizueta will help you achieve your goals. Summary: How will the Emory MBA help you get from your current skill set and experiences to your short- and long-term goals?

2. Share one of your most significant professional accomplishments. Describe your precise role in this activity and how it has helped to shape your management skills. Please limit your response to 1000 words.

When have you really had impact on an organization? When have you contributed to an increase in membership or sales, a decrease in expenses or time to market, or a change of policy. Any of these outcomes could represent a significant professional or organizational accomplishment for you.

Make sure that the essay both defines your role and the impact of your achievement as well as the influence this experience has had on your views of management and your management skill set.

3. Goizueta Business School takes pride in our Core Values: Courage, Integrity, Accountability, Rigor, Diversity, Team, and Community. These ideals drive principled, effective leaders in business, and are the values we seek to instill in all of our students, both during their education at Goizueta and beyond. Provide a specific example of how you have demonstrated one of these values in your professional experience. Please limit your response to 500 words.

As you reflect on this question, also review Goizueta’s core values. All your essays should demonstrate that you identify with these values. 

This question, however, asks you to choose one example that reveals your commitment to one of these values, not all of them and not many examples. Keep this essay focused and tell a story.

4. Complete one of the following statements. Please limit your response to 500 words.

a. I am unique because…

b. My most memorable cross-cultural experience…

c. I am passionate about…

d. My personal brand is…

e. I took a risk when I… 

Don’t sit there and try to calculate which questions Emory really wants you to answer. It is giving you a choice so that you choose the two that allow you to best present yourself to the admissions committee. Choose topics that will complement the other elements of the application and perhaps address a possible short coming or even a stereo-type.

Optional Essay: If you have additional information or feel there are extenuating circumstances which you would like to share with the MBA Admissions Committee (i.e. unexplained gaps in work experience, choice of recommenders, academic performance issues, areas of weakness in application), please complete this optional essay in 250 words or less.

If there is something you believe would add to your case for admissions that is not covered in the rest of the application, write about it here. Given that you have a maximum of 250 words, realize that this questions requires focus. Focus on one facet of your life or an experience that is important to you,  reveals the human being you are, and isn’t described in other parts of the application.

You can of course also use this essay to “explain” a weakness, but I hate to end your application on that note if it can be avoided. So weigh your options. If you have something to explain, do so. If you can tuck the explanation somewhere else in the application, more power to you. If the  best place for the explanation is this last essay, so be it.

FOR RE-APPLICANTS

Applicants who have applied to Goizueta Business School in the past should answer essays 1 (above) and the reapplicant essay below (re-applicants may also answer the optional essay).

Re-applicant Essay: Please explain how you have improved your candidacy for Goizueta Business School’s MBA Program since your last application in 250 words or less.

This is THE key question for all reapplicants. Goizueta just asks it explicitly. Please see:

If you would like help with your Emory MBA application, please consider Accepted’s MBA essay editing and admissions consulting or an Emory MBA School Package, which includes essay editing, interview coaching, consultation, and a resume edit for the Goizueta MBA application.

Emory Goizueta 2011 MBA Deadlines

Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis. Applications received after the final deadline will be reviewed on a space available basis. Applications will not be reviewed until they are complete with all required materials including official test scores, recommendation letters, official transcripts, essays, resume and interview (where applicable). We encourage candidates who have submitted their on-line application to log into OPUS to verify materials received and to check their application status. The Admissions Office cannot accommodate requests to verify materials received over the phone.

Application Deadlines

  • November 1, 2010 – Early Deadline
  • December 1, 2010* – Recommended International Deadline
  • February 1, 2011** – Scholarship and One-Year Program Deadline
  • March 1, 2011 – Final Deadline

* International applicants are encouraged to apply by December 1, 2010. However, applications received by the final program deadline will still be given complete consideration.

** All One-Year Program applicants and all those who wish to be considered for scholarships must submit the application and all materials  by February 1, 2011 to be given complete consideration.

By Linda Abraham, President and Founder of Accepted.com.

Emory Goizueta 2010 MBA Application Questions, Deadlines, Tips.

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Emory Goizueta 2010 MBA Essay Questions

My comments are in red.

In separate documents, please address the following questions. On the top of each page, please indicate your full name as listed on your application and the question to which you are responding.

1. List one of your most significant professional or organizational accomplishments.
Describe your precise role in this event and how it has helped to shape your management skills. Please limit your response to two, double-spaced, typed pages. 

When have you really had impact on an organization? When have you contributed to an increase in membership or sales, a decrease in expenses or time to market, or a change of policy. Any of these outcomes could represent a significant professional or organizational accomplishment for you.

Make sure that the essay both defines your role and the impact of your achievement as well as the influence this experience has had on your views of management and your management skill set.

As you reflect on this last part of the question, also review Goizueta’s core values. All your essays should demonstrate that you identify with these values.

2. Please complete/address two of the following statements.
Full-time candidates (Two-Year and One-Year Programs) must complete/address choice F as one of the two options. Please limit each response to one, double-spaced, typed page.

a.    I have always wanted to….
b.    My most memorable cross-cultural experience….
c.    My family background is unique because….
d.    The person who has had the greatest influence on my leadership style is… because…
e.    The greatest lesson I have ever learned….
f.    Of Goizueta’s core values (courage, integrity, accountability, rigor, diversity, team, community), which value resonates most with you and why?

Don’t sit there and try to calculate which questions Emory really wants you to answer. It is giving you a choice so that you choose the two that allow you to best present yourself to the admissions committee. Choose topics that will complement the other elements of the application and perhaps address a possible short coming or even a stereo-type.

3. What do you expect to accomplish in the Goizueta Business School MBA program?
How will your participation in the MBA program fit in with your experiences and responsibilities as well as your short and long-term career goals? Please limit your response to two, double-spaced, typed pages.

This is a variation on the classic MBA goals question. Connect the dots between your past, present, and future. Use specifics to highlight your achievements and pivotal experiences without repeating essays 1 & 2.  Show that Goizueta will help you achieve your goals. Summary: How will the Emory MBA help you get from your current skill set and experiences to your short- and long-term goals?

To assist in the timely processing of your application, please convert your document into a PDF prior to uploading it to your application. Instructions and access to a software program that will convert your documents is available within the application.

If you would like help with your Emory MBA application, please consider Accepted’s MBA essay editing and admissions consulting or an Emory MBA Premier Comprehensive Package, which includes essay editing, interview coaching, consultation, and a resume edit for the Goizueta MBA application.

Emory Goizueta 2010 MBA Deadlines

Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis. Applications received after the final deadline will be reviewed on a space available basis. Applications will not be reviewed until they are complete with all required materials including official test scores, recommendation letters, official transcripts, essays, resume and interview (where applicable). We encourage candidates who have submitted their on-line application to log into OPUS to verify materials received and to check their application status.   The Admissions Office cannot accommodate requests to verify materials received over the phone.

Application Deadlines

  • November 1, 2009 – Early Deadline
  • December 1, 2009* – Recommended International Deadline
  • February 1, 2010** – Scholarship and One-Year Program Deadline
  • March 1, 2010 – Final Deadline

* International applicants are encouraged to apply by December 1, 2009. However, applications received by the final program deadline will still be given complete consideration.

** All One-Year Program applicants and all those who wish to be considered for scholarships must submit the application and all materials  by February 1, 2010 to be given complete consideration.

The MBA is a Means to an End

Ahembeea, author of the MBA Beckons blog, writes in”Lessons From My Journey,” the lessons he has learned while applying to several top business schools and ultimately gaining acceptance to Emory’s Goizueta Business School with a full tuition scholarship. Congratulations!

Although the entire post is worthwhile, I want to highlight Ahembeea’s #1 lesson, “I want to do an MBA. Full stop.” At the beginning of his MBA application process and school research he writes, “I had a burning desire for an MBA for years before I started looking at schools abroad last year. Like it usually happens, there was no structure to that desire. The motivation had always been extremely strong, but all I knew was that I HAD to do an MBA come what may. ”  

Ahembeea’s takeaway today: 

Lesson # 1 – A larger part of the time I spent researching B Schools after my GMAT should have been spent on first answering the basic questions. I should have been clearer from the beginning, and not now when the game is almost up.

The key basic question: “What do you want to do after your MBA?” As many of you know, I have responded to thousands of MBA admissions questions on the Internet — going back to AOL and Compuserve in the 1990′s. For years my practice has been not to recommend schools without knowing the applicant’s post-MBA goal.

Like Ahembeea today, I don’t see how you can intelligently choose your target programs without knowing your post-MBA goals. Choosing your target programs without knowing why you want an MBA, what you to extract from your the experience, or what you want to do after your MBA is akin to aiming darts at a US News or BusinessWeek list of business schools and applying to the ones pierced by the darts. The MBA experience is too expensive and has the potential to be such a growth experience that you should do your basic research ahead of time so that you can apply to and ultimately attend the schools that really are best for you.

Yes, your qualifications are a critical element in determining where to apply. However, frequently so much emphasis is placed on what you need to get into a top MBA program, that what you want to get out of the MBA is given short shrift. Spend time now clarifying your reasons for wanting to pursue an MBA. An incoherent, amorphous, burning desire to earn an MBA is insufficient. A honed, researched, thoughtful basis for you application decision will help you in admissions and also in your job search. (Please listen to MBA Podcaster’s  ”Landing Your Ideal Summer Internship: The First Step in a Successful Post-MBA Career,” specifically Ross’s Al Cotrone’s comments for further thoughts on this point.)

I recommend “Lessons From My Journey.

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Emory Goizueta 2009 MBA Application Questions, Deadlines, Tips

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Emory Goizueta 2009 MBA Deadlines

Application Received By:

Decision No Later Than

November 1, 2008

January 1, 2009

December 8, 2008

March 1, 2009

February 1, 2009

April 1, 2009

March 1, 2009

May 1, 2009

* International applicants are strongly encouraged to apply by December 8, 2008. However, applications received by the final program deadline will still be given full consideration.

** All One-Year program applicants and those who wish to be considered for scholarships must apply by February 1, 2009.

Emory Goizueta 2009 MBA Essay Questions

My comments are in red.

In separate documents, please address the following questions. On the top of each page, please indicate your full name as listed on your application and the question to which you are responding.

1. List one of your most significant professional or organizational accomplishments.
Describe your precise role in this event and how it has helped to shape your management skills. Please limit your response to two, double-spaced, typed pages.

When have you really had impact on an organization? When have you contributed to an increase in membership or sales, a decrease in expenses or time to market, or a change of policy. Any of these outcomes could represent a significant professional or organizational accomplishment for you.

Make sure that the essay both defines your role and the impact of your achievement as well as the influence this experience has had on your views of management and your management skill set.

As you reflect on this last part of the question, also review Goizueta’s core values.  All your essays should demonstrate that you identify with these values.

2. Please complete/address two of the following statements.
Full-time candidates (Two-Year and One-Year Programs) must complete/address choice F as one of the two options. Please limit each response to one, double-spaced, typed page.

1. I have always wanted to….
2. My most memorable cross-cultural experience….
3. My family background is unique because….
4. The person who has had the greatest influence on my leadership style is… because…
5. The greatest lesson I have ever learned….
6. Of Goizueta’s core values (courage, integrity, accountability, rigor, diversity, team, community), which value resonates most with you and why?

Don’t sit there and try to calculate which questions Emory really wants you to answer. It is giving you a choice so that you choose the two that allow you to best present yourself to the admissions committee. Choose topics that will complement the other elements of the application and perhaps address a possible short coming or even a stereo-type.

3. What do you expect to accomplish in the Goizueta Business School MBA program?
How will your participation in the MBA program fit in with your experiences and responsibilities as well as your short and long-term career goals? Please limit your response to two, double-spaced, typed pages. 

This is a variation on the classic MBA goals question.  Connect the dots between your past, present, and future. Use specifics to highlight your achievements and pivotal experiences without repeating essays 1 & 2.  Show that Goizueta will help you achieve your goals. Summary: How will the Emory MBA help you get from your current skill set and experiences to your short- and long-term goals?

To assist in the timely processing of your application, please convert your document into a PDF prior to uploading it to your application. Instructions and access to a software program that will convert your documents is available within the application.

If you would like help with your Emory MBA application, please consider Accepted’s MBA essay editing and admissions consulting or an Emory MBA Premier Comprehensive Package, which includes essay editing, interview coaching, consultation, and a resume edit for the Goizueta MBA application.

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BusinessWeek 2008 Rankings Are Out!

BusinessWeek released its much awaited biannual, full-time MBA rankings. The rankings showed slight movement: Columbia went from #10 in 06 to #7 in 08. Wharton went from #2 to #4. Kelley climbed from #18 to #15.

Frankly, don’t pay too much attention to the absolute ranking or even slight movement. Take advantage of BW’s rich, informative database and fantastic resources for applicants. Then choose what’s important to you and do your own ranking.

Top 30 U.S. Programs
1 University of Chicago
2 Harvard University
3 Northwestern University (Kellogg)
4 University of Pennsylvania (Wharton)
5 University of Michigan (Ross)
6 Stanford University
7 Columbia University
8 Duke University (Fuqua)
9 MIT (Sloan)
10 UC Berkeley (Haas)
11 Cornell University (Johnson)
12 Dartmouth (Tuck)
13 NYU (Stern)
14 UCLA (Anderson)
15 Indiana University (Kelley)
16 University of Virginia (Darden)
17 UNC – Chapel Hill (Kenan-Flagler)
18 Southern Methodist (Cox)
19 Carnegie Mellon (Tepper)
20 University of Notre Dame (Mendoza)
21 Texas – Austin
22 Brigham Young (Marriott)
23 Emory University (Goizueta)
24 Yale University
25 University of Southern California (Marshall)
26 University of Maryland (Smith)
27 University of Washington (Foster)
28 Washington University (Olin)
29 Georgia Tech
30 Vanderbilt University (Owen)

Top 10 Non-U.S. MBA Programs
1 Queens University
2 IE Business School
3 INSEAD
4 Western Ontario (Ivey)
5 London Business School
6 ESADE
7 IMD
8 Toronto (Rotman)
9 IESE
10 Oxford (Saîd)

BW bases its rankings on employer and student surveys as well as school research output or “intellectual capital.”  This year for the first time, in a nod to the economic crisis, it is also including a ranking based on ROI and years to recoup the MBA investment. Not surprisingly, European schools, which tend to be one-year programs, are at the top of the chart. More surprising: HBS ranks 50 out of 50 in this chart. I guess assumptions matter.

MBA Admissions: Emory Chat on Monday

Quick reminder. Accepted is hosting it first chat for the Emory Goizueta MBA program. Guests will include Julie Barefoot, Associate Dean & Director of MBA Admissions and Anne Dries, MBA Program Director, along with current MBA students at Emory. Please join us Monday Jan. 14 at 10:00 AM PT/1:00 PM EST/6:00 PM GMT  in the Accepted chat room for an informative and lively discussion.

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MBA Admissions Chats: Haas, Wharton, Consortium,

During this week’s upcoming Haas MBA admissions chat, Stephanie Fujii, Senior Associate Director of MBA Admissions at the Haas School of Business, will answer your questions about Haas’ top MBA program and its focus on innovation and leadership.  Please join us tomorrow Tuesday November 20 at 10:00 AM PT/1:00 PM ET/6:00 PM GMT for an informative online chat.

We had two excellent and very different chats last week. The first, for the Consortium, was a wide-ranging discussion and included representatives of that organization as well as NYU Stern, Michigan Ross, USC Marshall, Wisconsin at Madison, Simon, and Goizueta. Here are a couple of short excerpts.

Andre Llewellyn (Nov 13, 2007 7:59:34 PM)
Is there any truth to the perception that most Consortium schools will not consider most applicants if they are ranked 2nd in the applicant’s preference?

JacquelineThomas-BellSIMON (Nov 13, 2007 8:00:42 PM)
Hello Andre– no, that is not true. Schools look at an applicant first based upon admissions criteria for the school itself and then look to Consortium fellowship consideration.

VeronicaHoMARSHALL (Nov 13, 2007 8:01:33 PM)
Andre Llewellyn: No, I don’t think that’s true. Most applicants list several schools, and we know you must rank them. We look for strong applicants and will give consideration to all applicants who list our school.

fp1982 (Nov 13, 2007 8:02:40 PM)
What types of questions will be asked during the Consortium interview and what is the best way to prepare yourself for the interview?

VeronicaHoMARSHALL (Nov 13, 2007 8:04:24 PM)
fp: Most will ask about your career goals, reasons for wanting an MBA, why that school, challenges, successes, etc. It can be similar to a job interview but for an MBA.

JimHayesRoss (Nov 13, 2007 8:04:32 PM)
fp1982, you should approach the interview just like a job interview. Be prepared to talk about the representations on your resume and behavioral support for the assertions. The questions are not designed to stump you, and anything discussed should be topics about which you should be prepared through your professional and life experiences.

 The full Consortium transcript will be available shortly and accessible from our chat transcript page.

During the Wharton chat, Thomas Caleel and three Wharton students discussed life and Wharton admissions policies with a focus on the Wharton interview. Here again are excerpts:

ThomasCaleelWharton (Nov 15, 2007 12:57:59 PM)
Please note that we do have a different feedback mechanism this year, so if you are not successful, please read your decision letter carefully…

ThomasCaleelWharton (Nov 15, 2007 12:59:11 PM)
Yes. We have a separate email address where unsuccessful applicants can send and email (please follow the instructions carefully). We will then select feedback candidates at random in May.

ThomasCaleelWharton (Nov 15, 2007 12:59:39 PM)
We have done this to level the playing field from our traditional model, which was call-in, and was difficult for some international students.

nicky484 (Nov 15, 2007 1:01:52 PM)
Thomas: What are you looking for at interview?

ThomasCaleelWharton (Nov 15, 2007 1:02:06 PM)
Nicky, the IV, like the app, is holistic. We will look for your motivation to attend Wharton, as well as your goals.  We may ask about leadership or teamwork or involvement as well. I would advise you to re-read your application before the IV, then just go in and relax. Too many applicants seek the "right" answer, and end up not listening and answering the questions asked…

The transcript should be posted by the end of the week and you can access it then at Accepted’s Wharton zone.  

MBA Admissions: WSJ Recruiter Ranking is Out

The Wall St. Journal has released its 2008 recruiter ranking of MBA programs. The WSJ surveys recruiters, not deans or  students. It  groups schools into 3 categories (National, International, and Regional). The recruiters rated the full-time MBA programs on 21 attributes and then ranked them in these categories.. To fully understand the methodology, please see “Recruiters Top Choices.

The Wall St Journal Top Ten — National Ranking 

  1. Tuck
  2. Haas
  3. Columbia
  4. MIT Sloan
  5. CMU Tepper
  6. UNC
  7. Michigan Ross
  8. Yale
  9. Chicago
  10. Darden

The Wall St Journal Top Ten — International Ranking 

  1. ESADE
  2. IMD
  3. London Business School
  4. IPADE
  5. MIT Sloan
  6. Columbia
  7. Essec
  8. Tecnologico de Monterrey (EGADE)
  9. HEC Paris
  10. Thunderbird

The Wall St Journal Top Ten — Regional Ranking

  1. Brigham Young University (Marriott)
  2. Wake Forest University (Babcock)
  3. Ohio State University (Fisher)
  4. University of Rochester (Simon)
  5. Indiana University (Kelley)
  6. University of Florida (Warrington)
  7. Louisiana State University
  8. Emory University (Goizueta)
  9. University at Buffalo, SUNY
  10. University of Maryland (Smith)

The Wall St. Journal rankings has been called the “silliest of rankings” by Jaymaven, who provides a comparison and critique of the rankings methodology, but I think that comment is more than a little harsh. Given my usual caveats that rankings are not objective measures of educational quality as much as surveys and data banks, I would say the  WSJ rankings are subject to inherent conflicts of interest, but still valuable, especially for those who do now have flawless profiles.  If you think you have a good shot at H/S/W you are pretty confident someone good is going to hire you and these rankings may indeed be silly, but if you have specific regional needs or if you don’t have what it takes to get into an elite program, then the WSJ survey can be a useful element in your research. Not the end-all and be-all, but a piece.

So what are the conflicts of interest? Your interests and the recruiters’ do not always coincide. For example Michigan slid in the rankings because recruiters perceived increased “arrogance” among Ross students and a little less cooperation from the Career Center staff, partially due to construction of a new facility. Frankly, the students were a little cocky because they could expect multiple offers — a sign of Ross’ success — and construction is an inconvenience not a reflection on the quality of the Ross education, teaching, or student life.  Similarly HBS and Stanford don’t do well in this ranking, at least partially because they frustrate recruiters.

You as a sophisticated user of this information need to understand those limitations.

PS.  The rankings are just part of a special section on MBA admissions that the WSJ is publishing tomorrow. I haven’t had a chance to read it all, but it looks good, especially “Battle for Fresh M.B.A. Talent Prompts Changes in Recruiting.”

 

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