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Top U.S. Business Schools

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Below we list the top U.S. business schools, as ranked by Forbes magazine in its biennial survey using its own return on investment formula. Prior rank represents a school’s ranking in the Forbes 2015 survey. Salary represents the average received in 2016 by the Class of 2012. Jobs rate applies to the Class of 2016 and represents the percent of those seeking jobs who accepted employment within three months of graduation. All other data in the table below applies to the Class of 2018. Tuition represents the two-year total tuition and fees for out-of-state students; tuition for in-state residents is significantly cheaper at many of these schools. Acceptance rate represents the percent of applicants (number applied column) who were admitted. Class size represents the number of students who enrolled (for the class of 2018).

The median GMAT data comes from Forbes, but it is worth noting that data for ten schools (e.g. #12 Michigan’s 708 score) is probably the mean GMAT score. Since GMAT scores are given in increments of 10, a median score must end in a zero or a five. Although not shown in our table, the median work experience for the vast majority of these schools is 4 to 5 years. The current Forbes survey does not report GPA, but a prior survey listed the median GPA for every school in the tight range of 3.2 to 3.7. For more information about the rankings, including profiles of each school, visit Forbes.

 
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Rank School Location Prior Rank Salary ($000s) Jobs Rate Tuition ($000s) Number Applied Accept Rate Class Size Median GMAT
1 Pennsylvania (Wharton) Philadelphia, PA 7 225 96 148 6,676 19 850 730
2 Stanford Palo Alto, CA 1 215 82 136 8,116 6 417 740
3 Harvard Boston, MA 2 212 91 154 9,759 11 934 730
4 Northwestern (Kellogg) Evanston, IL 3 195 95 138 4,553 20 474 730
5 Dartmouth (Tuck) Hanover, NH 5 200 96 145 2,623 22 285 720
6 Columbia New York, NY 4 203 92 148 6,008 17 776 720
7 Chicago (Booth) Chicago, IL 6 195 95 139 4,117 24 586 730
8 MIT (Sloan) Cambridge, MA 9 201 93 140 5,707 11 409 730
9 UC Berkeley (Haas) Berkeley, CA 8 212 90 113 4,031 13 252 720
10 Cornell (Johnson) Ithaca, NY 10 172 90 131 1,959 27 279 700
11 Virginia (Darden) Charlottesville, VA 16 180 90 132 2,523 27 345 710
12 Michigan (Ross) Ann Arbor, MI 15 185 92 127 3,354 26 413 708
13 Yale New Haven, CT 11 195 90 135 3,649 19 334 730
14 Duke (Fuqua) Durham, NC 12 181 92 134 3,737 22 446 700
15 UCLA (Anderson) Los Angeles, CA 17 181 88 121 3,290 21 361 710
16 UNC (Kenan-Flagler) Chapel Hill, NC 13 157 90 121 2,237 36 299 710
17 Texas-Austin (McCombs) Austin, TX 14 160 89 101 2,530 28 260 710
18 Carnegie Mellon (Tepper) Pittsburgh, PA 19 180 85 125 1,649 29 207 690
19 Brigham Young (Marriott) Provo, UT 21 135 89 50 397 49 154 672
20 Texas A&M (Mays) College Station, TX 24 133 94 62 497 27 74 640
21 NYU (Stern) New York, NY 18 195 92 142 3,773 23 391 710
22 Notre Dame (Mendoza) South Bend, IN 23 150 90 104 647 41 121 700
23 Emory (Goizueta) Atlanta, GA 25 137 93 117 1,434 31 181 683
24 Wisconsin-Madison Madison, WI 29 130 88 69 728 26 99 670
25 Indiana (Kelley) Bloomington, IN 20 145 94 93 1,532 31 185 680
25 Michigan State (Broad) East Lansing, MI 22 117 96 95 448 33 69 700
27 Minnesota (Carlson) Minneapolis, MN 27 145 94 100 606 45 104 690
28 Purdue (Krannert) West Lafayette, IN 32 136 82 86 453 36 77 636
29 Penn State (Smeal) University Park, PA 28 120 89 82 616 19 57 660
30 Washington (Foster) Seattle, WA 30 150 98 94 1,032 24 125 700
30 Georgia Tech (Scheller) Atlanta, GA 33 134 95 73 518 32 80 690
32 Rice (Jones) Houston, TX 39 131 84 115 764 27 110 690
33 USC (Marshall) Los Angeles, CA 38 163 92 122 1,600 33 228 690
34 Iowa (Tippie) Iowa City, IA 26 111 80 80 352 35 53 700
35 Washington U-St. Louis (Olin) St. Louis, MO 31 131 96 115 1,579 30 128 700
35 Georgetown (McDonough) Washington, DC 41 165 90 112 1,911 45 287 700
37 Rochester (Simon) Rochester, NY 44 129 95 94 915 33 86 680
38 SMU (Cox) Dallas, TX 37 140 83 104 568 43 115 660
39 Pittsburgh (Katz) Pittsburgh, PA 35 125 90 68 647 30 82 610
40 Arizona State (Carey) Tempe, AZ 47 125 95 89 1,159 14 119 690
41 UC Irvine (Merage) Irvine, CA 42 138 91 102 683 29 81 650
42 Buffalo Buffalo, NY 45 90 90 54 326 63 104 602
43 Alabama (Manderson) Tuscaloosa, AL 49 96 89 62 244 59 133 690
44 Rollins (Crummer) Winter Park, FL 52 85 59 74 137 73 71 556
44 Texas-Dallas (Jindal) Dallas, TX -- 109 92 62 514 19 50 680
46 Maryland (Smith) College Park, MD 46 141 80 112 743 37 99 650
47 Ohio State (Fisher) Columbus, OH 43 125 93 101 572 31 92 670
48 Boston U Boston, MA 48 132 91 103 1,098 37 159 690
49 Vanderbilt (Owen) Nashville, TN 39 140 90 107 904 45 175 690
50 Georgia (Terry) Athens, GA 36 106 93 68 276 35 48 645
51 Boston College (Carroll) Chestnut Hill, MA -- 150 88 97 688 38 86 680
52 Rutgers Newark, NJ -- 132 96 96 377 45 76 650
53 Case Western (Weatherhead) Cleveland, OH -- 115 82 76 443 43 61 650
54 Willamette University Salem, OR 60 84 78 80 241 63 68 550
54 Tennessee (Haslam) Knoxville, TN -- 118 92 67 324 59 62 630
56 Missouri (Trulaske) Columbia, MO 51 84 87 61 222 44 68 610
57 Babson (Olin) Wellesley, MA -- 147 84 107 577 63 128 640
58 William & Mary (Mason) Williamsburg, VA 53 116 81 87 363 53 93 622
59 Connecticut Storrs, CT -- 125 81 72 260 30 57 640
60 Temple (Fox) Philadelphia, PA 64 116 100 86 295 37 40 639
61 Tulane (Freeman) New Orleans, LA 57 120 86 111 160 63 44 650
62 Miami Coral Gables, FL -- 112 95 97 687 23 69 654
63 UC Davis Davis, CA 61 135 91 102 351 17 48 680
64 Arizona (Eller) Tucson, AZ 59 105 87 92 137 61 45 660
65 Pepperdine (Graziadio) Los Angeles, CA 63 115 82 97 341 38 67 645
66 Northeastern (D’Amore-McKim) Boston, MA 56 104 96 94 595 26 67 640
67 Kogod School of Business Washington, DC 65 112 52 80 161 42 26 550
68 Oregon (Lundquist) Eugene, OR -- 95 53 81 259 54 67 624
69 Colorado (Leeds) Boulder, CO 62 110 81 70 265 75 92 600
70 Fordham (Gabelli) New York, NY -- 116 72 88 197 47 32 640
Note: The Forbes ranking includes five sets of ties, for spots #25, #30, #35, #44, and #54.
 
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