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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 2013 survey. Salary represents the average received in 2014 by the Class of 2010. Jobs rate applies to the Class of 2014 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 2016. 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 2016).

The median GMAT data comes from Forbes, but it is worth noting that data for ten schools (e.g. #4 Columbia’s 716 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 or 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 Stanford Palo Alto, CA 1 255 92 127 7,355 7 410 730
2 Harvard Boston, MA 3 239 89 139 9,543 12 935 730
3 Northwestern (Kellogg) Evanston, IL 5 188 90 128 NA NA 544 720
4 Columbia New York, NY 7 208 91 136 5,799 18 743 716
5 Dartmouth (Tuck) Hanover, NH 6 190 98 135 2,437 22 281 720
6 Chicago (Booth) Chicago, IL 2 200 97 128 4,175 24 583 730
7 Pennsylvania (Wharton) Philadelphia, PA 4 207 96 137 6,111 20 859 728
8 UC Berkeley (Haas) Berkeley, CA 14 180 87 110 3,550 13 241 720
9 MIT (Sloan) Cambridge, MA 12 200 93 130 4,629 14 406 710
10 Cornell (Johnson) Ithaca, NY 9 150 90 123 1,821 29 287 700
11 Yale New Haven, CT 18 188 89 124 2,756 24 323 720
12 Duke (Fuqua) Durham, NC 8 160 93 128 3,453 25 440 700
13 UNC (Kenan-Flagler) Chapel Hill, NC 11 145 89 113 1,913 39 281 700
14 Texas-Austin (McCombs) Austin, TX 21 152 91 96 2,130 29 270 700
15 Michigan (Ross) Ann Arbor, MI 10 168 90 122 2,443 35 447 710
16 Virginia (Darden) Charlottesville, VA 15 170 93 118 2,717 26 324 710
17 UCLA (Anderson) Los Angeles, CA 13 160 89 114 4,129 18 354 710
18 NYU (Stern) New York, NY 23 164 90 131 3,890 NA 406 710
19 Carnegie Mellon (Tepper) Pittsburgh, PA 16 151 88 118 1,411 31 205 690
20 Indiana (Kelley) Bloomington, IN 19 130 88 93 1,232 33 186 680
21 Brigham Young (Marriott) Provo, UT 17 121 92 47 385 53 150 660
22 Michigan State (Broad) East Lansing, MI 22 112 96 90 459 28 79 680
23 Notre Dame (Mendoza) South Bend, IN 29 140 88 96 735 35 129 700
24 Texas A&M (Mays) College Station, TX 30 117 96 53 524 23 58 647
25 Emory (Goizueta) Atlanta, GA 24 132 95 99 1,418 29 178 680
26 Iowa (Tippie) Iowa City, IA 20 109 93 75 384 37 62 670
27 Minnesota (Carlson) Minneapolis, MN 25 130 83 94 635 39 107 690
28 Penn State (Smeal) University Park, PA 26 125 85 77 541 24 80 650
29 Wisconsin-Madison Madison, WI 32 135 88 59 473 29 100 670
30 Washington (Foster) Seattle, WA 27 135 68 91 1,025 23 105 690
31 Washington U-St. Louis (Olin) St. Louis, MO 34 123 97 104 1,685 27 139 700
32 Purdue (Krannert) West Lafayette, IN 28 131 76 84 581 29 82 620
33 Georgia Tech (Scheller) Atlanta, GA 35 124 93 82 444 22 63 676
34 Illinois-Urbana-Champaign Champaign, IL 45 126 80 73 683 26 82 680
35 Pittsburgh (Katz) Pittsburgh, PA 48 86 96 64 547 25 77 630
36 Georgia (Terry) Athens, GA 49 103 81 67 291 34 47 640
37 SMU (Cox) Dallas, TX 31 125 92 100 494 49 103 650
38 USC (Marshall) Los Angeles, CA 37 151 87 112 1,648 32 222 690
39 Vanderbilt (Owen) Nashville, TN 39 134 91 98 888 41 169 690
39 Rice (Jones) Houston, TX 41 140 88 108 763 26 109 690
41 Georgetown (McDonough) Washington, DC 33 141 89 112 1,748 45 270 691
42 UC Irvine (Merage) Irvine, CA 61 139 82 96 866 23 102 660
43 Ohio State (Fisher) Columbus, OH 36 120 93 101 717 29 107 670
44 Rochester (Simon) Rochester, NY 38 110 95 94 661 36 79 685
45 Buffalo Buffalo, NY 40 76 78 51 427 47 111 614
46 Maryland (Smith) College Park, MD 42 130 89 104 830 29 88 640
47 Arizona State (Carey) Tempe, AZ 60 115 90 85 477 25 67 680
48 Boston U Boston, MA 44 105 90 94 1,122 31 133 670
49 Alabama (Manderson) Tuscaloosa, AL 56 97 91 54 195 43 89 640
50 Florida (Hough) Gainesvillle, FL 63 118 93 61 448 21 71 666
51 Missouri (Trulaske) Columbia, MO 58 79 74 60 319 44 70 640
52 Rollins (Crummer) Winter Park, FL 52 80 73 69 243 56 96 568
53 William & Mary (Mason) Williamsburg, VA 47 98 81 84 329 57 100 620
54 Louisiana State (Ourso) Baton Rouge, LA 67 81 90 68 138 41 35 620
55 CUNY Baruch (Zicklin) New York, NY 66 115 83 64 416 30 53 640
56 Northeastern (D’Amore-McKim) Boston, MA 55 106 96 89 643 22 70 650
57 Tulane (Freeman) New Orleans, LA 54 90 88 107 167 63 47 640
58 Hofstra University Hempstead, NY -- 70 51 45 371 43 34 600
59 Arizona (Eller) Tucson, AZ 57 72 83 87 142 51 40 646
60 Willamette University Salem, OR -- 79 76 74 299 59 106 580
61 UC Davis Davis, CA 50 113 86 99 374 14 44 710
62 Colorado (Leeds) Boulder, CO 70 86 67 66 254 60 75 610
63 Pepperdine (Graziadio) Los Angeles, CA 69 104 70 91 297 39 90 636
64 Temple (Fox) Philadelphia, PA 59 90 95 77 217 42 44 640
65 Kogod School of Business Washington, DC -- 109 68 80 156 51 43 585

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