2016 Rankings Report Card: How Alums Grade Their Schools

A professor with students at Georgetown University's McDonough School of Business

A professor with students at Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business


Were business school faculty available for informal discussions and mentoring when classes were not in session?

It’s one thing to be a superstar professor in the classroom. It’s an entirely other thing to be accessible to your students, to take an active interest in them, even to the point of mentoring them. Those are the kinds of teachers who can have a lifelong impact on students. So which schools do the best job of recruiting and retaining professors who go the extra mile, who are open to giving back when classes are not in session?

At the very top of the list is our overall ranking winner, Washington University’s Olin School of Business. Then, there were a few surprises rounding out the top five, including No. 2 Lehigh University College of Business & Economics, Wake Forest University’s School of Business, the University of Richmond’s Robins School of Business, and Texas Christian University’s Neeley School of Business. On our ten-point scale, with ten reflecting the highest possible score, 9.81 topped the list while a score of 8.83 was at the bottom, with an average of 9.34. Those are remarkably high ratings across the board.

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1. Washington University (Olin School of Business)A+
2. Lehigh University (College of Business & Economics)A+
3. Wake Forest University (School of Business)A+
4. University of Richmond (Robins School of Business)A+
5. Texas Christian University (Neeley School of Business)A+
6. University of Notre Dame (Mendoza School of Business)A
7. Elon University (Martha & Spencer Love School of Business)A
8. Emory University (Goizueta School of Business)A
9. The College of New Jersey (College of Business)A
10. Georgetown University (McDonough School of Business)A
11. University of Texas-Austin (McCombs School of Business)A-
12. Boston University (Questrom School of Business)A-
13. James Madison University (College of Business)A-
14. University of Pittsburgh (College of Business Administration)B+
15. University of Massachusetts-Amherst (Isenberg School of Management)B+
16. Southern Methodist University (Cox School of Business)B+
17. University of Minnesota (Carlson School of Management)B+
18. University of Wisconsin (School of Business)B+
19. Fordham University (Gabelli School of Business)B+
20. Indiana University (Kelley School of Business)B+
21. Brigham Young University (Marriott School of Management)B
22. Purdue University (Krannert School of Management)B
23. Carnegie Mellon University (Tepper School of Business)B
24. Arizona State University (W. P. Carey School of Business)B
25. Michigan State University (Broad College of Business)B
26. Northeastern University (D’Amore-McKim School of Business)B
27. University of Illinois-Urbana-Champaign (College of Business)B
28. Texas A&M University (Mays School of Business)B

Source: Poets&Quants 2016 undergraduate alumni survey

About The Author

John A. Byrne is the founder and editor-in-chief of C-Change Media, publishers of Poets&Quants and four other higher education websites. He has authored or co-authored more than ten books, including two New York Times bestsellers. John is the former executive editor of Businessweek, editor-in-chief of Businessweek. com, editor-in-chief of Fast Company, and the creator of the first regularly published rankings of business schools. As the co-founder of CentreCourt MBA Festivals, he hopes to meet you at the next MBA event in-person or online.