As part of our ranking, we collect a mountain of data from the participating schools as well as alumni from two years out. The survey gives us a bird’s-eye view of what is happening at the top business schools as well as the market for business education in general. We use that data — as well as feedback from our alumni survey — to produce a thoroughly reported list on the ten schools to watch in the upcoming year. Not surprisingly, it’s popular among our readers.
This past year’s list included a range of schools in size, geography, and structure. It included smaller two-year programs such as the University of North Carolina’s Kenan-Flagler Business School and the University of Virginia’s McIntire School of Commerce. It also included larger four-year schools such as Santa Clara University’s Leavey School of Business and the University of Illinois Geis School of Business. Check out the above link to see which schools were hot in 2018.
Love them or hate them, rankings are popular. And it makes sense. No other article we publish includes thousands of proprietary data points. It includes comparable information on employment percentages and acceptance rates. But it also includes data unavailable anywhere else, including how likely alumni are to recommend their schools to close friends and colleagues. Or how impactful they think their degrees will be in helping them reach a higher socio-economic level.
In the second version of our ranking, The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania displaced Washington University’s Olin Business School for the top spot. Olin was followed by the University of Virginia’s McIntire School of Commerce in third. Rounding out the top five were the University of Notre Dame Mendoza College of Business and Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business. Click the link above to see how your school or target school placed last year.
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