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Let's rank the top 10 business schools (with an IB/Private Equity focus + Prestige on the Street - not necessarily based on US News and the World rankings)

1. Harvard

2. Stanford

3. Wharton

4. MIT

5. Chicago

6. Columbia

7. Northwestern

8. Tuck

9. Stern

10. Michigan

What do you think?

Comments (43)

  • zala rules's picture

    Dan, I hate to bash your alma mater, but Yale b-school is not the #9 MBA program in the nation.

    As far as the OP: Pretty good list, the important thing is that you realize most published MBA rankings are a fucking joke.

    It looks like you got the top 10 right, and I'm not gonna quarrel what order any of them should be in (HWS, though, are always in the top 3). Other decent/okay b-schools are Haas, UCLA, Darden, Cornell.

  • Wasting Time's picture

    Like Zala said "rankings are a fucking joke."

    I could find you schools that are not even well ranked (by USNEWS) like Washington U, Georgetown U, Vanderbilt U, Emory U, and Notre Dame that put a lot of people into the IB/Consulting stage.

  • jd243's picture

    HBS & Stanford GSB will present you with opportunites that no other school can. That being said, Wharton is a popular third. You can't go wrong with any of those other top few, but after that, you're wasting your time. You're kidding yourself if you believe a Wash U or Georgetown MBA is going to stack up to the others in terms of the opportunities.

  • MetalJack's picture

    sea_ennui didn't even post the latest rankings. They aren't much different but,

    2006 Rank 2005 Rank Business School
    1 2 University of Michigan (Ross)
    2 1 Dartmouth College (Tuck)
    3 3 Carnegie Mellon University (Tepper)
    4 8 Columbia University
    5 7 University of California, Berkeley (Haas)
    6 4 Northwestern University (Kellogg)
    7 6 University of Pennsylvania (Wharton)
    8 9 University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill (Kenan-Flagler)
    9 5 Yale University
    10 12 Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Sloan)
    11 13 University of Chicago
    12 17 Duke University (Fuqua)
    13 11 University of Virginia (Darden)
    14 14 Harvard University
    15 10 University of Southern California (Marshall)
    16 18 Cornell University (S.C. Johnson)
    17 16 New York University (Stern)
    18 15 Stanford University
    19 19 University of California, Los Angeles

  • citi_banker_06's picture

    Fit is most important, I think. Go where you feel you can enjoy your location, the other B-school students, and other aspects of your next two years of study. Rankings are not the only think to consider.

  • bryoves27's picture

    can anyone go indepth in a review of CMU's Tepper School of Business? it seems like it's ranked very hilgy in some rankings and much much lower in others. I know some of our programs are ranked very highly (several in the top 10) can any recruiters give me some insight on Tepper?

  • In reply to abmohan
    cdn monkey's picture

    Just to weigh in on cdn schools, the major difference between u.s. and canada is that business undergrad programs are wildly popular in canada and these schools focus a lot of their attention on their undergrad programs.

    The only school that gets BB U.S. firms recruiting for jobs on wall street is Ivey (Western). And that is mainly for the undergrad program - not the mba program.

    Consulting is a different story but for IB, they're only good if you want to work in canada.

  • RSCap22's picture

    You can't label one school as being the route to sucess. If you go to any of the top 20 schools, work hard and make morally correct decisions I am pretty sure you'll be able to retire comfortably well before 98% of the people who shape the person you are now, considering this is a group in their early to late 20's at best for the majority.

    Oh and if you associate success soley with net worth, I pity you... I'm not going to preach but good looks and money don't alone bring self-worth or personal satisfaction. Your youth, will forever have an impact on your life as much as you might want to seperate youself from it or not.

  • DiscoZ's picture

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