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Let’s Exchange Heated Words Over: Business School Rankings

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Once again, as it does every year, US News has released its ranking of the best, not bad, and okay business schools. As this is the sort of thing that inspires unbridled rage over perceived slights like finding out your alma mater dropped one spot or having to suffer the indignity of an inferior institution being too close on the list, and many of your are plain itching to get into a fight, everyone should feel free to do it in this controlled space.

If you're having trouble working yourself up into a lather but don't want to be left out of the fun, perhaps consider how it must feel for Wharton to finally have cracked the number one slot only to find out that it's being split three ways not just with Harvard but with a school that will let anyone in.

104. Northern Arizona University
25. Vanderbilt University (Owen)
25. University of Washington (Foster)
23. University of Notre Dame (Mendoza)
23. Georgetown University (McDonough)
22. Washington University in St. Louis (Olin)
21. Indiana University—​Bloomington (Kelley)
20. Emory University (Goizueta)
19. University of North Carolina—​Chapel Hill (Kenan-​Flagler)
18. Carnegie Mellon University (Tepper)
17. Cornell University (Johnson)
16. University of California—​Los Angeles (Anderson)
15. University of Texas—​Austin (McCombs)
14. Duke University (Fuqua)
13. Yale University
11. University of Virginia (Darden)
11. University of Michigan—​Ann Arbor (Ross)
10. NYU (Stern)
9. Dartmouth College (Tuck)
8. Columbia University
7. University of California—​Berkeley (Haas)
6. Northwestern University (Kellogg)
5. Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Sloan)
4. University of Chicago (Booth)
1. University of Pennsylvania (Wharton)
1. Stanford University
1. Harvard University

Best Business Schools [US News]


Let’s Exchange Heated Words Over: Business School Rankings

US News has regaled us with its annual ranking of the top business schools. I know you need a safe space to get huffy about perceived slights (be it your MBA program being lower than you believe is accurate or by having to suffer the indignity of an inferior institution being too close on the list), so let it out here and now.

Let's Have A Vigorous Debate About Business School Rankings

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