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Tuesday, October 03, 2006

Princeton Review releases their Best 282 Best Business School Ranking

This Princeton Review Best Business School book is revised every year. It's rather hard to assess this thing because, in my opinion, certain numbers force schools to be compared to one another in unfair and unjustified context. For example, I don't agree with the "Greatest opportunity for minorities" ranking. If you brought in a Hispanic who graduated from Harvard Business School and one from Howard University, this years number one in this category, I don't think the Howard guy would get the best opportunity for the job if you know what I mean.

In reality, you'd have to have the same student spend a good amount of time at various schools to compare their experience with another school. What I mean is, one graduates' ranking of 10 in a particular category may actually be a 6 at another school. It just doesn't match up. It comes down to what the limitation or expansion of your experiences have been in being able to create a reasonable ranking. It's like a good wine. You may be ok with drinking a Mondavi Merlot standard $20 bottle. But then try a $1,500 bottle of Screaming Eagle wine and then you'll see what you've been missing all along. Naturally, your view of the Mondavi Merlot would probably decrease quite a bit.

I think the first 3 rankings have a little weight with me. A little. The rest cause me to frown or cause me to say, "what" or "you're kidding.. whatever" a lot.

In either case, rankings are fun. The media is having a field day in announcing though. And I guess... I am too. Enjoy

Sun-Sentinel - Top grades go to MBA programs at Harvard, Wharton, Stanford - Harvard, Babson get top marks in MBA lists - UTSA business school ranked high for minorities

Orlando Sentinal - Harvard, Wharton, Stanford top MBA program survey - Y. program called 'most family friendly'

Princeton Review Best 282 Business School Ranking for 2007
This year we surveyed more than 18,000 students at 282 business schools and used the information that they reported to us, along with school statistics provided by school administrators, to create 11 ranking lists. None of these lists purports to rank the schools in terms of overall quality; but by using the lists in conjunction with the Students Say profiles and the school statistics, you will be able to identify the attributes of a business school that are important to you—and ultimately, generate a list of the schools that can best help you achieve your personal and professional goals. We wish you the best of luck in your business school search!

Toughest to Get Into
1 Harvard University
2 Stanford University
3 Columbia University
4 University of Pennsylvania
5 Massachusetts Institute of Technology
6 Northwestern University
7 University of California—Berkeley
8 Dartmouth College
9 New York University
10 University of Massachusetts—Amherst

Best Overall Academic Experience
1 University of Pennsylvania
2 University of Massachusetts—Amherst
3 Massachusetts Institute of Technology
4 Dartmouth College
5 New York University
6 University of Florida
7 Northwestern University
8 Stanford University
9 Yale University
10 Harvard University

Best Career Prospects
1 Stanford University
2 University of Chicago
3 University of California—Berkeley
4 University of Michigan—Ann Arbor
5 Columbia University
6 University of Pennsylvania
7 New York University
8 Harvard University
9 University of California—Los Angeles
10 Northwestern University

Best Professors
1 Indiana University—Bloomington
2 University of Virginia
3 Hardin-Simmons University, The Acton MBA in Entrepreneurship 4 University of Massachusetts—Amherst
5 University of Alabama—Tuscaloosa
6 College of William and Mary
7 Washington University in St. Louis (Olin)
8 Millsaps College
9 Harvard University
10 Duke University

Most Competitive Students
1 Hardin-Simmons University,The Acton MBA in Entrepreneurship 2 University of Rochester
3 University of Mississippi
4 Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
5 Howard University
6 Rice University
7 Purdue University
8 Bowling Green State University
9 Clarkson University
10 Texas A&M University—College Station

Most Family Friendly
1 Brigham Young University
2 Stetson University
3 Dartmouth College
4 Stanford University
5 Duke University
6 Harvard University
7 Thunderbird
8 Cornell University
9 Naval Postgraduate School
10 Northwestern University

Best Campus Environment
1 Emory University
2 University of California—Los Angeles
3 Boston College
4 Stanford University
5 Dartmouth College
6 University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
7 University of Utah
8 Pepperdine University
9 Loyola Marymount University
10 University of California—Berkeley

Best Campus Facilities
1 Stetson University
2 University of Alabama—Tuscaloosa
3 Indiana University—Bloomington
4 University of Georgia
5 University of Virginia
6 University of Oregon
7 Harvard University
8 Texas A&M University—College Station
9 Texas Christian University (TCU)
10 University of Connecticut

Best Administered
1 Colorado State University
2 Elon University
3 Minnesota State University—Mankato
4 Washington University in St. Louis (Olin)
5 Seattle Pacific University
6 Ithaca College
7 Miami University Ohio
8 Texas A&M University—College Station
9 University of Alabama—Tuscaloosa
10 West Virginia University

Greatest Opportunity for Minority Students
1 Howard University
2 University of Houston—Victoria
3 Texas A&M International University
4 Barry University
5 Montclair State University
6 Bowling Green State University
7 Thunderbird
8 San Francisco State University
9 University of Maryland—College Park
10 The University of Texas at San Antonio

Greatest Opportunity for Women
1 Babson College
2 University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
3 University of California—Berkeley
4 Cornell University
5 University of Massachusetts—Amherst
6 New York University
7 University of Michigan—Ann Arbor
8 Worcester Polytechnic Institute
9 University of California—Davis
10 The George Washington University


Anonymous Anonymous said...

UMass is harder than Chicago or Ross - haha - these are some valuable rankings!

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Anonymous Joe @ WPI said...

Why is that so hard to believe..technically they could just do a ratio of (# accepted)/(# applied) with the lowest score winning..that could be a defined as difficulty to get in to and would be a matter of public I don't see how you think they are unvaluable or false because they may very well be based on facts and not judgements at all.

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