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The Best U.S. Business Schools 2010

  1. Chicago, Harvard, Wharton Dominate the List
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    Chicago, Harvard, Wharton Dominate the List

    The Bloomberg Businessweek ranking of full-time MBA programs is out, and the U.S. list shows the impact of the recession. Chicago's Booth School of Business (Booth Full-Time MBA Profile) remains at No. 1, but salaries and placement rates there and throughout the top 10 took a hit since our last ranking in 2008. The University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School (Wharton Full-Time MBA Profile), where only 87 percent of 2010 grads had jobs three months after graduation, fell seven spots in the student survey. And the recruiters who two years ago loved Northwestern's Kellogg School of Management (Kellogg Full-Time MBA Profile) have apparently gotten over their infatuation.

    On the upside, we have four newcomers to this year's rankings. The University of Minnesota's Carlson School of Management (Carlson Full-Time MBA Profile) and Michigan State's Broad Graduate School of Management (Broad Full-Time MBA Profile), which ranked in the second tier in 2008, moved up to the big leagues, coming in at No. 28 and No. 20, respectively, while No. 29 Rice University's Jones Graduate School of Business (Jones Full-Time MBA Profile) and No. 30 Texas A&M's Mays Business School (Mays Full-Time MBA Profile) are being ranked for the first time.

    In the slides that follow, we lay out the winners and the losers in the top 30. But it doesn't end there. This year we nearly doubled the size of the list, ranking 57 U.S. schools in all. Click here for the complete ranking.

    Methodology Note: The ranking is based on three surveys of MBA grads (2010, 2008, and 2006) with 26,389 total responses that combined contribute 45 percent to the final ranking; three surveys of MBA recruiters (2010, 2008, and 2006) with 680 total responses that combined contribute an additional 45 percent; and a review of faculty research published over a five-year period in 20 top academic journals that contributes the final 10 percent. Tuition and fees are for the entire MBA program; where applicable, nonresident figures are used. Pre-MBA pay is the median base salary for the incoming class of 2010; post-MBA pay is the median base salary for the graduating class of 2010. Job offers are the percentage of job-seeking 2010 MBA graduates reporting at least one job offer within three months of graduation. Letter grades are based on one or more questions from the 2010 student and recruiter surveys. A+=top 20 percent; A=next 25 percent; B=next 35 percent; C=bottom 20 percent. No D's or F's awarded.

    (Corrects rank for Texas A&M's Mays Business School)
    Columbia University
  2. 1. University of Chicago
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    1. University of Chicago

    Booth School of Business

    2008 Rank: 1
    Tuition & Fees: $103,360
    Selectivity: 22 percent

    Pre-MBA Pay: NA
    Post-MBA Pay: $102,000
    Job Offers: 91 percent

    Students Rate the Program
    Career Services: A+
    Teaching: A+

    Recruiters Rate Graduates
    Analytical Skills: A+
    General Management Skills: A+

    One Student's View
    "I have found the caliber of classmates at Booth to far exceed my expectations. The students here want to be challenged and work hard, not just receive a 'rubber stamp' of approval before moving into leadership positions. The analytical rigor is world-class and students are surprisingly well-balanced, not what I had imagined as 'quant jocks.' I never realized before that in addition to finance/investment banking jobs, Booth sends more students to top-tier consulting companies (i.e., McKinsey) than any other business school in the world."

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    University of Chicago
  3. 2. Harvard University
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    2. Harvard University

    Harvard Business School

    2008 Rank: 2
    Tuition & Fees: $112,400
    Selectivity: 11 percent

    Pre-MBA Pay: NA
    Post-MBA Pay: $110,000
    Job Offers: 95 percent

    Students Rate the Program
    Career Services: A+
    Teaching: A

    Recruiters Rate Graduates
    Analytical Skills: A+
    General Management Skills: A+

    One Student's View
    "The energy and scale of the place is incredible. There is a constant stream of worldwide leaders visiting campus to meet with students and an immense array of diverse opportunities to pursue beyond the classroom. Perhaps most important, the school has broadened the idea of leadership beyond aspiring to be a CEO of a for-profit company. Now, students aspire to apply HBS's leadership skills to lead nonprofits [and] public-sector companies, and even balance their work and family life."

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    Harvard Business School
  4. 3. University of Pennsylvania
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    3. University of Pennsylvania

    The Wharton School

    2008 Rank: 4
    Tuition & Fees: $106,303
    Selectivity: 17 percent

    Pre-MBA Pay: $75,000
    Post-MBA Pay: $110,000
    Job Offers: 87 percent

    Students Rate the Program
    Career Services: A
    Teaching: C

    Recruiters Rate Graduates
    Analytical Skills: A+
    General Management Skills: A+

    One Student's View
    "I am coming out of Wharton armed not only with a degree from a prestigious school, but also, more important, with a toolbox of new skills and knowledge and a vast professional network of ambitious colleagues."

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    University of Pennsylvania
  5. 4. Northwestern University
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    4. Northwestern University

    Kellogg School of Management

    2008 Rank: 3
    Tuition & Fees: $102,990
    Selectivity: 19 percent

    Pre-MBA Pay: $72,000
    Post-MBA Pay: $105,000
    Job Offers: 90 percent

    Students Rate the Program
    Career Services: A+
    Teaching: B

    Recruiters Rate Graduates
    Analytical Skills: B
    General Management Skills: B

    One Student's View
    "I came to business school hoping for a two-year 'vacation' where I could network; however, I ended up being blown away by the academics. I learned so much and was so engaged in all of my classes that I took an overload of courses every quarter. The relationships I made and the sense of community at Kellogg is phenomenal -- my dad passed away during school and the outpouring of support was amazing. Additionally, over 30 students pitched in a helping hand or did a class project related to my startup; the collaborative atmosphere where everyone wants to help each other succeed was truly amazing."

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    Northwestern University
  6. 5. Stanford University
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    5. Stanford University

    Graduate School of Business

    2008 Rank: 6
    Tuition & Fees: $106,236
    Selectivity: 6 percent

    Pre-MBA Pay: NA
    Post-MBA Pay: $120,000
    Job Offers: 93 percent

    Students Rate the Program
    Career Services: A
    Teaching: B

    Recruiters Rate Graduates
    Analytical Skills: B
    General Management Skills: A

    One Student's View
    "The quality of the curriculum, the excellent learning, the amazing classmates, the unparalleled network. ... Everything I have learned and done at Stanford has been totally worth the investment of time and money."

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    Stanford University
  7. 6. Duke University
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    6. Duke University

    Fuqua School of Business

    2008 Rank: 8
    Tuition & Fees: $99,492
    Selectivity: 24 percent

    Pre-MBA Pay: $59,600
    Post-MBA Pay: $100,000
    Job Offers: 81 percent

    Students Rate the Program
    Career Services: B
    Teaching: B

    Recruiters Rate Graduates
    Analytical Skills: A+
    General Management Skills: A+

    One Student's View
    "I can't imagine pursuing a health-care-specific MBA at any other school than Duke. First, the medical community is first-rate with regard to research and practice. Second, the urban-suburban location is perfect for studying business, particularly given Duke's proximity to Research Triangle Park. Finally, the combination of strong entrepreneurship and health-care programs makes Duke an exceptional place to learn about the business of health care, and what innovation actually means in the real world."

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    Duke University
  8. 7. University of Michigan
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    7. University of Michigan

    Ross School of Business

    2008 Rank: 5
    Tuition & Fees: $100,189
    Selectivity: 25 percent

    Pre-MBA Pay: $64,000
    Post-MBA Pay: $100,000
    Job Offers: 78 percent

    Students Rate the Program
    Career Services: A
    Teaching: B

    Recruiters Rate Graduates
    Analytical Skills: A+
    General Management Skills: A+

    One Student's View
    "The Multidisciplinary Action Project (MAP) during my first year at Ross provided an outstanding opportunity for me to grow prior to my summer internship. When I did my internship, I put my MAP experience to work and came away looking like a rock star compared with the other interns. MAP really is the differentiator Ross touts it to be. Also, teamwork is a major emphasis at Ross. Virtually every course I took required working in teams. This process helped refine my ability to assess people's strengths, manage conflict, and delegate tasks."

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    University of Michigan
  9. 8. University of California, Berkeley
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    8. University of California, Berkeley

    Haas School of Business

    2008 Rank: 10
    Tuition & Fees: $99,294
    Selectivity: 12 percent

    Pre-MBA Pay: $72,163
    Post-MBA Pay: $110,000
    Job Offers: 90 percent

    Students Rate the Program
    Career Services: A+
    Teaching: B

    Recruiters Rate Graduates
    Analytical Skills: A
    General Management Skills: A

    One Student's View
    "Haas offers [an] excellent small, tight-knit group of colleagues that created deep friendships. [There were also] great networking opportunities with large companies, small companies, and venture capitalists due to both the location of the school and the effort of students/administration to bring speakers to campus. For my interests in high technology and clean technology, the cross-collaboration with other departments on campus and the national labs next door gave me the ability to gain deep content knowledge."

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    University of California, Berkeley
  10. 9. Columbia University
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    9. Columbia University

    Columbia Business School

    2008 Rank: 7
    Tuition & Fees: $107,824
    Selectivity: 15 percent

    Pre-MBA Pay: NA
    Post-MBA Pay: $100,000
    Job Offers: 94 percent

    Students Rate the Program
    Career Services: A+
    Teaching: C

    Recruiters Rate Graduates
    Analytical Skills: A+
    General Management Skills: A+

    One Student's View
    "Columbia has an excellent program and access to world-class resources in New York City. I particularly appreciated the real-world experience and perspectives many practitioners and executives bring in, whether as a speaker or adjunct faculty. I also find my best courses and academic experiences to be the ones led/taught by adjuncts. This is something that other top programs are unable to offer."

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    Columbia University
  11. 10. Massachusetts Institute of Technology
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    10. Massachusetts Institute of Technology

    Sloan School of Management

    2008 Rank: 9
    Tuition & Fees: $101,250
    Selectivity: 13 percent

    Pre-MBA Pay: $75,000
    Post-MBA Pay: $110,000
    Job Offers: 95 percent

    Students Rate the Program
    Career Services: A+
    Teaching: A

    Recruiters Rate Graduates
    Analytical Skills: A+
    General Management Skills: A

    One Student's View
    "If students are looking for a quantitatively oriented MBA that combines both theory and practice in a way that no other top business school does, then MIT Sloan is the right place. I have never been pushed so far in terms of academics, leadership, and personal growth -- and I know that I'm a more confident and capable person for having gone through the MIT Sloan MBA program."

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  12. 11. University of Virginia
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    11. University of Virginia

    Darden School of Business

    2008 Rank: 16
    Tuition & Fees: $100,000
    Selectivity: 26 percent

    Pre-MBA Pay: NA
    Post-MBA Pay: $100,000
    Job Offers: 87 percent

    Students Rate the Program
    Career Services: A+
    Teaching: A+

    Recruiters Rate Graduates
    Analytical Skills: A
    General Management Skills: A+

    One Student's View
    "I think that Darden offers unique attributes that were key to my success and which I could not have gotten at other schools. Specifically, the interaction with professors was critical in helping me learn the concepts and feel more confident in my abilities. [Professors] were always available thanks to the open-door policy, and they were exceptionally willing to help and mentor on both academic- and job-related issues. Second, the case method is the only way I could have been engaged in my studies, since I was used to being in the working world and having my opinions heard. I also liked that it afforded me the chance to learn about a breadth of industries and business issues, and forced me to become articulate, persuasive, and think critically and quickly. I also learned to handle ambiguity of information and make decisions by asking key questions. Lastly, the alumni network at Darden has been amazing in both my B-school and career searches. Alums always responded quickly and with enthusiasm."

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    University of Virginia
  13. 12. Southern Methodist University
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    12. Southern Methodist University

    Cox School of Business

    2008 Rank: 18
    Tuition & Fees: $87,980
    Selectivity: 35 percent

    Pre-MBA Pay: $50,000
    Post-MBA Pay: $81000
    Job Offers: 67 percent

    Students Rate the Program
    Career Services: A
    Teaching: A+

    Recruiters Rate Graduates
    Analytical Skills: A+
    General Management Skills: A+

    One Student's View
    "SMU Cox is a top regional school. While it may never be a national school such as Harvard, Wharton, or Stanford, its location and reputation in Dallas enables students to be exposed to just as many opportunities as the top 10 schools do; but the placements are more concentrated geographically. This would be a cause for concern were it not for the booming economy of the southwestern U.S. and Texas in particular."

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    Southern Methodist University
  14. 13. Cornell University
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    13. Cornell University

    Johnson Graduate School of Management

    2008 Rank: 11
    Tuition & Fees: $98,544
    Selectivity: 23 percent

    Pre-MBA Pay: $57,500
    Post-MBA Pay: $96,000
    Job Offers: 83 percent

    Students Rate the Program
    Career Services: A+
    Teaching: A+

    Recruiters Rate Graduates
    Analytical Skills: A
    General Management Skills: A

    One Student's View
    "I felt that Cornell offers a great structure of being able to specialize in your career field beginning in the second semester of your first year, something that not many other schools offer. In addition, Cornell is one of the best places for people who want to get into asset management, as I was able to run money and develop a track record in our student-run hedge fund, the Cayuga Fund. This is useful for my resume and talking points during interviews."

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    Cornell University
  15. 14. Dartmouth College
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    14. Dartmouth College

    Tuck School of Business

    2008 Rank: 12
    Tuition & Fees: $104,700
    Selectivity: 20 percent

    Pre-MBA Pay: $64,400
    Post-MBA Pay: $105,000
    Job Offers: 97 percent

    Students Rate the Program
    Career Services: A
    Teaching: B

    Recruiters Rate Graduates
    Analytical Skills: A
    General Management Skills: A

    One Student's View
    "I have been incredibly impressed by the quality of the education (I learned far more than I had expected), the quality of the student body, the quality of the professional opportunities offered to students ... and an unparalleled access to leading executives visiting the campus almost on a daily basis. The school's small size and personal attention enables each student to meet on an individual basis with some of the world-leading executives. I have been to numerous dinners and lunches on campus with Fortune 500 CEOs [and] CFOs, from which I have been inspired. Similarly, I can't imagine having a greater access to some of the world's most highly regarded faculty thanks to our small class size."

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    Dartmouth University
  16. 15. Carnegie Mellon University
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    15. Carnegie Mellon University

    Tepper School of Business

    2008 Rank: 19
    Tuition & Fees: $105,000
    Selectivity: 27 percent

    Pre-MBA Pay: $60,000
    Post-MBA Pay: $95,000
    Job Offers: 89 percent

    Students Rate the Program
    Career Services: A+
    Teaching: A+

    Recruiters Rate Graduates
    Analytical Skills: A+
    General Management Skills: A

    One Student's View
    "Tepper offers students a unique curriculum. Before delving into case analysis, students build a strong foundation of analytical techniques that can [help them] solve a wide array of business problems. The curriculum is challenging and requires patience, but it also prepares students to make complex business decisions using innovative solutions that cannot be taught simply by reading a textbook."

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    Carnegie Mellon University
  17. 16. University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
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    16. University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

    Kenan-Flagler Business School

    2008 Rank: 17
    Tuition & Fees: $95,879
    Selectivity: 36 percent

    Pre-MBA Pay: $51,000
    Post-MBA Pay: $95,000
    Job Offers: 84 percent

    Students Rate the Program
    Career Services: B
    Teaching: A

    Recruiters Rate Graduates
    Analytical Skills: B
    General Management Skills: B

    One Student's View
    "UNC's Kenan-Flagler Business School offers the unique combination of top-notch academics, an idyllic setting, a collegial environment, and excellent job placement services. The school's unparalleled collegiality differentiates it from most of its peers in that students form lasting, collaborative relationships from the outset. Rather than setting a competitive tone, the faculty and staff establish a community centered on team-based, collaborative initiatives centered around the school's five core values of excellence, leadership, integrity, community, and teamwork."

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    University of North Carolina
  18. 17. University of California, Los Angeles
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    17. University of California, Los Angeles

    Anderson School of Management

    2008 Rank: 14
    Tuition & Fees: $97,854
    Selectivity: 29 percent

    Pre-MBA Pay: $63,000
    Post-MBA Pay: $100,000
    Job Offers: 85 percent

    Students Rate the Program
    Career Services: A
    Teaching: A

    Recruiters Rate Graduates
    Analytical Skills: A
    General Management Skills: A

    One Student's View
    "Anderson provided me with a wealth of knowledge and life experience that was beyond what I had expected for an MBA program. I had the opportunity to learn from faculty [who] were not only highly accomplished in their fields of research, but [who] were accessible and vested in our growth as students, business professionals, and people. The exposure we had to some of the great thought leaders and industry leaders of our time has been inspiring and will undoubtedly continue to shape my career and life decisions going forward."

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  19. 18. New York University
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    18. New York University

    Stern School of Business

    2008 Rank: 13
    Tuition & Fees: $94,572
    Selectivity: 13 percent

    Pre-MBA Pay: $65,000
    Post-MBA Pay: $100,000
    Job Offers: 90 percent

    Students Rate the Program
    Career Services: A
    Teaching: B

    Recruiters Rate Graduates
    Analytical Skills: A
    General Management Skills: A

    One Student's View
    "One thing I've really noticed at Stern which stands in contrast to MBA students I've met at some other top schools is that the students are, for lack of a better word, really cool. Everyone in the program is extremely driven, but there seems to be more of a sense of camaraderie. For example, people helping me to prepare for interviews which they themselves were not offered, or [for which they were] competing directly against me. Everyone is extremely bright, with their own unique experiences, and people generally seem interested in learning together, rather than trying to one-up each other. Arrogance really does not exist in my class at Stern."

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    New York University
  20. 19. Indiana University
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    19. Indiana University

    Kelley School of Business

    2008 Rank: 15
    Tuition & Fees: $90,327
    Selectivity: 42 percent

    Pre-MBA Pay: $50,875
    Post-MBA Pay: $90,000
    Job Offers: 86 percent

    Students Rate the Program
    Career Services: B
    Teaching: A

    Recruiters Rate Graduates
    Analytical Skills: A
    General Management Skills: A+

    One Student's View
    "Kelley offers a unique blend of intense academic rigor with an intimate team-focused environment. The coursework is demanding, and Kelley does an excellent job at preparing students for interviewing, networking, and career guidance. Professors are widely accessible -- from office hours to dinner parties to tailgating events. Although I was concerned that the Bloomington location would be a geographic limitation [for recruiting], my concerns were overdone. Full-time [job] offers are national in scope; my colleagues have accepted offers in New York, Boston, Minneapolis, San Francisco, Chicago, and Dallas."

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    Indiana University
  21. 20. Michigan State University
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    20. Michigan State University

    Broad Graduate School of Management

    2008 Rank: Second Tier
    Tuition & Fees: $74,580
    Selectivity: 29 percent

    Pre-MBA Pay: $35,000
    Post-MBA Pay: $86,200
    Job Offers: 72 percent

    Students Rate the Program
    Career Services: A+
    Teaching: A+

    Recruiters Rate Graduates
    Analytical Skills: B
    General Management Skills: B

    One Student's View
    "I believe that the close-knit, family-like atmosphere at Michigan State promotes a sense of community that any prospective student would be hard-pressed to find at another institution. This sense of community creates a network of alumni [who] are ready and willing to give back to the program and its current students. The MBA program at Michigan State also allows students to take what they learn in class and apply it to real-world situations via classes that are focused on consulting engagements and via extracurricular activities. Mixing the theoretical with the practical provides students with a more holistic learning experience and better prepares them to face challenges in their internships and full-time careers."

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    Michigan State University
  22. 21. Yale University
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    21. Yale University

    School of Management

    2008 Rank: 24
    Tuition & Fees: $103,725
    Selectivity: 17 percent

    Pre-MBA Pay: $60,000
    Post-MBA Pay: $100,000
    Job Offers: 92 percent

    Students Rate the Program
    Career Services: A
    Teaching: A

    Recruiters Rate Graduates
    Analytical Skills: B
    General Management Skills: B

    One Student's View
    "People here really care about social impact -- and not in the perfunctory, check-the-box way of talking about the environment or social impact of business. The question of how business decisions impact the world is omnipresent."

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    Yale University
  23. 22. Emory University
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    22. Emory University

    Goizueta Business School

    2008 Rank: 23
    Tuition & Fees: $84,800
    Selectivity: 33 percent

    Pre-MBA Pay: $52,013
    Post-MBA Pay: $90,000
    Job Offers: 93 percent

    Students Rate the Program
    Career Services: B
    Teaching: A

    Recruiters Rate Graduates
    Analytical Skills: A
    General Management Skills: A

    One Student's View
    "Goizueta is the best-kept secret in business schools. Students receive a very well-balanced experience with rigorous academics, an emphasis on leadership, a tight-knit community, and great job prospects. The school supports [students] to pursue whatever career path they desire -- be it entrepreneurship, working with a small/midsize company, or the more traditional consulting/I-banking/consumer packaged goods route."

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    Emory University
  24. 23. Georgia Institute of Technology
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    23. Georgia Institute of Technology

    College of Management

    2008 Rank: 29
    Tuition & Fees: $70,716
    Selectivity: 21 percent

    Pre-MBA Pay: $58,031
    Post-MBA Pay: $85,020
    Job Offers: 97 percent

    Students Rate the Program
    Career Services: A+
    Teaching: B

    Recruiters Rate Graduates
    Analytical Skills: A
    General Management Skills: A

    One Student's View
    "I enjoyed everything about my experience at Georgia Tech -- faculty, administration, fellow classmates, career services, and alumni. I had a lot of opportunities to take leadership on projects, work with executives from local and national companies, and improve my skills so that I was set up for success in my current postgraduation position. If I had the chance to redo my MBA experience, I would not change a thing."

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    Georgia Tech
  25. 24. University of Notre Dame
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    24. University of Notre Dame

    Mendoza College of Business

    2008 Rank: 20
    Tuition & Fees: $83,997
    Selectivity: 33 percent

    Pre-MBA Pay: $50,000
    Post-MBA Pay: $90,000
    Job Offers: 82 percent

    Students Rate the Program
    Career Services: A
    Teaching: A+

    Recruiters Rate Graduates
    Analytical Skills: B
    General Management Skills: B

    One Student's View
    "The Mendoza College of Business is one of the premier business schools in the nation with an awesome alumni base and the ability to place graduates all over the country. Most business schools besides the top few are regional schools, whereas the Notre Dame name carries across the country like no other school's. No matter where you are from, if you tell people you are going to Notre Dame they are impressed. The same goes for employers."

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  26. 25. University of Texas, Austin
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    25. University of Texas, Austin

    McCombs School of Business

    2008 Rank: 21
    Tuition & Fees: $90,856
    Selectivity: 24 percent

    Pre-MBA Pay: $67,000
    Post-MBA Pay: $95,000
    Job Offers: 93 percent

    Students Rate the Program
    Career Services: B
    Teaching: B

    Recruiters Rate Graduates
    Analytical Skills: A
    General Management Skills: A

    One Student's View
    "McCombs has its priorities in perfect balance. The academic rigor is there to push students out of their comfort zone, the career services team gives great personal attention and has a strong network (especially in the growing energy sector), and the emphasis on team-building helps prepare students for their jobs. McCombs draws a well-rounded group of students to Austin, who are as serious about advancing their careers as they are about building a strong professional network, which makes for a tightly knit and social community."

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  27. 26. University of Southern California
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    26. University of Southern California

    Marshall School of Business

    2008 Rank: 25
    Tuition & Fees: $97,800
    Selectivity: 22 percent

    Pre-MBA Pay: $57,000
    Post-MBA Pay: $94,000
    Job Offers: 88 percent

    Students Rate the Program
    Career Services: A+
    Teaching: A+

    Recruiters Rate Graduates
    Analytical Skills: B
    General Management Skills: B

    One Student's View
    "Marshall provided me with unlimited access to the alumni network (both from the school and the university as a whole), while also offering me unbelievable access to the entertainment industry, which is why I came to Marshall. The school's academics are superb, and the administration is constantly looking for ways to improve the school. The PRIME experience, where we had the opportunity to consult with foreign companies and travel to their headquarters in Russia, China, Japan, Brazil, etc., represents a unique way to experience international business. I can't say many other schools offer this combination of strengths at all."

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  28. 27. Brigham Young University
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    27. Brigham Young University

    Marriott School of Management

    2008 Rank: 22
    Tuition & Fees: $41,120
    Selectivity: 47 percent

    Pre-MBA Pay: $50,700
    Post-MBA Pay: $88.550
    Job Offers: 86 percent

    Students Rate the Program
    Career Services: B
    Teaching: A

    Recruiters Rate Graduates
    Analytical Skills: B
    General Management Skills: B

    One Student's View
    "Not many other universities have a student-run venture capital fund over $1 million, where students make the calls on what deals to invest in, and where students are doing due diligence for multiple syndicates at a time. This is in conjunction with entrepreneurial thought leaders who are helping students with their own business plans, marketing faculty helping students on concept testing, consulting projects, and segmentation and positioning engagements. The breadth of experience left me with more than enough premium experiences to completely overwhelm even the most engaged and diverse students in the country."

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  29. 28. University of Minnesota
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    28. University of Minnesota

    Carlson School of Management

    2008 Rank: Second Tier
    Tuition & Fees: $93,449
    Selectivity: 30 percent

    Pre-MBA Pay: $40,500
    Post-MBA Pay: $90,000
    Job Offers: 91 percent

    Students Rate the Program
    Career Services: A
    Teaching: B

    Recruiters Rate Graduates
    Analytical Skills: B
    General Management Skills: B

    One Student's View
    "The MBA program offers top professors who have done great research as well as consulting for top companies in the U.S. These professors share their experience during classes, which makes the courses very interesting. Students have a chance to consult for companies such as 3M, Best Buy, General Mills, and others. It's real consulting work and allows students to work while studying at the same time. This way, students are more prepared once they are back in the workforce."

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  30. 29. Rice University
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    29. Rice University

    Jones Graduate School of Business

    2008 Rank: Not Ranked
    Tuition & Fees: $89,620
    Selectivity: 36 percent

    Pre-MBA Pay: $50,000
    Post-MBA Pay: $95,000
    Job Offers: 84 percent

    Students Rate the Program
    Career Services: A
    Teaching: A

    Recruiters Rate Graduates
    Analytical Skills: B
    General Management Skills: B

    One Student's View
    "I have learned both the hard skills (core finance, accounting, marketing, strategy) as well as the equally if not more important soft skills (leadership, communications, organizational behavior, change management) while at Rice. Although the knowledge I have gained at Rice is extremely valuable, the most important parts of the Rice MBA program are my relationships with my classmates, faculty, and staff. The network I have established will help define my future."

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  31. 30. Texas A&M University
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    30. Texas A&M University

    Mays Business School

    2008 Rank: Not Ranked
    Tuition & Fees: $42,925
    Selectivity: 23 percent

    Pre-MBA Pay: $44,871
    Post-MBA Pay: $85,000
    Job Offers: 92 percent

    Students Rate the Program
    Career Services: C
    Teaching: A

    Recruiters Rate Graduates
    Analytical Skills: A+
    General Management Skills: A+

    One Student's View
    "Texas A&M is truly a special place. The campus culture is so welcoming and the school has so many wonderful traditions. My class size was less than 90 people so I know everyone personally and can call on any of them throughout my career. Most public MBA programs are larger and students miss out on really getting to know their fellow students. To me, getting to know everyone and learning from their experiences is the true value of the MBA experience. The program is not without its faults, but that is going to be true anywhere. Overall the quality of the program, strong alumni network, low cost, small class size, and campus culture make the Texas A&M MBA a steal."

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