The Best U.S. Business Schools 2010

Working through the post-crash hangover, B-schools put new emphasis on job placementand some hard lessons learned
Career night at Chicago's Booth School of Business, which took the No. 1 spot in Bloomberg Businessweek's 2010 ranking of U.S. MBA programs for the third consecutive time.

Jack Oakes didn't like what he was seeing. As director of the Career Development Center at the University of Virginia's Darden School of Business, Oakes had watched the Great Recession choke off his students' job opportunities. The outlook was no better for the MBA Class of 2010. By the end of February only 64 percent of students reported having received a job offer, even worse than the recession-era low of 69 percent in February 2009 (and well below the 81 percent in pre-crash 2008). In the world of elite MBA programs such as Darden, where graduates have come to expect multiple six-figure offers, this qualified as a disaster. Something had to be done.

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