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Discus: What Are My Chances?: August 2004 Archive: Business Schools
By Mirela (Mirela) on Monday, August 02, 2004 - 03:13 am: Edit

Hi, I have decided to apply for some business schools, but since I am an international I am not sure which are excellent, which are good, which are bad and so on.So please, arrange these schools in order from the most prestigious to the least one:

University of Pennsylvania
University of Miami
University of Richmond
University of Virginia
Babson College
Washington & Lee
University of Southern California
Boston College
Franklin & Marshall
Boston University
American University

By Mirela (Mirela) on Monday, August 02, 2004 - 05:08 am: Edit

Any comment appreciated

By Alexandre (Alexandre) on Monday, August 02, 2004 - 07:11 am: Edit

Williams does not have a Business program.

This is a rating of prestige, not just Business excellence.

University of Pennsylvania-Wharton

Other universities in this category are:
Massachuestts Institute of Technology (Sloan)
University of California at Berkeley (Haas)
University of Michigan at Ann Arbor

Big drop

University of Virginia

Other universities in this category are:
Carnegie Mellon
Emory University (Goizuetta)
New York University (Stern)
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
University of Texas at Austin (McCombs)
University of Wisconsin-Madison
Washington University-St Louis (Olin)

Big Drop

Boston College
Boston University
University of Southern California

Other universities in this category are:
Indiana University at Bloomington
Pennsylvania State University
Purdue University at West Lafayette
University of Maryland-College Park

All the other universities on your list are pretty much on the same page.

By Boomboom (Boomboom) on Monday, August 02, 2004 - 11:46 am: Edit

no I'd say a better categorization of Alexandre's list would be as follows:

The cream of the crop (the best there is)

UPENN -(Wharton)
MIT - (Sloan)
NYU - (Stern)
University of Michigan Ann Arbor
UC Berkeley - (Hass)

Next level down (also very impressive and unique places)

Carnegie Mellon
UNC- Chapel Hill
Emory (Gozuieta)
Washington University St. Louis
Indiana University @ Bloomington (ranked top 10)
University of Virginia
University of Wisconsin Madison
Babson College (I've heard they are # 1 for entrepreneurship and have created this new strategic plan for more international exchange programs, better connected alumni network and tougher admissions standards for them to rise higher)
University of Southern California
Georgetown University

Next level down

Boston College (Carroll)
Boston University (School of Managment) (SMG)
Penn State
University of Maryland @ College Park (Smith)

I would say if you want the best of the best go with the cream of the crop category and if you want very good business schools just choose from the rest as your undergraduate degree matters very little in the business world if you plan to progress. The MBA is the next secret but any of those undergraduate programs should land you a nice spot at an elite MBA program if you excel greatly in your undergrad years.

The rankings I think in the business category are decieving. There is not a noticeable difference or prestige factor between a school ranked in the teens vs. a school ranked in the 20's or even 30's. All the places offer solid business educations and what will make the difference between someone from the University of Virginia or even Washington University in St. Louis getting the job from someone from Boston University, Babson or even a state school that is ranked lower will be how the individual performed.

In the business world if you went to a smaller or not as highly ranked school as someone else but you performed better then they did at the prestigious and name school that they went to you will get the job. (This doesn't count the Wharton's and other cream of the crops)

For example:

Student 1

Went to a school ranked in the top 30 or even top 40 but graduated number 10 in his class

Student 2 went to a school ranked in the top 20 or even top 15 but graduated in the middle.

Student 1 will get the job.

Good example to use and you decide what you want

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