U.S. News & World Report recently released its best business schools 2009 rankings. No big surprise – HBS, Stanford GSB, Wharton, MIT Sloan, University of Chicago, and Kellogg topped the charts. As compared with last year’s rankings, Stanford moved up to tie Harvard for the #1 spot, Wharton remained solid at #3, and Chicago/Kellogg bumped up to tie Sloan for #4 (triple tie). Triple ties among top ten business schools are not uncommon in U.S. News rankings, and occurred in 2003, 1999, and 1998, to name a few instances.
Rising Stars: Stanford, Chicago, Kellogg, UC Berkeley
Moving Down: Michigan, Duke, UVA
The 2009 rankings reflect data collected in fall 2007 and early 2008. U.S. News utilizes a ranking methodology whereby programs are assessed in three broad categories: quality assessment (weighted 40%), placement success (weighted 35%), and student selectivity (weighted 25%).