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Stanford, Synonymous with Satisfaction

Super salary doesn’t equal satisfaction, Forbes reveals in its latest ranking of the most satisfied MBA graduates. While Tuck School of Business, the Wharton School, and Chicago Booth alumni typically receive paychecks in the $200,000 …

Stanford MBA ranking

Super salary doesn’t equal satisfaction, Forbes reveals in its latest ranking of the most satisfied MBA graduates. While Tuck School of Business, the Wharton School, and Chicago Booth alumni typically receive paychecks in the $200,000 range,  Forbes says these graduates gave middling marks on job satisfaction. Stanford Graduate School of Business meanwhile takes the number-one spot for the third year running, and also topped Forbes‘s ROI ranking in 2013.

Forbes surveyed 17,000 grads from the Class of 2008 and heard back from 4,600 last year for its biennial b-school ranking. Their methodology considers satisfaction five years after graduation, when students have had time to reflect on their educational experience and how they compare to other MBAs in the workforce.

Ten 10 Schools with the Most Satisfied Graduates

  1. Stanford Graduate School of Business
  2. UC Berkeley Haas School of Business
  3. Carnegie Mellon Tepper School of Business
  4. Michigan State Eli Broad College of Business
  5. Indiana University Kelley School of Business
  6. Dartmouth Tuck School of Business
  7. Duke University Fuqua School of Business
  8. Rice Jones Graduate School of Business
  9. Wisconsin School of Business
  10. Chicago Booth School of Business

Both Stanford and second-place UC Berkeley Haas’s top employers are heavy on consulting and tech led by Google, eBay, McKinsey, BCG and Deloitte. Survey respondents appreciated how their schools helped prepare them for entrepreneurship and form global networks they will leverage throughout their careers.

This story appears in the May 5th issue of Forbes, but you can preview the MBA satisfaction rankings by following the link above.

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Unusually High Admissions Rate at UNC Kenan-Flagler

While we often hear about the extremely low acceptance rates at MBA programs at Harvard Business School and Stanford Graduate School of Business—11% and 7%, respectively—we don’t often discuss the cases on the other side …

While we often hear about the extremely low acceptance rates at MBA programs at Harvard Business School and Stanford Graduate School of Business—11% and 7%, respectively—we don’t often discuss the cases on the other side of the dial, particularly among well-ranked schools.

The University of North Carolina Kenan-Flagler Business School finds itself in just that position, with a high MBA admissions rate of 44%, according to a recent story in the Daily Tar Heel.

Senior MBA admissions director Lisa Beisser acknowledges that the percentage is higher than Kenan-Flagler would like, particularly from a perception point of view, and that a realistic admissions rate to aim for would be 30-35%. “That would be much more in line with our peer schools,” she says.

Kenan-Flagler’s new dean Doug Shackelford, who began his term on February 1st of this year, doesn’t seem worried about lowering the admissions rate to improve the school’s ranking by key media outlets.

“Any school in the world who isn’t ranked No. 1 would like to be No. 1,” he says in the Daily Tar Heel, noting that the rankings are based on many, often subjective, factors.

The school introduced a new branding campaign in 2013 which emphasizes the ampersand symbol, distinguishing Kenan-Flagler as a place where students master both “the science & heart of business.”

The change in tone may have led to the dramatic 30% increase in application volume this year. Beisser says that most schools would consider a 4-6% increase a success, so “That’s huge actually in the business school world.”

Whatever the cause, right now Dean Shackelford is focused only on attracting the best students and providing the best management education possible.

“We don’t sit here and reverse engineer the rankings,” he tells the Daily Tar Heel. “If we get that ranking, wonderful; if not, we’ll live with it.”

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3-Way Tie in US News Best B-School Rankings

There was little movement and few surprises among the elite programs in the U.S. News ranking of the top business schools, announced today. Harvard Business School, Stanford Graduate School of Business, and the University of …

There was little movement and few surprises among the elite programs in the U.S. News ranking of the top business schools, announced today. Harvard Business School, Stanford Graduate School of Business, and the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School share the number-one spot in the 2015 rankings.

Harvard and Stanford’s first-place tie remained the same as last year’s standings. This was the highest rank ever achieved by Wharton in the U.S. News survey; last year Wharton finished third.

Chicago Booth School of Business ranks No. 4, moving up two places over the previous year, MIT Sloan School of Management takes fifth place, while Northwestern’s Kellogg School of Management fell two spots to No. 6 in the 2015 standings, according to the report.

The top ten is rounded out by UC Berkeley Haas School of Business, Columbia Business School, Dartmouth’s Tuck School of Business, and, No. 10, NYU Stern School of Business.

11. Michigan Ross School of Business
12. UV Darden School of Business
13. Yale School of Management
14. Duke’s Fuqua School of Business
15. UT McCombs School of Business
16. UCLA Anderson School of Management
17. Cornell’s Johnson School
18. CMU Tepper School of Business
19. UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School
20. Emory University’s Goizueta Business School

The U.S. News rankings are based on a weighted average of several indicators, including overall program quality, peer assessments, recruiter assessments, placement success, starting salary and bonus, average GMAT/GRE score, undergraduate GPA and more.

To compile this year’s rankings, all 453 master’s programs accredited by AACSB International were surveyed in fall 2013 and early 2014. A total of 385 responded, of which 127 provided enough of the data needed to calculate the full-time MBA rankings.

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Harvard Tops FT Global MBA Rankings, Again

For the fifth time since 1999, Harvard Business School tops the 2014 Global MBA Ranking published Sunday by the Financial Times. Stanford Graduate School of Business occupies the number-two slot for a second year running,  …

For the fifth time since 1999, Harvard Business School tops the 2014 Global MBA Ranking published Sunday by the Financial Times. Stanford Graduate School of Business occupies the number-two slot for a second year running,  while Wharton School swapped places with London Business School this time around, and Columbia Business School and INSEAD share the fifth place spot.

In fact, seven of the top ten MBA programs are taught in U.S. business schools, but France’s INSEAD (ranked 5th) and Spain’s IESE Business School (ranked 7th) also make the cut. Financial Times calls Yale School of Management a “notable climber” for rising four places to 10th, noting that this is the SOM’s first appearance in the top 10 in seven years.

The ranking also shows the salary of 2010 graduates of elite MBA programs has doubled over the past five years, despite a sluggish global economy. According to the Financial Times survey, 94% say they had achieved the salary increase they were looking for after business school.

Stanford GSB graduates enjoy the highest salaries, averaging $184,000 annually. The second highest salary earners were Harvard graduates, with $178,000. Wharton graduates aren’t far behind though, with salaries averaging $170,000.

The FT says its ranking is based on two surveys of the business schools and their alumni who graduated in 2010. MBA programs are assessed according to the career progression of their alumni, the school’s idea generation and the diversity of students and faculty. Compensation, however, is the most important factor in the ranking and accounts for nearly half of the total weight.

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Which B-School is Best for Starting a Business?

Recently, the business school news website Poets & Quants crunched the numbers for its first results-based ranking of the best schools for entrepreneurship, which looks at the number of successful startups a school produces and …

Recently, the business school news website Poets & Quants crunched the numbers for its first results-based ranking of the best schools for entrepreneurship, which looks at the number of successful startups a school produces and how much capital its budding businesses have collectively raised.

The outcome perhaps won’t surprise anyone. P&Q reports that just two schools accounted for more than half of the total number of startups on the top 100 list. With 34 startups at Harvard Business School and 32 at Stanford’s Graduate School of Business, it’s clear that their student and alumni networks act as a driving force for supporting new ideas.

Wall Street Journal‘s Melissa Korn, featured in this video, published a companion piece Wednesday in which she suggests entrepreneurial-focused MBA applicants consider schools that share campuses with strong medical or engineering programs, since a synergy between the disciplines often leads to amazing ideas. Candidates should also take a look at the number of on-campus entrepreneurship activities available.

Ultimately, there are several top schools that strongly support student ventures through business plan competitions, incubators, courses and centers devoted to entrepreneurship. And as Stanford professor Stefanos Zenios, who teaches Startup Garage, one of the business school’s main entrepreneurship courses, tells Korn, one of the best things a school can do for budding entrepreneurs is provide a safe place for them to fail.

“If we can teach our students to use the capital they raise very efficiently, discover…whether an idea is viable, and to close shop without wasting resources, that’s success,” he says.

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Understanding B-School Rankings

For anyone perplexed about why so much variability exists between the different well-known MBA rankings, Matt Symonds’s recent article in Forbes does a great job of demystifying the subject. In plain terms, he explains the …

For anyone perplexed about why so much variability exists between the different well-known MBA rankings, Matt Symonds’s recent article in Forbes does a great job of demystifying the subject.

In plain terms, he explains the focus of the methodology used by each of the five major business school rankings—US News, The Economist, Forbes, BusinessWeek, Financial Times—and shares how he and his team have compiled the results of the big five MBA rankings of the last 12 months to produce the MBA50.com Premiership.

I don’t like to encourage clients to focus too heavily on rankings when they’re making their MBA program selections, since obsessing over rankings can actually hinder applicants’ research process. But I do think Symond’s easy-to-absorb explainer of what each of the major rankings is actually based on can be quite helpful.

For instance, if you’re very focused on making sure your program of choice will provide a sizable return on investment, then the Forbes list may be the most useful to you. However, if overall satisfaction as reported by students and recruiters is important to you, then the BusinessWeek rankings would hold more weight.

Ultimately, as Symonds says, it’s not about finding out which MBA program is the absolute best; it’s about determining which b-school is the best one for you.

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