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Comments about The Best B-Schools of 2006

From Business Week

1. Chicago

Students appreciate option to tailor curriculum to their interests. Living in Chicago gets pricey, but most say facilities and faculty are worth the expense.

2. Pennsylvania (Wharton)

Students say competitive program improves the academic experience. Decision to allow students to disclose grades to recruiters has many disconcerted.

3. Northwestern (Kellog)

The word used over and over by Kellogg students is “collegial.” School balances individual development and teamwork, case studies and lectures.

4. Harvard

Case method allows students to solve real-world problems. Ivory tower is not everyone’s cup of tea, but alumni network is vast.

5. Michigan (Ross)

Lack of grades diminishes competition and increases focus on work. Facilities are lacking but undergoing a makeover.

6. Stanford

With Silicon Valley around the corner, innovation reigns. Extensive electives cater to students with interests beyond banking and consulting.

7. MIT (Sloan)

MIT offers unique courses with entrepreneurial focus and attracts students with engineering backgrounds. Prominent faculty remains accessible

8. UC – Berkeley (Haas)

Tech and entrepreneurial specialties give Haas grads an edge in innovation. Curriculum is not as well-suited for those with eyes set on Wall Street.

9. Duke (Fuqua)

Students on “Team Fuqua” enjoy the collaborative learning experience. Good for the hand-holding types but some would like more debate and conflict.

10. Columbia

Students appreciate vast alumni network and high-profile speakers. Access to recruiters for everything from international companies to lesser known employers.

11. Dartmouth (Tuck)

Small class-small town leaves something to be desired. But many appreciate the “self selecting” crowd that attends. General management program is specialized.

12. UCLA (Anderson)

Students go by an “excellence without attitude” mantra. Active student clubs provide career development, but there’s limited access to East Coast recruiting.

13. Cornell (Johnson)

Particularly popular among career switchers, Cornell offers small class sizes and accessible professors. Students enjoy new immersion learning programs.

14. NYU (Stern)

Local alumni base is large and former students are willing to lend a hand in the job search.

15. Virginia (Darden)

Case method works well in small classes, which foster Socratic learning. Students get individual attention from administration and faculty.

16. Carnegie Mellon (Tepper)

Tepper’s small class size creates intense focus, intimacy, and greater hands-on responsibility. Curriculum is geared toward the quantitative mind.

17. North Carolina (Kenan-Flagler)

Job placement leaves most grads smiling, but international students may not have the same luck. Extracurricular activities and pleasant location add to the appeal.

18. Indiana (Kelley)

Kelley is praised for general education but is found lacking in specialties like consulting and investment banking. Strong regional bias limits recruiting options.

19. Yale

Small program size means easy access to alumni and faculty. Students applaud new dean Joel Podolny, cited for being a visionary leader.

20. Texas – Austin (McCombs)

Complaints include unresponsive administration and poor career placement for international students. Variety of classes and other resources balance equation.

21. USC (Marshall)

Strong community and alumni network offer lifelong career contacts. Drop in 2004 rankings led to major program overhaul, but students want further improvement.

22. Georgetown (McDonough)

D.C. area offers students many opportunities for work in the public sector and international business. Demanding classes are taught by diligent professors.

23. Emory (Goizueta)

Students extol leadership development, accessible professors, and caliber of classmates. One-year program offers a popular alternative to two-year MBA.

24. Purdue (Krannert)

Students laud financial aid offerings and diverse, international student population. Curriculum emphasizes quantitative skills and teamwork.

25. Maryland (Smith)

Smith grads gripe about regional recruiting and inadequate career services. But tight-knit community and affordable tuition help ease the strain.

26. Notre Dame (Mendoza)

Students miss proximity to big city, but enjoy the tight-knit community and finance training. Recent switch from semesters to a 7-week system gets mixed reviews.

27. Washigton University (Olin)

Small class size means personal attention from faculty, but on-campus recruiting is a disappointment. Campus hosts a noteworthy leadership speaker series.

28. Rochester (Simon)

Quality of education, analytical skill development, and personal attention from faculty is highly rated, but poor showing by recruiters frustrates students.

29. Michigan State ( Broad)

Teamwork focus means most grades are based on group, rather than individual, performance. Students praise outstanding career services center and faculty.

30 Vanderbilt (Owen)

Students laud the overall experience at Owen. Grads say that rigorous curriculum leaves them well equipped for future careers.

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Average MBA Starting Salaries

( Click the header if you are unable to see a table below )

Rank Business School Applicants
Accepted
Median Total
Pay Package
1 Northwestern (Kellogg) 13% $142,000
2 Chicago 15% $140,000
3 Harvard 10% $160,000
4 Stanford 8% $165,500
5 U. of Pennsylvania (Wharton) 13% $156,000
6 MIT 13% $149,000
7 Columbia 11% $142,500
8 Michigan 19% $131,000
9 Duke (Fuqua) 19% $128,500
10 Dartmouth (Tuck) 14% $149,500
11 Cornell (Johnson) 22% $135,000
12 Virginia (Darden) 18% $135,000
13 UC Berkeley (Haas) 11% $135,000
14 Yale 15% $130,000
15 NYU (Stern) 15% $140,000
16 UC Berkeley (Haas) 11% $117,000
17 Washington U. (Olin) 33% $89,000
18 U. of Texas – Austin 23% $97,000
19 North Carolina (Kenan-Flagler) 24% $107,000
20 Yale 25% $116,000
21 Indiana (Kelley) 24% $92,000
22 Maryland (Smith) 21% $84,500
23 Wisconsin 47% $70,000
24 Purdue (Krannert) 25% $86,500
25 USC (Marshall) 26% $93,000


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