“The best” MBA program is one that you can get into.
Who cares how “good” a program is, especially when each school apparently rates so differently based on who you ask.
Once you’re focusing on the “best” schools, you know what that list is going to look like. It’s going to have schools like Columbia and Kellogg on it. It’s obviously going to have H/S/W somewhere in the top 5. It’ll include Ross and Darden and UCLA and Cornell and if you’re looking at maybe a “Top 30” list you’ll see schools like Foster at U-Washington and Georgetown Tepper and UT-Austin and USC and a whole bunch of others.
Some people insist on going only to a name-brand business school or not going at all. Harvard or Bust is a position we often see, and that’s fine.
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If you are more risk-averse, or if you have only been toying with a school and aren’t feeling fully in love with it, then using this list of more competitive programs may be useful to help you to narrow your choices and make fully-informed decisions on where to focus your limited resources of time, money, and especially energy, as you figure out where to apply in Round 1.
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Remember, this isn’t a list of “the best” schools. “The best” school is the one you get into — that’s actually a fit for what you want out of the MBA!! 🙂