Ranking business schools has become an industry in itself. Each ranking evaluates a different set of criteria, surveys different audiences, and measures various aspects of a program. Each tries to provide information that will help prospective students and other business people understand more about a school.
While we recognize the importance of business school rankings and welcome the constructive feedback they can provide, Tuck's strategy remains consistent with our values and objectives. We will continue to focus on making the Tuck MBA the best educational experience in the world, with great professors giving unprecedented access to outstanding students.
Currently, U.S. News & World Report, Forbes, Financial Times, Bloomberg Businessweek, and The Economist each regularly publish a ranking of graduate business schools on an annual or biennial basis. From 2001 through 2007, the Wall Street Journal also published a ranking based on ratings by recruiters. Below are details of the current rankings and a historical look at the rankings and Tuck’s performance in them.
U.S. NEWS & WORLD REPORT
Tuck was ranked #8 in the annual U.S. News & World Report ranking of full-time MBA programs. This ranking is based on a combination of surveys of deans and recruiters and statistical indicators that measure the quality of a school's students and employment results.
Forbes ranked Tuck #5 in its ranking of the best business schools in the country. Forbes ranks business schools biennially based on the return on investment for its graduates. Forbes surveys alumni and determines return on investment by looking at five-year total compensation after graduation, minus the sum of tuition and forgone compensation. The survey listed 70 U.S. programs in total.
Tuck placed #10 among U.S. schools and #18 worldwide in the Financial Times' 2017 ranking of the 100 top full-time MBA programs. The rankings are calculated as an aggregation of 20 distinct measures of a school’s performance.
Tuck placed #7 in the Bloomberg Business ranking of full-time MBA programs. The ranking is based on five elements: a survey of MBA employers (35%), a survey of alumni (30%), a survey of the 2017 and 2016 graduating classes (15%), job placement rate (10%), and starting compensation (10%).
Tuck was ranked #8 by The Economist among full-time MBA programs around the world. The annual ranking is based on four factors The Economist identifies as the primary reasons students pursue an MBA: to open new career opportunities (weighted at 35%), for personal development and educational experience (35%), to increase salary (20%), and to build a professional network (10%). Once again, Tuck’s alumni network was ranked #1 for its effectiveness.
Business school rankings started in the late 1980s but the number of rankings grew significantly in the early 2000s. Since 2000, there have been 69 rankings published in which Tuck has ranked #1 eight times, been in the top five 38% of the time and in the top ten 81% of the time. Tuck is often praised as a strong general management program whose students are known for teamwork and leadership.
THE WALL STREET JOURNAL
Tuck consistently held one of the top three spots in the seven years this ranking was published. The national ranking was based on how recruiters rated each school on 21 attributes, including students' leadership potential and strategic thinking, their previous work experience, the faculty and curriculum, and the career services office. These ratings, along with recruiters' plans to recruit at a school and a "mass appeal" factor, made up the methodology for this ranking.