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, Bloomberg BusinessWeek, Financial Times, Forbes, U.S. News & World Report, 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 placed #9 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. In the specialty rankings, Tuck was highlighted as a top school in the management category. Business school deans and program heads were asked to nominate programs for excellence in each of the specialty categories. Also noteworthy is that Tuck had the 2nd highest percentage of graduates employed three months after graduation and the fifth highest average combination of starting salary and signing bonus among the business schools ranked.
Tuck placed 12th among U.S. schools and 23rd worldwide in the FT's 2015 ranking of the 100 top full-time MBA programs. Data for this ranking was compiled from two main sources—statistics provided by the schools themselves and survey data for each school’s alumni who graduated three years ago (Class of 2011).. A school's rank is determined by a combination of three main factors: alumni salaries and career progression; the diversity and international reach of the school and its program; and the school's research capabilities. When asked to rate their MBA program in select categories, members of the class of 2011 put Tuck #2 in general management, #3 in corporate strategy, and #9 in ethics and corporate social responsibility.
Tuck placed #15 in the Bloomberg Businessweek ranking of full-time MBA programs. The ranking is based on three elements: a survey of the 2014 graduating class (45%), a survey of over 1,000 recruiters (45%), and a calculation of the school’s intellectual capital based on publications by its faculty. Significant changes in the methodology used in the ranking make it difficult to compare this year with past results. 2014 graduates rated Tuck #1 for how instrumental its alumni network would be in their professional success.
Tuck placed #2 in world in The Economist's ranking of the best full-time MBA programs. 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%). Tuck ranked #3 in the category of opening new career opportunities and students clearly felt that the Tuck alumni had a lot to do with their success as the Tuck network was again rated #1 for its effectiveness.
Forbes ranked Tuck #6 in their 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.
Business school rankings started in the late 1980s but the number of ranking 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, make up the methodology for this ranking.