2015 U.S. News Business School Rankings

It’s that time of year again. Earlier this week U.S. News & World Report released its 2015 business school rankings (you can read the announcement here.) You can bet that there are a lot of smiling faces in Philadelphia right now: Wharton has edged into a three-way tie with Harvard and Stanford for the #1 spot in the newest business school rankings.

We’d like to take a moment right now to point out that five months ago we predicted that 2014 would bring a slew of “Wharton Is Back!” articles. And now here they come. In all seriousness, all of this is noise in the grand scheme of things: Wharton was not horrible five months ago, and it’s not now suddenly way better than it was last year. Still, business school rankings are fun! Let’s continue.

Looking at other big moves in the top ten, Chicago Booth managed to overtake MIT Sloan and Kellogg to take sole possession of the #4 spot. Beyond that, there was some movement, but the same “top ten” schools from last year carry over into this year’s rankings.

Looking a bit lower on the list, Michigan’s Ross School of Business climbed three spots to be just on the outside of the top ten, moving up to #11 (switching places with Duke). Notre Dame and Vanderbilt climbed four spots and five spots, respectively, to break into the top 25.

Without further ado, here are the top 25 business schools in America, according to U.S. News. Each school’s 2014 ranking (published in 2013) follows in brackets:

2015 U.S. News MBA Rankings
1. Harvard [1]
1. Stanford [1]
1. Penn (Wharton) [3]
4. U. of Chicago (Booth) [6]
5. MIT (Sloan) [4]
6. Northwestern (Kellogg) [4]
7. UC Berkeley (Haas) [7]
8. Columbia [8]
9. Dartmouth (Tuck) [9]
10. NYU (Stern) [10]
11. U. of Michigan (Ross) [14]
11. U. of Virginia (Darden) [12]
13. Yale [13]
14. Duke (Fuqua) [11]
15. U. of Texas (McCombs) [17]
16. UCLA (Anderson) [14]
17. Cornell (Johnson) [16]
18. Carnegie Mellon (Tepper) [19]
19. U. of North Carolina (Kenan-Flagler) [20]
20. Emory (Goizueta) [18]
21. Indiana (Kelley) [22]
22. Washington U. in St. Louis (Olin) [21]
23. Georgetown (McDonough) [25]
23. Notre Dame (Mendoza) [27]
25. U. of Washington (Foster) [24]
25. Vanderbilt (Owen) [30]

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