While Wharton held the #1 spot of the Best Business Schools list from U.S. News & World Report last year, it is now joined by Stanford GSB at the top of the 2021 rankings. Northwestern Kellogg shot up three spaces to join Chicago Booth at #3. Then, MIT Sloan rounds out the top 5. Harvard Business School, which usually appears in the top 5 of any b-school ranking, landed in sixth this year (for more about this surprising result and others in the rankings, see our expert analysis).
Top Ten of U.S. News Best Business Schools Rankings
Here is a quick view of the top 10 of the 2021 U.S. News Best Business Schools rankings (2020 rank in parentheses):
6 Harvard Business School (3)
7 UC Berkeley Haas School of Business (6, tied)
8 Columbia Business School (6, tied)
10 NYU Stern School of Business (12, tied)
For Clear Admit’s key takeaways about the shifts and shake-ups in the U.S. News Best Business Schools rankings, see our expert analysis here.
The Next Ten on the U.S. News Rankings List
Let’s continue with the rankings from U.S. News, taking a look at the next group of top MBA programs from #11 to #20.
11 University of Virginia Darden School of Business (12, tied)
17 USC Marshall School of Business (17, tied)
18 UT Austin McCombs School of Business (19, tied)
19 CMU Tepper School of Business (17, tied)
20 UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School (19, tied)
20 University of Washington Foster School of Business (21, tied)
For a longer list of the U.S. News rankings, visit our page.
Note: The methodology U.S. News uses to compile its annual ranking of best U.S. business schools can be seen here. Largely unchanged in recent years, its rankings are based on a weighted average of three groups of criteria. Quality assessment, weighted at 0.40, includes a combination of peer and recruiter assessments. Placement success, weighted at 0.35, takes into account mean starting salary and bonus and employment rates for full-time MBA graduates. Lastly, student selectivity, weighted at 0.25, looks at measures like average GMAT/GRE score and GPA and acceptance rate. U.S. News surveys programs accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business International.