The AACG Rankings of the Top U.S. B Schools

We’re going to have some fun with the blog today by posting our completely biased, totally subjective ranking of the top U.S. “national” b schools.  What we mean by “national” is a program with a broad, national and international recruiting presence.  Basically not a “regional” school, which can be an amazing experience and can *absolutely* offer incredible job opportunities … just in a more specific region.  (That’s why schools like USC, Indiana, Texas, UNC, and Tepper can be such fantastic values if you are hoping to work in SoCal, the Midwest, Texas, the Southeast, or the Northeast, respectively.)  

Now, we understand that the world needs another b-school ranking like it needs a hole in the head and we know that this barely even qualifies as a ranking.  That said … we are asked often enough by clients what WE think the best MBA programs are that we thought we would post them in this space.  No explanations, no quantifiable measures, just pure opinion, in a simple list.  Discuss, debate, enjoy.

1. HBS
2. Stanford
3. Wharton
4. MIT
5. Booth
6. Kellogg
7. Columbia
8. Tuck
9. Haas
10. Ross
11. Duke
12. Stern
13. UCLA
14. Yale
15. Cornell
16. Darden

If you are interested in our services for your MBA admissions journey, email us at to request a free consultation.  Additionally, you can download our free guides for applying to HBS and Columbia.



  1. Best example on how to rely on reputation for ranking. I like how top 7 are the M7 schools. In my opinion CBS should be behind Tuck, Fuqua, Haas, & Ross. Given it’s attractive location, and ease of access to the top financial market in the world. CBS should be doing better in it’s quantitative metrics.

  2. I really appreciate your post and you explain each and every point very well.Thanks for sharing this information.And I’ll love to read your next post too.

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