For the second time in three years, the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School captured top honors in U.S. News' new ranking of the best full-time MBA programs in the U.S.
- Wharton knocked out both Harvard and Chicago Booth which shared first place last year.
- HBS and Booth slipped two places each into a three-way tie for third place with MIT Sloan
- Stanford’s Graduate School of Business gained two places to rank right behind Wharton in second place.
- Columbia Business School, improved by three places, to rank sixth
- Michigan’s Ross School of Business, dropped three spots, to rank tenth.
This year is only the third time in 30 years of U.S. News rankings that Wharton is at the top.
- Wharton gained the highest score available from the magazine’s corporate recruiter survey, a score of 4.4 achieved by only Stanford, Harvard and MIT,
- Wharton boasting the highest average GMAT score for the latest entering class, a 732 average, also matched by Stanford and Northwestern Kellogg.
- Wharton also reported, according to U.S. News‘ calculations at least, the highest average starting salary and bonus for the Class of 2018: $165,528, slightly more than $2,800 more than the MBAs from Stanford.