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  • User's Guide to Our Business School Rankings

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    Our business school ratings are numerical scores we give to the schools on a scale of 60 to 99 in various areas.

    Our business school rankings appear in our book, The Best 295 Business Schools: 2014 Edition, and on our site.   We report 11 ranking lists, each one naming the top 10 business schools in a category. The categories cover topics that we think prospective applicants might want to know or would ask during a campus visit, including academics, career prospects, and campus diversity. Ten of the 11 lists incorporate or are based entirely on student opinions that we collected through our school student survey. A few of the lists incorporate institutional data we collect from administrators at the schools. One list, "Toughest to Get Into," is based entirely on institutional data.  

    Note: we don't have a "Best Overall Academics" ranking list nor do we rank the schools 1 to 295 on a single list because we believe each of the schools in the book offers outstanding academics, We believe that hierarchical ranking lists that focus solely on academics offer very little value to students and only add to the stress of applying to business school.

    Also note: our business school rankings are different from our business school ratings. The rankings are lists. The ratings are numerical scores we give to the all schools in the book on a scale of 60 to 99 in various areas. Every business school on PrincetonReview.com has at least one rating, and some have as many as five. For information about them, see our "User's Guide to Our Business School Ratings"

    What are 11 business school rankings lists based on?

    Some are based on school reported data, some on data only from our surveys of students and some on a combination of both. Here is information what each ranking list category is based on:

    Toughest to Get Into

    Based on school reported data. Factors include: average GMAT scores and undergraduate GPAs of the first-year class, the percent of applicants accepted, and the percent of accepted applicants who enrolled.

    Best Classroom Experience

    Based on student answers to survey questions concerning their professors' teaching abilities and recognition in their fields, the integration of new business trends and practices in the curricula, and the intellectual level of their classmates' contributions in course discussions.

    Best Career Prospects

    Based on school reported data and student surveys. School data include: average starting salary and percent of students employed within three months of graduation. Student answers to survey questions assessing the efforts of the placement office, the quality of recruiting.

    Best Professors

    Based on student answers to survey questions concerning how good their professors are as teachers and how accessible they are outside the classroom.

    Most Competitive Students

    Based on student answers to survey questions concerning how competitive their classmates are, how heavy the workload is, and the perceived academic pressure.

    Most Family Friendly

    Based on student answers to survey questions concerning: how happy married students are, how many students have children, how helpful the school is to students with children, and how much the school does for spouses of students.

    Best Campus Environment

    Based on student answers to survey questions concerning how happy students are and how they rate the campus community.

    Best Green MBA

    Based on students' assessments of how well their school is preparing them in environmental/sustainability and social responsibility issues, and for a career in a green job market.

    Best Administered

    Based on student answers to survey questions concerning how smoothly the school is run, and the ease with which students can get into required and popular courses.

    Greatest Opportunity for Minority Students

    Based on school reported data and student surveys. School data include: percent of students from minorities and percent of faculty from minorities. Student answers to survey questions on: assessment of resources for minority students, how supportive the culture is of minority students, and whether fellow students are ethnically and racially diverse.

    Greatest Opportunity for Women

    Based on school reported data and student surveys. School data include: percent of students who are female and percent of faculty who are female. Student answers to survey questions on: assessment of resources for female students, whether the school offers coursework for women entrepreneurs, and whether case study materials for classes proportionately reflect women in business.

    Does this book include your Princeton Review entrepreneurship program rankings?

    No. Our annual entrepreneurship program rankings are a separate project. These lists name the top 25 undergraduate and top 25 graduate schools we believe have the best programs for entrepreneurship studies. We have reported these rankings for nine years. With Entrepreneur magazine, our partner on this project since 2006, we reported our current list of top schools for entrepreneurship programs in September, 2013 on our site. The list also appeared on Entrepreneur's site and in Entrepreneur's October 2013 issue. Check out our entrepreneurship program ranking lists here.