The Princeton Review’s "Best Business Schools" Rankings for 2020 Are Now Out

Rankings Name On-Campus MBA Programs in 18 Categories & Top 25 Online MBA Programs

NEW YORK, November 19, 2019 / — The Princeton Review®—known for its annual college and graduate school rankings in dozens of categories—today released its lists of Best Business Schools for 2020.

The education service company reports its Best Business Schools ranking lists in two classifications: one names the best on-campus MBA programs in 18 categories, listing the top 10 schools in each category. The other names the top 25 online MBA programs. (A list summary follows.)

The Princeton Review tallied its lists for 2020 based on data from the company's surveys of more than 26,700 students enrolled in MBA programs at 358 schools, and of administrators at those schools. Six lists were based solely on data from student surveys; eleven were based on data from student and administrator surveys; one was based solely on data from administrator surveys.

The complete lists posted today at www.princetonreview.com/best-business-schools,where they are accessible for free with site registration. That area on The Princeton Review website also features detailed profiles of the business schools, complete with program descriptions and application advice.

"We commend these schools for their outstanding MBA programs, each of which has stellar academic offerings as well as on-campus and off-campus experiential components," said Rob Franek, The Princeton Review's editor in chief. “We compile many categories of ranking lists rather than a single, hierarchical list because our goal is to help applicants identify, gain admission to, and succeed at the business schools best for them.”

Stanford University (CA) attained #1 rankings in six categories of The Princeton Review lists of Top On-Campus MBA Programs. Among them are #1 rankings for Best Career Prospects, Best MBA for Marketing, and Toughest to Get Into. Brigham Young University (UT) earned #1 rankings in two categories: Best MBA for Human Resources and Most Family-Friendly.

Indiana University—Bloomington landed the #1 spot on The Princeton Review’s list of Top 25 Online MBA Programs.

The Princeton Review's On-Campus MBA Programs Ranking Lists

Six lists are based on student-reported data. The #1 schools on those lists are:

  • Best Administered – University of Michigan—Ann Arbor
  • Best Campus Environment – University of Texas at Austin
  • Best Professors – University of Virginia
  • Most Competitive Students – Acton School of Business (TX)
  • Most Family-Friendly – Brigham Young University (UT)
  • Best Green MBA – University of Vermont

Eleven lists are based on student-reported and on administrator-reported data. The #1 schools on those lists are:

  • Best Career Prospects – Stanford University (CA)
  • Best Classroom Experience – Stanford University (CA)
  • Best MBA for Consulting– Harvard University (MA)
  • Best MBA for Finance – Columbia University (NY)
  • Best MBA for Human Resources – Brigham Young University (UT)
  • Best MBA for Management – Cornell University (NY)
  • Best MBA for Marketing – Stanford University (CA)
  • Best MBA for Nonprofit – Stanford University (CA)
  • Best MBA for Operations – The Pennsylvania State University
  • Greatest Resources for Minority Students – Howard University (DC)
  • Greatest Resources for Women – Stanford University (CA)

One list is based on administrator-reported data. The #1 school on the list is:

  • Toughest to Get Into – Stanford University (CA) 

The Princeton Review's Online MBA Programs Ranking List

Based on student- and administrator-reported data, this ranking list reports the top 25 schools. The top 10 schools on the list are:

  1. Indiana University—Bloomington
  2. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  3. University of Florida
  4. University of Southern California
  5. IE University (Spain)
  6. Carnegie Mellon University (PA)
  7. North Carolina State University
  8. Rochester Institute of Technology (NY)
  9. University of Utah
  10. Arizona State University

About The Princeton Review's On-Campus MBA Lists

The Princeton Review tallied its 18 lists of top-10 on-campus MBA schools for 2020 on based on data from surveys of administrators at 248 such schools in 2018–19, and of more than 20,700 students enrolled at the schools during the 2018–19, 2017–18, and 2016–17 academic years. The administrator survey contained more than 300 questions about the MBA programs. The student survey asked students more than 90 questions about their school's academics, student body, and campus life, as well as their career plans.

About The Princeton Review’s Online MBA List

The Princeton Review tallied its list of the top 25 online MBA schools for 2020 based on its 2018—2019 survey of administrators at more than 110 business schools (at which a majority of their program was online) offering online MBAs. The company also factored in data from its survey in 2018—2019 of more than 6,000 students enrolled in the online MBA programs. More than 60 data points were weighted to determine the list and rankings. The criteria focused on five core areas: academics, selectivity, faculty, technical platforms, and career outcomes.

Further information about the methodology for each of the above MBA school rankings is at www.princetonreview.com/ranking-methodology.

Note: All schools that participated in The Princeton Review Best Business Schools survey project were considered for the ranking lists. Schools that did not participate were not considered.

The Princeton Review also reports annual lists of the Top Undergraduate and Graduate Schools for Entrepreneurship Studies. The current lists are posted at  www.princetonreview.com/entrepreneur.

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