The Princeton Review’s "Best Business Schools" for 2021 Now Out

Rankings Lists Name Top 10 On-Campus MBA Programs in 18 Categories & Top 50 Online MBA Programs

NEW YORK, December 8, 2020 / — The Princeton Review®— the education services company known for its test prep, tutoring, and college and grad school rankings—today released its ranking lists of Best Business Schools for 2021.

The company has reported its Best Business Schools ranking lists for 2021 in two classifications. One names the top 10 On-Campus MBA Programs in 18 categories. The other names the top 50 Online MBA programs. (Ranking highlights follow.)

The Princeton Review tallied its lists for 2021 based on data from its surveys of nearly 24,000 students enrolled in MBA programs at 369 schools, and of administrators at those schools. Six of the 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. The Princeton Review website also features detailed profiles of the business schools, complete with program descriptions and application advice. Information about the methodology for The Princeton Review Best Business Schools lists is at www.princetonreview.com/ranking-methodology.

On The Princeton Review's lists of On-Campus MBA Programs, Stanford University (CA) earned the most #1 rankings. It is #1 on six lists including Best Career Prospects, Best MBA for Marketing, and Toughest to Get Into. Cornell University earned the most #2 rankings. It is #2 on five lists including Best MBA for Finance, Best MBA for Consulting, and Most Family-Friendly. 

On The Princeton Review’s list of Top 50 Online MBA Programs, Indiana University—Bloomington is #1.

"We strongly recommend these schools for their outstanding MBA programs," said Rob Franek, The Princeton Review's editor in chief. "Each school we selected offers stellar academics as well as robust experiential components. We do not tally a hierarchical mega-list of best b-schools overall because our goal, for the 25+ years we've conducted this project, is to help MBA applicants identify the business schools best for them. Our multiple categories of ranking lists are designed to help them do just that."

Top Schools on The Princeton Review's On-Campus MBA Programs Ranking Lists in 18 Categories

Six lists are based on student-reported data. The categories and #1 schools on the 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 – Bard College (NY)

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

  • Best MBA for Marketing – Stanford University (CA)
  • Best MBA for Nonprofit – Stanford University (CA)
  • Best Career Prospects – Stanford University (CA)
  • Best MBA for Management – Stanford University (CA)
  • Best Classroom Experience – Stanford University (CA)
  • Best MBA for Consulting– New York University
  • Best MBA for Finance – Columbia University (NY)
  • Best MBA for Human Resources – Brigham Young University (UT)
  • Best MBA for Operations – Arizona State University
  • Greatest Resources for Minority Students – Howard University (DC)
  • Greatest Resources for Women – The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

One list is based on administrator-reported data. The category and #1 school are:

  • Toughest to Get Into – Stanford University (CA) 

Top 10 Schools on The Princeton Review's List of Top 50 Online MBA Programs

Based on student- and administrator-reported data, this ranking list reports the top 50 schools. The top 10 schools on the list are:

  1. Indiana University—Bloomington
  2. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  3. Carnegie Mellon University (PA)
  4. University of Florida
  5. University of Southern California
  6. Rice University (TX)
  7. University of Utah
  8. Arizona State University
  9. Babson College (MA)
  10. IE University (Spain)

About The Princeton Review's On-Campus MBA Lists

The Princeton Review tallied its 18 lists of top-10 on-campus MBA schools for 2021 based on data from surveys of administrators at 244 such schools in 2019-20, and of more than 17,800 students enrolled at the schools during the 2019-20, 2018–19, and 2017–18 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 50 online MBA schools for 2021 based on its 2019-20 survey of administrators at more than 125 business schools (at which a majority of their program was online) offering online MBAs. The company also factored in data from its survey in 2019–2020 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.

Note: All schools that participate in The Princeton Review surveys for its Best Business Schools project are considered for the ranking lists. Schools that do not participate are not considered.

The Princeton Review also reports annual lists of the Top Undergraduate and Graduate Schools for Entrepreneurship Studies. The lists for 2021 are posted at  www.princetonreview.com/entrepreneur.

Today, The Princeton Review also reported its 2021 Best Law Schools ranking lists in 14 categories. The lists are posted at www.princetonreview.com/law-school-rankings/best-law-schools.

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