Headhunters ranked the top 30 business schools. Harvard barely made the top 20.

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  • Nearly 3,700 recruiters were asked to score 30 top business schools on reputation, creativity of graduates, and other measures for Bloomberg Businessweek’s “Best B-Schools” ranking.
  • When we combined the scores to create an overall ranking of business schools, Harvard didn’t make the top 20.

Harvard may boast one of the most famous business schools in the world, but it doesn’t impress some recruiters.

Headhunters scored the Ivy League university poorly on Bloomberg Businessweek’s “Best B-Schools” ranking of full-time MBA programs.

Recruiters scored 30 leading business schools on a scale from 1 (lowest) to 5 (highest). They compared the schools’ ability to produce diverse and high-quality candidates, the creativity of their graduates, and how well their students are trained compared with peers from other schools.

They also assessed the value of each school’s brand, its reputation for entrepreneurship, and how driven and entrepreneurial its students are.

We took the average recruiter score for each school across all six metrics from Bloomberg Businessweek’s list to create an overall ranking of the top 30 business schools:

1. Stanford University

Average score: 4.27

2. Georgetown University (McDonough)

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Average score: 4.16

3. Yale University

Average score: 4.10

4. Carnegie Mellon University (Tepper)

Average score: 4.09

T5. Insead

Average score: 4.08

T5. University of California at Berkeley (Haas)

Average score: 4.08

7. University of Washington (Foster)

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Average score: 4.07

8. IESE Business School

Average score: 4.02

9. MIT (Sloan)

Average score: 4.00

10. Rice University (Jones)

Average score: 3.99

11. University of North Carolina (Kenan-Flagler)

Average score: 3.93

T12. Cornell University (Johnson)

Average score: 3.92

T12. University of Chicago (Booth)

Average score: 3.92

T12. Columbia University


Average score: 3.92

T12. University of Texas at Austin (McCombs)

Average score: 3.92

16. IMD

Average score: 3.91

17. Brigham Young University (Marriott)

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Average score: 3.88

T18. University of Pennsylvania (Wharton)

Average score: 3.86

T18. University of Virginia (Darden)

Average score: 3.86

T20. University of Southern California (Marshall)

Average score: 3.85

T20. Harvard University

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Average score: 3.85

T20. Duke University (Fuqua)

Average score: 3.85

T23. Vanderbilt University (Owen)

Average score: 3.83

T23. University of California, Los Angeles (Anderson)

Average score: 3.83

T23. Northwestern University (Kellogg)

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Average score: 3.83

26. London Business School

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Average score: 3.77

27. New York University (Stern)


Average score: 3.71

28. Emory University (Goizueta)

Average score: 3.68

29. University of Michigan (Ross)

Average score: 3.67

30. Dartmouth College (Tuck)

Average score: 3.63

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