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Rice University Named Best Program by Students; MIT Ranked Highest for Overall Value

Bill Glick, Dean, Jones Graduate School of Business, Rice University commented, “The Jones School community greatly appreciates this positive feedback from students through's survey."

Want to know which b-schools rate highest among current and recent students? Graduate Programs, the online guide to graduate schools for prospective graduate students, today released its rankings of the Top 25 Business School programs according to student ratings and reviews posted on The rankings are solely based on the surveys based on a 10 star system (with 1 being the lowest and 10 being the best) and verbatim answers submitted by 4,500 students from more than 700 business schools across the U.S

The Top 25 best business schools in the United States, according to ratings and reviews are:

1.) Rice University (Jones Graduate School of Business) (9.41 stars)
2.) University of Virginia (Darden Graduate School of Business) (9.26 stars)
3.) Dartmouth (Tuck School of Business) (9.15 stars)
4.) University of Notre Dame (Mendoza College of Business ) (9.04 stars)
5.) Cornell University (S. C. Johnson Graduate School of Management) (9.02 stars)
6.) University of Texas at Austin (McCombs School of Business ) (8.97 stars)
7.) Arizona State University (W. P. Carey School of Business) (8.83 stars)
8.) Boston College (8.76 stars)
9.) University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (Kenan-Flagler Business School) (8.75 stars)
TIE: University of California, Berkeley (Haas School of Business) (8.75 stars)
11.) Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Sloan School of Management) (8.70 stars)
12.) Michigan State University (Broad College of Business) (8.66 stars)
13.) Stanford University (8.60 stars)
14.) University of Pennsylvania (Wharton School) (8.54 stars)
15.) University of Michigan, Ann Arbor (Stephen M. Ross School of Business) (8.52 stars)
16.) Northwestern University (Kellogg School of Management) (8.51 stars)
17.) Yale University (8.45 stars)
18.) Johns Hopkins University (Carey Business School) (8.32 stars)
19.) University of Missouri, Columbia (Trulaske College of Business) (8.27 stars)
20.) New York University (Leonard N. Stern School of Business) (8.23 stars)
21.) University of California, Los Angeles (Anderson School of Management) (8.21 stars)
22.) University of Chicago (Booth School of Business) (8.20 stars)
23.) Duke University (Fuqua School of Business) (8.16 stars)
        TIE: Harvard University (8.16 stars)
25.) Columbia University (8.09 stars)
        TIE: American University (Kogod School of Business) (8.09 stars)

“ provides the most pure of rankings, completely uninfluenced by any data from the schools, because we rely solely on student questionnaires,” said Harvey Berkey, Chief Operating Officer, “The business school list offers a number of surprises given that very few of the elite b-schools that traditionally appear in the top ten of other ranking lists are in the top 10 of ours.”

Student reviewers rated Rice University 10 out of 10 in the areas of academic competitiveness, faculty accessibility/support and financial aid. The graduate business program also scored a 9.70 for quality of education. Bill Glick, Dean, Jones Graduate School of Business, Rice University commented, “The Jones School community greatly appreciates this positive feedback from students through's survey. We strive to excel at developing principled, innovative thought leaders in global communities. Feedback from students through validates our efforts and is a much better source of information than published surveys of people not familiar with the transformative Rice MBA.”

Robert Mittelstaedt, Dean, W. P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University, ranked number seven, added, “While top publications frequently rank the W. P. Carey School among the best business schools in the nation, we are especially happy to see these new rankings from our own students, confirming that they love the school, its community feel, its great faculty and its career resources. We strive to provide a stellar educational experience and real value to our students.”

Business programs were ranked in 15 categories, from academic competitiveness to student diversity. Included in the categories is a rating for overall “program value” which asked students if they had the chance to choose their graduate program again, would they make the same choice.

The Top 15 business schools in the United States with the best overall value, according to graduate students are:

1.) MIT
2.) University of California, Berkeley
3.) University of Virginia
4.) Cornell University
5.) Boston College
6.) Rice University
7.) Arizona State University
8.) University of Notre Dame
9.) Dartmouth College
10.)    Yale University
11.)    University of Chicago
12.)    University of Pennsylvania
13.)    University of Texas at Austin
14.)    Stanford University
15.)    Harvard University

In addition to the 10-star questionnaire, graduate students also were encouraged to post comments when reviewing their respective programs. One Rice University student wrote, “The MBA program at Rice has surpassed all of my expectations and has provided all the opportunities I could ask for coming out of business school. The career center is an excellent resource for students and I am proud to say that I am part of the Rice family.”

A University of Dartmouth graduate student wrote: “Beyond its reputation, Tuck provides both academic rigor and insight in the business world. But to me, Tuck distinguishes itself because of the access to the Alumni and to visiting executives. Their availability but mostly the mere size of the school makes Tuck an incredible platform to kick-start one’s network.”

A Class of 2014 University of Virginia student said, “I can't imagine attending any other school. As rigorous as the program is and with recruiting on top of that, it's truly a collaborative community where students can expect their classmates, professors and career counselors to go above and beyond in assisting in reaching our career goals. In the first 3 months of school, I had dinner at 2 of my professors’ homes with their families. It's that kind of place.”

Students may continue to review their programs at and qualify to win a $1,000 scholarship, awarded once per semester. Reviews will be incorporated into upcoming program rankings.

Methodology reaches current and recent graduate students through scholarship entries as well as social media platforms. All business school rankings cover a period from September 1, 2012 to January 7, 2013. assigns 15 ranking categories to each graduate program at each graduate school. Rankings cover a variety of student topics, such as academic competitiveness, career support, financial aid, and quality of network.

For a given graduate program, rankings are determined by calculating the average score for each program based on the 15 ranking categories. These scores are then compared across all ranked schools for that program and are translated into a final ranking for that graduate program, i.e., business and management. A given graduate program is not ranked until a minimum threshold of graduate student surveys is completed for that graduate program. Offers Scholarship to One Student Per Semester
Each semester, the will award one $1,000 scholarship at random to a student completing a survey questionnaire. In order to qualify for the scholarship, the student must be a current student at one of the graduate schools listed on or a student with good academic standing or who has graduated within the last 5 years. The scholarship is awarded through the Foundation, a non-profit entity.

About was founded in 2012, when founder Harvey Berkey discovered a lack of information available for prospective graduate students that was completely unencumbered by any data provided directly by the schools. Since its founding, more than 10,000 students from 1,200 schools have submitted information. recently posted its top engineering school rankings, and will soon release rankings for a number of other programs, including education, medicine, science, communications, and law. For more information, please visit For any questions, please email info(at)graduateprograms(dot)com.

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