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The Top 25

Getting into the schools on this list is harder than it has ever been. With 
applications at the top 25 schools rising by 33% since 1994, schools are 
admitting even smaller percentages of candidates. None is more selective than 
Stanford, which accepted just 1 out of every 14 applicants last spring.
   The good news, though, is that once you get in, you can expect big rewards. 
Average job offers jumped by 30%, to three per grad. And the median starting 
pay for an MBA at a top-25 school is now a stunning $81,569, up 16% in two 
years.
   The letter grades here measure schools based on graduate and recruiter 
surveys. The top 20% in each category come home with As. The next 25% get Bs, 
the next 35% get Cs, and the bottom 20% take Ds. See page 122 for further 
details on the ranking process.

1996    SCHOOL                                    1994     CORP.   GRAD.
RANK                                              RANK     POLL    POLL
1       PENNSYLVANIA (Wharton) Philadelphia         1       1       4
2       MICHIGAN Ann Arbor                          6       3       3
3       NORTHWESTERN (Kellogg) Evanston, Ill.       2       2       8
4       HARVARD Boston                              5       4       9
5       VIRGINIA (Darden) Charlottesville          12      11       1
6       COLUMBIA New York                           8       6      16
7       STANFORD Stanford, Calif.                   4       7      11
8       CHICAGO Chicago                             3       5      23
9       MIT (Sloan) Cambridge, Mass.               10       8      13
10      DARTMOUTH (Tuck) Hanover, N.H.             13      12       7
11      DUKE (FUQUA) Durham, N.C.                  11      10      10
12      UCLA (ANDERSON) Los Angeles                 9      17       2
13      CALIFORNIA (Haas) Berkeley                 19      16       6
14      NYU (Stern) New York                       16       9       21
15      INDIANA Bloomington                         7      13       17
16      WASHINGTON U(Olin) St. Louis               NA      20       12
17      CARNEGIE MELLON Pittsburgh                 14      26        5
18      CORNELL (Johnson) Ithaca, N.Y.             15      18       20
19      UNC (Kenan-Flagler) Chapel Hill            18      27       14
20      TEXAS Austin                               17      15       28
21      ROCHESTER (Simon) Rochester, N.Y.          NA      38       18
22      YALE New Haven                             NA      30       22
23      SOUTHERN METHODIST (Cox) Dallas            NA      43       15
24      VANDERBILT (Owen) Nashville                NA      40       19
25      AMERICAN (Thunderbird) Glendale, Ariz.     NA      23       26

* FOR NONRESIDENTS
DATA: BUSINESS WEEK (RESEARCH BY LORI BONGIORNO, JUDI CROWE, LOURDES HERNANDEZ, 
FRED JESPERSEN, DAVID LEONHARDT, AND JENNIFER MERRITT)


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