The 25 business schools in America that are most admired, most selective, and give graduates the biggest step up

Choose from among the cream of the crop.

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Choose from among the cream of the crop.
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Facebook/Johnson Graduate School of Management at Cornell University

  • Business school can help you start a successful career, or advance in your current one.
  • U.S. News & World Report just released its 2019 rankings of the best business schools in America.
  • Harvard Business School and the Booth School of Business at the University of Chicago tied for first place.

Business school can be a launching point for a successful career in a range of fields.

But choosing where to apply can be intimidating.

U.S. News & World Report just released its 2019 rankings of the best business schools in America. In total, they ranked 127 schools with full-time MBA programs. They took into account a range of factors including job opportunities, starting salary, selectivity, as well as peer and recruiter assessments.

This year, Harvard Business School and the Booth School of Business at the University of Chicago – institutions where graduates earn starting salaries of roughly $130,000 – came out on top.

Read on to see the rest of the top 25 business schools in America, and compare this year’s rankings to last year’s.

Note: Tuition figures reflect annual costs for out-of-state students.


25. Georgetown University — Robert Emmett McDonough School of Business

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Facebook/GeorgetownMcDonough

Location: Washington, DC

Average starting salary: $112,501

Annual tuition: $56,400


23. TIE: Washington University in St. Louis — Olin Business School

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Wikipedia

Location: St. Louis, Missouri

Average starting salary: $106,812

Annual tuition: $57,900


23. TIE: Rice University — Jesse H. Jones Graduate School of Business

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Facebook/Rice Business – Jones Graduate School of Business

Location: Houston, Texas

Average starting salary: $113,349

Annual tuition: $55,500


22. University of Washington — Michael G. Foster School of Business

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Facebook/UWFosterSchool

Location: Seattle, Washington

Average starting salary: $119,904

Annual tuition: $47,541


20. TIE: University of Southern California — Marshall School of Business

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Facebook/USC Marshall School of Business

Location: Los Angeles, California

Average starting salary: $118,110

Annual tuition: $60,951


20. TIE: Emory University — Goizueta Business School

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Emory University Goizueta Business School/Facebook

Location: Atlanta, Georgia

Average starting salary: $119,665

Annual tuition: $59,000


19. University of North Carolina — Kenan-Flagler Business School

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Location: Chapel Hill, North Carolina

Average starting salary: $111,082

Annual tuition: $58,138


17. TIE: University of Texas at Austin — McCombs School of Business

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UT McCombs School of Business/Facebook

Location: Austin, Texas

Average starting salary: $116,403

Annual tuition: $51,804


17. TIE: Carnegie Mellon University — Tepper School of Business

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Facebook/Tepper School of Business at Carnegie Mellon

Location: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Average starting salary: $119,402

Annual tuition: $64,000


16. University of California at Los Angeles — Anderson School of Management

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Facebook/UCLA Anderson School of Management

Location: Los Angeles, California

Average starting salary: $119,964

Annual tuition: $58,458


15. Cornell University — Samuel Curtis Johnson Graduate School of Management

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Facebook/Johnson Graduate School of Management at Cornell University

Location: Ithaca, New York

Average starting salary: $125,578

Annual tuition: $63,894


13. TIE: University of Virginia — Darden School of Business

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Facebook/UVA Darden School of Business

Location: Charlottesville, Virginia

Average starting salary: $124,684

Annual tuition: $62,342


13. TIE: New York University — Leonard N. Stern School of Business

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NYU Stern School of Business/Facebook

Location: New York, New York

Average starting salary: $121,146

Annual tuition: $69,086


11. TIE: Yale University — Yale School of Management

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Flickr/abn1

Location: New Haven, Connecticut

Average starting salary: $119,371

Annual tuition: $66,650


11. TIE: Duke University — Fuqua School of Business

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EQRoy/Shutterstock

Location: Durham, North Carolina

Average starting salary: $122,989

Annual tuition: $65,665


10. Dartmouth College — Tuck School of Business

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Tuck School of Business/Facebook

Location: Hanover, New Hampshire

Average starting salary: $127,986

Annual tuition: $68,910


9. Columbia University — Columbia Business School

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Columbia Business School/Facebook

Location: New York, New York

Average starting salary: $128,343

Annual tuition: $71,544


7. TIE: University of Michigan at Ann Arbor — Stephen M. Ross School of Business

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The Ross School of Business/Facebook

Location: Ann Arbor, Michigan

Average starting salary: $124,702

Annual tuition: $67,300


7. TIE: University of California at Berkeley — Haas School of Business

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Wikipedia/GNU

Location: Berkeley, California

Average starting salary: $125,572

Annual tuition: $59,811


6. Northwestern University — Kellogg School of Management

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Tim Boyle/Getty Images

Location: Evanston, Illinois

Average starting salary: $128,192

Annual tuition: $68,955


5. Massachusetts Institute of Technology — Sloan School of Management

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MIT Sloan School of Management/Facebook

Location: Cambridge, Massachusetts

Average starting salary: $128,301

Annual tuition: $71,000


4. Stanford University — Graduate School of Business

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Steve Castillo/Wikimedia Commons

Location: Stanford, California

Average starting salary: $144,455

Annual tuition: $68,868


3. University of Pennsylvania — Wharton School

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The Wharton School/Facebook

Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Average starting salary: $135,716

Annual tuition: $70,200


1. TIE: University of Chicago — Booth School of Business

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Facebook/chicagoboothbusiness

Location: Chicago, Illinois

Average starting salary: $129,442

Annual tuition: $69,200


1. TIE: Harvard University — Harvard Business School

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Harvard Business School/Facebook

Location: Boston, Massachusetts

Average starting salary: $137,293

Annual tuition: $72,000