It’s no secret that business school students know how to mingle. But out of so many b-schools, which one has the best social life? Graduateprograms.com, the online guide to graduate schools, has released the http://www.graduateprograms.com/top-business-schools [Top Business Schools __title__ Top Business Schools] in the U.S. for best social life. The rankings are based solely on surveys completed by graduate students and use a 10 star system (with 1 being the lowest and 10 being the best) and verbatim answers submitted by more than 4,500 students from more than 700 business schools across the United States.
For the first time, business students and recently graduated business men and women have offered firsthand knowledge about their experiences. The following business schools were ranked highest for those looking for the best social life, defined as accessibility to the social scene (meeting and making friends and/or dating).
1.) University of Texas, Austin (McCombs School of Business) (10 stars)
2.) University of Pennsylvania (Wharton School) (9.78 stars)
3.) Dartmouth College (Tuck School of Business) (9.5 stars)
4.) University of Virginia (Darden Graduate School of Business Administration) (9.43 stars)
5.) Rice University (Jones School of Business) (9.4 stars)
6.) Duke University (Fuqua School of Business (9.29 stars)
7.) New York University (Leonard N. Stern School of Business) (9.27 stars)
8.) Yale University (Yale School of Management) (9.2 stars)
9.) University of California, Berkeley (Haas School of Business) (9 stars)
Cornell University (S.C. Johnson Graduate School of Management) (9 stars)
10.) Michigan State University (Broad Graduate School of Management) (8.92 stars)
Students often leave comments that correspond with a review of their programs. One Class of 2013 University of Texas at Austin business student wrote, “My graduate program is located within an amazing, fun city (Austin, TX) with a great atmosphere which cultivates both learning and acceptability of diversity. The program is part of one of the largest schools in the nation (UT), which also provides ample opportunity for networking when it comes time for job opportunities. The program encourages group projects, which provided our very diverse student base, gives grad students an opportunity to learn how to work in an environment with people from different backgrounds. With so many pros, I cannot think of any cons.”
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Graduateprograms.com 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. Graduateprograms.com 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.