2017 Top Business Schools

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This list of 32 schools offering graduate programs in business was developed using student ratings and reviews. Among the schools making the list are such recognizable names as Cornell UniversityDuke UniversityHarvard University, and the University of Notre Dame. Annual tuition for out-of-state students ranges, at the high end, from $52,713 at University of Chicago, to the more affordable $12,300 at Webster University, and $6,098 - $27,790 at Arizona State University. Other schools that made the list with their high student satisfaction ratings include the University of DenverUniversity of California - Los Angeles and Boston University. With so many highly-rated schools, there are plenty of options for prospective business graduate students to choose from.

Northwestern University received a 100% recommendation from its business school students that reviewed it. One student commented, "Northwestern University - Kellogg School of Management is a top business school that allowed me the opportunity to excel professionally," and endorsed the school's teachers by saying, "The faculty is top notch and is always willing to help outside of normal class hours." Click on the colleges named below to find more reviews of our top-rated business programs or view the list of top-ranked online schools offering business degrees.

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All schools on this list have at least one degree accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB).
Rank College Campus Location 2017 Student Score
#1 #1 Cornell University Campus Location Ithaca (NY) 2017 Student Score 92.57
#2 #2 Duke University Campus Location Durham (NC) 2017 Student Score 90.49
#3 #3 University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Campus Location Chapel Hill (NC) 2017 Student Score 90.00
#4 #4 Florida International University Campus Location Miami (FL) 2017 Student Score 88.85
#5 #5 University of Notre Dame Campus Location Notre Dame (IN) 2017 Student Score 88.81
#6 #6 University of Virginia - Main Campus Campus Location Charlottesville (VA) 2017 Student Score 88.60
#7 #7 The University of Texas at Austin Campus Location Austin (TX) 2017 Student Score 88.33
#8 #8 University of Michigan - Ann Arbor Campus Location Ann Arbor (MI) 2017 Student Score 88.25
#9 #9 University of Denver Campus Location Denver (CO) 2017 Student Score 87.31
#10 #10 University of California - Berkeley Campus Location Berkeley (CA) 2017 Student Score 87.23
#11 #11 Johns Hopkins University Campus Location Baltimore (MD) 2017 Student Score 87.12
#12 #12 Harvard University Campus Location Cambridge (MA) 2017 Student Score 86.85
#13 #13 University of Washington - Bothell Campus Location Bothell (WA) 2017 Student Score 86.14
#14 #14 Northwestern University Campus Location Evanston (IL) 2017 Student Score 86.12
#15 #15 Columbia University in the City of New York Campus Location New York (NY) 2017 Student Score 85.84
#16 #16 University of Redlands Campus Location Redlands (CA) 2017 Student Score 85.08
#17 #17 Arizona State University Campus Location Tempe (and 4 others) 2017 Student Score 84.50
#18 #18 University of California - Los Angeles Campus Location Los Angeles (CA) 2017 Student Score 83.81
#19 #19 Webster University Campus Location Saint Louis (MO) 2017 Student Score 83.79
#20 #20 The University of Texas at Dallas Campus Location Richardson (TX) 2017 Student Score 83.69
#21 #21 University of Chicago Campus Location Chicago (IL) 2017 Student Score 83.46
#22 #22 Massachusetts Institute of Technology Campus Location Cambridge (MA) 2017 Student Score 81.41
#23 #23 New York University Campus Location New York (NY) 2017 Student Score 81.13
#24 #24 American University Campus Location Washington (DC) 2017 Student Score 80.86
#25 #25 Syracuse University Campus Location Syracuse (NY) 2017 Student Score 80.18
#26 #26 Pepperdine University Campus Location Malibu (CA) 2017 Student Score 80.06
#27 #27 The George Washington University Campus Location Washington (DC) 2017 Student Score 79.51
#28 #28 University of Central Florida Campus Location Orlando (and 7 others) 2017 Student Score 79.21
#29 #29 Boston University Campus Location Boston (MA) 2017 Student Score 78.50
#30 #30 Fordham University Campus Location Bronx (NY) 2017 Student Score 76.77
#31 #31 Florida Atlantic University Campus Location Boca Raton (FL) 2017 Student Score 74.94
#32 #32 North Carolina State University Campus Location Raleigh (NC) 2017 Student Score 74.45


Our goal in presenting this school data is to create a standardized and trustworthy method to assess institutions based on reliable statistics. In order for a school to be eligible to be featured on a 2017 Top Programs List, at least ten students from that particular major must have submitted feedback on their institution. Graduate Programs only considers regionally or nationally accredited, non-profit institutions for our rankings. Aggregated student rating values were multiplied by 20 to create a Student Score out of 100; in the event of a tie, schools were awarded the same rank value.

Together with our internal recommend rate data, which is calculated based on tens of thousands of student reviews submitted to our site, the data used in the school listings were gathered in 2016-2017 from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES). This site is the primary governmental entity for gathering and presenting data related to education. NCES data is updated annually. However, in many cases the most recently available data will not be for the current academic year. Additionally, tuition rates may vary by program, so prospective students should contact a representative from your institution of choice for more details.

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This indicates that a school has an annual tuition of $15,000 or less as reported to the National Center for Education Statistics or based on the school's website.