2010 U.S. News MBA Rankings Leaked... We Think

While the U.S. News 2010 Business School Rankings won’t come out until later this week, online communities have been buzzing with the possibility that U.S. News accidentally leaked its rankings in a short online video. U.S. News released a short video giving an overview of grad school trends, and in the video you can see the magazines business school rankings. While the image was small, it only took hours for eagle-eyed MBA applicants to analyze the image and determine what the new rankings are.

(UPDATE: U.S. news released the official rankings on April 23, and the rankings below do indeed appear to be correct.)

While this list is very unofficial and have not yet been confirmed by U.S. News, here are the top 20 schools in the alleged 2010 U.S. News MBA rankings:

Current rank [Previous rank] School Name (Rating) [Previous Rating]
1 [1] Harvard (100) [100]
2 [1] Stanford (99) [100]
3 [4] Northwestern (93) [93]
3 [3] Penn (93) [95]
5 [4] MIT (92) [93]
6 [4] Chicago (91) [93]
7 [7] Berkeley (88) [89]
8 [7] Dartmouth (87) [89]
9 [9] Columbia (86) [88]
10 [13] Yale (85) [80]
11 [10] NYU (83) [84]
12 [14] Duke (82) [79]
13 [12] Michigan (81) [82]
14 [11] UCLA (80) [83]
15 [17] Carnegie Mellon (79) [77]
15 [14] UVA (79) [79]
17 [14] Cornell (76) [79]
18 [18] Texas-Austin (74) [74]
19 [22] Georgetown (73) [69]
20 [19] UNC (70) [72]
20 [21] USC (70) [70]

You can see the full video here. The image that we captured here (taken from that U.S. New video) shows up 52 seconds into the clip.

While the allegedly leaked MBA rankings represent the most sensational part of the video, it’s also worth watching to learn about U.S. News’ first annual part-time law school rankings, which are dominated by schools in the Northwest (especially Washington, D.C.).

It will be interesting to see if these turn out to be the real rankings, but if so, then the online community deserves some kudos for some good detective work!

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