Written by: James Stevens, Assistant Dean of Student Affairs, University of California, Davis, Graduate School of Management
As admissions officers, we are often asked about the importance of rankings in evaluating schools. In my opinion, rankings can provide some valuable information to prospective students as they begin to research MBA programs, and they may introduce individuals to programs they didn’t previously consider.
However, just as applicants know that no single component of their application can represent the richness of their background, experience, and potential (and hope that it won’t be the only measure that the Admissions Committee considers), no single ranking can capture a business school’s distinction or impact. Business schools, like individuals, are multidimensional—their success is based on a variety of factors, including research visibility, teaching effectiveness, business outreach, fundraising, and their unique culture.