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Kellogg School repeats best MBA schools ranking as No. 1

Northwestern University’s business school earns back-to-back top business school rankings in BusinessWeek and Economist Intelligence Unit


10/7/2004 - Evanston, IL USA — The Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University is ranked as the No.1 graduate school of business in the United States, and the best master of business administration (MBA) program in the world according to BusinessWeek magazine and the Economist Intelligence Unit, respectively.

Since the biennial BusinessWeek survey began in 1988, the Kellogg School has been ranked No. 1 a record five times – an honor achieved more often than any other business school. The BusinessWeek survey has long recognized Kellogg as among the top graduate business schools nationally, ranking the Kellogg School number one in 1988, 1990, 1992, 2002 and 2004, number two in 2000, 1998 and 1994, and number three in 1996. The magazine notes, “The balance between an in-depth academic experience and a welcoming culture is what once again put Kellogg at the top.”

Yesterday, the London-based Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) named the Kellogg School the best master of business administration (MBA) program for the third consecutive year. The EIU publishes Which MBA?, a guide to MBA programs now in its 16th year of print, and is a member of The Economist Group, publisher of the global Economist magazine.

“These rankings are simply two measurements in the many that reflect the Kellogg School’s excellence,” said Dipak C. Jain, dean of the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. “We have always placed special emphasis on creating a unique student experience and on delivering a world-class curriculum.”

“Our holistic approach to the MBA encourages a culture of balanced excellence among our distinguished faculty, students, alumni, recruiters and corporate partners and we are extremely proud of these strong partnerships,” adds Jain.

Armed with feedback solicited from partners around the globe, the Kellogg School has implemented changes to its curriculum to ensure an academic experience based on “action-learning.” The Kellogg curriculum offers a strong focus on the fundamentals of management concepts and provides real-time problem solving opportunities in partnership with companies worldwide.

In addition to the curriculum changes, Dean Jain and the Kellogg School’s faculty have created resources and opportunities for students to enhance their leadership skills and worked to enhance the global reach of Kellogg, to reinvigorate the Kellogg School’s extensive alumni network and continue to build strong relations with blue chip organizations within the corporate and the government sector.

This afternoon the Kellogg Student Association (KSA) gathered students in the Donald P. Jacobs Center as the BusinessWeek rankings results were broadcast live onto a big screen. The students erupted into cheers when the Kellogg School was named No. 1 and celebrated with a champagne toast.

Rounding out the top five schools in the BusinessWeek survey were the University of Chicago (2), University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School (3), Stanford Graduate School of Business (4) and Harvard Business School (5).

About the Surveys

The BusinessWeek biennial survey is based on corporate recruiter and student feedback and provides a comprehensive analysis of the top-30 business schools in the country. The survey identifies schools that have made significant strides in improving their curriculum and student services from career counseling to administrative responsiveness. Additional information about the BusinessWeek survey, including school profiles, is available at businessweek.com/bschools/index.html.

The Economist Intelligence Unit has regularly surveyed MBA students and alumni worldwide in search of the best MBA program for more than a decade. During the past year, more than 21,000 MBA students and alumni from 100 business schools were contacted. The ranking is based on four factors identified by students as the most important elements of an MBA: the business schools’ ability to provide students with new and advanced career opportunities, educational and personal development, increased salary and the potential to network. Additional details about the EIU survey are available at mba.eiu.com

“These rankings are simply two measurements in the many that reflect the Kellogg School’s excellence,” said Dipak C. Jain, dean of the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. “We have always placed special emphasis on creating a unique student experience and on delivering a world-class curriculum.”

“Our holistic approach to the MBA encourages a culture of balanced excellence among our distinguished faculty, students, alumni, recruiters and corporate partners and we are extremely proud of these strong partnerships,” adds Jain.

Armed with feedback solicited from partners around the globe, the Kellogg School has implemented changes to its curriculum to ensure an academic experience based on “action-learning.” The Kellogg curriculum offers a strong focus on the fundamentals of management concepts and provides real-time problem solving opportunities in partnership with companies worldwide.

In addition to the curriculum changes, Dean Jain and the Kellogg School’s faculty have created resources and opportunities for students to enhance their leadership skills and worked to enhance the global reach of Kellogg, to reinvigorate the Kellogg School’s extensive alumni network and continue to build strong relations with blue chip organizations within the corporate and the government sector.

This afternoon the Kellogg Student Association (KSA) gathered students in the Donald P. Jacobs Center as the BusinessWeek rankings results were broadcast live onto a big screen. The students erupted into cheers when the Kellogg School was named No. 1 and celebrated with a champagne toast.

Rounding out the top five schools in the BusinessWeek survey were the University of Chicago (2), University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School (3), Stanford Graduate School of Business (4) and Harvard Business School (5).

About the Surveys

The BusinessWeek biennial survey is based on corporate recruiter and student feedback and provides a comprehensive analysis of the top-30 business schools in the country. The survey identifies schools that have made significant strides in improving their curriculum and student services from career counseling to administrative responsiveness. Additional information about the BusinessWeek survey, including school profiles, is available at businessweek.com/bschools/index.html.

The Economist Intelligence Unit has regularly surveyed MBA students and alumni worldwide in search of the best MBA program for more than a decade. During the past year, more than 21,000 MBA students and alumni from 100 business schools were contacted. The ranking is based on four factors identified by students as the most important elements of an MBA: the business schools’ ability to provide students with new and advanced career opportunities, educational and personal development, increased salary and the potential to network. Additional details about the EIU survey are available at mba.eiu.com