Best Business Schools: The A-List

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Looking to narrow your search for a business school that offers an excellent MBA education, is realistically priced and has lower than Ivy League requirements for acceptance? Start with Best Business Schools: The A-List Rankings. These rankings create an A-list of graduate business schools based on five factors that matter most to future MBA students: affordability, academic quality, accessibility, incoming full-time student GMAT average, and job placement rate. Find high-quality MBA programs without the Ivy League price tag or barrier to entry, and get a jump on narrowing your graduate business school search.
*based on 2013 and 2014 data.

A List: Affordability ★ Academic Quality ★ Accessibility + GMAT Average ★ Job Placement

  1. University of Cincinnati (Lindner)

    University of Cincinnati (Lindner)

    Cincinnati, OH
    #1

    The Lindner College of Business at the University of Cincinnati is consistently ranked as one of the nation’s Best Business Schools by U.S. News & World Report, Bloomberg Businessweek and The … read more

    • $24,118 Est. Annual Tuition
    • Acceptance rate
    • Job Placement Rate
    • 607 GMAT Average
  2. Brigham Young University (Marriott)

    Brigham Young University (Marriott)

    Provo, UT
    #2

    Brigham Young University (BYU) is located in Provo, Utah. It is owned and operated by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, also known as the Mormon Church. It is the third largest … read more

    • $23,240 Est. Annual Tuition
    • Acceptance rate
    • Job Placement Rate
    • 670 GMAT Average
  3. Texas Tech University (Rawls)

    Texas Tech University (Rawls)

    Lubbock, TX
    #3

    Texas Tech University (TTU) was established February 10, 1923, as Texas Technological College. Today it is a leading, public, research university in the Texas Tech University System and is located … read more

    • $15,224 Est. Annual Tuition
    • Acceptance rate
    • Job Placement Rate
    • 523 GMAT Average
  4. University of Georgia (Terry)

    University of Georgia (Terry)

    Athens, GA
    #4

    University of Georgia is commonly known as UGA, U Georgia or Georgia. It is the state’s largest, public, research university and commonly ranks among the top 200 universities globally. The main … read more

    • $30,420 Est. Annual Tuition
    • Acceptance rate
    • Job Placement Rate
    • 640 GMAT Average
  5. University of Alabama (Manderson)

    University of Alabama – Tuscaloosa (Manderson)

    Tuscaloosa, AL
    #5

    The University of Alabama – Tuscaloosa is one of the largest, public universities in the South. The school offers hundreds of excellent educational programs, has a beautiful campus, and sponsors … read more

    • $23,950 Est. Annual Tuition
    • Acceptance rate
    • Job Placement Rate
    • 642 GMAT Average
  6. University of Iowa (Tippie)

    University of Iowa (Tippie)

    Iowa City, IA
    #6

    The University of Iowa is the oldest, public university in the state. Commonly referred to as UI or just Iowa, it is a research university that offers undergraduate, graduate, and professional … read more

    • $35,314 Est. Annual Tuition
    • Acceptance rate
    • Job Placement Rate
    • 660 GMAT Average
  7. University of Oklahoma (Price)

    University of Oklahoma (Price)

    Norman, OK
    #7

    The University of Oklahoma (OU), located in Norman, Oklahoma, is a public, research university. The coeducational school was established in 1890, 17 years before Oklahoma became an official state. … read more

    • $20,250 Est. Annual Tuition
    • Acceptance rate
    • Job Placement Rate
    • 606 GMAT Average
  8. University of Missouri (Trulaske)

    University of Missouri (Trulaske)

    Columbia, MO
    #8

    The University of Missouri, Columbia, is a public, research university located in Columbia, Missouri. Also known as Mizzou, Missouri or MU, it is the largest institution of higher education in the … read more

    • $25,183 Est. Annual Tuition
    • Acceptance rate
    • Job Placement Rate
    • 650 GMAT Average
  9. University of Wisconsin - Madison

    University of Wisconsin – Madison

    Madison, WI
    #9

    The University of Wisconsin-Madison (commonly referred to as UW-Madison and locally as Wisconsin or simply Madison) is a four-year, research university in Madison, Wisconsin that offers an … read more

    • $26,678 Est. Annual Tuition
    • Acceptance rate
    • Job Placement Rate
    • 675 GMAT Average
  10. Iowa State University

    Iowa State University

    Ames, IA
    #10

    The Iowa State University MBA is an intensive two-year program with a unique delivery of the core curriculum. Students progress through the lock-step classes within a cohort of colleagues,… read more

    • $21,840 Est. Annual Tuition
    • Acceptance rate
    • Job Placement Rate
    • 622 GMAT Average
  11. University of Delaware (Lerner)

    University of Delaware (Lerner)

    Newark, DE
    #11

    The University of Delaware (locally referred to as ‘UD’) located in the city of Newark is Delaware’s largest, four-year university. In addition to its Newark campus, University of Delaware has … read more

    • $24,000 Est. Annual Tuition
    • Acceptance rate
    • Job Placement Rate
    • 625 GMAT Average
  12. University of Pittsburgh (Katz)

    University of Pittsburgh (Katz)

    Pittsburgh, PA
    #12

    The University of Pittsburgh, commonly referred to as Pitt, is located in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. It is a state, research university and was originally founded as the Pittsburgh Academy in 1787 … read more

    • $26,964 Est. Annual Tuition
    • Acceptance rate
    • Job Placement Rate
    • 606 GMAT Average
  13. University at Buffalo - SUNY

    University at Buffalo – SUNY

    Buffalo, NY
    #13

    The University at Buffalo, State University of New York is a public, research university with campuses in Buffalo and Amherst, New York. The school is commonly referred to as University at Buffalo … read more

    • $20,146 Est. Annual Tuition
    • Acceptance rate
    • Job Placement Rate
    • 620 GMAT Average
  14. Michigan State University (Broad)

    Michigan State University (Broad)

    East Lansing, MI
    #14

    Michigan State University, locally referred to as MSU, is a public university in East Lansing, Michigan that is classified as a "high research activity" institution. MSU is internationally … read more

    • $43,135 Est. Annual Tuition
    • Acceptance rate
    • Job Placement Rate
    • 645 GMAT Average
  15. Binghamton University - SUNY

    Binghamton University – SUNY

    Binghamton, NY
    #15

    The State University of New York at Binghamton, or Binghamton University, State University of New York (SUNY), or BU, as it’s known to locals, is a public, research university located in the state … read more

    • $20,150 Est. Annual Tuition
    • Acceptance rate
    • Job Placement Rate
    • 626 GMAT Average
  16. Georgia Institute of Technology (Scheller)

    Georgia Institute of Technology (Scheller)

    Atlanta, GA
    #16

    The Georgia Institute of Technology, also known as Georgia Tech, is a public, research university located in Atlanta, Georgia. Founded in 1885, Georgia Tech is home to over 14,000 undergraduate and … read more

    • $37,332 Est. Annual Tuition
    • Acceptance rate
    • Job Placement Rate
    • 678 GMAT Average
  17. University of Colorado - Boulder (Leeds)

    University of Colorado – Boulder (Leeds)

    Boulder, CO
    #17

    The University of Colorado Boulder (also known as CU-Boulder, CU, or Boulder) is the flagship, research university of the University of Colorado system and is located in Boulder, Colorado. It is a … read more

    • $30,474 Est. Annual Tuition
    • Acceptance rate
    • Job Placement Rate
    • 622 GMAT Average
  18. University of Arizona (Eller)

    University of Arizona (Eller)

    Tucson, AZ
    #18

    The University of Arizona (locally referred to as UA or U of A) is located in Tucson, Arizona. U of A was founded in 1885 and it is the oldest, four-year university in the state. University of Arizona … read more

    • $37,898 Est. Annual Tuition
    • Acceptance rate
    • Job Placement Rate
    • 630 GMAT Average
  19. San Diego State University

    San Diego State University

    San Diego, CA
    #19

    San Diego State University (SDSU), locally referred to as San Diego State, is one of the oldest and largest universities in San Diego, California. The institution was founded over one hundred and … read more

    • $24,356 Est. Annual Tuition
    • Acceptance rate
    • Job Placement Rate
    • 590 GMAT Average
  20. University of South Carolina (Moore)

    University of South Carolina (Moore)

    Columbia, SC
    #20

    The University of South Carolina, sometimes referred to as USC, is a public, co-educational, 4-year, research university whose flagship campus is located in Columbia, South Carolina. (The University … read more

    • $35,790 Est. Annual Tuition
    • Acceptance rate
    • Job Placement Rate
    • 620 GMAT Average
  21. Pennsylvania State University - University Park (Smeal)

    Pennsylvania State University – University Park (Smeal)

    University Park, PA
    #21

    Pennsylvania State University (also known as Penn State, or just PSU) is a public, four-year university that is classified by the Carnegie Foundation as a university with ‘high research activity’. … read more

    • $35,888 Est. Annual Tuition
    • Acceptance rate
    • Job Placement Rate
    • 650 GMAT Average
  22. Texas A&M University - College Station (Mays)

    Texas A&M University – College Station (Mays)

    College Station, TX
    #22

    Texas A&M University (A&M standing for "Agriculture and Mechanical"), College Station, is the flagship institution among 11 universities in the Texas A&M University System. The Texas A&M … read more

    • $20,319 Est. Annual Tuition
    • Acceptance rate
    • Job Placement Rate
    • 660 GMAT Average
  23. Boston College (Carroll)

    Boston College (Carroll)

    Chestnut Hill, MA
    #23

    Boston College (locally referred to as BC) is a private college owned and operated by the Jesuit sect of the Roman Catholic Church. It is located in the city of Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts. The … read more

    • $42,000 Est. Annual Tuition
    • Acceptance rate
    • Job Placement Rate
    • 680 GMAT Average
  24. CUNY Bernard M. Baruch College (Zicklin)

    CUNY Bernard M. Baruch College (Zicklin)

    New York, NY
    #24

    The college’s Zicklin School of Business is currently one of the largest business schools in the nation and is consistently ranked among the top undergraduate business schools in the United … read more

    • $26,220 Est. Annual Tuition
    • Acceptance rate
    • Job Placement Rate
    • 640 GMAT Average
  25. University of Washington (Foster)

    University of Washington (Foster)

    Seattle, WA
    #25

    The University of Washington, often referred to as UW, UDub, or simply Washington, is a public, research university located in Seattle, Washington. It is a Public Ivy League institution and a … read more

    • $41,037 Est. Annual Tuition
    • Acceptance rate
    • Job Placement Rate
    • 670 GMAT Average
  26. University of Arkansas - Fayetteville (Walton)

    University of Arkansas – Fayetteville (Walton)

    Fayetteville, AR
    #26

    The University of Arkansas, often referred to as U of A, UARK, or simply UA, is a public, four-year, coeducational, research university located in Fayetteville, Arkansas. According to the Carnegie … read more

    • $37,805 Est. Annual Tuition
    • Acceptance rate
    • Job Placement Rate
    • 654 GMAT Average
  27. University of Illinois - Urbana - Champaign

    University of Illinois – Urbana – Champaign

    Champaign, IL
    #27

    The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (also known as University of Illinois, U of I, UIUC, and Illinois) is a public, four-year university that offers a plethora of undergraduate and … read more

    • $29,976 Est. Annual Tuition
    • Acceptance rate
    • Job Placement Rate
    • 660 GMAT Average
  28. Boston University

    Boston University

    Boston, MA
    #28

    Boston University is commonly referred to as BU and is located in Boston, Massachusetts. As a private, research university, BU offers Bachelor’s, Master’s and Doctoral programs, as well as medical … read more

    • $43,970 Est. Annual Tuition
    • Acceptance rate
    • Job Placement Rate
    • 654 GMAT Average
  29. University of Texas - Dallas

    University of Texas – Dallas

    Richardson, TX
    #29

    The University of Texas at Dallas (UTD) is a member of the University of Texas System. This public, research university is located in Richardson, Texas in the Telecom Corridor which is 18 miles … read more

    • $30,000 Est. Annual Tuition
    • Acceptance rate
    • Job Placement Rate
    • 672 GMAT Average
  30. University of Florida (Hough)

    University of Florida (Hough)

    Gainesville, FL
    #30

    U of F is a major research university. A 2011 study by the school’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences found that it contributed $8.76 billion to Florida’s economy and was responsible for … read more

    • $30,035 Est. Annual Tuition
    • Acceptance rate
    • Job Placement Rate
    • 678 GMAT Average
RankCollege NameLocationEst. Annual TuitionAcceptance rateJob Placement RateGMAT Average
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Wake Forest UniversityWinston-Salem, NC$41,3163 / 54 / 5660
32
Emory University (Goizueta)Atlanta, GA$46,0003 / 55 / 5670
33
University of KansasLawrence, KS$24,3001 / 55 / 5570
34
Indiana University – Bloomington (Kelley)Bloomington, IN$44,4603 / 54 / 5680
35
North Carolina State University (Jenkins)Raleigh, NC$30,6213 / 53 / 5627
36
University of Notre Dame (Mendoza)Notre Dame, IN$45,1304 / 55 / 5700
37
West Virginia UniversityMorgantown, WV$28,1344 / 53 / 5617
38
University of ConnecticutStorrs, CT$31,9461 / 55 / 5650
39
University at Albany – SUNYAlbany, NY$25,2001 / 55 / 5562
40
Arizona State University (Carey)Tempe, AZ$39,1504 / 53 / 5680
41
University of Tulsa (Collins)Tulsa, OK$32,6104 / 54 / 5574
42
Purdue University – West Lafayette (Krannert)West Lafayette, IN$42,1744 / 53 / 5650
43
Southern Methodist University (Cox)Dallas, TX$43,6363 / 53 / 5640
44
Cornell University (Johnson)Ithaca, NY$55,9484 / 55 / 5700
45
Louisiana State University – Baton Rouge (Ourso)Baton Rouge, LA$30,4633 / 53 / 5620
46
Baylor University (Hankamer)Waco, TX$32,5744 / 52 / 5623
47
College of William and Mary (Mason)Williamsburg, VA$41,3544 / 53 / 5610
48
Vanderbilt University (Owen)Nashville, TN$46,1253 / 54 / 5690
49
University of Houston (Bauer)Houston, TX$24,6483 / 52 / 5600
50
University of Oregon (Lundquist)Eugene, OR$33,5253 / 54 / 5636
51
Case Western Reserve University (Weatherhead)Cleveland, OH$44,2004 / 54 / 5640
52
University of Tennessee – KnoxvilleKnoxville, TN$40,4324 / 53 / 5605
53
University of Pennsylvania (Wharton)Philadelphia, PA$59,7363 / 55 / 5725
54
Temple University (Fox)Philadelphia, PA$39,1774 / 52 / 5645
55
Pepperdine University (Graziadio)Malibu, CA$43,9303 / 55 / 5640
56
DePaul University (Kellstadt)Chicago, IL$29,4004 / 51 / 5627
57
Washington University in St. Louis (Olin)St. Louis, MO$49,7003 / 54 / 5700
58
Bentley University (McCallum)Waltham, MA$35,0001 / 55 / 5590
59
Northeastern UniversityBoston, MA$41,5504 / 52 / 5640
60
Syracuse University (Whitman)Syracuse, NY$38,8203 / 53 / 5630
61
Ohio State University (Fisher)Columbus, OH$46,3523 / 54 / 5680
62
Tulane University (Freeman)New Orleans, LA$46,1473 / 54 / 5640
63
University of Maryland – College Park (Smith)College Park, MD$45,7653 / 53 / 5650
64
University of Illinois – Chicago (Liautaud)Chicago, IL$31,7644 / 51 / 5577
65
University of Michigan – Ann Arbor (Ross)Ann Arbor, MI$57,2003 / 54 / 5710
66
Babson College (Olin)Babson Park, MA$47,4183 / 54 / 5610
67
University of Utah (Eccles)Salt Lake City, UT$42,5001 / 54 / 5600
68
Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey – New Brunswick and NewarkNewark, NJ$43,1513 / 52 / 5637
69
Carnegie Mellon University (Tepper)Pittsburgh, PA$56,7684 / 53 / 5700
70
University of Chicago (Booth)Chicago, IL$58,7603 / 54 / 5720
71
University of Texas – Austin (McCombs)Austin, TX$48,8323 / 53 / 5700
72
Texas Christian University (Neeley)Fort Worth, TX$38,1003 / 53 / 5652
73
University of California – San Diego (Rady)San Diego, CA$43,2274 / 52 / 5678
74
Northwestern University (Kellogg)Evanston, IL$59,0854 / 53 / 5710
75
Thunderbird School of Global ManagementGlendale, AZ$43,0803 / 52 / 5601
76
University of Minnesota – Twin Cities (Carlson)Minneapolis, MN$45,0004 / 52 / 5690
77
Dartmouth College (Tuck)Hanover, NH$58,9354 / 52 / 5720
78
Fordham UniversityNew York, NY$37,7703 / 51 / 5589
79
George Washington UniversityWashington, DC$44,5504 / 52 / 5644
80
Harvard UniversityBoston, MA$56,1754 / 52 / 5730
81
Duke University (Fuqua)Durham, NC$55,3004 / 51 / 5695
82
University of California – DavisDavis, CA$48,6944 / 52 / 5680
83
University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill (Kenan-Flagler)Chapel Hill, NC$50,9421 / 54 / 5700
84
University of California – Berkeley (Haas)Berkeley, CA$53,9594 / 51 / 5715
85
University of Southern California (Marshall)Los Angeles, CA$50,4954 / 52 / 5700
86
University of Virginia (Darden)Charlottesville, VA$52,7204 / 51 / 5710
87
Rice University (Jones)Houston, TX$48,5004 / 51 / 5680
88
University of California – Los Angeles (Anderson)Los Angeles, CA$55,0094 / 51 / 5710
89
Stanford UniversityStanford, CA$59,5503 / 52 / 5740
90
New York University (Stern)New York, NY$57,4684 / 51 / 5710
91
American University (Kogod)Washington, DC$43,2004 / 51 / 5590
92
University of Rochester (Simon)Rochester, NY$49,9294 / 51 / 5685
93
University of California – Irvine (Merage)Irvine, CA$47,0894 / 51 / 5660
94
Yale UniversityNew Haven, CT$57,2004 / 51 / 5720
95
Georgetown University (McDonough)Washington, DC$50,9281 / 53 / 5680
96
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Sloan)Cambridge, MA$61,1523 / 52 / 5710
97
Columbia UniversityNew York, NY$60,7204 / 51 / 5715
98
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (Lally)Troy, NY$45,1004 / 51 / 5630
99
Claremont Graduate University (Drucker)Claremont, CA$50,7004 / 51 / 5609
100
University of MiamiCoral Gables, FL$51,9004 / 51 / 5630