3. Univ. of Chicago - Booth
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Index: 98.5
2011 rank: 3
Median GMAT: 720
Acceptance rate: 23%
Median starting salary: $115,000
Recommended two-year budget: $177,366

The mantra of the University of Chicago Booth School of Business is it's all about the idea. Students focus on generating, analyzing, comparing, and refining ideas. It suits the more analytical and intellectual nature of the University of Chicago.

The flagship of Booth's program is its flexible curriculum. Unlike many other top schools with lockstep first-year MBA programs, Booth pretty much requires MBAs to go through only one course together -- its series of leadership exercises called LEAD (Leadership Effectiveness and Development).


Methodology: Poets&Quants' composite list combines the five most influential business school rankings in the world: Bloomberg BusinessWeek, The Economist, The Financial Times, Forbes, and U.S. News & World Report. Instead of merely averaging the five, each ranking is separately weighted to account for our view of their authority and credibility. (The BusinessWeek, Forbes and U.S. News lists are given a weight of 25% each, while the FT is given a 15% weight and The Economist is given a 10% weight).
  @FortuneMagazine - Last updated December 11 2012 12:20 PM ET
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