4. U. Penn - Wharton
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Index: 97.8
2011 rank: 4
Median GMAT: 720
Acceptance rate: 19%
Median starting salary: $120,000
Recommended two-year budget: $180,764

Wharton is to finance what Harvard is to general management or Northwestern is to marketing. There's an impressive variety of financial electives here taught by some of the best finance faculty in the world. Even with Wall Street in decline, some 41% of Wharton's Class of 2012 headed into the financial services industry, up from 38.5% a year earlier.

Yet, Wharton is much more than a school of finance. The strength of the finance program may overshadow other departments, but the school is strong in marketing, real estate, and entrepreneurship, and is growing its social impact focus.


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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