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Olin’s full-time and part-time MBA programs remain among the top business schools nationwide in the U.S. News & World Report 2018 Best Graduate School Rankings released March 14, 2017. The full-time program remains at #21 for the second consecutive year, and the part-time program tied with Georgia Tech and the University of Maryland for the #30 spot.

“In terms of job placement rate, Olin continues to rank among the top five full-time programs in the country,” said Joe Fox, associate dean for graduate programs at Olin. “We’re very proud of the quality of students we attract to our programs and the success they have upon graduation.”

Full-time methodology

The 471 master’s programs in business administration accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business were surveyed; 377 responded, with 131 MBA programs providing the data needed to calculate rankings based on a weighted average of eight indicators:

  • Peer assessment survey
  • Mean GMAT score
  • Recruiter assessment survey
  • Employment rates 3 months after graduation
  • Mean starting salary and bonus
  • Mean undergraduate GPA
  • Employment rates at graduation
  • Acceptance rate

Part-time methodology

U.S. News part-time MBA ranking is based on five factors:

  • Average peer assessment score (survey of business school deans)
  • Average GMAT score and GRE scores of students entering in the fall of 2016
  • Average undergraduate GPA
  • Average number of years of work experience
  • Percentage of the fall 2016 total MBA program enrollment that is in the part-time MBA program

The complete 2018 Best Graduate Schools rankings methodologies are accessible at https://www.usnews.com/gradmeth

A story in U.S. News, “Crowdfunding: a New Frontier for Investors,” taps Olin’s senior lecturer in entrepreneurship, Cliff Holekamp on the pros and cons of funding a startup with Kickstarter or other crowdfunding tools. Holekamp sees a downside:

“Entrepreneurs funded by lots of smaller investors receive less oversight, and receive less valuable guidance, than those backed by a few larger investors…Founders might operate their businesses with less discipline when their funders are less engaged and more distant.”

But Holekamp, says there is a positive side for investors who want to direct their money to a good cause or disruptive service.

“The real reward for crowdfunding investors isn’t financial,” Holekamp says. “It’s the opportunity to participate. Helping an entrepreneur achieve their dreams, and being a part of a company that changes its industry – or maybe even the world – is exciting and personally rewarding. Everyone should have the freedom to make a difference with their dollars.”

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Washington University in St. Louis and Olin Business School are among the top schools in the 2015 edition of the U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges rankings released Sept. 9, 2014.

Olin placed at #14 in the Best Undergraduate Business Programs category and Washington University was ranked #14 among National Universities.

Specialty disciplines within business programs were ranked based on a survey of deans and senior faculty at accredited business schools. Olin’s entrepreneurship and finance programs remain in the top 20:

Entrepreneurship    #19
Finance                      #12


Limited rankings data is available on the U.S. News site; full access to rankings is behind a pay wall. Survey and ranking methodology details can be found here.


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