Business Week's 1996 "Best B-Schools" issue rates the Sloan School's MBA program ninth in the nation, up from 10th in 1994 and 13th in 1992.
"I'm pleased to see an improvement, especially in the way that corporate recruiters view our students and in the ratings recent graduates gave to Sloan's teaching," said Professor Glen Urban, dean of the Sloan School. "The total evidence based on rankings over the past few years from various sources (rated #2, #1 and #2 by US News & World Report in 1994, 1995 and 1996 and #1 `Techno-MBA' by Computer World) consistently acknowledges that Sloan is one the world's very best business schools. As always, we learn from our rankings and continue to strive for improvement and preeminence.
"By many measures we are a much better school this year than last, " Dean Urban continued. He cited highlights from the past year including the opening of the Tang Center, reduction of the size of the core classes, completion of a state-of-the-art trading room, a major educational and research initiative in China, initiation of the Entrepreneurship Center and the new SDM Program.
Sloan was rated as having one of the six best alumni/ae networks in the country. The School's program is also in demand; while every school posted an increase in applications, the "largest swell" occurred at Sloan, where applications have gone up by 80 percent since 1994, Business Week noted.
The magazine also concluded that Sloan is #4 in "quickest payback" on an MBA, which literally measures the value of an MBA by calculating tuition and loan size against after-graduation earnings. Sloan's Web site at was also chosen as one of the top three business school sites.
The rankings are:
1. University of Pennsylvania (Wharton)
2. University of Michigan-Ann Arbor
3. Northwestern (Kellogg)
5. University of Virginia (Darden)
8. University of Chicago
9. MIT (Sloan)
10. Dartmouth (Tuck)
The full rankings and related stories are available on the Business Week Web site at .
A version of this article appeared in MIT Tech Talk on October 23, 1996.