In its April 7-14, 2008 issue, U.S. News and World Report (USN) selected and ranked their chosen top fifty of the 425 master's programs in business accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. No ranking was given or implied for the business schools not within the USN Top Fifty. This section contains some of the raw data used by U. S. News and World Report to calculate their April 2008 ranking of MBA programs. This USN Ranking is based on a weighted average of eight measures of quality: PEER SCORE (counts 25%), which is based on the score assigned by business school deans and directors, RECRUITER ASSESSMENT SCORE (counts 15%), AVERAGE GMAT SCORE (counts 16.25%), AVERAGE UNDERGRADUATE GPA (counts 7.50%), PROPORTION OF APPLICANTS ACCEPTED (counts 1.25%), AVERAGE STARTING SALARY AND BONUS (counts 14%), EMPLOYMENT RATE AT GRADUATION (counts 7%), and EMPLOYMENT RATE THREE MONTHS LATER (counts 14%).
COLOR CODING FOR THE SECOND COLUMN (TOP FIFTY BUSINESS SCHOOLS). Business schools in the same contiguous color group are not expected to move out of this color group within the next year or two although they may move within their color group; for example, over the next couple of years, we can have some confidence that the USN ranking of UC Berkeley, Dartmouth, and Columbia will continue to be 7, 8, or 9 in some order.