Top 25 MBA programs in the U.S.

Despite the rough economic climate, business schools and their graduates managed to have a solid year. But which schools have the best job placement records and strongest programs? Here's Poets&Quants' ranking of the best of the best MBA programs in the U.S.

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1. Harvard
Index: 100
Median GMAT: 730
Median base salary: $110,000
Acceptance rate: 11%
Tuition & Fees: $112,400

The so-called "West Point of Capitalism" is the business school that is a university onto itself, with 33 separate buildings on 40 acres of property along the Charles River.

Harvard's case method curriculum prepares students for the challenges of leadership in the real world. Students develop the knowledge, skills, and confidence to face a variety of difficult decisions that they'll encounter throughout their careers.

Students spend their first two terms completing the required curriculum with a "section" of 90 students to which they are assigned. This group of students takes all first-year classes together and becomes an intellectual and social circle.

Percentage of MBAs with job offers at graduation: 87%

NEXT: Stanford
Last updated December 15 2010: 3:43 PM ET
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