2. Stanford Graduate School of Business
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Index: 98.9
2011 rank: 2
Median GMAT: 729
Acceptance rate: 7%
Median starting salary: $125,000
Recommended two-year budget: $185,054

With its blessed location in the heart of Silicon Valley, Stanford remains a hot destination for all kinds of would-be entrepreneurs. Indeed, the school sees what it calls "a generational shift toward entrepreneurship."

An all-time high of 16% of the class of 2011 chose to start their own companies at graduation. The school said the percentage of MBA students who shunned traditional MBA jobs in favor of the start-up world reflects a three-fold increase from only 5% in the early 1990s and is a third higher than the 12% peak during the dot-com bubble.


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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