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Tuck on top

The Tuck School of Business has reclaimed the number one spot in The Wall Street Journal/Harris Interactive annual business school survey of MBA recruiters, up from number three in 2004. Tuck previously held the number one spot in this survey in 2001 and 2002.

"Our strategy is quite clear and we will remain on a course of continuous improvement, guided by the needs of our students and the advice of our external constituents."

- Paul Danos, Dean

The Journal/Harris Interactive survey measures how appealing business schools are to recruiters-the buyers of MBA talent. The rankings, published Sept. 21, are based on the responses of 3,267 MBA recruiters who were asked to rate schools with which they had recent recruiting experience. Rankings reflect the perception of the school and its students, intended future supportive behavior toward that school and mass appeal.

According to the Journal, respondents to the survey "repeatedly praised Tuck graduates for their character, teamwork and strong skills in finance and consulting." On the academic front, recruiters named Tuck among the top schools in strategy, marketing and operations management.

On Sept. 22, Tuck received similar praise from The Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU), being ranked number three of the 100 best full-time MBA programs worldwide. This annual ranking is based on a school's ability to deliver the most important elements that students look for in an MBA, including both its value in opening new career opportunities, personal development and educational experience. A member of The Economist group, EIU is the publisher of The Economist magazine.

Rounding out this fall's rankings, Forbes magazine's biennial look at MBA programs in the U.S. and abroad recently named Tuck number one among the world's business schools, based on the return on investment for its graduates.

In the past year, Tuck has also received top 10 rankings from BusinessWeek, Financial Times and U.S. News & World Report. While current and prospective students are no doubt influenced by rankings, Paul Danos, Dean of the Tuck school, said, "We will continue to focus on making the Tuck MBA program one of the best in the world. Our strategy is quite clear and we will remain on a course of continuous improvement, guided by the needs of our students and the advice of our external constituents."

By JOEL AALBERTS

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Last Updated: 12/17/08