The School of Business at the University of Wisconsin—Madison has advised U.S. News that it misreported data to U.S. News on the number of acceptances it offered to fall 2012 students entering its full-time MBA program.
The University of Wisconsin—Madison's graduate business school has provided U.S. News with new data it is reporting as correct. As a result, the number of acceptances for the fall 2012 entering class is now 144 versus the 104 as originally reported to U.S. News. The school's number of acceptances was used by U.S. News to calculate the fall 2012 acceptance rate.
The corrected acceptance rate is now 33 percent versus the 24 percent as first reported to U.S. News, a 9 percentage point difference. The University of Wisconsin—Madison's business school told U.S. News that no other data were misreported.
The incorrect data were used by U.S. News to compute the University of Wisconsin—Madison's business school rank in the 2014 Best Business Schools rankings, published in March 2013. In the rankings methodology, we factor in the acceptance rate, which has a total weight of 1.25 percent in our model.
However, the difference between the University of Wisconsin—Madison business school's misreported data and newly reported data wasn't significant enough to affect the school's numerical rank. Therefore, based on our calculations, the business school's published numerical rank is correct and will not change.
U.S. News has replaced the misreported data for University of Wisconsin—Madison's business school at usnews.com and in the U.S. News Grad School Compass tool with the new data reported as correct by the school for the fall 2012 entering class, where such data were provided by the school.
U.S. News will continue to handle each instance of data misreporting on a case-by-case basis.