Stanford jumps ahead to take top spot from Wharton.

Stanford is up from 4th place last year to first place in the 2012 rankings. Stanford’s Dean, Garth Saloner, believes their focus on personalisation has played a major part in this improvement.

There are a number of factors which have facilitated this personalisation; Stanford’s relatively small class size, strong financial position with sizeable endowments which have supported the building of a new campus designed with a personal teaching approach in mind and a careers service which shares the focus on detailed attention to the individual.

Wharton has slipped from first to third.  The top European schools both ranked lower than they did last year, with LBS in 4th and INSEAD in 6th. The ranking is the result of a survey of both business schools and alumni.

The top 10 schools are listed here…