MBA Ally Challenge


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The Participants


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Collective potential impact:

17,000 emerging business leaders


The 2014-2015 MBA Ally Challenge is made possible with the support of

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To learn more about sponsoring the MBA Ally Challenge, see our Sponsor page.



Initial rankings as of Oct 2014

Columbia Business School1UT Austin McCombs13
UC Berkeley Haas2NYU Stern14
UPenn Wharton3Michigan Ross15
UCLA Anderson4Chicago Booth16
Duke Fuqua5Vanderbilt Owen17
Carnegie Mellon Tepper6BU School of Management18
Harvard Business School7USC Marshall19
Georgetown McDonough8UNC Kenan-Flagler20
Northwestern Kellogg9Rochester Simon21
Cornell Johnson10Wake Forest22
Dartmouth Tuck11Stanford GSBNR*
UVA Darden12

Initial rankings based on inclusion scores calculated from student responses to a pre-Challenge LGBT campus culture survey. Details below.

*Not ranked, insufficient data (<50 responses)


Inclusion Rank vs Overall Rank

Here's how the current standings rank up against Businessweek's most current rankings:

MBAAC initial rank vs Businessweek 2014



Inclusion scores are based on the aggregate of positive student responses to five questions in a Challenge pre-survey about the perceived inclusiveness of LGBT campus culture. Over 3,600 students completed the pre-survey, totaling 22% of the collective participating student bodies.

MBAAC initial standings details


About the MBA Ally Challenge

The Friendfactor MBA Ally Challenge is an annual friendly competition among business schools to build the most LGBT-inclusive campuses they can over the course of the school year. Participating schools are evaluated on three criteria:

  1. Membership: Percentage of the student body who participate in at least one activity
  2. Activities: Number of ally-related events or campaigns executed
  3. Inclusion score: Scores on pre and post surveys measuring LGBT inclusiveness on campus

Initial standings are based on pre-survey inclusion scores. Standings are then updated quarterly and calculated by an equal weighting of the 3 evaluation criteria (33% for membership rank, 33% for activities rank, and 33% for inclusion score rank). Final standings are calculated using end of the year post-survey inclusion scores and are announced in May.


In addition to its rank, each school may achieve Gold, Silver, or Bronze status by achieving the following membership and activity milestones:

Bronze ProgramSilver ProgramGold Program
Membership (% of student body)10%25%50%

The 2014-2015 school year is the 3rd annual MBA Ally Challenge, which launched in Fall 2012 and has nearly doubled year-over-year. Last year's 12 participating schools activated over 4,300 students and executed 106 ally-related activities across their campuses. Their efforts improved the inclusiveness of campus culture such that nearly 50% more LGBT students felt comfortable being out to everyone on campus by the end of the school year - an increase from 42% to 62%, putting these schools far above the national workplace average of 47% openly LGBT professionals. The Challenge has been featured in Businessweek, The Huffington Post, Clear Admit, and the MIT Sloan and Kellogg websites, among others.


Past Results

Here's a rundown of the past participants and reigning champions:

School2013-2014 Rank2012-2013 Rank
Columbia Business School11
Northwestern Kellogg2
Michigan Ross3
MIT Sloan4
UCLA Anderson5
Duke Fuqua63
Chicago Booth7
UVA Darden72
Carnegie Mellon Tepper9
Harvard Business School10
UNC Kenan-Flagler115
Dartmouth Tuck12
Yale School of Management4
George Washington6