Rankings come in all shapes and sizes, but can any ranking truly capture social cachet? For a different perspective on the value of an MBA, we turn to the New York Times society pages, where the editors select and profile promising couples. Each month, we dedicate one B-School Chart of the Week to tallying how alumni from top-ranked business schools are advancing their social currency ranking.
Our year-to-date tally of MBA weddings saw a 135% increase from February to March, hitting a total of 40 mentions out of 188 weddings for 2014 (compared with 34 out of 163 mentions in 2013). With spring just around the corner, these figures will likely continue to spike in the coming weeks.
Of the 23 wedding announcements in March that included a mention of a business school student or graduate, Wharton claimed the most (seven), including that of first-year student Theodore Wiles and Elizabeth Gardner, a second-year medical student at Jefferson Medical College. Wharton was followed closely by Columbia Business School, which had six mentions for the month—including that of alumna Pamela Blechman to Harvard Business School (HBS) alumnus Alec Ellison. Only one other HBS marriage made it into March’s society pages—that of alumnus Kenneth Holmstrom to Chrystie Perry—bringing the school’s year-to-date total to three and putting it behind its 2013 figure.