MBA Ally Challenge


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The 2014-2015 MBA Ally Challenge has kicked off!


The Participants


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This year 23 schools have registered to participate - nearly double last year's competition!

These schools include 9 of Businessweek's top 10 MBA programs, and 17 of the top 20. They hail from every corner of the U.S., and they're all committed to getting as many students as possible to step up as allies for LGBT inclusion. Collectively, they have the potential to engage over 17,000 emerging business leaders.

The 2014-2015 MBA Ally Challenge is made possible with the support of Bain & Company. To learn more about sponsoring the MBA Ally Challenge, see our Sponsor page.



Coming soon. Initial standings will be released mid-October.


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. Inclusiveness: Scores on pre and post surveys measuring LGBT inclusiveness on campus

Standings are calculated by an equal weighting of school ranks based on each of the 3 evaluation criteria (33% for membership, 33% for activities, and 33% for inclusiveness).


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