The best MBA program of 2017 is...

With college education become essentially a necessity for most top-tier jobs in the U.S., it only makes sense that more and more graduates are choosing to continue their education with a graduate program and degree, often an MBA.

But just as undergraduate programs are becoming increasingly competitive, so are MBA and other graduate-level programs.

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So which business schools are worth their hefty tuition prices and offer you a top-notch education on pursuit of your MBA?

Thankfully, U.S. News did the hard work for you by releasing their ranking of the 2017 Best Business Schools.

The rankings took into consideration all 470 Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business International accredited MBA programs in the country.

Of those 470 schools, 379 responded, and of those 379, 129 programs provided enough data to be considered in the rankings.

Think you can guess which school clinched the top spot? Look through below to find out:

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#10: Columbia University 
New York, NY

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(Tie) #8: Yale University
New Haven, Connecticut

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(Tie) #8: Dartmouth College (Tuck)
Hanover, New Hampshire

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#7: University of California -- Berkeley (Haas)
Berkeley, California

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(Tie) #5: Northwestern University (Kellogg)
Evanston, Illinois

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(Tie) #5: Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Sloan)
Cambridge, Massachusetts 

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#4: University of Pennsylvania (Wharton)
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 

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#3: University of Chicago (Booth)
Chicago, Illinois 

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#2: Stanford University 
Stanford, California 

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#1: Harvard University
Boston, Massachusetts

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20 (tie). Emory University, Georgia 

Undergraduates: 6,867
Tuition and fees (2016-2017): $47,954

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20 (tie). Georgetown University, Washington D.C.

Undergraduates: 7,562
Tuition and fees (2016-2017): $50,547

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20 (tie). University of California -- Berkeley 

Undergraduates: 27,496
Tuition and fees (2016-2017): $13,509 (in-state); 40,191 (out-of-state)

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19. Washington University in St. Louis

Undergraduates: 7,504
Tuition and fees (2016-2017): $49,770

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15 (tie). Cornell University, New York

Undergraduates: 14,315
Tuition and fees (2016-2017): $50,953

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15 (tie). Rice University, Texas

Undergraduates: 3,910
Tuition and fees (2016-2017): $43,918

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15 (tie). University of Notre Dame, Indiana

Undergraduates: 8,462
Tuition and fees (2016-2017): $49,685

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15 (tie). Vanderbilt University, Tennessee

Total undergraduate enrollment: 6,883
Tuition and fees (2016-2017): $45,610

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14. Brown University, Rhode Island

Undergraduates: 6,652
Tuition and fees (2016-2017): $51,367

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12 (tie). California Institute of Technology

Undergraduates: 1,001
Tuition and fees (2016-2017): $47,577

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12 (tie). Northwestern University, Illinois

Undergraduates: 8,314
Tuition and fees (2016-2017): $50,855

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11. Dartmouth College, New Hampshire

Undergraduates: 4,307
Tuition and fees (2016-2017): $51,438

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10. Johns Hopkins University, Maryland

Undergraduates: 6,524
Tuition and fees (2016-2017): $50,410

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8 (tie). University of Pennsylvania

Undergraduates: 9,726
Tuition and fees (2016-2017): $51,464

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8 (tie). Duke University, North Carolina

Undergraduates: 6,639
Tuition and fees (2016-2017): $51,265

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7. Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Undergraduates: 4,527
Tuition and fees (2016-2017): $48,452

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5 (tie). Stanford University, California

Undergraduates: 6,999
Tuition and fees (2016-2017): $47,940

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5 (tie). Columbia University, New York

Undergraduates: 6,102
Tuition and fees (2016-2017): $55,056

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3 (tie). Yale University, Connecticut

Undergraduates: 5,532
Tuition and fees (2016-2017): $49,480

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3 (tie). University of Chicago

Undergraduates: 5,844
Tuition and fees (2016-2017): $52,491

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2. Harvard University, Massachusetts

Undergraduates: 6,699
Tuition and fees (2016-2017): $47,074

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1. Princeton University, New Jersey

Undergraduates: 5,402
Tuition and fees (2016-2017): $45,320

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