Sigem 2022 ranking: the top 5 unchanged, 7 schools do not fill

Every summer, business schools eagerly await the Sigem rankings. And this year it shows a very high stability compared to 2021. Result: HEC, Essec, ESCP, Edhec and emlyon remain in the Top 5. Edhec also confirms its lead over emlyon.

Among the notable variations, Neoma is one place ahead of Grenoble EM and is 8th. Excelia steals 17th place from EM Strasbourg and ISC Paris takes 20th place for Inseec.

In terms of attractiveness, there are seven management schools this year that are not filling their ranks compared to ten last year. So there are 88 students short of IMT-BS when South Champagne BS has 45 vacant seats, EM Strasbourg has 38, followed by ESC Clermont with 31 empty rows and Brest BS 24. Other schools do not fill the margin, such as the‘Inseec with 12 missing students and EM Normandie with 9 vacant ranks.

The drastic fall of IMT BS was “predictable,” said director Denis Guibard. “Between the time we announced the number of open places and eligibility, we had anticipated this decline,” he says. We also decided to strengthen excellence at the school level to attract better students.

To do this, the school has chosen to raise the eligibility threshold by more than 10%. “In my opinion, today there are three groups of business schools within Sigem. At the top, the percentage of eligible candidates is very low, below 30%, these are the most selective business schools. At the bottom of the table are schools with a very high ratio of eligible students – of 80% or more – who are therefore not very selective.And then there is a group of schools in the middle, including Neoma, Grenoble EM, Skema, but also IMT BS that have a ratio of such 50 to 60%. Our choice is to be more selective,” explains Denis Guibard.

This desire to be more selective to be more attractive has not been a success for this school, this year, and may have consequences. While economic and commercial preparatory courses lost nearly 10% of enrollment in 2021, many business schools fear the future of the post-preparatory course.

“The downward trend in the number of prep students is likely to intensify, especially as we see many business schools developing other courses, such as bachelors, to maintain large numbers of open spaces, in one or two years there will be no more candidates for secondary and primary education”says the director of IMT BS.

So between selectivity to welcome the best students and opening up recruitment to all candidates, which strategy is the best to perpetuate the preparatory pool and ensure the survival of all business schools? This year the paying choice was undoubtedly to open the doors… but until when?

2022 Business Schools Number of matches won or deemed to have been won Gap to next school Difference compared to 2021
1 HEC Paris 22 100% =
2 Essec 22 96% =
3 ESCP Europe 21 98% =
4 Edhec business school 20 91% =
5 emlyon business school 19 96% =
6 Skema Business School 18 75% =
7 audencia 17 75% =
8 neoma business school 15 74% 1
9 Grenoble School of Management 15 82% -1
10 Kedge business school 15 63% =
11 TBS Education 13 88.0% =
12 Rennes School of Business 12 55.0% =
13 Montpellier Business School 11 66.0% =
14 BSB 10 58.0% =
15 ICN Business School 9 70.0% =
16 Institut Mines-Telecom Business School 8 56.0% =
17 Excelia Business School 7 60.0% 1
18 EM Strasbourg Business School 6 55.0% -1
19 EM Normandy 5 79.0% =
20 ISC Paris Grande Ecole 4 61.0% 1
21 Inseec Grande Ecole 3 58.0% -1
22 ESC CLERMONT Business School 2 70.0% =
23 SCBS-South Champagne Business School 1 =
24 Brest Business School 0 =

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