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Re: Backup Universities for 2020 in US
I think we'd need more info about where you applied, what department(s) etc. before we could provide constructive input. Rankings are quite subjective, but of course there's a lot of competition at the top, and there's a general consensus that Universities in the top 25 are better than 75-100.
From what I saw, business PhDs in the US are basically fully-funded from anywhere that's really worth getting a degree (if your intention is to remain in academia). All of the offers I had (ranging from T10 to T50 schools) included very livable funding packages.