The Bloomberg Businessweek rankings of undergraduate business programs have come out for the year. Securing the top spot is Notre Dame’s Mendoza College of Business. The runner-up is the University of Virginia’s McIntire School of Commerce. Meanwhile, Emory University’s Goizueta Business School placed third. The University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School, which claimed the top spot from 2006 to 2008, dropped to fourth. How things can change in just a couple of years!
While Ivy Coach neither values nor supports the rankings published by magazines, including Bloomberg Businessweek, they still exist and, well, we recognize that they matter to students around the world — as well as to the universities. However, if you are to study these latest rankings, it’s important to understand that Bloomberg Businessweek uses a specific methodology to rank these programs, incorporating nine measures. These measures include “surveys of senior business majors and corporate recruiters, median starting salaries for graduates, and the number of alumni each program sends to top MBA programs.” Bloomberg Businessweek also calculates “an academic quality rating for each program by combining average SAT scores, student-faculty ratios, class size in core business courses, the percentage of students with internships, and the number of hours students devote to class work.”
In any case, without further ado, here is Bloomberg Businessweek’s ranking of the top 10 undergraduate business programs:
1. Notre Dame (Mendoza)
2. Virginia (McIntire)
3. Emory (Goizueta)
4. Pennsylvania (Wharton)
6. Michigan (Ross)
8. North Carolina (Kenan Flagler)
9. MIT (Sloan)
10. Georgetown (McDonough)
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