Undergraduate Business Programs

Undergrad Biz Programs, Undergraduate Business, Notre Dame Business

Notre Dame tops this ranking for undergraduate business programs (photo credit: Matthew Rice).

The “Bloomberg Businessweek” rankings of undergraduate business programs have come out for the year. Taking the top spot this year is Notre Dame’s Mendoza College of Business. The runner-up is the University of Virginia’s McIntire School of Commerce while 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.

While Ivy Coach neither values nor supports the rankings by these best-selling magazines, including Businessweek, these rankings still exist and in the minds of many parents and students these rankings often become unnecessarily too important. 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 where nine measures are incorporated. Cited by the report, 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 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.”

Here is “Businessweek’s” ranking of the Top 10 programs:

1. Notre Dame (Mendoza)

2. Virginia (McIntire)

3. Emory (Goizueta)

4. Pennsylvania (Wharton)

5. Cornell

6. Michigan (Ross)

7. Villanova

8. North Carolina (Kenan Flagler)

9. MIT (Sloan)

10. Georgetown (McDonough)

Here is the full “Businessweek” ranking.

And check out our blog Business School Rankings.


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  • Tali says:

    Wharton is falling in the rankings. Wonder why?

  • Mendoza says:

    Other schools are catching up. Wharton kids may deny it up and down, but academic standards at ND are just as tough despite drawing from a smaller applicant pool. Wharton still holds some edge due to their long-established pipelines onto Wall Street, but it’s definitely closer than many Quakers care to admit, or realize even.

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