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Thursday February 25, 2010

The Top Undergraduate Business Programs


How the mighty have fallen. For the first time since BusinessWeek launched its ranking of undergraduate business programs in 2006, University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School is not our No. 1 program. It was unseated by the University of Virginia—a program that, incidentally, costs a quarter of the tuition Wharton charges. Virginia, a distant second in 2006 and 2007, made significant gains in 2008. In 2009, Virginia—along with Notre Dame—both scored better on our student survey, which counts for 30% of the final ranking, allowing them to capture Nos. 1 and 2, respectively. Even so, Wharton didn't fall far. The school fared far better on the recruiter survey than Virginia did and had a higher median starting salary for graduates—$61,000 vs. Virginia's $58,000. It also has much higher SAT scores among business majors and a significantly smaller class size in core business classes.


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2009
Rank
2008
Rank
School Name
School Type
Program
Length
(years)
Annual Cost($)
Full-time
Enrollment
Student
Survey
Rank
Recruiter
Survey
Rank
Median
Starting
Salary
MBA Feeder
School Rank
Academic Quality Rank
Index
Number
Faculty
Student
Ratio
Average
SAT Score
Average
ACT Score
Teaching
Quality
Grade
Facilities &
Service
Grade
Job
Placement
Grade
1 2 Virginia (McIntire)
Charlottesville
Public2 9,4906551 52 58,0005 5 100.00 10.40 1355 30 A+ A+ A+ 
4 6 Michigan (Ross)
Ann Arbor
Public3 10,8481,05018 8 60,0007 8 94.47 15.22 1346 30 B   A   A+ 
6 11 UC-Berkeley (Haas)
Berkeley, Calif.
Public2 8,93266824 2 55,0003 16 92.85 25.70 1388 31 B   A+ A   
13 12 North Carolina (Kenan-Flagler)
Chapel Hill
Public2 5,39763211 38 53,50016 8 82.67 11.00 1343 30 A   A+ A+ 
10 10 Texas (McCombs)
Austin
Public4 9,3543,94212 3 55,00018 40 84.51 34.00 1301 29 A   A+ A+ 
18 24 Miami U. (Farmer)
Oxford, Ohio
Public2 11,4432,05626 4 48,00028 16 79.26 14.90 1225 27 A   B   A   
20 16 Indiana (Kelley)
Bloomington
Public4 9,3114,57615 14 52,00029 27 77.56 22.74 1266 29 B   A   A+ 
22 18 Illinois
Urbana-Champaign
Public4 13,3942,85028 7 54,00023 40 76.14 21.10 1340 30 C   A   A+ 
25 33 U. of Washington (Foster)
Seattle
Public2 6,8021,64538 10 48,50038 27 72.11 19.89 1268 28 B   A+ B   
30 29 William & Mary (Mason)
Williamsburg, Va.
Public2 10,24645435 62 52,50012 21 69.92 11.35 1317 29 A+ A+ B   
35 43 Maryland (Smith)
College Park
Public4 8,0052,78452 32 53,00034 27 65.09 19.11 1360 31 B   A   B   
37 31 Texas A&M; (Mays)
College Station
Public4 7,8444,30219 20 47,70044 61 64.10 25.47 1172 26 B   A   A   
38 38 Penn State (Smeal)
University Park
Public4 15,2505,94336 9 52,00048 74 63.88 43.00 1221 27 B   A   A   
40 37 Wisconsin
Madison
Public2 8,5681,40727 57 50,00019 50 62.27 28.05 1293 28 B   B   A+ 
42 59 Ohio State (Fisher)
Columbus
Public4 9,8103,53623 17 47,00080 66 61.19 35.00 1203 27 B   A   A+ 
47 NAOhio
Athens
Public4 8,9071,84325 79 49,03072 48 59.08 29.80 1120 25 B   B   A   
48 40 Binghamton
Binghamton, N.Y.
Public4 6,6921,42049 42 57,00031 61 58.98 27.50 1304 28 A   B   A+ 
51 55 Georgia Tech
Atlanta
Public4 5,5181,29131 45 50,50051 66 56.76 27.00 1270 28 B   A   A   
52 39 Michigan State (Broad)
East Lansing
Public2 10,2644,61948 6 48,17045 91 56.60 55.00 1140 24 B   B   A   
53 46 Florida (Warrington)
Gainesville
Public2 3,7902,36762 16 47,50040 61 56.07 22.00 1284 28 B   B   B   
54 NAVirginia Tech (Pamplin)
Blacksburg
Public4 8,1984,17241 34 45,00073 66 54.16 34.00 1165 25 B   B   A   
55 48 Minnesota (Carlson)
Minneapolis
Public4 10,8061,96566 84 49,00042 27 54.02 17.54 1295 29 C   A   A   
56 50 Rutgers
New Brunswick, N.J.
Public4 12,0701,01093 27 55,00022 50 54.01 45.00 1336 31 C   C   B   
44 54 James Madison
Harrisonburg, Va.
Public4 6,9643,12116 68 50,00053 54 60.60 25.00 1102 24 A   B   A+ 
58 60 Delaware (Lerner)
Newark
Public4 8,6482,82153 80 50,00054 50 52.48 23.00 1211 27 A   A   A   
61 62 Purdue (Krannert)
West Lafayette, Ind.
Public4 8,7722,79461 28 49,00046 74 51.00 41.09 1152 25 C   B   A   
62 56 Clemson
Clemson, S.C.
Public4 10,3792,34551 44 46,33382 66 50.84 27.59 1216 27 B   B   B   
63 63 Arizona (Eller)
Tucson
Public2 6,3444,27346 22 45,51667 87 50.75 45.00 1140 24 B   A   B   
66 61 Connecticut
Storrs
Public4 9,3381,80182 85 51,50075 40 49.19 21.00 1234 27 C   C   B   
67 73 Colorado State
Ft. Collins
Public4 6,0551,85867 54 44,00076 54 48.15 26.20 1144 25 B   B   B   
72 70 Arizona State (Carey)
Tempe
Public4 6,1643,56888 41 48,00064 66 43.91 30.00 1205 26 C   C   C   
73 81 Northern Illinois
DeKalb
Public2 8,5243,54650 48 41,00098 87 43.70 38.65 1099 22 B   A   A   
74 76 Missouri (Trulaske)
Columbia
Public2 8,5001,35339 92 46,21663 87 43.51 22.50 1145 25 C   A+ B   
75 80 Massachusetts (Isenberg)
Amherst
Public4 10,2323,15580 76 50,00036 66 42.99 31.87 1201 26 B   B   B   
76 84 Iowa (Tippie)
Iowa City
Public2 6,6622,15587 50 41,00068 54 42.83 31.00 1194 25 C   C   C   
77 NATexas Tech (Rawls)
Lubbock
Public4 6,7833,31858 25 46,00086 100 42.55 47.00 1174 26 C   B   B   
78 74 Oregon (Lundquist)
Eugene
Public2 6,53192085 29 41,50074 74 41.54 16.60 1140 26 C   B   C   
79 77 Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh
Public4 15,1421,88981 69 44,00078 61 41.47 64.00 1254 26 B   B   C   
80 86 Texas
Dallas
Public4 9,8501,69757 61 44,401100 87 41.36 19.83 1161 25 A   A   B   
81 NAOklahoma (Price)
Norman
Public2 5,2451,47271 83 50,00077 82 40.72 23.90 1145 25 C   B   B   
82 NATennessee
Chattanooga
Public4 5,3101,90956 81 39,10090 74 40.19 31.00 1093 23 A   B   B   
83 88 Arkansas (Walton)
Fayetteville
Public4 7,0202,96143 100 46,62779 91 39.44 39.00 1145 25 B   A   A   
85 85 North Carolina State
Raleigh
Public4 5,2862,41169 49 45,70056 93 39.18 26.00 1168 25 B   C   C   
86 95 South Carolina (Moore)
Columbia
Public4 8,8703,67176 53 42,60085 82 39.12 22.74 1192 26 B   B   C   
87 82 Houston (Bauer)
Houston
Public4 7,0001,56173 91 45,00089 82 36.81 17.00 1172 25 B   B   A   
88 90 Louisiana State (Ourso)
Baton Rouge
Public4 5,0861,79895 77 47,00069 66 36.34 17.00 1224 27 C   C   C   
89 83 Colorado (Leeds)
Boulder
Public4 9,4663,01783 99 48,67232 82 35.65 47.45 1200 27 B   B   B   
90 NARutgers
Newark, N.J.
Public4 11,4571,60884 78 54,000100 93 35.19 39.00 1064 23 C   B   B   
91 NACincinnati
Cincinnati
Public4 9,3992,19790 94 43,00083 74 32.53 43.00 1122 24 C   B   C   
92 96 Iowa State
Ames
Public4 6,4003,47386 55 42,00087 93 31.53 46.00 1115 23 C   B   B   
93 NAAkron
Akron, Ohio
Public4 8,2372,38098 87 42,00052 74 31.25 20.00 1123 24 C   C   C   
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Note: Annual program costs include tuition and required fees for in-state students Starting salaries are 2008 medians. Letter grades represent only a part of the total student survey results; highly ranked programs may have low letter grades, while lower-ranked programs may have high letter grades. In each category, the top 20% among all 101 ranked programs earned A+s. The next 25% got As, the next 35% got Bs, and the bottom 20% got Cs. No Ds or Fs were awarded. NR=Not Ranked.

Data: BusinessWeek, Cambria Consulting

Research by: Geoff Gloeckler and Fred Jesepersen, with Brian Burnsed, Alison Damast, Lindsey Gerdes, Louis Lavelle, Dan Macsai, Alysa Teichman, Anne VanderMey