NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Poets&Quants for Undergrads, the leading online publication for undergraduate business education news, unveiled its second annual Best Undergraduate Business Schools 2017 ranking. Considered the most comprehensive assessment of undergraduate business programs, the data revealed the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania as the #1 business school in the country.
Poets&Quants for Undergrads compiled the 2017 exclusive ranking based on a representative survey of 6,288 recent graduates and school-reported data. Students across the 82 schools were surveyed on aspects of admissions standards, academic experience, and employment placement. This data does not exist together anywhere else in the world. The ranking showed that the top business school, Wharton, has an average graduate total compensation over $90,000, and a 98 percent employment rate within three months of graduation.
“This is THE most thorough data-driven study of undergraduate business education ever undertaken," said John A. Byrne, Founder and Editor-in-Chief, Poets&Quants for Undergrads. "At a time when parents and students are confronting ever increasing tuition bills and levels of debt, the return-on-investment of a degree is more important than ever. We measure those returns and it's no wonder that more parents are encouraging their children to major in business. The best business schools are a no-brainer investment because they are reporting record or near-record starting salaries and job placement for their graduates. What we've produced is an invaluable resource for students trying to make smart decisions about where to get the best education for a successful career.”
Rounding out the top 10 undergraduate business school programs are:
- Olin Business School at Washington University in St. Louis (#2)
- McIntire School of Commerce at the University of Virginia (#3)
- Mendoza College of Business at the University of Notre Dame (#4)
- McDonough School of Business at Georgetown University (#5)
- The Indiana University Kelley School of Business (#6)
- Kenan-Flagler Business School at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (#7)
- New York University Leonard N. Stern School of Business (#8)
- Charles H. Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management at Cornell University (#9)
- Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley (#10)
Developed in collaboration with business school deans and administrators, Poets&Quants for Undergrads’ methodology is based equally on admissions standards, academic experience, and employment outcomes. No other ranking or school survey asks for the same amount of concrete data ranging from the percent of National Merit Scholars at each business school, to the percentage of students with global experience while at the school, to average debt upon graduation. While other services might ask these sorts of data questions at a university-wide level, no other organization asks at a business-school specific level.
Key data highlights from the Poets&Quants for Undergrads 2017 ranking include:
- Nine out of 10 graduates at more than half of the schools are employed within three months of graduation.
- Fourteen schools listed in the ranking develop graduates who earn an average of over $70,000 in known total compensation.
- Graduates from 40 of the ranked schools received compensation packages of more than $60,000.
- Four undergraduate business programs have the same or lower acceptance rates than Harvard Business School’s full-time MBA program (11 percent).
- Twenty-six business schools reported 9 out of 10 students found jobs in their desired industry straight after graduation.
- Eight out of 10 graduates at 26 schools reported finding their first jobs at their company of choice.
Visit https://poetsandquantsforundergrads.com/2017/12/05/poetsquants-best-undergraduate-business-programs-2017/ to learn more about the 2017 ranking, the methodology and to locate a specific school. Follow us on social #PQURanking and @PoetsAndQuantsU. Poets&Quants for Undergrads “The Best Undergraduate Business Schools” 2018 Edition featuring detailed profiles of the Top 82 programs, will be published in January.