Top 10 Undergraduate Business Programs

Top 10 Undergraduate Business Programs
Top 10 Undergraduate Business Programs

Attention aspiring CEOs: these business programs are worth the all-nighters.

Rank School University/College
1 Wharton School University of Pennsylvania
2 Ross School of Business University of Michigan at Ann Arbor
3 McIntire School of Commerce University of Virginia
4 Mendoza College of Business Notre Dame University
5 McCombs School of Business University of Texas at Austin
6 Stern School of Business New York University
7 Olin Business School Washington University at St.Louis
8 Goizueta Business School Emory University
9 Kelley School of Business Indiana University at Bloomington
10 Kenan-Flagler Business School University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

10. Kenan-Flagler Business School, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

UNC
UNC Graduates. by Evonne 

Want to join the ranks of former Hulu CEO Jason Kilar? With 779 UNC Kenan-Flagler alumni in C-level or VP positions in Fortune 500 companies internationally, undergrads in the business school have a legacy of success to live up to

9. Kelley School of Business, Indiana University at Bloomington

Kelley School of Business
Kelley School of Business by StevenW. 

Kelley’s 60+ business-specific student organizations give undergrads a chance to flex their skills outside the classroom. Interested in luxury goods? Try the Omni club. Passionate about commerce in China? The Chinese Business Association is perfect for you.  Kelley tailors the business experience to each of its students, which is evident in the Kelley Living Learning Center. This is the typical first-year dorm experience gone VIP. Students in the residential program have access to lunches with deans and faculty, networking events with CFOs, CEOs, and CMOs, professional mentoring, and biweekly evening programs on everything from leadership to ethics. Clearly, this personalized approach works; the class of 2015 averaged a median starting salary of $58,000 and achieved 95 percent post-graduation placement in either grad school or full-time employment.

8. Goizueta Business School, Emory University

Goizueta Business School
Goizueta Business School by Yaniv Yaakubovich 

Flexibility and leadership are the crux of the Emory business program. Goizueta students spend two years exploring the liberal arts at Emory before enrolling in the business school as juniors. While in Goizueta, undergrads then choose from a minimum of one of five primary area depths—that’s Emory-speak for “concentrations”—while still being able to pursue a double major in a liberal arts field, which more than 25 percent of students do. And the unique approach to leadership at Goizueta is unparalleled.

7. Olin Business School, Washington University at St. Louis

Washington University
Washington University at St. Louis by 

Olin’s approach to business disposes of the training wheels entirely, throwing students head-first into the commerce world the second they step foot on campus. Students can choose to pursue a BSBA in any of the eight majors and 12 minors offered, knowing that they’ll be in good company as 91 percent of BSBA students graduated in the top 10 percent of their high school classes.

 

6. Stern School of Business, New York University

Stern School of Business
Stern Schoolof Business by InSapphoWeTrust 

Stern has the distinction of being one of the first schools of business in the US and has been leading the field in research and business education since its inception in 1900. This reputation makes for a highly selective environment: with only a 13 percent acceptance rate, NYU Stern students are truly the cream of the crop.

 

5. McCombs School of Business, University of Texas at Austin

McCombs School of Business
McCombs School of Business by Kumar Appaiah 

At UT’s McCombs School of Business the options are endless. Aspiring business professionals can choose from a BBA, BHP (Business Honors Program), Integrated BBA and Masters in Professional Accounting, and a Business Foundation program for non-business majors.

 

4. Mendoza College of Business, Notre Dame University

University of Notre Dame
University of Notre Dame by Ken Lund 

Next time you cry over a Nicholas Sparks novel, thank Mendoza, which produced the person responsible for every unrealistic expectation of relationships created, ever. Sparks graduated in 1988 with a BA in Business Finance and is only one example of the success fostered in this respected business school.

 

3. McIntire School of Commerce, University of Virginia

University of Virginia
University of Virginia by Rex Hammock 

Hoo’s looking for the full package? UVA’s Wahoos experience the school’s commitment to excellence in all arenas, ranging from the study abroad options, 20 business-related extracurricular organizations, and a special third-year program designed for UVA’s aspiring CEOs.  Want to work with big-time companies like Hilton Worldwide or Rolls-Royce? Your dream can become reality.

2. Ross School of Business, University of Michigan at Ann Arbor

Ross Business School
Ross Business School by Jeffrey Smith 

When there’s a passionate alumni network ready to help future CEOs become just that, you know the school’s succeeded in more than just adequate dining hall food. Add in over 70 clubs and organizations and you’ll see that the Ross School of Business goes above and beyond in guaranteeing its students have the necessary tools for success.

1. Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania

University of Pennsylvania
University of Pennsylvania by InSapphoWeTrust 

When a business school is responsible for creating the success of the likes of Elon Musk and Ivanka Trump you know they must be doing something right in producing some of the world’s most prominent businesspeople. Beyond selectivity—it is an Ivy, after all—in ensuring academic excellence, it prides itself on providing over 40 Wharton-specific clubs, ten leadership ventures, and 40 cohort leadership positions. Wharton students are fully immersed in all things commerce both in and out of the classroom. Its 2,466 undergraduates have the option of choosing any of the 20+ concentrations, as well as pursuing courses outside the school to facilitate a broad range of knowledge. Boasting a 91 percent employment rate at an average salary of $69,509, Wharton takes care of its students from the moment they step on campus until the moment they toss their graduation cap.

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