It’s no secret that a business degree from a top school can help you get ahead in your career. But which schools are the best?
Forbes recently released its list of the top undergraduate business schools, and we’ve got all the details for you here.
Best Undergraduate Business Schools Forbes
What makes a top undergraduate business program? We asked deans and senior faculty at the schools that made our list. Here’s what they said.
No. 1: University of Pennsylvania (Wharton)
It’s no surprise that the University of Pennsylvania is ranked as the No. 1 undergraduate business school in the country. The Wharton School offers an excellent undergraduate program and an exceptional overall experience, with students ranking it among their top choices for both quality and value. The curriculum is challenging, but classes are small enough that you’ll get plenty of individual attention from your professors. In addition to providing you with a strong foundation in business fundamentals, Wharton also offers courses in other fields such as economics and management science—which helps ensure you’re prepared for whatever career path you choose after graduation.
Students at Wharton benefit from Penn’s array of resources: access to world-class faculty members who teach 100+ courses each year; on-campus career development programs; research centers dedicated to studying everything from globalization to finance; international study abroad opportunities; events hosted by alumni entrepreneurs who come back to campus regularly; internships at companies like Facebook or Goldman Sachs; research projects conducted in collaboration with faculty members from other disciplines (like art history); student organizations such as Penn Business Club or Women@Wharton which provide networking opportunities among peers interested in a specific industry niche
No. 2: University of Southern California (Marshall)
USC Marshall is a private research university in the Westwood neighborhood of Los Angeles, California. Founded in 1885, it is the oldest private research university in California. Its campus is spread across six campuses: The University Park Campus and USC Village at Westwood are two of the primary campuses; these are joined by USC Downtown and USC McArthur Campus (both located near downtown Los Angeles), as well as two satellite campuses—USC Columbia Medical Center and USC Roski Eye Institute (both located near downtown Los Angeles).
No. 3: University of Notre Dame (Mendoza)
The University of Notre Dame (Mendoza) is a private research university in Notre Dame, Indiana. It’s a Catholic school and home to the country’s ninth largest undergraduate business school, with 2,600 students enrolled in their undergraduate programs alone. Notre Dame also offers MBAs for graduates with at least three years of work experience. Undergraduates can pursue majors like accounting and finance through two-year accelerated degree programs that allow them to graduate on time with four years’ worth of credits rolled into one additional year at the end.
- Notable ranking: No. 3 on Forbes’ list for Best Undergraduate Business Schools
No. 4: New York University (Stern)
NYU is a private university located in New York City. With over 40,000 students, NYU has the fourth largest number of undergraduate business majors in the U.S. Its location and diverse student body provide an interesting backdrop for its business program—NYU attracts around 5,800 international students to study at its various global campuses throughout Asia as well as other locations around the world. This gives Stern’s B-school a global perspective that many other schools lack.
The school also boasts a strong alumni network: many grads go on to successful careers with other top companies like Goldman Sachs and McKinsey & Company (although those offices are mostly in New York).
No. 5: Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Sloan)
It’s no surprise that MIT Sloan is a great school for students who want to study business. With its rigorous curriculum, excellent reputation, and top-notch faculty and alumni network, this school has plenty to offer potential students.
The MIT Sloan School of Management is ranked as the 5th best undergraduate business school in the country by Forbes (2016). In addition to being well-known for its rigorous curriculum and focus on innovation, MIT Sloan also has an impressive history—it was one of the first schools in the country to offer an MBA program back in 1950.
No. 6: University of California – Los Angeles (Anderson)
UCLA Anderson School of Management is a top-ranked business school located in Los Angeles, California. UCLA Anderson has been named the No. 1 undergraduate business program in the U.S., and No. 3 worldwide (behind Harvard Business School and London Business School).
- The University of California – Los Angeles (UCLA) is one of the best public universities in America and a member of the prestigious Association of American Universities (AAU). It offers more than 200 majors, minors, certificates and special programs to over 40,000 undergraduates across ten colleges on its main campus alone—with an additional 35 schools across two other campuses!
- UCLA Anderson offers undergraduate students access to its preeminent faculty members through small classes taught by some of the world’s most renowned experts in their respective fields—including Nobel Prize winners! It also allows them to take advantage of hands-on experience via internships at top companies like Google or Deloitte where students can gain real world experience before even graduating from college with no pay required!
No. 7: Baylor University (Hankamer)
Baylor University (Hankamer)
When you want to know what the best undergraduate business schools are, you’re looking for schools that will prepare you for a successful future in business. Baylor University’s Hankamer School of Business is ranked No. 7 by Forbes, and No. 5 by U.S. News—and it offers a robust curriculum that includes courses on accounting, economics and finance; entrepreneurship; law; management science; marketing management; operations strategy and information systems; organizational behavior and human resources management (HRM); strategy analysis & decision making (SAM) coursework in addition to international studies with an emphasis on Europe or Asia Studies abroad opportunities in London or Hong Kong
Other notable features include:
- A student-to-faculty ratio of 12:1
- A career center staffed by professional recruiters who help students find internships or part-time jobs while they’re still enrolled in school
No. 8: Brigham Young University (Marriott)
The Marriott School of Management at Brigham Young University is a top-notch business school that offers undergraduate degrees in accounting, finance and management. This is a private university owned by the Mormon Church in Provo, Utah.
The school is located on the campus of BYU and has an enrollment of around 7,000 students from all 50 states as well as from over 100 countries abroad. Students who attend this university are required to abide by strict honor codes which include abstinence from alcohol consumption and premarital sex; this may be appealing for some students but not so much for others. In addition to these strict rules, tuition costs around $7,500 per year—which can add up over four years!
No. 9: Indiana University – Bloomington (Kelley)
Indiana University – Bloomington (Kelley)
If you’re wanting to learn from the best in the business world, Indiana University – Bloomington (Kelley) is a great choice. The school has an entrepreneurship program that has produced over 400 companies since 1989, including many startups like Affirm, Inmar and Capital One. The career services at Kelley are also highly regarded and students will have access to them throughout their time there. Last but not least, Kelley has one of the most active alumni networks of any undergraduate business school on this list.
No. 10: Georgetown University (McDonough)
- Location: Washington, D.C.
- Student body: 4,300 students
- Faculty: 95 full-time faculty members and 398 adjunct professors who are some of the top minds in business.
- Programs offered: Undergraduate program in Business Administration with concentrations in Accounting and Information Systems; Finance; Marketing; Management Information Systems (MIS); Public Policy & Corporate Responsibility; Supply Chain Management; Health Care Management; International Business, Entrepreneurship & Innovation (E&I). Graduate programs include MBA, Masters of Science in Finance and Strategic Leadership for Executives (SLE), Executive Master of Business Administration (EMBA), a dual degree MBA/JD law program that enables students to complete both degrees in three years rather than four or five years respectively by taking summer courses at Georgetown Law School’s campus in Qatar. The McDonough School also offers master’s degrees in International Affairs through its partnership with Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) as well as Executive Education programs through which you can earn certificates during your semester break while still pursuing your undergraduate degree.
This list is a great starting point for a student who wants to major in business but is unsure about which school to attend.#end
This list is a great starting point for a student who wants to major in business but is unsure about which school to attend.
It can be hard to find the right undergraduate business school for you, especially if you want to major in an area of business like finance or accounting.
This list of the best undergraduate business schools will help you decide what program might be best suited for your needs and interests.
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