P&Q’s Best Undergraduate Biz Programs

by John Byrne on

 2014 Poets&Quants’ Top 100 Undergraduate Business Programs


P&Q Rank & SchoolIndexBW RankU.S. News RankU.S. News University Rank
  1. University of Pennsylvania (Wharton)100.0717
  2. Cornell University (Dyson)97.631016
  2. University of Notre Dame (Mendoza)97.611018
  4. University of Virginia (McIntire)97.42523
  5. Washington University (Olin)97.151314
  6. UC-Berkeley (Haas)96.315220
  7. University of Michigan (Ross)95.412228
  7. Emory University (Goizueta)95.491320
  9. University of North Carolina (Kenan-Flagler)94.610730
10. Carnegie Mellon University (Tepper)94.417823
11. New York University (Stern)93.914532
11. Georgetown University (McDonough)93.9181320
13. Boston College (Carroll)92.942231
14. University of Southern California (Marshall)91.7281323
15. University of Texas-Austin (McCombs)91.36852
16. Wake Forest University91.0113423
17. Penn State University (Smeal)87.4302237
18. College of William & Mary (Mason)86.9223832
18. University of Wisconsin86.9331841
20. Indiana University (Kelley)86.781075
20. University of Illinois-Urbana-Champaign86.7341841
22. Georgia Institute of Technology85.5372736
23. Ohio State University (Fisher)85.2321852
23. Brigham Young University (Marriott)85.2132762
25. Boston University83.7254341

Source: P&Q analysis of Bloomberg BusinessWeek & U.S. News & World Report rankings 

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  • gmoney

    Terrible ranking. Using overall university rank when you are talking about a specific discipline of study is stupid. Does anyone really think Penn State has a better b-school than Indiana? William & Mary over Indiana? Wisconsin? The list goes on. I know recruiters don’t. You guys are on crack.

    • AtommcNrg

      Want any cheese with that whine? Things change or didn’t they teach you that at Indiana?

  • Gragadon

    Fantastic ranking, really fixes the flaws between the two the rankings. It takes into account the prestige of the program, the quality of the teachings and employers opinion of its graduates. This should be the new definitive rankings. Well done

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  • Adam Selwyn

    Penn’s acceptance rate is 10%. Yeah Wharton’s acceptance rate is about one or two percentage points lower than cas and seas and nursing is much higher than the three other schools. Still I think from an sat perspective wharton might have a little bit lower scores than the other schools at penn because it values more things like ec’s, entrepreneurship and what not. Quite a few of my classmates have created their own companies, charities and what not but dont have amazing sat’s…

  • Concrete

    This ranking is “fairly” accurate. Penn undisputed king of the hill for a century. I think NYU should be slightly higher, UT got jipped due to its University Ranking, MIT got shafted by the NR (should be top-10), and the schools that were “not nationally ranked” all should be elevated to higher ranks. This just means that the highest level of degree offered is a Master’s, but for the undergraduate level, those schools should be considered higher than what they are. For instance, Villanova happens to be comparable to a top-25 or top-30 school in overall university rankings. Responding to one comment, Penn State is fairly ranked actually due to the excellent faculty, facilities, and typically high-volume BigTen recruiting pull.

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  • Billy Bob Cooter

    Studying business as an undergrad is a joke and a waste of time… you’re much better off studying a STEM field as an undergrad, which will develop your quant and critical thinking skills much better than a business major, and then pursuing a graduate level business degree (i.e. MBA, MS Finance, etc.) later. Not to mention that you’ll make more money right out of college as a STEM grad too. STEM students can do business jobs and STEM jobs, whereas business students can only do business jobs.

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