At 41st on the Poets&Quants ranking of undergraduate business schools is Ohio State University’s Fisher College of Business. The massive university in Columbus, Ohio offers one bachelor of science degree in business administration, but students may choose to specialize in any of 12 concentration areas and minor in one of over 100 minors offered by Ohio State, the school’s website boasts.
Students may also engage in experiential learning programs through the school’s learning communities, industry clusters program, and the company site visit program. To engage students, Fisher provides the Fisher Community Building, which hosts events like Donuts with the Dean, the Fisher Early Arrival Program, and Fisher Fall Frenzy, among other programs. The school also offers more than 35 Fisher-specific undergraduate student organizations.
In terms of other rankings, Fisher fares well. The school boasts of its U.S. News placement on the front page of its undergraduate business website — a four-way tie for 19th place overall and 9th among public universities. The school finished fourth overall for its supply chain management and logistics program. In Bloomberg Businessweek’s ranking, the school does even better. Fisher places 14th and ahead of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School, UC-Berkeley’s Haas School of Business, Washington University in St. Louis, and Georgetown University. Like many schools that finished high in Businessweek’s ranking, Fisher performed very well in the heavily weighted employer survey, coming in at seventh.
The lower ranking in Poets&Quants’ ranking is due to the school’s low employment placement. At 72%, Fisher had one of the lowest placement rates for the Class of 2016. Average total compensation of that 72% was also a relatively weak at $53,641. This low placement rates, weighted at 50% within the employment category, proved too much to overcome. For example, the University of Missouri’s Trulaske College of Business had the lowest total compensation of all schools at less than $45,000, yet was able to finish 34th in the admissions category because of a placement rate for the Class of 2016 of 91.4%.
What alumni say:
“I enjoy my increased understanding of the world. At the root of every job is business, whether public, private or government-run. I now understand the inner workings and how business is increasingly global in today’s atmosphere.” – Emmi Banner, Class of 2016
“I enjoyed being pushed to work in groups and think big picture through case studies that were directly related to an event occurring in the business world. Having the opportunity to be an advisor to businesses in case studies, analyzing whether or not a company should execute a merger or take on a project, or even listening to people in the finance industry talk about how they dealt with the financial crisis and why it happened were all extremely important and enjoyable parts of my business education. I also enjoyed being around people with other business majors who contributed different thoughts and ideas to our case studies or class discussions. Their perspectives helped shape my views and broadened my perspective of what a successful and efficient business looks like.” – Amjed Osman, Class of 2016