At the base of the Berkeley Hills, overlooking the San Francisco Bay, rests the top-ranked public university on the Poets&Quants ranking, the University of California-Berkeley Haas School of Business. With an acceptance rate of 8.22% and an incredibly high percentage of students to finish in the top 10% of their high school class, the school’s high rank was carried by a top finish in the admissions data category of the ranking.
With a temperate climate, abundant sunshine, and proximity to San Francisco and Silicon Valley, it’s easy to see why the school consistently ranks well in most rankings and in Poets&Quants’ first ranking. An example of that innovative spirit is the school’s announcement of the Berkeley Management, Entrepreneurship, and Technology (MET) program — a joint program between Haas and UC-Berkeley’s engineering school. It’s a dual degree program in engineering and computer science and business that is now accepting applications for the first cohort to begin in the fall of 2017.
A two-year program, students don’t begin business school coursework until junior year. Up first is a suite of 10 core courses. Students may then begin choosing from upper-level elective and special topic courses. Haas also boasts a global management concentration that gives students ample opportunities to study abroad.
UC-Berkeley Haas is considered a top three school based on peer assessments reflected in the U.S. News rankings. But the most recent Bloomberg Businessweek rankings placed Haas at 36th, largely because of poor placements in the employer and student surveys. Before the employer survey was weighted so heavily, the school placed 15th place in 2015. Considering the school’s stringent admissions standards, innovative curriculum, and impressive employment stats, it’s tough to consider UC-Berkeley Haas anything but a top ten school.