Coming in as the third highest-ranked public university on Poets&Quants‘ inaugural ranking of undergraduate business programs is the University of Virginia’s McIntire School of Commerce. Only UC-Berkeley Haas’ School of Business, ranked fifth overall, and Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business, which placed seventh on our list, beat it among public universities.
Located in Charlottesville, Virginia, and not far from the Appalachian Mountains, the school earned its spot with stellar employment rates. Along with the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business and UC-Berkeley’s Haas School of Business, the McIntire School was the third public school to place in the top five for average total compensation for freshly minted graduates at $78,157. What’s more, 94% of its Class of 2016 was employed within 90 days of graduation.
Students entering the McIntire School spend the first two years of school taking liberal arts courses and basic business courses. Beginning the third year, students take the Integrated Core Curriculum, which is six courses totaling 21 credit hours taken over the fall and spring semester. And during the fourth year, students are able to focus-in on one or more of the five concentration areas. Upon graduation, students actually receive a bachelors in science in commerce, which is atypical to the normal business administration degree. The school also has minors in entrepreneurship and leadership.
The school offers two study abroad opportunities. The first of which is part of the Integrated Core Curriculum and qualified students may spend spring semester studying at a partner school. During the fourth year, students may study abroad with partner schools during the fall or spring semester.
By all accounts — and notable rankings — the McIntire school truly is a top ten business school. It placed sixth in the most recent U.S. News ranking. Amazingly, the school even survived finishing 48th in Bloomberg Businessweek’s employer survey and still finished fifth, despite the employer survey being weighted so heavily. That’s also why McIntire placed so well in the Poets&Quants ranking — it has amazing employment outcomes.
For an in-depth interview with McIntire Dean Carl Zeithaml, go here.