P&Q’s Best Undergraduate Biz Programs

2014 Poets&Quants’ Top 100 Undergraduate Business Programs


P&Q Rank & SchoolIndexBW RankU.S. News RankU.S. News University Rank
26. Southern Methodist University (Cox)82.3213860
26. University of Maryland (Smith)82.3391862
28. University of Florida (Warrington)82.1442749
29. Case Western Reserve82.0503437
30. Texas A&M University (Mays)81.3292769
31. Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (Lally)81.6354741
32. University of Washington (Foster)81.1522252
33. University of Minnesota (Carlson)79.9461869
34. University of Georgia (Terry)79.6482760
35. Northeastern University (D’Amore-McKim)78.7197249
36. Michigan State University (Broad)78.4423773
37. Miami University (Farmer)77.9234775
38. Purdue University (Krannert)77.6572268
39. George Washington University77.2593852
40. Lehigh University75.7318641
41. Syracuse University (Whitman)75.3554362
42. Tulane University73.8744352
42. University of Connecticut73.8654757
43. University of Miami73.3537247
44. Virginia Tech (Pamplin)71.8694369
44. Fordham University71.8388657
44. Texas Christian University (Neely)71.8277282
47. University of Massachusetts-Amherst71.1365891
48. University of Pittsburgh69.7844762
49. University of Iowa (Tippie)68.4943473
49. Baylor University68.4685875

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

  • 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.

    After undergrad, try to go to an MBA program that has a phenomenal undergrad program!!! A force multiplier indeed with elite undergrad/MBA faculty.

  • 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.

  • Georges

    Do you publish similar ranking for non-US schools?

    • JohnAByrne

      Not yet but we are certainly considering this. In December, we’re expanding our ranking to include 100 U.S. schools. We will probably expand from there to include the best schools outside the U.S.