2016 Rankings Report Card: How Alums Grade Their Schools


How would you judge the opportunities given to you in the business program to nurture and improve your business skills?

520241473Even at the undergraduate level, a business school is a professional school. The academic learning should therefore lead to a practical result. This question aims to get at how the program delivered opportunities that in the judgment of alumni nurtured and improved their skills in business.

The top five schools that got the highest scores from their alums? In order, they are Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business, Washington University’s Olin School of Business, University of Notre Dame Mendoza College of Business, Texas Christian University’s Neeley School, and the University of Texas-Austin McCombs School of Business. On our ten-point scale, undergraduate programs scored well on this question, between 9.46 and 8.44, with an average score of 8.92.

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1. Indiana University (Kelley School of Business)A+
2. Washington University (Olin School of Business)A+
3. University of Notre Dame (Mendoza School of Business)A+
4. Texas Christian University (Neeley School of Business)A+
5. University of Texas-Austin (McCombs School of Business)A+
6. Southern Methodist University (Cox School of Business)A
7. Wake Forest University (School of Business)A
8. Georgetown University (McDonough School of Business)A
9. Northeastern University (D’Amore-McKim School of Business)A
10. Emory University (Goizueta School of Business)A
11. University of Minnesota (Carlson School of Management)A-
12. Brigham Young University (Marriott School of Management)A-
13. Fordham University (Gabelli School of Business)A-
14. Lehigh University (College of Business & Economics)A-
15. University of Richmond (Robins School of Business)A-
16. James Madison University (College of Business)B+
17. Michigan State University (Broad College of Business)B+
18. University of Illinois-Urbana-Champaign (College of Business)B+
19. Elon University (Martha & Spencer Love School of Business)B+
20. University of Wisconsin (School of Business)B+
21. Carnegie Mellon University (Tepper School of Business)B
22. The College of New Jersey (College of Business)B
23. University of Massachusetts-Amherst (Isenberg School of Management)B
24. Arizona State University (W. P. Carey School of Business)B
25. University of Pittsburgh (College of Business Administration)B
26. Texas A&M University (Mays School of Business)B
27. Boston University (Questrom School of Business)B
28. Purdue University (Krannert School of Management)B

Source: Poets&Quants 2016 undergraduate alumni survey

About The Author

John A. Byrne is the founder and editor-in-chief of C-Change Media, publishers of Poets&Quants and four other higher education websites. He has authored or co-authored more than ten books, including two New York Times bestsellers. John is the former executive editor of Businessweek, editor-in-chief of Businessweek. com, editor-in-chief of Fast Company, and the creator of the first regularly published rankings of business schools. As the co-founder of CentreCourt MBA Festivals, he hopes to meet you at the next MBA event in-person or online.