2016 Rankings Report Card: How Alums Grade Their Schools


How would you appraise the effectiveness of the business program’s academic advising effort?

520241473Having someone at a business school be shoulder-to-shoulder with the students, advising them on their academic options, is a part of the undergraduate experience that is easily overlooked. High school guidance counselors, after all, are notoriously absent from playing as big a role as expected in the journey to college. So expectations for having a counselor in college are low. But schools that meaningfully invest in this area provide their students with an important service. They help to insure that students don’t get lost in the shuffle.

Which schools score the highest marks from their alumni for having truly effective academic advising? University of Notre Dame Mendoza School of Business and Washington University’s Olin School of Business are neck-and-neck in this department, right at the top. Then, there is Texas Christian University’s Neeley School of Business, Emory University’s Goizueta School of Business and Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business. On our ten-point scale, with ten reflecting the highest possible score, 9.09 topped the list while a score of 7.63 was at the bottom, with an average of 8.43.

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