2016 Rankings Report Card: How Alums Grade Their Schools


Do you believe the business degree was worth its time in cost and tuition?

520241473Along with the inevitable anxiety, there’s an undeniable excitement when a candidate begins his or her search for college. But there is also the matter-of-fact issue of how much will it cost. Tuition and fees at most of these schools range between $50,000 to $65,000 a year. That’s no small investment for either a student or parents.

So you want to make sure that you’re getting your money’s worth. That is why we asked alumni, many of whom of course do not fully share the cost burden, whether the business degree they received was worth its time in cost and tuition. The top five scoring schools on this question are, in order, Brigham Young University’s Marriott School of Business, Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business, the University of Texas-Austin McCombs School of Business, James Madison University’s College of Business, and University of Notre Dame Mendoza College of Business. On our ten-point scale, undergraduate programs scored between 9.82 and 8.13, with an average score of 9.0, a fairly affirmative “yes, it was well worth it.”.

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

Source: Poets&Quants 2016 undergraduate alumni survey

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