2016 Rankings Report Card: How Alums Grade Their Schools


How would you rate the quality of teaching in business courses?

Great learning requires great teaching. Yet, the truth is that often some of the most prestigious schools in the world often put rookie professors and mediocre faculty in front of students, especially undergrads. But a great teacher does more than teach. He or she inspires, and that is the kind of teaching we were looking for when we asked alumni to rate the quality of teaching in business courses. We specifically asked about the courses they took in business school—and not the courses they sat through in other colleges or departments.

Whose faculty got the highest scores? The outright winner surprised even us. It was the University of Texas-Austin McCombs School of Business, followed by University of Notre Dame Mendoza College of Business, Texas Christian University’s Neeley School of Business, Emory University’s Goizueta School of Business, and Wake Forest University’s School of Business. On our ten-point scale, undergraduate programs scored between 9.42 and 8.16, with an average score of 8.85. So few students who attend these schools are likely to have a very disappointing experience when it comes to teaching quality.

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

Source: Poets&Quants 2016 undergraduate alumni survey

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