BusinessWeek Fast Track: Best Undergraduate B-Schools

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BusinessWeek Fast Track: Best Undergraduate B-Schools by Geoff Gloeckler


This book is packed with exclusive rankings of America's top undergrad business programs. It tells you what's up, who's down, and which schools are best for you.


This book tells you how much it costs-and if it's all worth it.

Based on BusinessWeek's famous rating system, this at-a-glance guide will save you hours of research on undergraduate business schools. It answers all your questions, including

What's It Worth?

Job stats and salaries of recent grads

What's the Cost?

Not just tuition: books, food, everything

Is It the Right Fit?

The best schools for overachievers, slackers, and strong test-takers

Do I Have What It Takes?

The SAT and ACT scores schools are looking for

With Web links, phone numbers, application requirements, and visitor info, this guide is all you need to get into your school of choice-and get on the fast track for life.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780071590426
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education
Publication date: 09/26/2007
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 330
File size: 3 MB

About the Author

Geoff Gloeckler, a staff editor at BusinessWeek, helped create the magazine's rankings of Best Business Schools.

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BusinessWeek Fast Track The Best Undergraduate B-Schools

By Geoff Gloeckler

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ISBN: 978-0-07-159042-6



The Lists: BusinessWeek Top 50 Undergraduate B-Schools

1. University of Pennsylvania (Wharton)

2. University of Virginia (McIntire)

3. University of California, Berkeley (Haas)

4. Emory University (Goizueta)

5. University of Michigan (Ross)

6. Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Sloan)

7. University of Notre Dame (Mendoza)

8. Brigham Young University (Marriott)

9. New York University (Stern)

10. Cornell University

11. Georgetown University (McDonough)

12. Villanova University

13. University of Texas, Austin (McCombs)

14. Boston College (Carroll)

15. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (Kenan-Flagler)

16. Washington University (Olin)

17. Wake Forest University (Calloway)

18. Indiana University (Kelley)

19. University of Southern California (Marshall)

20. Lehigh University

21. Carnegie Mellon (Tepper)

22. University of Illinois

23. University of Richmond (Robins)

24. Southern Methodist University (Cox)

25. Washington University (Olin)

26. Northeastern University

27. Santa Clara University (Leavey)

28. University of Wisconsin

29. College of William & Mary (Mason)

30. University of Maryland (Smith)

31. Bentley College

32. Rutgers University

33. Babson College

34. Fordham University

35. Miami University (Farmer)

36. Pennsylvania State University (Smeal)

37. Boston University

38. Baylor University (Hankamer)

39. Texas Christian University (Neeley)

40. Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (Lally)

41. Ohio State University (Fisher)

42. University of Minnesota (Carlson)

43. University of Florida (Warrington)

44. Georgia Institute of Technology

45. Clemson University

46. University of San Diego

47. University of Miami

48. Michigan State University (Broad)

49. Marquette University

50. Texas A&M University (Mays)

Best Schools by Specialty


1. Cornell University, Ithaca, N.Y.

2. University of Virginia (McIntire), Charlottesville, Va.

3. University of Miami, Coral Gables, Fla.

4. University of California, Berkeley (Haas), Berkeley, Calif.

5. University of San Diego, San Diego, Calif.

6. University of Richmond, (Robins) Richmond, Va.

7. Washington University (Olin), St. Louis, Mo.

8. George Washington University, Washington, D.C.

9. Southern Methodist University (Cox), Dallas, Tex.

10. College of William & Mary (Mason), Williamsburg, Va.


1. Brigham Young University (Marriott), Provo, Utah

2. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (Kenan-Flagler), Chapel Hill, N.C.

3. University of California, Berkeley (Haas), Berkeley, Calif.

4. Emory University (Goizueta), Atlanta, Ga.

5. University of Notre Dame (Mendoza), Notre Dame, Ind.

6. Lehigh University, Bethlehem, Pa.

7. University of Virginia (McIntire), Charlottesville, Va.

8. Wake Forest University (Calloway), Winston-Salem, N.C.

9. University of Richmond (Robins), Richmond, Va.

10. University of San Diego, San Diego, Calif.


1. Brigham Young University (Marriott), Provo, Utah

2. University of Notre Dame (Mendoza), Notre Dame, Ind.

3. Marquette University, Milwaukee, Wis.

4. University of Richmond (Robins), Richmond, Va.

5. Bentley College, Waltham, Mass.

6. University of California, Berkeley (Haas), Berkeley, Calif.

7. Fordham University, Bronx, N.Y.

8. New York University (Stern), New York, N.Y.

9. University of Virginia (McIntire), Charlottesville, Va.

10. University of Arizona (Eller), Tucson, Ariz.


1. New York University (Stern), New York, N.Y.

2. University of Virginia (McIntire), Charlottesville, Va.

3. Brigham Young University (Marriott), Provo, Utah

4. Georgetown University (McDonough), Washington, D.C.

5. Emory University (Goizueta), Atlanta, Ga.

6. University of Michigan (Ross), Ann Arbor, Mich.

7. Cornell University, Ithaca, N.Y.

8. University of Richmond (Robins), Richmond, Va.

9. University of Pennsylvania (Wharton), Philadelphia, Pa.

10. Washington University (Olin), St. Louis, Mo.

Business Law

1. Emory University (Goizueta), Atlanta, Ga.

2. University of Virginia (McIntire), Charlottesville, Va.

3. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (Kenan-Flagler), Chapel Hill, N.C.

4. New York University (Stern), New York, N.Y.

5. University of Miami, Coral Gables, Fla.

6. University of Notre Dame (Mendoza), Notre Dame, Ind.

7. University of Texas, Austin (McCombs), Austin, Tex.

8. Fordham University, Bronx, N.Y.

9. Florida State University, Tallahassee, Fla.

Corporate Strategy

1. University of Virginia (McIntire), Charlottesville, Va.

2. Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (Lally), Troy, N.Y.

3. Northeastern University, Boston, Mass.

4. Carnegie Mellon (Tepper), Pittsburgh, Pa.

5. University of Michigan (Ross), Ann Arbor, Mich.

6. Brigham Young University (Marriott), Provo, Utah

7. University of Richmond (Robins), Richmond, Va.

8. George Washington University, Washington, D.C.

9. University of California, Berkeley (Haas), Berkeley, Calif.

10. Emory University (Goizueta), Atlanta, Ga.

What's online at BusinessWeek


* Best Undergrad B-Schools Recruiting is up, salary offers are higher, and there are major changes in our Top 50 undergrad business programs.

* Slide Show The top 25 schools

* Rankings and Profiles Access in-depth data on more than 100 undergrad business programs.

* Which Schools Make the Grade? Four things to consider when choosing a school

* Grading the Schools Delve into the methodology behind our undergraduate business program ranking.

* Minor Solution to Major Problems More undergrads are minoring in business to shore up their credentials in the job market.

* Make Your Own Ranking Our interactive table lets you re-rank 93 schools according to criteria you select.

* Return on Investment Which programs give the biggest bang for the buck?

* Experience Wanted Programs that excel at placing interns

* Cracking the Books The schools where students study the most

* FAQs Learn more about our rankings.

American University

Kogod School of Management 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW Washington, DC 20016-8044

Help line/switchboard: (202) 885-1914


Web address:

Dean: Richard M. Durand

Why Kogod?

• Kogod offers a special Internship program for business students and employs a full-time internship advisor for the program. The school estimates that 80% of students take part in the program at some point in their college career, gaining experience with major companies in industries like finance, accounting, marketing, and international business. Students can earn up to three credit hours for an internship.

• The school's location, just minutes from the heart of Washington, D.C., gives students access to a number of corporate and government networking opportunities in their own backyards. Students like the fact that Kogod's professors are generally tuned in to the business community and are willing to share their knowledge.

• Students enjoy such events as "Dunkin' with the Deans" and "Pizza with Professors" as a way to get to know their school's leadership a little better. Also, many take part in community service activities such as assisting low- income tax filers with their returns.

The 411

The idea for a "national university" in America's capital city was first presented by George Washington in the late 1700s and became reality a century later when ground was broken for American University. A private institution, its undergraduate business program was founded in 1955 and is accredited by the AACSB. The campus is located in northwest Washington, D.C., minutes away from the city center.

Do I Have What It Takes?

Application fee: $45 (free if submitted online)

Application Deadlines

Fall 2008: November 15, 2007 (early decision), January 15, 2008 (regular decision)

Spring 2009: December 1, 2008

Summer 2009: April 1, 2009

Fall 2009: November 15, 2008 (early decision), January 15, 2009 (regular decision)

Required test(s): SAT, ACT

SAT scores for entering students:

Average1 232
Median 1230
Range (middle 80%) 1140 to 1280

ACT scores for entering students:

Average 27
Median 27
Range (middle 80%) 23 to 27

Percentage of entering business students who were in the top 10% of their high school class: 35%

The business program does admit freshmen.

Interviews for applicants are recommended but not required.

What's It Gonna Cost Me?

Annual total program costs (including all tuition and required fees):

All students $29,206
Room and board $11,570
Books $600
Other expenses: Fees $467
Health insurance (unless waived) $950
Resident and commuter parking $832
Tuition per credit hour $973

What's It Worth?

• Graduates' median starting salary: $47,250

• Companies that recruited business students on campus from June 30, 2005, to June 30, 2006: 201

• Graduates seeking jobs in 2005 who had an offer by graduation: 61%

• Biggest recruiters: Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu, Ernst & Young, Bearing Point, Booz Allen Hamilton, Grant Thornton, MetLife

Can I Get Any Aid?

Business students receiving Scholarships 44%
Need-based scholarships 22%
Merit-based scholarships 18%

N/A students received full-tuition scholarships.

The school does not offer a guaranteed loan to all business students.

The average outstanding debt among 2006 business graduates is $20,153.

Does It Have What I Want?

Five leading areas of study: Finance, General Management, International Business, Marketing, and Real Estate

Elective courses available: 40

Average class size in Core business classes 34 students
Business electives 32 students
Nonbusiness classes 25 students

5% of classes have fewer than 20 students, and none have more than 50. 90% of required courses reached maximum enrollment by the first day of class.

Full-time business faculty: 58

Prominent Faculty

Ron Anderson: Finance

Kent Baker: Finance

Ed Wasil: Management Science

But What's It Really Like?

Male: 50%, Female: 50%

Living off-campus: N/A

Hours spent on class work daily: 1.3

Graded by Students

Housing/Food: A

Recreational Facilities: C

Academic Resources (Libraries, Classes): D

Administrative Services: C

Extracurricular/Intramural Activities: C

Teaching Quality: A

Overall Satisfaction: A

The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly: Students Speak Out

"Kogod prepares students for real-world experience. Internships are encouraged starting in freshman year, and are expected by sophomore year. Networking is a skill that is emphasized both by the career center and by professors."

"The Kogod Business School not only provides quality classroom learning with texts and recent events, but takes advantage of the school's location in Washington, D.C."

"The career center and business advisors have been a major highlight and make themselves available quite often and are very helpful."

"Social life at the school leaves something to be desired, and there are a lot of 'socially off' (generally awkward, lacking well-developed social skills) people at the school in general."

"I never expected to have a college where professors know your name and are excited about your education."

"There needs to be greater opportunity to meet and network with alumni and other area universities."

Where Should We Stay?

Embassy Suites at the Chevy Chase Pavilion 4300 Military Rd. NW Washington, DC 20015 (202) 362-9300

Holiday Inn Georgetown 2101 Wisconsin Ave. NW Washington, DC 20007 (202) 338-4600

Marriott Wardman Park 2660 Woodley Rd. NW Washington, DC 20008 202) 328-2000

Is There Anywhere to Eat around Campus?

Chef Geoff's (American) 3201 New Mexico Ave. NW Washington, DC 20016 (202) 237-7800

Citronelle (Italian, French) 3000 M St. NW Washington, DC 20007 (202) 625-2150

2 Amys (pizza) 3715 Macomb St. NW Washington, DC 20016 (202) 885-5700

Anything to Do Nearby?

National Portrait Gallery (Smithsonian) Victor Building Washington, DC 20013 (202) 633-1000

Washington National Cathedral Massachusetts and Wisconsin Ave. NW Washington, DC 20016 (202) 537-6200

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Table of Contents




The BusinessWeek Top 50          

Best Schools by Specialty          

School Profiles          

American University          

Arizona State University          

Auburn University          

Babson College          

Baylor University          

Bentley College          

Boston College          

Boston University          

Brigham Young University          

Bryant University          

Carnegie Mellon University          

Case Western Reserve University          

Chapman University          

Clarkson University          

Clemson University          

College of New Jersey, The          

Colorado State University          

Cornell University          

Creighton University          

Drake University          

Drexel University          

East Tennessee State University          

Emory University          

Florida International University          

Florida State University          

Fordham University          

George Washington University          

Georgetown University          

Georgia Institute of Technology          

Hofstra University          

Howard University          

Illinois State University          

Indiana University          

Iona College          

Iowa State University          

James Madison University          

Lehigh University          

Louisiana State University          

Loyola College (Maryland)          

Loyola University Chicago          

Marquette University          

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)          

Mercer University          

Miami University          

Michigan State University          

New York University          

North Carolina State University          

Northeastern University          

Northern Illinois University          

Ohio State University, The          

Ohio University          

Pennsylvania State University, The          

Purdue University          

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute          

Rochester Institute of Technology          

Rutgers University          

Saint Joseph's University          

St. Louis University          

Santa Clara University          

Seattle University          

Seton Hall University          

Southern Methodist University          

State University of New York (SUNY)–Binghamton          

State University of New York (SUNY)–Buffalo          

State University of New York (SUNY)–Geneseo          

Syracuse University          

Texas A&M University          

Texas Christian University          

Texas Tech University          

Trinity University          

Tulane University          

University of Alabama          

University of Arizona          

University of Arkansas          

University of California, Berkeley          

University of Central Florida          

University of Cincinnati          

University of Colorado–Boulder          

University of Connecticut          

University of Delaware          

University of Denver          

University of Florida          

University of Georgia          

University of Houston          

University of Illinois–Urbana-Champaign          

University of Iowa          

University of Kentucky          

University of Louisville          

University of Maryland          

University of Massachusetts          

University of Miami          

University of Michigan          

University of Minnesota          

University of Missouri–Columbia          

University of North Carolina–Chapel Hill          

University of Notre Dame          

University of Oklahoma          

University of Oregon          

University of Pennsylvania          

University of Pittsburgh          

University of Richmond          

University of San Diego          

University of South Carolina          

University of South Florida          

University of Southern California          

University of Tennessee–Chattanooga          

University of Tennessee–Knoxville          

University of Texas–Austin          

University of Texas–Dallas          

University of the Pacific          

University of Tulsa          

University of Virginia          

University of Washington          

University of Wisconsin–Madison          

Villanova University          

Virginia Polytechnic Institute          

Wake Forest University          

Washington State University          

Washington University          

William and Mary, The College of Worcester Polytechnic Institute          

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