This is Empowerly’s most recent list of top 10 schools for undergraduate business programs. Keep in mind that many top schools such as Harvard, Yale, and Stanford don’t offer undergraduate business degrees. But, if you are interested in learning more about undergrad business degrees, read on.
1. University of Pennsylvania – The Wharton School
The Wharton School of Business is the nation’s first school of business as well as the University of Pennsylvania’s most prestigious college. Though it is extremely competitive and expensive, a degree from Wharton will yield endless opportunity. All undergraduates receive a B.S. in Economics with a concentration in one of 20+ areas of study. Additionally, these concentrations cover nearly every business related area of study. Furthermore, Wharton is ranked top 10 on US News undergraduate business specialties in an extensive list of programs including accounting, entrepreneurship, finance, insurance, international business, management, management information systems, marketing, operation management, quantitative analysis, and real estate.
2. University of California Berkeley – Haas School of Business
The Haas school of Business is one of the most competitive undergraduate business programs to enter. UC Berkeley itself is already very difficult to get into, but to get accepted to Haas, you have to apply during your sophomore year of college and beat out ~50% of other Haas applicants at UC Berkeley. Nonetheless, this process produces elite business students who obtain highly successful careers in business after graduation. Haas has top tier courses in international business, management, marketing, and real estate.
3. Massachusetts Institute of Technology – Sloan School of Management
MIT is most famous for its technical programs, but its Sloan School of Management is just as notable. At Sloan you can choose to major or double major in management, business analytics, or finance. Not only that, each of these programs is very respected and extremely competitive.
4. New York University – Stern School of Business
NYU is most known for the Stern School of Business. Located right in Manhattan, the school sits in arguably the world’s most important city for business and finance. Furthermore, Stern offers a unique educational experience by coupling business courses with liberal arts and international immersion electives. Stern is rarely bested in finance, international business, and marketing opportunities.
5. Carnegie Mellon University – Tepper School of Business
Carnegie Mellon University is a highly technical school; this is reflected in Tepper’s analytic approach to business. Actually, CMU offers two business programs. So, students choose between a B.A. in business administration or a B.S. in computational finance. However, Tepper’s strong suits are management information systems, operation management, and quantitative analysis.
6. Cornell University
Cornell is the only Ivy League school, other than University of Pennsylvania, to offer an undergraduate business program. Cornell’s business program divides into three schools: the Charles H. Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management, the School of Hotel Administration, and the SC Johnson School of Business. Most business undergraduates attend Dyson. Dyson offers many unique concentrations such as food industry management and agribusiness management that are perfect if you don’t plan on going down a typical business path.
7. University of Michigan – Ross School of Business
The Ross School of Business at Ann Arbor offers a unique type of curriculum called “Merge.” This curriculum starts out students on a wide range of standard curriculum then allows students to focus on what they choose by requiring a senior capstone assignment. The Ross School of Business is the most elite school at the University of Michigan and has world class programs in management, marketing, and supply chain management.
8. University of Notre Dame – Mendoza College of Business
The Mendoza College of Business applies a holistic approach to business. The curriculum pairs strong business classes with liberal arts, science, and theology classes. The Mendoza School aims to create strong business leaders through developing well rounded students.
9. Washington University in St. Louis – Olin Business School
The Olin Business School aims to produce business leaders by providing realistic experiences such as business competitions and conducting business case studies. Furthermore, Olin has a sizable study abroad program that more than 60% of students participate in.
10. University of Texas at Austin – McCombs School of Business
McCombs offers 10 majors to choose from including the #1 ranked accounting school on the US News undergraduate business specialties list. McCombs is also one of the largest undergraduate business schools, as they have nearly 5,000 undergraduate students.
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