BusinessWeek Ranks USD's Undergraduate Business Program among Top 50 in the Nation

Business Week magazine ranks the University of San Diego School of Business Administration as one of the top undergraduate business programs in the nation.

USD’s undergraduate business program was ranked 46th on the list of the top 50 programs, the magazine announced late Thursday. USD is the only ranked university in San Diego County and is the 4th highest-ranked program in California.  

“Being ranked among the best business schools is quite an honor, and it is a reflection of the high quality of the students and faculty at USD,” said Andrew Allen, Interim Dean of the School of Business Administration.  “Raising the national prominence of the business school is a top priority of the school’s strategic plan, and the support we have received from USD President Mary E. Lyons and Provost Julie Sullivan has made this type of recognition possible.”


Like USD’s new full-time MBA program that began last fall, the hallmarks of the undergraduate business program are rigor, relevance, and personalized service that complement the liberal arts, values-based education that USD students receive.


USD School of Business Administration Professor Stephen Standifird, the school’s first undergraduate program director, said that over the last year, the school has made changes to its organizational structure to enhance the learning environment and academic support services for undergraduate students.


“Small class sizes and accessible professors contributed to the school’s debut in the BusinessWeek ranking,” he said. “Our goal is to continue to improve every aspect of our program and offer a program that is on par with the caliber of students we are able to attract. We are currently engaged in a variety of activities designed to further improve our already strong program.”


USD’s School of  Business Administration currently offers bachelor’s degrees in business administration, accountancy and economics.


While there are more than 1,600 business schools in the United States, BusinessWeek only considered schools accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) for inclusion in the ranking.  From the list of 485 undergraduate business programs with AACSB accreditation, they narrowed the list down to the top 93 schools for inclusion in the ranking.


To identify the best business programs, BusinessWeek used five measures, including a survey of nearly 80,000 business majors at top schools and a poll of undergraduate recruiters. The ranking is based on the “index number,” which represents the sum of all five ranking measures. BusinessWeek also calculated letter grades on teaching quality, facilities and services, and job placement based on the student survey.


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The University of San Diego is a Catholic institution of higher learning chartered in 1949; the school enrolls some 7,500 students and is known for its commitment to teaching, the liberal arts, the formation of values and community service. The establishment of the Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies will bring the University’s total number of schools and colleges to six. Other academic divisions include the College of Arts and Sciences and the schools of Business Administration, Leadership and Education Sciences, Law and Nursing and Health Sciences.



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The University of San Diego sets the standard for an engaged, contemporary Catholic university where innovative Changemakers confront humanity’s urgent challenges. With more than 9,000 students from 69 countries and 50 states, USD is the youngest independent institution on the U.S. News & World Report list of top 100 universities in the United States. The university's eight academic divisions include the College of Arts and Sciences, the School of Business, the Shiley-Marcos School of Engineering, the School of Law, the School of Leadership and Education Sciences, the Hahn School of Nursing and Health Science, the Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies, and the Division of Professional and Continuing Education. USD's Envisioning 2024 strategic plan capitalizes on the university’s recent progress and aligns new strategic goals with current strengths to help shape a vision for the future as the university looks ahead to its 75th anniversary in the year 2024.