For the Second Year in a Row, Businessweek Ranks USD's Undergraduate Business Program Among Top 50 i

For the second year in a row, BusinessWeek 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 ranks among the top five schools on the West Coast and in the top two in southern California. USD ranked 47th on the list of the top 50 programs in the nation, BusinessWeek announced late Thursday.


In the category of teaching quality, USD was the highest-ranked school on the West Coast with students giving their professors a grade of A+.


For the second year in a row, the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania was ranked number one. The University of Southern California was ranked 17th.


“Being ranked among the best business schools is quite an honor, and is a reflection of the outstanding quality of our faculty and their commitment to our students,” said Andrew Allen, Interim Dean of the School of Business Administration. “Raising the national prominence of the business school continues to be 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.”


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.


“Small class sizes and accessible professors contributed to the school’s continued presence in the BusinessWeek ranking,” said Stephen Standifird, a professor in the USD School of Business Administration and the director of undergraduate business programs.


 “Our goal is to continue to improve every aspect of our program and offer an education that is on par with the caliber of students we are able to attract,” he said.  “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 accountancy, economics and business administration with majors in business administration, business economics, marketing and finance.


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 more than 500 undergraduate business programs with AACSB accreditation, they narrowed the list down to the top 96 schools for inclusion in the ranking.


To rank these programs, BusinessWeek uses nine distinct measures, including surveys of some 80,000 business majors and more than 600 corporate recruiters, the median starting salaries for graduates, and the number of graduates each program sends on to the preeminent MBA programs. BusinessWeek also calculated an academic quality score for the undergraduate schools by combining SAT scores, faculty-student ratios, class size, the percentage of students with internships, and the number of hours students spend on class work each week.


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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 inauguration 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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