Top 20 Undergrad Business Schools

Since we like to rank things, here’s a list of the best 20 undergraduate business schools in the United States ranked by BusinessWeek magazine. If you’re interested in getting your business degree, a good place to start is by learning more about finding the right business school.

  1. University of Notre Dame (Mendoza)
  2. University of Virginia (McIntire)
  3. Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Sloan)
  4. University of Pennsylvania (Wharton)
  5. Cornell University
  6. University of California – Berkeley (Haas)
  7. Emory University (Goizueta)
  8. University of Michigan (Ross)
  9. Boston College (Carroll)
  10. University of Texas – Austin (McCombs)
  11. Brigham Young University (Marriott)
  12. New York University (Stern)
  13. Washington University – St. Louis (Olin)
  14. University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill (Kenan-Flagler)
  15. University of Richmond (Robins)
  16. Miami University (Farmer)
  17. Babson College
  18. Wake Forest University
  19. Indiana University (Kelley)
  20. Villanova University

Undergraduate Business School

University of Notre Dame (Mendoza)

Today, the Mendoza College of Business includes more than 2,200 students in the following degree programs:

  1. Bachelor of Business Administration
  2. Master of Business Administration
  3. Executive Master of Business Administration
  4. Master of Science in Accountancy
  5. Master of Nonprofit Administration

The College also offers a broad range of custom programs for businesses and organizations, as well as certificate programs for executives and nonprofit managers and leaders. These programs are offered through the Executive Education and Nonprofit Professional Development departments.

Get more information on Notre Dame Business School here.

University of Virginia (McIntire)

There are 662 undergraduate students at the McIntire School of Commerce and we have three full-time Master’s level career counselors. Through the “Employer-in-Residence Program” (mock interviews, resume reviews and coffee networking sessions), resume and interviewing workshops, student treks, industry focused seminars, a supplemental recruiting program and one-on-one advising appointments, McIntire students are afforded numerous opportunities to have their resume and interview skills fine-tuned in advance of the full-time and internship recruiting process.

Get more information on University of Virginia, McIntire School of Business here.

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Sloan)

What makes the MIT Sloan community so dynamic is the absence of boundaries. Invention here is cross-cultural, multi-disciplinary, inter-generational and a result of one key common denominator: excellence. Members of this community believe strongly that there’s no point in striving for anything else.

With students and faculty from more than 60 countries, MIT Sloan is a community vibrant in cultural textures. To work, study, or teach at MIT Sloan is to be immersed in an invigorating and vastly satisfying experience of international collaboration. And the products of these collaborations are very often more successful for the rich mix of perspectives that gave birth to them.

Get more information on MIT Sloan School of Business here.

University of Pennsylvania (Wharton)

From new initiatives and courses to practical, integrated learning experiences, the Wharton curriculum offers the broadest range of topics, connecting knowledge with real skills. New courses are created each semester in response to emerging issues in business. All this takes place at specialized, cutting-edge facilities throughout our Philadelphia and San Francisco campuses.

Get more information on University of Pennsylvania, Wharton School of Business here.

Cornell University

It is home to the nation’s first colleges devoted to hotel administration, industrial and labor relations, and veterinary medicine. Both a private university and the land-grant institution of New York State, Cornell University is the most educationally diverse member of the Ivy League.

On the Ithaca campus alone nearly 20,000 students representing every state and 120 countries choose from among 4,000 courses in 11 undergraduate, graduate, and professional schools. Many undergraduates participate in a wide range of interdisciplinary programs, play meaningful roles in original research, and study in Cornell programs in Washington, New York City, and the world over.

Get more information on Cornell University School of Business here.

University of California – Berkeley (Haas)

For over 100 years, the Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley, has offered a superb management education to outstanding men and women from around the world. The School is one of the world’s leading producers of new ideas and knowledge for all areas of business, and a launching point for many new businesses.

The Haas School is widely known for its diverse and talented faculty, staff, students and alumni. They have created an innovative academic culture that stresses cooperative teamwork, entrepreneurship, a global point of view, and an emphasis on new ideas and fresh perspectives. The school’s programs benefit significantly from the university’s practice of interdisciplinary research and teaching, and the school’s strong connections to nearby Silicon Valley.

Get more information on University of California Berkeley, Haas School of Business here.

Emory University (Goizueta)

The Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) degree prepares you for much more than a career in business. It is training for life. Succeeding in any environment requires the ability to think critically, to analyze data, to make recommendations and to communicate them effectively. It demands not only knowledge, but also the ability to apply it and the courage to act on it.

Our Program consists of 500 juniors and seniors, ninety percent of whom are continuing students from Emory and Oxford Colleges. Although we have our own distinctive identity, we are very much a part of Emory and share its vision and intellectual focus. What sets us apart as a professional school is that our courses center on understanding the key functions that take place inside organizations and how they impact, and are impacted by, the external environment in which they operate

Get more information on Emory University, Goizueta School of Business here.

University of Michigan (Ross)

The Ross BBA delivers a fast-paced, action-based, and team-oriented approach to leadership development. Students learn to deliver real results as they collaborate on multi-faceted projects that connect coursework to actual business practice.

Our students learn to think and act as well-rounded, global citizens — first through a liberal arts foundation that covers mathematics, natural science, social science, and the humanities, and then through a rigorous Core grounded in the functional areas of business, from finance to marketing.

Get more information on University of Michigan, Ross School of Business here.

Boston College (Carroll)

The Carroll School of Management provides undergraduate and graduate management education attuned to the needs of today’s business world. Aligned with the philosophy of Boston College, we develop leaders and managers who bring an ethical perspective to business decision making. In addition to its 6 degree programs and 8 centers which provide various executive development programming for professionals, the School partners with the business community to provide (student) consulting services in the areas of financial and strategic analysis, product development, and general business planning.

Get more information on Boston College, Carroll School of Business here.

University of Texas – Austin (McCombs)

One of the largest and most distinguished business schools in the country, the McCombs School of Business at The University of Texas at Austin is dedicated to educating the business leaders of tomorrow while creating knowledge of critical significance for industry and society.

McCombs educates more than 6,000 students each year, creating one of the largest cumulative impacts of any business school in the world. About 2,000 professionals also participate each year in programs designed for working executives and their firms. These Texas Executive Education programs are held in our first-class AT&T Executive Education and Conference Center.

Historically regarded as the strongest business school in the Southwest and now becoming more nationally recognized, the school, under Thomas W. Gilligan, has set a goal of becoming one of the most prominent business schools in the world.

Get more information on University of Texas Austin, McCombs School of Business here.

Brigham Young University (Marriott)

The Marriott School is located at Brigham Young University, the largest privately owned, church-sponsored university in the United States. The school has nationally recognized programs in accounting, business management, entrepreneurship, public management and information systems. The school’s mission is to prepare men and women of faith, character and professional ability for positions of leadership throughout the world. Approximately 3,000 students are enrolled in the Marriott School’s graduate and undergraduate programs.

Get more information on Brigham Young University, Marriott School of Business here.

New York University (Stern)

The New York University Leonard N. Stern School of Business is one of the nation’s premier management education schools and research centers. From its Greenwich Village campus, NYU Stern offers a broad portfolio of academic programs at the undergraduate and graduate levels, all of them informed and enriched by the dynamism, energy and resources of the world’s business capital. Stern has taken its place among the nation’s most distinguished business schools, and we are proud of our more than 100-year heritage as a progressive, forward-looking, merit-based institution, deeply committed to diversity, opportunity, innovation and excellence.

Get more information on New York University, Stern School of Business here.

Washington University – St. Louis (Olin)

Olin Business School at Washington University in St. Louis is an institution of leaders: distinguished research faculty…exhilarated, brilliant students…and successful, energized alumni. Our 12 business degree and nondegree programs emphasize rigorously analytical, critical-thinking skills; applied learning; global competence; and communication and collaboration skills­ – advancing today’s business world and tomorrow’s global leaders.

Get more information on Washington University St. Louis, Olin School of Business here.

University of North Carolina

Established in 1789 as America’s first public university, continues to thrive as a place of academic excellence. U.S. News & World Report’s “Great Schools, Great Prices,” recently named us “first among public universities” for the fourth consecutive year based on academic quality and the net cost of attendance.

Get more information on University of North Carolina School of Business here.

University of Richmond (Robins)

The Robins School of Business at the University of Richmond, located in Richmond, Virginia, is recognized as one of the nation’s best business schools, offering undergraduate, graduate, and executive education.

As one of the nation’s top business schools, the Robins School provides a rigorous and relevant educational experience, preparing our students to successfully lead in the 21st century.

Get more information on University of Richmond, Robins School of Business here.

Miami University (Farmer)

The mission of the Farmer School of Business is to be a premier business program committed to providing students with a lifelong ability to seek and acquire knowledge and translate it into responsible action in a competitive global environment.

We strive to prepare our students to function knowledgeably in any part of the world, and to become leaders in the workplace and the community.

The Farmer School focuses primarily on undergraduate education but offers three small, selective graduate programs: an MBA, a Master’s in Accountancy, and a Master’s in Economics. We combine the resources of a highly respected university with a personalized approach and a commitment to teaching.

Get more information on Miami University, Farmer School of Business here.

Babson College

Babson College, located in Wellesley, Massachusetts, is recognized internationally for its entrepreneurial leadership in a changing global environment. Babson grants BS degrees through its innovative undergraduate program. It grants MBA and custom MS and MBA degrees through the F.W. Olin Graduate School of Business at Babson College. Both programs are accredited by the AACSB International—The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business, and the New England Association of Schools and Colleges. Additionally, Babson offers distinct executive education programs to help companies reach their strategic goals: Custom Degree and Credit Programs, Consortium Programs, and Open-Enrollment Programs.By infusing the spirit of innovation into our academic programs, Babson educates leaders capable of anticipating, initiating, and managing change. Moreover, the College continues to be recognized for its curricular reform.

Get more information on Babson College School of Business here.

Wake Forest University

Wake Forest is a collegiate university that integrates the intimacy of an undergraduate liberal arts college with the academic vitality of a research university. At the heart of Wake Forest is the teacher-scholar ideal. Professors are committed to personalized teaching and to their students’ individual development.

Get more information on Wake Forest University School of Business here.

Indiana University (Kelley)

Today’s Kelley students are tomorrow’s leaders. For nearly 90 years—first in Bloomington and later in Indianapolis, online, and for top companies—the Kelley School of Business has prepared students to lead organizations, start companies, develop new products and services, and shape business knowledge and policy.

Kelley’s innovative education, rich in real-world learning opportunities, opens students to endless career possibilities. We look to our accomplished alumni to measure our success, and we continue to evolve our top-ranked programs to stay on the cutting edge.

Get more information on Indiana University, Kelley School of Business here.

Villanova University

The Villanova School of Business is a premier educational institution that offers undergraduate programs, graduate programs, and executive education.

Villanova is the only university in the world founded by the Roman Catholic Order of Saint Augustine, and the Augustinian values of truth, community, caring, and leading through service are infused throughout the curriculum in all of our programs. Founded in 1922, VSB is known for academic rigor; creativity and innovation; hands-on and service learning opportunities; a firm grounding in ethics; and an applied education that prepares students to become outstanding leaders and global citizens within the ever-changing, complex, and fast-paced world of business.

VSB offers seven undergraduate degrees in the fields of accounting, economics, and business administration; seven graduate programs; and an executive MBA program. Our programs are accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB).

Get more information on Villanova University School of Business here.

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5 Comments on "Top 20 Undergrad Business Schools"

  1. Adelphi says:

    Adelphi is a great school two it should be in the top 20 schools

    • nate says:

      I hadn’t heard of Adelphi before, but hey… I didn’t make up the list. BusinessWeek Magazine rated the schools using their own criteria explained on their site and in their magazine. I’m glad you’re so passionate about it though. That says a lot about the school and the business program/major.

      Thanks for the comment.

  2. nate says:

    Here’s the summarized list of top business schools (by BusinessWeek) for 2009 too. Might as well list a history of them.

  3. Will says:

    RIT’s Saunders College of Business should get some consideration. It’s one of the best schools in New York and is highly regarded across the country. The school combines small classroom sizes with the abundant technological resources.

    If you need more info, their website is

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