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Tuesday, April 23, 2013

2013 Undergraduate Business School (and Accounting) Rankings

BusinessweekBloomberg Businessweek: Best Undergraduate Business Schools 2013:

To identify the top undergraduate business programs among .. 124 programs, Bloomberg Businessweek uses a methodology that has not changed very much from our first ranking in 2006. It includes nine measures of student satisfaction, post-graduation outcomes, and academic quality (methodology here). Here are the Top 10:

  1. Notre Dame
  2. Virginia
  3. Cornell
  4. Washington (St. Louis)
  5. Pennsylvania
  6. Boston College
  7. Emory
  8. Michigan
  9. Texas
  10. North Carolina

Bloomberg Businessweek:  The Best Undergraduate B-Schools for Accounting:

Today we look at accounting, the area of focus for nearly a quarter of all undergraduate business students. The ranking is based on student responses to the question asking them to rank their program’s accounting offerings. Points are awarded for each response—one point for an “A” grade through five points for a grade of “F”—and averaged for each school. The ranking is based on the average; schools with the lowest average are ranked the highest. If a student did not have exposure to the area in question, they could answer NA, and their response was not included. The average accounting score for all 124 undergraduate business schools in the ranking was 1.37. At the top of the list is BYU, with a score of 1.067. 

  1. BYU
  2. Notre Dame
  3. UC-Berkeley
  4. Cornell
  5. Illinois
  6. Tulsa
  7. Richmond
  8. SMU
  9. Wake Forest
  10. Tulane

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I find the Bloomberg accy rankings laughable. In my opinion, Texas and Illinois (not necessarily in that order) produce the best undergraduate accounting graduates. BYU is in the discussion. Notre Dame students think they are great, but fail to compare in terms of CPA exam readiness. Asking students to rank their own institution is really an exercise in finding out which ones live closer to Lake Wobegon.

Posted by: HTA | Apr 23, 2013 2:42:58 PM