Annual ranking puts program at 23rd overall, 8th among publics, and an A+ for faculty
WILLIAMSBURG, Va., March 14, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Undergraduate Business Program at the College of William and Mary climbed two spots to 23 in Bloomberg BusinessWeek's annual ranking of US programs. The annual ranking measures student satisfaction, post graduation outcomes, and academic quality.
The W&M faculty received another A+ ranking in the category of Teaching Quality and the UBP ranks among the top 20 for Academic Quality (14th). The program is also among the top 10 in the MBA Feeder School rank. This measures which schools send the most grads to the 35 top MBA programs.
"Our Undergraduate Business Program is an amazing learning community that brings together world class faculty with world class students. We are very pleased that in addition to being a top tier program, we are becoming recognized throughout the world as a top tier program," said Undergraduate Business Program Assistant Dean Bill Geary.
The ranking puts the William & Mary undergraduate program in the top tier of all undergraduate business programs and 8th among programs at public universities.
A hallmark of the undergraduate program is the Individual Program of Study (IPS) where students pursue a variety of different paths, integrating their interests, strengths, and aspirations. Students in the IPS study in more than one area of business often combining study in another field at the College as a double major or minor. An international experience is included in the junior year.
"We have enjoyed a steady climb in the Business Week rankings, and while top 25 in the U.S. and top 10 among public universities is a fine place to be, we are not resting here. Our integrated curriculum and our concept of an Individual Program of Study for each student are just two of the reasons why we anticipate continuing the climb," Geary added.
"We have great students, dedicated faculty, and innovative program leadership. Once again, it has proved to be a winning combination," noted W&M Business School Dean Lawrence B. Pulley.
In early April, the Undergraduate Program will be hosting the National Undergraduate Business Symposium 2011. NUBS is an annual gathering of the top 30 undergraduate business programs in the U.S. This year's theme is "Our Opportunity for Impact: Best Practices in Educating the Next Generation of Business Leaders."
View the complete Bloomberg BusinessWeek ranking at: http://www.businessweek.com/bschools/special_reports/20110303best_undergrad_bschools.htm
The College of William and Mary, located in Williamsburg, Virginia is one of the nation's premier public universities and believes that excellence in teaching is the key to unlocking intellectual and personal possibilities for students. Dedicated to this philosophy, the College provides high-quality undergraduate, graduate and professional education that prepares students to make significant contributions to the Commonwealth of Virginia and the nation.
As the second-oldest college in the United States and educational home to many American leaders, the College is revered as the "alma mater of a nation." Its School of Business embraces the entrepreneurial spirit that built the country atop a foundation of business, trade, and economics. Its revolutionary approach to business education with its personalized, experiential model invites energetic thinkers with a will to lead in creating a strong sustainable economy and thriving society.
SOURCE The Mason School of Business at The College of William and Mary