For the fifth straight year, the University of Notre Dame’s Mendoza College of Business is No. 1 in Bloomberg Businessweek’s undergraduate business school rankings released today. The University of Virginia’s McIntire School of Commerce ranked second, also for the fifth consecutive year, and Cornell University’s Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management ranked third. Boston College’s Carroll School of Management and Olin Business School at Washington University, St. Louis rounded out the top five.
For prospective students, the top five make one thing clear: A top-notch undergraduate program may not go hand-in-hand with a best-in-class graduate school, and vice-versa. Notre Dame ranked 20th in our most recent MBA rankings; Carroll and Olin ranked 48th and 31st, respectively. Cornell and Virginia have top 10 MBA programs, but they’re run separately. The University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School is the only school to make the top 10 in both Bloomberg Businessweek’s most recent MBA rankings and this year’s undergraduate list.
Notre Dame held onto the top spot by ranking in the top five for academic quality and employer sentiment and for scoring highest on the student assessment; B-school undergrads raved about the Catholic university’s attention to business ethics and social purpose.
“People here challenge themselves to figure out how we can use business for a source of good,” says Tim Brazelton, a senior majoring in accounting and economics who says he has been moved by Pope Francis’s criticism of capitalist excess. As an example of a typical Mendoza student’s values, Brazelton cites his roommate, Peter Woo, who was offered a job in investment banking but deferred it for a year to work at a student-founded microlending organization. “Profits are great, but they’re not the only thing,” Brazelton says.