Mendoza School of Business

Notre Dame’s Mendoza College ranks No. 1 for the third consecutive year

Published: March 20, 2012 / Author: Carol Elliott

The University of Notre Dame’s Mendoza
College of Business
ranked No. 1 in the country for the third consecutive
year in Bloomberg Businessweek’s
seventh annual survey of “The Best Undergraduate Business Schools.” The ranking
was announced March 20.

“We consider this a tremendous achievement,” said Roger Huang, Kenneth
R. Meyer Professor of Global Investment Management and interim dean of the
Mendoza College. “To us, it speaks to the collective effort and spirit of our
faculty, staff and students. We also are deeply appreciative of our alumni, the
Notre Dame Career Center, the University, and friends of the College for their
constant, enthusiastic support.”

In comments accompanying the ranking, the editors wrote,
“Notre Dame once again is firing on all cylinders … very strong academic

The Mendoza College was rated No. 1 in student satisfaction,
and No. 2 in the recruiter ranking for 2012. The survey also gave the College
marks of “A+” in teaching quality, facilities and services, and job placement.

Rounding out the top five spots are University of Virginia
(McIntire), Cornell University (Dyson), University of Pennsylvania (Wharton),
and Emory (Goizueta).

Bloomberg Businessweek
noted that students at Mendoza are quick to laud the school’s focus on ethics
and its assistance when it comes to job hunting, as well as its strong alumni
support. The article discussed the improved recruiting landscape and the
positive attitude toward job hunting on the part of business students. Bloomberg quoted Huang as saying,
“Students seem to be more focused on being able to get a job when they
graduate. They want the broader experience, and many do have the desire to
include some type of volunteer or service work. But they also want assurance
that if I study ‘X,’ I will be able to get a job doing ‘X.’”

“The College of Business puts an emphasis not only on
outstanding academic growth, but also on finding your vocational calling and on
doing business the right way and for the right reasons,” said a Mendoza College
graduating senior in the comments section of the survey. “This summer was my
first experience at comparing my business skills against those from other top
universities. I felt throughout the summer that my finance knowledge,
problem-solving abilities, and clarity of communication were at the top of my
intern class.”

Another survey respondent noted, “The most unique aspect
about ND in general is the alumni network, and this shows a lot in Mendoza.
Recruiters come to campus from all over the country, and they are all alumni.
This makes the interview process easier, and increases your chances of getting
recommended for the next round of interviews or for the job.”

To rank the programs, Bloomberg
used nine measures, including surveys of both senior business
majors and employers, median starting salaries for graduates, and the number of
alumni each program sends to top MBA programs. A calculation of academic
quality is also included in the methodology, combining average SAT scores,
student-faculty ratios, class size in core business courses, the percentage of
students with internships, and the number of hours devoted to class work.

One hundred forty-two undergraduate business programs
participated in this year’s ranking. Eighteen were eliminated from consideration
because of insufficient response rates in the student survey, employer survey,
or both. In total, 33 percent of students responded to the survey.

For a complete list go to:

The Mendoza College of Business currently
enrolls 1,888 undergraduate students in six majors: accountancy, finance,
marketing, management consulting, management entrepreneurship and IT
management. After completing the University’s innovative First Year of Studies
program, Notre Dame business majors enter the Mendoza College in their
sophomore year.

The Mendoza College also offers graduate degree programs – including a Master
of Business Administration, Executive Master of Business Administration, Master
of Science in Accountancy, and Master of Nonprofit Administration – as well as
non-degree executive education and nonprofit professional development programs.

For more information, contact Carol Elliott, director of newswriting, Mendoza
College of Business, (574) 631-2627 or


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