Finding the right business school that will put you in line to achieving you career goals can be a bit of a hectic process. What with the wide array of choices and all. To help you out, here is a list of 5 of the best universities for undergraduate business programs in the USA. It based on reviews with their university peers, study options available, and of course, their reputation.
· University of Pennsylvania-Wharton School
Look up Wharton top undergraduate business schools anywhere and you’ll almost always come across Wharton School in the University of Pennsylvania. It’s not just among the best in the USA- it’s featured amongst the top schools on the planet. Yes, it that good. It has over 250 professors who serve some 2600 undergraduate students, across its 11 departments. In fact, Wharton School boasts of impressive students: faculty ratio of 8:1. Typically, the undergraduate program receives close to 5500 applications every year, of which 650 are admitted.
As a student, you can pursue a generalized B.S (Bachelor of Science) in Economics. This one is concentrated in 21 areas, from public policy and business and business ethics all through to legal studies, retailing and statistics. The school, being a 4-year program, allows students to apply directly from high school. It gets better-the median starting salaries for graduates from Wharton School come second only to MIT’s Sloan’s School of Business.
Speaking of MIT…
· Massachusetts Institute of Technology – Sloan School of Management
Located on Charles River in Cambridge, MIT’s Sloan’s School of Management is in literally all top 10 lists of under-grad business schools. This school offers all degrees from bachelors to doctorates. Undergraduates often find themselves taking classes with graduates. Mingling with the high achievers comes with its added benefits.
Sloan school has no separate admission process with the rest of MIT. Students who’ve been accepted into MIT simply have to declare Management Science as their major when they finish their freshman year. In addition, since 2008, MIT has been offering a Minor in Management Science. You should note that Sloan School is very particular about quantitative analysis. So if you’re not up for the heavy math, you should really think about your application to this school.
· University of Virginia – McIntire School of Commerce
The McIntire School of Commerce has an undergraduate business program that came fifth in a rank compiled by the U.S. News & World Report, and second in the USA according to Bloomberg Business Week.
Cost-wise it also has a plus, seeing as its in-state tuition is 1/4 that of typical private universities. It also accepts students transferring from outside UVA, so long as they have the requisite course work and qualifications. The school’s curriculum requires a minimum of two years.
Recently, the school moved to Rouss Hall, a state-of-the-art complex in Charlottesville campus, Jeffersonian Virginia.
· University of Michigan – Ross School of Business
The school has been so successful that it has led to Ross being built a 270,000 square foot home. The Stephen M. Ross School of Business has a 3-year curriculum. That’s majorly why most students apply after their first year at the University of Michigan.
· New York University – Stern School of Business
Of course it had to make the list. The Stern School of Business is highly competitive and has one of the lowest rates of admission in the entire New York University. It’s one of the top choices for that ambitious student looking for a top end program to give him/her the edge in the urban jungle. The curriculum takes a span of 4 years. Students who are intent on it must state their interest in their initial application to the university.
Truth be told, competition for slots in the business schools will be tough. But hey, you’re only as good as you’re competition. That’s the beauty of it all.