Texas BBA Hits No. 6 for All-Time High in Businessweek Rankings
In the ninth annual Bloomberg Businessweek (BBW) survey of best undergraduate business schools, the McCombs School of Business soared to sixth in the nation, its highest performance ever in this survey.
For the third year in a row, Notre Dame, Virginia, and Cornell placed first, second, and third, respectively. Boston College and Washington University, St. Louis took the fourth and fifth spots.
The Texas BBA rose three ranks from last year, overtaking Michigan (12), Emory (9), and Wharton (7). Among public schools, only Virginia (2) ranks higher. (See the interactive tables for the complete 2014 ranking results.)
The undergraduate business program has garnered top-10 ranks in six out of nine years. The program's success this year was essentially across the board. Criteria comprising 90 pecent of the survey's weight saw improvement in rank over last year, with noted upswings in starting salary, and employer and student satisfaction. Among recruiters, the Texas BBA ranked second in the nation. Recruiters have honored the program with top-five status in seven out of nine seasons.
The Texas BBA earned an A-plus in each of the three areas that BBW highlights from its student survey: teaching quality, job placement, and facilities and services. McCombs is one of only nine schools out of the 132 ranked to pull the highest mark in all three areas. This is McComb's fifth year in a row for this distinction.
McCombs outranks all schools in the Southwest, including California. The other top-50 southwestern schools include: BYU (13), Berkeley (15), SMU (21), TCU (27), USC (28), Texas A&M (29), Santa Clara (43), and the University of San Diego (41).
BBW's methodology includes opinion surveys of recruiters and graduating seniors, academic criteria (such as SAT scores and student-to-faculty ratios) and the likelihood that the school's graduates will later enroll in top-ranked MBA programs, among other items.