Wharton tops the list of top 10 business schools in the U.S. (Tom Mihalek, epa)
Majoring in business is a great way to gain a wide range of skills that can lead to employment in several fields.
While the degree can obviously lead to several lucrative career options, you can make yourself a more competitive job applicant by earning that degree from a top business school. That way you can end up one step closer to obtaining your dream job — whether that’s owning your own company or working for Goldman Sachs.
College Factual recently provided USA TODAY a list of the top 10 U.S. business schools to help you narrow down your college search — the first step to possibly becoming the next Warren Buffett (who studied at the University of Pennsylvania, among others).
Editor’s Note: College Factual bases college rankings by major on a unique selection of characteristics, including the quality of the overall school, Focus Coefficient and the starting and mid-career salaries of graduates within the major, among other factors.
1. University of Pennsylvania
The Wharton School of Business at U Penn ranks number one. While Wharton is the first “collegiate business school” in the world, students are given the freedom to explore coursework outside the business school. Students take 40% of their coursework outside the school of business, and 30% of students graduate with a double major.
Worried about the financial commitment? Penn meets 100% of each student’s demonstrated financial need. Wharton could also save you money since you may not need to worry about getting an MBA upon graduation. About two-thirds of Wharton graduates did not feel the need to pursue an MBA after completing their undergraduate coursework… which definitely saves big bucks and time.
2. Bentley University
Bentley’s management program offers students the opportunity to specialize within four fields of study: entrepreneurship, global management, human resources management and leadership. The Graduate School of Business offers an even wider range of concentrations students can choose from. Graduates have gone on to work at companies like Oracle and Amazon.
3. University of California-Berkeley
The Haas School of Business offers a Bachelor of Science degree to undergraduates studying business administration at UC Berkeley. The school also offers a highly acclaimed graduate program, which allows students to continue their business education. The school’s proximity to Silicon Valley is also a huge pull for business students.
4. United States Military Academy
If you’re worried about paying for school or getting a high return on your investment, this is the school for you. Also known as West Point, the U.S. Military Academy is free in exchange for a five-year service commitment upon graduation. Business graduates have the highest mid-career salary among these 10 schools at $123,000.
5. United States Air Force Academy
The U.S. Air Force Academy is similar to West Point in that tuition for students is paid in full, but students here must commit to eight years of service in the Air Force upon graduation. Five of these years must be in duty while the final three can be served as inactive service. Business students major in management, which covers a wide range of topics including marketing and accounting.
6. Georgetown University
Georgetown received College Factual’s #1 ranking for the best college in D.C. Considering our nation’s Capitol is heavily populated with acclaimed private universities, this is quite an accomplishment.
Students of Georgetown’s McDonough School of Business are given the opportunity to gain hands-on experience through case competitions and the Entrepreneurship Fellows Program. The school also emphasizes the importance of a global education, offering study abroad opportunities in 35 countries.
7. University of Southern California
USC’s Marshall School of Business offers undergraduate degrees in business administration and accounting. Students are encouraged to specialize within one specific area of business, such as marketing, finance or information management.
As early as your freshman year, Marshall will give you opportunities to study abroad with the Global Leaders Program, a week-long trip to China for freshman during Spring Break. All business students can also participate in The Experiential Learning Program, which sends students abroad for 10 days to meet with executives and government officials.
8. Bucknell University
Bucknell’s School of Management offers five majors, including global management and managing for sustainability. Real-world experience is particularly accessible here, especially since select seniors can enroll in a “Student Managed Investment Fund” course. The class spans two semesters and provides students with $850,000 to manage.
9. Washington and Lee University
Forty percent of Washington and Lee students graduate from the Williams School, home of the business administration major, accounting major and several more areas of study. With a student-faculty ration of 8:1, business students enjoy small class sizes and the opportunity to design an individual program of study.
10. Bryant University
If you’re looking for a deeply personalized undergraduate degree, Bryant is for you. There are no lecture halls and no teaching assistants at Bryant, so you actually get to know your professors. The business school also offers an MBA program that lets you specialize in a global field of study within business.
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