University of Notre Dame’s Mendoza College of Business jumped to the top spot on Bloomberg BusinessWeek’s fifth annual ranking of “The Best Undergraduate Business Schools.” Rounding out the top five are University of Virginia (McIntire), Massachusetts of Technology (Sloan), University of Pennsylvania (Wharton), and Cornell University.
At the top of our ranking and in a year when unemployment was at the forefront of student concerns, Notre Dame fared well, thanks in part to a large alumni base willing to lend a hand to young job seekers. In the hopes of getting more students in front of recruiters, the school has started using Skype’s video capabilities for virtual interviews so companies don’t have to spend the money to travel to campus. At No.2, University of Virginia’s McIntire School of Commerce, students lauded the intense core curriculum taught by teams of professors from different disciplines. Also using technology to give their students an advantage, Tom Fitch, assistant dean of career services, has taken to the Web, using Twitter and Facebook to distribute career tips and help find jobs and internships for students. At MIT’s No. 3 Sloan School of Management, more than 90% of students boast summer internships, and its graduates’ median starting salary, $62,000, is the highest in the ranking.
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