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BusinessWeek ranks undergraduate business program No. 3

by Mary Hamann & Dennis Brown

April 28, 2006


The Mendoza College of Business at the University of Notre Dame is rated third nationally by BusinessWeek magazine in its inaugural survey of undergraduate business programs. The rankings were announced Thursday (April 27) and will be available in the May 8 edition on newsstands next week.

In the article that accompanied the survey, BusinessWeek reported: “At No. 3 Notre Dame, rigorous classes requiring teamwork skills and an intimate knowledge of economics, calculus and corporate strategy earned the school a high grade for teaching quality. The curriculum works ethics into most classes, requires that half of all coursework be in nonbusiness subjects, and emphasizes group projects.”

According to the survey results, “Students praise the school’s focus on ethics and say the career services office does a great job preparing students for business.”

According to BusinessWeek editors, the survey methodology included several measures, with the most important being academic quality scores and the results of a survey of more than 100,000 business majors. The survey also polled undergraduate recruiters and compared the starting salaries for graduates and how many students each school sent to top MBA programs.

“This recognition is an achievement of the entire Notre Dame community,” said Carolyn Woo, Martin J. Gillen Dean of Business. “It is good to be recognized as a Catholic university with a leadership position in business, because the practice of business has such wide-ranging implications for our society and the world we live in. The challenge for us, and for our students and alumni, is to be worthy of this responsibility.”

The University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School finished first in the survey, followed by the University of Virginia’s McIntire School of Commerce. Trailing Notre Dame in the top five were the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Emory University.

The Mendoza College of Business currently enrolls 1,569 undergraduate students in four majors: accountancy, finance, management and marketing. 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 of Business 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.

Contact: Mary Hamann, director of communications, Mendoza College of Business, 574-631-4652 or mhamann1@nd.edu 

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