UM-Dearborn College of Business named a Best Undergraduate Business School by Poets&Quants

December 19, 2018

COB was recognized for the first time by Poets&Quants as having one of the best undergraduate programs in the nation.

Poets&Quants, a leading online publication for undergraduate business education news, has unveiled its third annual Best Undergraduate Business Schools rankings, which placed the College of Business (COB) among the best in the nation. In a comprehensive assessment of undergraduate business programs, the publication ranked COB 85th within a prestigious group of schools headed by Wharton, Virginia, WashU and Ross. Together, these schools represent the highest tier of AACSB-accredited undergraduate business programs in the U.S.

Among numerous metrics, Poets&Quants highlighted that “University of Michigan-Dearborn scored particularly well in the career outcomes [category], ranking them 60th in the nation. This is largely because the school placed 89% of its 2018 graduates seeking employment into full-time jobs within three months of graduation.”

The publication compiled the 2018 rankings based on a representative survey of nearly 13,000 alumni and school-reported data. “This was the most competitive ranking that we have seen since the launch of the ranking three years ago," said Nathan Allen, project manager.

Alums from each participating school received a 43-question survey, which graded the institution on key metrics. The College of Business earned high grades in the areas of:

  • Quality of teaching.
  • Faculty availability for mentoring outside of class.
  • Opportunities to nurture and improve business skills.
  • How well the program prepared students for the world of work.

“These national rankings are evidence of our drive to be the leaders and best,” said Raju Balakrishnan, dean of the College of Business. “It’s no surprise to me that the quality of our faculty makes the top of this list. Our number one priority will always be our students, and that starts with highly capable faculty to deliver our innovative programs. In addition, we take great pride in providing experiential learning opportunities through coursework, student organizations and our in-house career center. As you can see by our high employment rate, these experiences have been instrumental in setting our students apart from the competition and preparing them for the changing marketplace.”

The Poets&Quants ranking methodology is unique in that it was developed in collaboration with business school deans and administrators. It is based not only on alumni responses, but on an extensive set of data that considers multiple factors such as admission standards, academic experience, career outcomes, and average debt upon graduation.

Learn more about the 2018 rankings methodology and view the College of Business school profile.

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