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September 29, 2014updated 11 Jan 2016 3:05pm

Best undergraduate business schools

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Author: Zahra Al-Kateb

For the fifth year in a row, the University of Notre Dame’s Mendoza College of Business has been ranked number one on Bloomberg Businessweek’s ninth annual ranking. Founded in 1921 by Holy Cross priest John Francis O’Hara, the college offers an academically rigorous business education with a focus on ethics, value based decision-making and a concern for the common good. Traditionally, coursework at Mendoza College is well rounded and focuses on various subjects, from liberal arts to science to theology. However, as expected, Mendoza is considered a very selective business school, with admission rates for the previous year at just 34 per cent.

Other high calibre business schools include the University of Virginia’s McIntire School of Commerce, also ranked second by Bloomberg Businessweek for a fifth consecutive year. McIntire offers undergraduate students degrees in Commerce with concentrations in Accounting, Finance, Information Technology, Management and Marketing. Founded in 1921, McIntire’s job placement is among the best in America, with the starting salary for undergraduate students standing at $61,022 in 2012.

Our definitive guide to the best undergraduate business schools also features two business schools within the UK, including Said Business School at the University of Oxford. Established in 1996, Said Business School is still relatively new on the scene. Despite this, it is often ranked highly on annual lists, with admissions being highly competitive.

Olin Business School, Washington University


The Olin Business School at Washington University in St Louis is consistently ranked among the world’s top business schools by the Wall Street Journal, US News & World Report, The Financial Times, BusinessWeek and The Economist. Admission at Olin is highly competitive and it has a network of about 19,190 alumni all around the world.

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McIntire School of Commerce, University of Virginia


University of Virgina’s undergraduate business school, The McIntire School of Commerce was founded in 1921 by Paul Goodloe McIntire. It is rated among the best undergraduate schools in America. The two-year McIntire programme offers undergraduate students B.S. degrees in Commerce, focusing on Accounting, Finance, Information Technology, Management and Marketing.

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Tepper School of Business, Carnegie Mellon University

Tepper School

Founded by William Larimer Mellon in 1949, Tepper School of Business is located at Carnegie Mellon University’s 140-acre campus in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The school consistently rates high in rankings and specialises in finance, entrepreneurship and information technology. During 2014, the school received a record $55 million gift from alumnus David Tepper.

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Mendoza College of Business, University of Notre Dame

Notre Dame

Recently ranked number one by Bloomberg Businessweek for the fifth consecutive year, Mendoza College of Business at the University of Notre Dame offers six majors in their undergraduate programme including finance, accountancy and marketing. Located in Indiana, this university boasts the largest alumni structure in the world with more than 250 clubs worldwide.

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Wallace E. Carroll School of Management, Boston College


The Wallace E. Carroll School of Management, also referred to as CSOM or The School of Management, is the business school of Boston College. Located in Massachusetts, United States, the school was established in 1938 and offers B.S., M.B.A. and PhD degrees in finance and accounting. The undergraduate programme is well known for its post course placements for graduates in elite financing, accounting and consulting firms. Employers include Barclays, Citigroup, JPMorgan, Bank of America and more.

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Charles H. Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management, Cornell University


The Charles H. Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management is a unit within the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences of Cornell University in New York. The department has 38 faculty members teaching 700 undergraduates with a focus on business, agribusiness and applied economics. It is one of the smallest, most selective programmes in the US.

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Said Business School, University of Oxford


Said Business School is the University of Oxford’s centre for learning for undergraduate students in business, management and finance. Despite its relatively young age – it was founded in 1996 – SBS has established itself as a highly regarded business school. In the 2013/2014 QS Global 200 Business Schools Report, Said was placed fourth in the European rankings.

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Sir John Cass Business School, City University London


Sir John Cass Business School, City University London is among the top one per cent of business schools worldwide. Cass Business School was ranked second in the UK for undergraduate education in business and management studies in The Guardian’s Good University Guide 2013. The unique combination of a central London location, academic programmes and professional contacts promise to offer students a great head start in business.

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