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Top Schools for Business

Learn about the top schools for business, which can help students prepare for careers in management, finance, marketing and sales. Read summaries of four high-profile universities, and find a list that provides an overview of other top business schools in the U.S.

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Business programs can be found at many top schools across the country. These schools offer undergraduate programs with a variety of formats and options for students.

Find schools that offer these popular programs

  • Accounting and Bookkeeping
  • Business Economics
  • Business Finance
  • Business Management and Operations
  • Business Marketing
  • Business Support and Administrative Services
  • Entrepreneurship and Small Business Development
  • Hospitality Management
  • Human Resource Management
  • Information System Management
  • International Business
  • Sales and Merchandising
  • Specialized Sales

School Information

Each of the top business colleges and schools profiled here offers specialized undergraduate programs in a number of business-related areas. These schools were all ranked highly by U.S. News & World Report.

University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, PA

School Highlight: This school is home to the nation's first university-linked business school, which began in 1881.

The University of Pennsylvania's business program was ranked first in the country by U.S. News & World Report. Undergraduate students at this school can choose from 20 concentrations within the bachelor's degree program. Wharton also gives students the opportunity to combine their business program with other fields of study through joint- and dual-degree programs.

University of Notre Dame in Notre Dame, IN

School Highlight: Approximately half of the students in undergraduate business programs choose to study abroad for a particular amount of time.

Notre Dame's Mendoza College of Business offers undergraduate programs in finance, entrepreneurship, management consulting and international business, among other specializations. The college also provides business students with access to student organizations and clubs that are based on the various areas of study offered by the school. Studying abroad is another option as well. The college's business program was ranked tied at ninth in the country by U.S. News & World Report.

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in Cambridge, MA

School Highlight: Alumni from MIT's Sloan School have founded over 650 companies.

The Major in Management Science program combines instruction in logistical and quantitative reasoning, through which students learn to solve managerial issues and take a scientific approach to a variety of business issues. Concentrations in the major include Finance and Business Analytics & Operations Research. In addition to the degree, the Sloan School offers an undergraduate minor in the same field of study, as well as a minor in Management. MIT's business program was ranked tied in second place by U.S. News & World Report.

University of Wisconsin in Madison, WI

School Highlight: Students can double major in one of ten areas offered by the Wisconsin School of Business and one area from the College of Letters and Science.

The University of Wisconsin's business program was ranked tied at #19 by U.S. News & World Report. Undergraduate majors include accounting, marketing and real estate. In 2016, 85% of graduates found a full-time position; 90% of students complete internships.

Top Business Schools

Other top schools with business programs include:

  • Located in Berkeley, CA, the University of California's Haas School of Business is consistently ranked as one of the top ten business schools by U.S. News & World Report.
  • At Cornell University in Ithaca, NY, students majoring in applied economics and management can choose from eleven different business programs.

The nation's top business schools offer students a variety of options in programs, with different specializations and major options. Schools may also offer internships, student organizations or study abroad opportunities.

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