Undergraduate programs in finance can lead to a Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance, Bachelor of Science in Finance or Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a concentration in finance. Some programs combine studies in domestic and global finance with practical experiences and research opportunities. The three schools highlighted below include three high-ranking national universities, as previously designated by U.S. News & World Report. All three offer undergraduate finance programs that have also received past high marks from USN&WR.
1. University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, PA
|School Highlight: As of 2015, U.S. News & World Report ranked the University of Pennsylvania eighth among national universities; additionally, USN&WR ranked the university's undergraduate finance program as the best in the nation for the same year.|
Undergraduates interested in pursuing a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Business Administration with a concentration in finance can look to the university's Wharton School of Business. Once enrolled, finance majors take classes in value investing, corporate finance and financial derivatives. Additionally, Wharton School of Business is the world's first collegiate business school and boasts 20 finance research centers and initiatives.
2. University of Texas at Austin
|School Highlight: The University of Texas at Austin (UT Austin) is a large research school that placed 17th on U.S. News & World Report's survey of best public schools for 2015.|
Bloomberg Business ranks the undergraduate programs at the McCombs School of Business 6th in the nation for 2014. The school offers a Bachelor of Business Administration in seven areas of study, including corporate or general finance, energy or real estate finance, financial markets, investment management or quantitative finance. Each of these areas requires a number of general finance courses, such as microeconomics, macroeconomics, business finance or integrative finance.
3. Washington University in St. Louis in Saint Louis, MO
|School Highlight: Washington University in St. Louis was ranked 14th among national universities in 2015 and 14th for its undergraduate finance program, according to U.S. News & World Report.|
In 2014, Bloomberg Business ranked the undergraduate programs at the Olin Business School the 5th in the United States. Finance majors take courses in the Olin Business School, which offers a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration. During their sophomore year, students may choose to major in finance and begin to tailor their program to their needs. Olin Business School also offers a minor in finance with courses like, investments, international finance, advanced valuations and advanced derivative securities.
Top Undergraduate Finance Schools in the U.S.
|New York University||Notable undergraduate courses in finance include real estate investment strategies and principles of securities trading||New York, NY|
|Ohio State University||Student Investment Management (SIM) program||Columbus, OH|
|University of California - Berkeley||Business faculty includes Nobel laureate Oliver Williamson||Berkeley, CA|
|University of Michigan - Ann Arbor||State-of-the-art Tozzi Finance Center||Ann Arbor, MI|
|University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill||Student Teams Achieving Results (STAR) program||Chapel Hill, NC|
|University of Notre Dame||Finance is the most popular undergraduate major in the Mendoza Business School||Notre Dame, IN|
|University of Virginia||Integrated Core Experience (ICE) program for undergraduates||Charlottesville, VA|