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Top School in St. Louis for a Business Administration Degree

St. Louis, MO, has many schools with bachelor's degree programs in business administration. Find the best program for you by reading about schools' rankings, program offerings and tuition info.

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School and Ranking Information

Students looking to pursue business administration studies in St. Louis have several schools available to them. The following three institutions are considered the top ones according to tuition rates, business administration bachelor's degrees awarded and graduation rates:

  • Winner: Washington University in St. Louis makes the top of the list on account of its graduation rate, top-20 national rankings from U.S. News & World Report in 2012 and 2013 and for its numerous international opportunities for students.
  • Runner Up #1: Saint Louis University is in second place for its number of degrees awarded in the field, AACSB accreditation and for the business school's many student organizations.
  • Runner Up #2: Maryville University of St. Louis claims the second runner up placement due to its tuition rates, being a not-for-profit institution and for its average class sizes.

School Comparison Chart

Category Washington University in St. Louis Saint Louis University - Main Campus Maryville University of St. Louis
Ranking(s) 14th among national universities (2013)*
14th among national undergraduate business programs (2012)*
92nd among national universities (2013)*
87th among national undergraduate business programs (2012)*
160th among national universities (2013)*
Location St. Louis, MO St. Louis, MO St. Louis, MO
School Type 4-year, private not-for-profit 4-year, private not-for-profit 4-year, private not-for-profit
Tuition & Fees (2012-2013) $43,705** $35,256** $23,746**
Undergraduate Business Administration Degrees Awarded in 2011-2012 187** 390** 58**
Most Popular Undergraduate Business Administration Degree Program 2011-2012 Finance (73 awarded)** Business Administration and Management - General (377 awarded)** Business/Commerce - General (49 awarded)**
Undergraduate Graduation Rate (in 150% of normal program time) for 2005 Entering Class 93%** 71%** 68%**
Noteworthy The Olin Business School has five international internship programs, eight traditional study abroad programs, four summer abroad programs, a Summer Business Academy in Israel, and a semester in D.C. program The Boeing Opportunity for Leadership Development mentorship and scholarship program awards $2,500 to ten business students each year In the last year, 60 companies provided internship opportunities for Maryville business students

Sources: *U.S. World & News Report, **NCES College Navigator

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Winner: Washington University in St. Louis

  • One of the first schools accredited by the Association for the Advancement of Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) International, per the school's website
  • Washington University's student to faculty ratio is 7:1, per NCES College Navigator
  • One-third of Olin Business School undergraduate students participate in study abroad programs, per the school's website

The Olin Business School's nearly 800 undergraduate business students can specialize in one of nine majors, but are expected to take courses from all of the different tracks. Since 40% of an undergraduate's credits come from courses outside of the business school, students can obtain a minor, second major, or even a second undergraduate degree from a different school at Washington University. Students also have the option to begin a master's degree program while still finishing the B.S. in Business Administration. Business classes are kept small and are taught by the 127 faculty members, many of whom hold prestigious awards. Students and alumni can take advantage of several centers for career planning and development, a large business library, and conference center. Alumni stay connected through online social media and a networking database.

Runner-Up #1: Saint Louis University - Main Campus

  • The Cook School of Business is accredited by AACSB International
  • Incoming freshman with high GPAs and test scores may select to be a part of the Cook Business Scholars program in order to earn their undergraduate degree in three years
  • Students at the Cook School have 16 student organizations to choose from

Students at the Cook School of Business can pursue two of the nine concentrations offered for the B.S. in Business Administration. In addition to an area of concentration, students select a supporting area of business to broaden and diversify their areas of expertise. The Service Leadership Program and Sustainable Business Practices Program give Cook School students the ability to give back to others in their community by using the skills that they learn in school. Study abroad opportunities include eight international school partnerships and a two-week course in Panama over winter break.

Runner-Up #2: Maryville University of St. Louis

  • The John E. Simon School of Business is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP)
  • 95% of full-time students at Maryville University receive financial aid, per the school's website
  • Average class size at Maryville University is 15 students, per the school's website

The B.S. in Business Administration at Maryville University is a general business degree that covers a range of business administration topics. Electives must be from two or more of the following areas: accounting, business, economics, finance, information systems, management or marketing. Class scheduling is flexible since courses are available at night and on weekends. Students can also begin their MBA while still an undergrad by applying up to 12 graduate level credit hours toward their bachelor's and master's degrees.

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