School and Ranking Information
There are only about 5 schools offering finance degree programs within 50 miles of San Bernardino, California. The following schools, which are all private not-for-profit institutions, are viewed as being the top three based on their rankings, graduation rates and program levels offered in finance:
- Winner: Chapman University in Orange received first place because of its nationally ranked undergraduate business program and high regional ranking from U.S. News & World Report, graduate tuition rate and inclusion in a best colleges guide by the Princeton Review.
- Runner Up #1: Claremont McKenna College, situated in Claremont, is the first runner up because of its high graduation rate and top 10 ranking for national liberal arts colleges by U.S. News & World Report.
- Runner Up #2: La Sierra University, located in Riverside, came in third because of its regional ranking in the top 100 by U.S. News & World Report, tuition rate, number of master's degrees awarded and new business school.
School Comparison Chart
|Category||Chapman University||Claremont McKenna College||La Sierra University|
|Rankings|| 194th among undergraduate business programs nationally in 2013*
7th among regional universities in the West in 2014*
|9th among liberal arts colleges nationally in 2014*||88th among regional universities in the West in 2014*|
|Location||Orange, California (38.5 miles from San Bernardino)||Claremont, California (24.2 miles from San Bernardino)||Riverside, California (17.1 miles from San Bernardino)|
|School Type||4-year; private, non-profit||4-year; private, non-profit||4-year; private, non-profit|
|Tuition and Fees (2012-2013)||$42,084 (undergraduate)**, $22,752 (graduate)**||$44,085 (undergraduate)**, $51,223 (graduate)**||$28,314 (undergraduate)**, $27,180 (graduate)**|
|Finance Degree Levels Offered||Bachelor's and master's||Bachelor's and master's||Bachelor's and master's|
|Finance Degrees Awarded (2011-2012)||N/A||24**||34**|
|Most Popular Finance Program (2011-2012)||N/A||Master's (24 awarded)**||Master's (31 awarded)**|
|Graduation Rate (in 150% of normal program time) for 2006 Entering Class||72%**||92%**||53%**|
|Noteworthy||Listed in Princeton Review 371 Best Colleges Guide, according to the school's website***||Ranked 19th among Best Value Schools for national liberal arts colleges in 2014*||New business school, the Tom and Vi Zapara School of Business, set to open in 2013****|
Sources: *U.S. News & World Report, **NCES, ***Chapman University website, ****La Sierra University website.
Winner: Chapman University
- Argyros School of Business and Economics is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) International
- International study options includes exchange student opportunities, study abroad, internships in other countries and travel courses
Chapman University offers a bachelor's degree program in business administration that allows students to select an emphasis in finance. The bachelor's program requires students to complete courses such as financial accounting, financial management, investments and statement analysis. Chapman University also offers an MBA program with an emphasis in finance that requires students to complete the MBA core courses and 12 credits in finance courses. Finance courses in the master's program include advanced corporate finance, financial reporting and analysis, international finance and financing entrepreneurial enterprises.
Runner-Up #1: Claremont McKenna College
- 8 to 1 student-faculty ratio, according to the NCES
- Hosts the Robert Day Scholars Program, a leadership development program for students studying finance (among other areas)
- Distinguished Speaker Series brings professionals in finance, business and government to present lectures
Claremont McKenna College offers a joint bachelor's and master's degree program in finance, as well as a master's program. Students in the joint bachelor's and master's program may complete both degrees within 4 years. The master's program in finance may be completed in 1 year. Courses in the graduate degree program include corporate finance, investments, global finance, econometrics, financial reporting and portfolio management.
Runner-Up #2: La Sierra University
- 19% of all undergraduate students had their full financial need met, according to the College Board
- Average first-year financial aid package was over $20,000, according to the College Board
- Annual 'Sam Croft Meet the Firms' night helps students network with businesses and organizations
La Sierra University offers a bachelor's degree program in finance and an MBA program with a major in finance. The bachelor's degree program includes courses in managerial accounting, economics, financial markets and institutions, managerial finance and financial analysis. Students in the master's degree program must complete courses such as corporate financial strategy, financial management, investments and portfolio management, risk management and international finance. MBA students must also complete core courses in topics such as accounting, marketing and information technology management.