List of the Nation's Best Undergraduate Business Programs

Read about undergraduate business programs, which typically lead to a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (BSBA) or Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA). Find out what four top schools offer in terms of study options and rankings, as well as what's unique to other business schools in the U.S.

Undergraduate business programs can provide professional training for students who want to pursue work in the field immediately after graduation as well as the necessary educational background for students who want to pursue advanced studies.

School Overviews

Top schools for undergraduate business students include the University of California in Berkeley, the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, Washington University in St. Louis and Cornell University. All four institutions have placed near the top of U.S. News & World Report's list of the best national universities for 2017; the University of California in Berkeley was also cited for the quality of its undergraduate business program.

University of California - Berkeley

School Highlight: Two faculty members at the business school have won the Nobel Prize in the last 20 years.

The University of California in Berkeley was the top-ranked public university in the U.S., according to U.S. News & World Report for 2017. As designated by USN&WR in the same year, the university was also the top-ranked public school and second among schools offering undergraduate education in business. Berkeley's Haas School of Business, the second-oldest business school in the country, offers a BSBA program that includes core courses in business communication, macroeconomic analysis, marketing and organizational behavior. Undergraduates can also pursue an additional concentration in global management, available through Berkeley's international program.

University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, PA

School Highlight: Penn offers a variety of undergraduate business concentrations.

The University of Pennsylvania (UPenn) was ranked tied for eighth among all national universities by U.S. News & World Report for 2017, making it one of the highest-ranked schools to offer an undergraduate business major. Through the university's Wharton School of Business, students can pursue a B.S. in Economics in one of over 20 concentrations, including accounting, public policy, management and marketing. Wharton also offers four unique dual-degree programs: The Huntsman Program in International Studies and Business, the Jerome Fisher Program in Management and Technology, the Roy and Diana Vagelos Program in Life Sciences and Management and the Nursing and Health Care Management program. Graduates who successfully complete their programs leave with management skills, real-world economics experience and a global perspective.

Washington University in St. Louis, MO

School Highlight: Washington offers a Semester in D.C. Program for undergraduate business students.

U.S. News & World Report ranked Washington University in St. Louis 19th among national universities for 2017. Under the umbrella of the BSBA program, the university's Olin Business School offers several flexible degree options for undergraduate business students; non-business majors can pursue a minor. Aspiring professionals can choose from among eight business majors, including finance, entrepreneurship, marketing and international business. Graduates may apply to the school's Master of Business Administration (MBA) program; doctoral students can specialize in one of seven different areas.

Cornell University in Ithaca, NY

School Highlight: Cornell has almost 50,000 alumni.

U.S. News & World Report's 15th ranked national university for 2017 is home to two undergraduate business schools offering students a variety of minors and majors. Business majors who choose a degree through the Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management can study topics ranging from accounting and agribusiness management to entrepreneurship, finance and marketing. Through the School of Hotel Administration, students can study hospitality management as well as fields like finance and real estate. There are also minors available for students majoring in other subjects; one minor is relevant for any degree, but there are also specific minors for students majoring in engineering or the life sciences.

Top Undergraduate Business Programs

These schools also offer strong business programs:

  • Emory University in Atlanta, GA, reported a 98% job placement rate for 2015 graduates of its BBA program.
  • Georgetown University in Washington, DC, hosts the Global Business Initiative (GBI).
  • New York University in New York City, NY, offers a unique and innovative curriculum.
  • The University of Illinois - Urbana-Champaign in Urbana, IL, provides the Hoeft Technology and Management Program.
  • At the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, 96% of BBA students in the class of 2016 had a job offer within three months of graduating.
  • The University of Notre Dame in Notre Dame, IN, holds a high position in both national and global university rankings.

Some of the nation's most highly regarded universities offer bachelor's degree programs for students interested in business. They can provide a basic introduction to the field or allow students to focus their studies on a specialty subject.

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