Best Undergraduate Business Schools in the U.S.

Aug 06, 2018

Learn about the top undergraduate schools for business, including study options and reputation. Read brief summaries of three leading schools, and find bullet points of other universities in the U.S. with undergraduate business programs.

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Many schools offer undergraduate programs in business, though the best schools have a reputation for excellence that's backed by national rankings and the availability of numerous program concentrations. We'll explore three of these schools in depth and briefly look at a few others as well. Undergraduate business programs typically include a core set of classes in finance, economics, accounting, management, and marketing. They usually lead to a Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) or Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Business. Here we look into business programs offered by three schools that were ranked by U.S. News and World Report for 2017.

University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, PA

The University of Pennsylvania had the number one undergraduate business school in the country, according to U.S. News and World Report for 2017. Unlike many other business schools, all undergraduate business students pursue a generalized Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Economics, which offers concentrations in 20 areas, including public policy and business, business ethics and legal studies, real estate, retailing, and statistics. All undergraduates are required to study a foreign language. Additional school features include the chance to establish professional contacts at recruiting events or use the school's alumni database to gain advice from business professionals.

University of Notre Dame in Notre Dame, IN

The business school at the University of Notre Dame was tied as the ninth best in the nation by U.S. News and World Report for 2017. Undergraduates can earn a BBA with a major in accounting, information technology, or management consulting. Majors in marketing, finance, or entrepreneurship are also available. Students can also pursue research opportunities and study abroad programs in Egypt, Japan, or other locations.

New York University in New York, NY

The undergraduate business school at New York University was ranked fifth best in the nation for 2017, according to U.S. News and World Report. Additional rankings include #2 for undergraduate finance and international programs and #3 for marketing, according to U.S. News and World Report for 2017. Students here can pursue a bachelor's degree in business with 12 available concentrations, including actuarial science, computing and data science, and global business, among other choices. Students may also pursue a bachelor's degree in business and political economy or a dual degree in business and film and/or television.

Top Undergraduate Business Schools

Here are program highlights for a few more high quality undergraduate business programs.

School Name Distinction Location
University of California - Berkeley Has the BASE summer program Berkeley, CA
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Has the Undergraduate Assured Admission Program Chapel Hill, NC
Emory University Located in Atlanta, one of the top cities for business Atlanta, GA
Massachusetts Institute of Technology Offers the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP) Cambridge, MA

The business schools of the University of Pennsylvania, University of Notre Dame, and New York University are all highly ranked by U.S. News and World Report, which is a strong indicator of a great business program. In addition to securing high rankings, the best undergraduate business schools have many opportunities for specialization and research.

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