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 four highlighted schools are all nationally ranked by U.S. News & World Report for 2017. Each offers undergraduate finance programs that have also received high marks from U.S. News and World Report.
University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, PA
As of 2017, U.S. News & World Report ranked the University of Pennsylvania tied at #8 among national universities. Additionally, U.S. News & World Report 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.
University of Texas at Austin
The University of Texas at Austin (UT Austin) is a large research school that tied at 18th on U.S. News & World Report's survey of best public schools for 2017.
The undergraduate finance program at UT Austin was ranked #5 by U.S. World and News Report for 2017. 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 banking. Each of these areas requires a number of general finance courses, such as microeconomics, macroeconomics, business finance, or integrative finance.
Washington University in St. Louis, MO
Washington University in St. Louis ranked 19th among national universities in 2017 and 14th for its undergraduate business program, according to U.S. News & World Report.
In 2017, U.S. News and World Report ranked Washington University in St. Louis #31 on its list of the best value schools 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 in investments, international finance, advanced valuations, and advanced derivative securities.
New York University in New York, NY
At New York University, notable undergraduate courses in finance include real estate investment strategies and principles of securities trading. For 2017, U.S. News and World Report ranked New York University #36 on its list of national universities. Its undergraduate finance program placed #2. NYU's Stern School of Business offers a bachelor's degree in business, which combines business coursework with broader liberal arts studies. Students have the opportunity to study abroad, and they may gain real-world experience through an internship at a financial institution.
Top Undergraduate Finance Schools in the U.S.
Excellent undergraduate finance programs can also be found at other reputable schools. Let's explore a few of them:
|Ohio State University||Has a 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||Home to the state-of-the-art Tozzi Finance Center||Ann Arbor, MI|
|University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill||Has a 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||Offers an Integrated Core Experience (ICE) program for undergraduates||Charlottesville, VA|
Undergraduates who are interested in finance can find academic opportunities at high-ranking schools, usually through broader business degree programs.