NEW YORK – Bryant University in Smithfield rose five spots this year, to No. 59, in BusinessWeek magazine’s annual ranking of two- to four-year undergraduate business programs nationwide. It was No. 7 among the nine southern New England public and private schools in this year’s top 101 nationwide.
The annual report – available in full at www.BusinessWeek.com – is based on data including standardized test scores of students accepted into each program, faculty-student ratios, student and recruiter surveys, the percentage of graduates accepted into MBA programs and the median starting salary of program graduates. Besides an overall index score of up to 100 points, the magazine assigns letter grades to each program for facilities and services, teaching quality and job placement.
The Bryant program was ranked 30th nationwide by recruiters but 59th in the student survey, BusinessWeek said. It also ranked 93rd among MBA feeder schools but 54th for academic quality. (The university’s College of Business also has received high scores in a similar ranking by Princeton Review. READ MORE)
Overall scores for undergrad business programs at Bryant and the other southern New England public and private schools in this year’s BusinessWeek ranking were:
• The Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Sloan school, in Cambridge, Mass., rose two notches this year to No. 7 nationwide, the top score in southern New England. Its three-year program, costing $36,390 per year, was awarded a BusinessWeek index of 92.41 points plus “A+” grades in every category.
• Boston College’s Carroll school was No. 17 nationwide, down from 14 last year. Its four-year, $37,410 per year program received 80 points, an “A” for facilities and services and “A+” grades in teaching quality and placement.
• Babson College, in Babson Park, Mass., rose five spots to No. 23. Its four-year, $36,096 per year program drew 74.79 points, getting a “B” for placement but “A+” in both facilities and teaching.
• Northeastern University, in Boston, rose seven spots to No. 27. Its four-year, $33,969 per year program got 70.41 points, “A” grades in teaching and facilities and services, and an “A+” in placement.
• Bentley, in Waltham, Mass., fell three spots to No. 33. Its four-year, $34,488 per year undergraduate program received 68.79 points, an “A+” for facilities and services and “A” grades for teaching quality and placement.
• Boston University fell one spot to 42nd nationwide. Its four-year, $37,050 program got 60.78 points, “B” grades in facilities and teaching and a “C” in placement.
• Bryant’s four-year program, with an annual cost of $30,721, had an overall score of 52.17 points and recieved a “B” in all three letter-grade categories.
• The University of Connecticut at Storrs fell five notches this year to No. 66 nationwide. The public four-year program, costing $9,338 per year, was awarded 49.19 points plus letter grades of “C” for facilities and teaching and “B” for placement.
• The University of Massachusetts at Amherst’s Isenberg school rose five points this year to No. 75 nationally. The public four-year program, costing $10,232 per year, received 42.99 points and three “B” grades.
No. 1 nationwide this year was a two-year program at the University of Virginia’s McIntire school in Charlottesville – “a program that, incidentally costs a quarter of the tuition” at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School, which had held the top spot since BusinessWeek launched the annual scorecard in 2006, the magazine wrote.
Virginia’s public two-year program, with an annual cost of $9,490, achieved a perfect score of 100 points, with “A+” grades in every category. No. 2 was Notre Dame’s Mendoza school in South Bend, Ind., a private three-year program with an annual cost of $36,847, a score of 97.29 and three “A+” grades. Wharton’s private four-year program was No. 3, with a cost of $37,526, a score of 95.78 points, “A+” grades in both teaching quality and placement and an A in facilities and services.
Bryant University is a business, liberal arts and technology school with more than 3,600 undergraduate and graduate students. Bryant is accredited by New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC), while its College of Business is accredited by The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) International. To learn more, visit www.bryant.edu.