U.S. News & World Report ranks William and Mary Undergraduate Business Program among the Top 50 in Nation

The Undergraduate Program at the Mason School of Business is among the Top 50 in the Country, according to U.S. News & World Report’s ranking of the best  Undergraduate Business Programs for 2011.  It is ranked in the Top 25 among publics.

“While the U.S. News Undergraduate Business Program Ranking is based purely on the opinion of deans and faculty members and not on more objective measures, it is rewarding to know our peers think so highly of our program,” said Dean Lawrence B. Pulley.

For the ranking, U.S. News surveyed deans and senior faculty at each undergraduate business program accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business.  Business school deans and faculty (two at each business program) were surveyed in spring 2010.

Participants were asked to rate the quality of all programs they are familiar with on a scale of 1 (marginal) to 5 (distinguished). The undergraduate business school rankings are based solely on this peer survey.

William Geary, Assistant Dean of the Undergraduate Business Program, cites the Individual Program of Study (IPS), as one of the reasons for the program’s success.

“I believe our high ranking is based in-part on the design of our undergraduate program, which centers on an integrated and innovative curriculum that places our concept of an Individual Program of Study at the heart of our program,” said Geary.

The IPS allows students to create a specific course of study that follows their interests, strengths and aspirations in more than one field and multiple areas of business.

In addition, the College of William and Mary ranks 5th overall in commitment to undergraduate teaching.

“I’m happy to see our faculty recognized for their teaching," said Chris Adkins, Director of the Undergraduate Business Program. "Their commitment to our students is remarkable and helps create a collaborative learning community where students develop both their intellect and leadership skills.”

To view the complete rankings, visit the U.S. News website.