3 Colorado undergraduate business schools make Bloomberg’s top 100

April 25, 2016

By Mark Harden Denver Business Journal

The University of Denver’s Daniels College of Business ranks No. 56 in the latest Bloomberg Businessweek comparison of the nation’s best undergraduate business schools, posted Tuesday.

And the University of Colorado Boulder’s Leeds School of Business comes in at No. 62 on the business-news magazine’s list, while Colorado State University ranks No. 90 out of 114 ranked programs.

Both DU and CU improved on last year’s ranking. DU/Daniels moved up 11 spots, and CU/Leeds jumped 35 places in the ranking. CSU, meanwhile, moved down 17 places from last year.

“As a result of Daniels’ rigorous coursework and challenge-driven experiences, our students are uniquely prepared for demands of hyper-competitive increasingly entrepreneurial economic marketplace,” Daniels Dean E. LaBrent Chrite said in a statement. “Equally important, however, is our commitment to ensuring that Daniels students possess the adaptive capacities necessary to become active and contributing members to a global human community,” Chrite said. “This ranking affirms, in part, that our commitment to delivering an exceptional management education experience for our students at the intersection of academic rigor and market relevance is closely aligned with the needs of our most critical stakeholders.”

Nationwide, Villanova University claimed the top spot in Bloomberg’s undergraduate B-school ranking, followed by Notre Dame, Boston College, Indiana and the University of Virginia.

Bloomberg says it surveyed nearly 30,000 students and recruiters at 600 companies in compiling its ranking.

It said it changed its methodology this year”to put a bigger focus on the outcome most students want from B-school: the brightest possible career path.”

The ranking is based on:
Employer Survey (40 percent of total score): Feedback from recruiters who hire recent business graduates on how well schools prepared students for jobs at their companies.
Student Survey (35 percent): Students’ own ratings of the campus, career services department, and faculty and administrators.
Starting Salary (15 percent): The base compensation of students who had jobs lined up, adjusted for salary variation across industries and regions.
Internship (10 percent): The percentage of a school’s graduates who had at least one internship at any time during college.

An earlier Bloomberg ranking of full-time graduate MBA programs had CU/Leeds ranked No. 71.