Daniels College of Business ranks top in Colorado, 52 in the nation

The University of Denver’s Daniels College of Business was ranked No. 52 in the nation for best undergraduate business schools in 2017 by Poets & Quants. The online graduate and undergraduate business education news publication announced its 2017 rankings Dec. 5. Daniels’ ranking is the best of all Colorado business schools and puts the College in the top 1 percent of all AACSB accredited schools. There are 799 business schools in 53 countries and territories that have earned AACSB accreditation.

“We know we have a competitive business education program at the Daniels College of Business,” Daniels Dean E. LaBrent Chrite says. “This ranking accurately reflects our enduring commitment to harnessing the rich capacities of our faculty in order to more effectively prepare our undergraduate students for a marketplace defined by volatility and uncertainty.”

Poets & Quants for Undergrads compiled the 2017 exclusive ranking based on a representative survey of 6,288 recent graduates and school-reported data. Students across the 82 schools were surveyed on aspects of admissions standards, academic experience and employment placement.

“The co-creation of our academic experiences, the intentional development of adaptive skills in addition to students’ technical abilities and a sustained and integrated effort to prepare our students to become immediate value creators are just a few of the characteristics of the program that are reflected in this ranking,” Chrite says.

“As a private school we are able to offer small class sizes and a broad portfolio of majors that includes hospitality management, real estate and the built environment, international business and business analytics, as well as more traditional majors such as accounting, finance, marketing and management,” says Lisa Victoravich, assistant dean of Daniels undergraduate programs.

“We have a strong student-centric culture focusing on faculty-student interaction,” she says. “We selectively hire faculty who are experts in their fields and thus, are able to bring cutting edge knowledge into the classroom. To assist students with finding the right job prior to graduation, Daniels integrates professional development as part of the core curriculum and provides a career services team dedicated to serving undergraduates.”

“This is THE most thorough data-driven study of undergraduate business education ever undertaken,” said John A. Byrne, Founder and Editor-in-Chief, Poets & Quants for Undergrads. “At a time when parents and students are confronting ever increasing tuition bills and levels of debt, the return-on-investment of a degree is more important than ever. We measure those returns and it’s no wonder that more parents are encouraging their children to major in business. The best business schools are a no-brainer investment because they are reporting record or near-record starting salaries and job placement for their graduates. What we’ve produced is an invaluable resource for students trying to make smart decisions about where to get the best education for a successful career.”

More information about the Daniels ranking and the complete report can be found on the Poets & Quants website.