Best Undergraduate Business Programs Methodology

These business program rankings are based solely on the peer judgments of deans and senior faculty.

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For our undergraduate business school rankings, 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 AACSB-accredited business program – were surveyed in spring 2013 for this ranking. 

Participants were asked to rate the quality of all programs they were familiar with on a scale from 1 (marginal) to 5 (distinguished). The undergraduate business school and business specialty rankings are based solely on the results of this peer survey; 36 percent of those surveyed responded. 

We also asked those same respondents for nominations of the 10 best programs in business specialty areas like accounting, marketing and finance; those receiving the most mentions in each area appear on the site ranked in descending order as long as the school/program received seven or more nominations in that specialty area. This means that schools ranked at the bottom of each specialty ranking have received seven or more nominations. 

The rankings of the best undergraduate business programs in a specialty area also are based solely on that same peer survey in spring 2013. Schools offering any courses in a specialty are eligible to be ranked in that specialty. Schools did not need to have a listed program or major in a specialty area in order to be ranked in that specific specialty area.

The peer assessment surveys were conducted by Ipsos Public Affairs. 

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