Business Week Ranks Williams College of Business as One of the Best

First time undergraduate business programs ranked by Business Week | February 27, 2009


Xavier University’s Williams College of Business (WCB) is ranked among the best in the nation in Business Week’s fourth annual ranking of “The Best Undergrad Business Schools” in the country.
Only 101 schools were included in the rankings. WCB is ranked 69th. When compared to other ranked schools in the Midwest, Xavier is number 16. This is the first time Xavier’s undergraduate business programs have been ranked by Business Week.
“The faculty, staff, and the board members of the Williams College of Business at Xavier University work hard and smart everyday to make sure Xavier students succeed. We have had three years of 95% or higher placement rate for our graduating seniors, and the business community is willing to hire these ‘best and the brightest’ to keep our young talent in Cincinnati,” says Ali Malekzadeh, dean of the Williams College of Business.
University of Virginia’s McIntire School took the top spot in the ranking. Rounding out the top five are Notre Dame (Mendoza), University of Pennsylvania (Wharton), University of Michigan (Ross), and Brigham Young (Marriott).
The results of Business Week's fourth annual ranking of undergraduate business programs reflect the job market's uncertainty. With 54% of responding seniors lacking an offer as of January (compared with 44% in 2008), the schools that excelled in the survey have put an intense focus on guiding students through the career search. 
To rank these programs, Business Week used nine measures, including surveys of 85,000 senior business majors and nearly 600 corporate recruiters, median starting salaries for graduates, and the number of graduates each program sends to top MBA programs. BusinessWeek also calculated an academic quality rating for each program by combining SAT scores, student-faculty ratios, class size, the percentage of students with internships, and the number of hours students devote to class work.
Business Week’s ranking of “The Best Undergraduate B-Schools” is available in the March 9, 2009 issue of Business Week, on newsstands March 2nd. Expanded content, including the full ranking and methodology, interactive tables, and a discussion forum are available on at
·         WCB’s part-time MBA program is ranked as one of the best in the nation by U.S. News and World Report.  Xavier’s program is ranked 16th along with Arizona State, Loyola University Chicago, Marquette, St. Louis University and University of Maryland-College Park.
  • Xavier University was distinguished as one of the top schools for undergraduate entrepreneurship programs in the country by The Princeton Review and Entrepreneur magazine. Xavier is ranked 24th.
·         The Williams College of Business was named an outstanding business school, according to The Princeton Review in its 2009 edition of Best 296 Business Schools.