BusinessWeek ranks Williams College of Business undergraduate program among the best in the nation

April 9, 2009

Xavier University’s Williams College of Business is ranked among the best in the nation in BusinessWeek’s fourth annual ranking of “The Best Undergrad Business Schools” in the country.
Only 101 schools were included in the rankings. Williams is ranked No. 69. When compared to other ranked schools in the Midwest, Xavier is No. 16. This is the first time Xavier’s undergraduate business programs have been ranked by BusinessWeek.
“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," says Ali Malekzadeh, dean of the Williams College of Business. "We have had three years of 95 percent 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.”
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 BusinessWeek's fourth annual ranking of undergraduate business programs reflect the job market's uncertainty. With 54 percent of responding seniors lacking an offer as of January (compared with 44 percent 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, BusinessWeek 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.
BusinessWeek’s ranking of “The Best Undergraduate B-Schools” is available in the March 9 issue of BusinessWeek, on news stands March 2. Expanded content, including the full ranking and methodology, interactive tables and a discussion forum are available on
·       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 No. 16 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 No. 24.
·       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.