Butler’s College of Business (COB) has secured the 58th position in the Bloomberg BusinessWeek ranking of the best U.S. undergraduate business programs for 2011. The College held the 63rd position the previous year.

As in 2010, the COB remains the only Indianapolis school out of the 113 schools ranked.

Best Undergraduate Schools LogoThe COB placed 19th in academic quality – second only to Notre Dame’s Mendoza School and ahead of Indiana University’s Kelly School and Purdue University’s Krannert School. The COB received an “A” grade for both teaching quality and job placement.

In 2010, the COB had a 96 percent placement rate for undergraduate students and a 100 percent placement rate for accounting graduates.

“We’re excited to see our program move up in this distinguished ranking of undergraduate business programs,” said COB Dean Chuck Williams. “Following the College’s guiding principle of real life, real business, the COB does an exceptional job preparing students for success in life and in business through empowered self-discovery and engaging learning experiences.”

Real life, real business is based on a collaborative partnership between students, faculty and businesses. Key aspects include:

  • A four-year career development program with executive career mentors.
  • The Freshman Business Experience course, in which students are introduced to business and write a business plan.
  • The sophomore Real Business Experience course, in which students start and run a real business.
  • The Student-Managed Investment Fund and its financial trading room.
  • The Butler Business Accelerator, an in-house consulting firm for mid-market companies.

Bloomberg Businessweek used nine measures to rank the 113 programs, including surveys of senior business majors and corporate recruiters, median starting salaries for graduates, and the number of alumni each program sends to top MBA programs.They calculated an academic quality rating for each program by combining average SAT scores, student-faculty ratios, class size, the percentage of students with internships, and the number of hours students devote to classwork.

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