University of Connecticut School of Business Rankings
Business school ranking guides attempt to measure the caliber of individual business schools by comparing them to each other based on any number of factors. Some sets of rankings, like U.S. News & World Report, are designed with the intention to measure the overall quality of these programs, while others have a more narrow focus, comparing and ranking schools based on only one specific attribute.
No one would deny that the reputation of a top-ranked school might impress prospective employers, however career prospects won’t necessarily be much affected if a person doesn’t attend a highly ranked school. Rankings tend to emphasize statistics, and it’s hard to quantify subjective experience. Regardless of their rankings, many business schools have strong ties to important local and regional industries – ties that often translate into employment opportunities for graduates of these schools. Talented, ambitious people tend to do well regardless.
At UConn, we’ve always focused on academic excellence, plain and simple. It’s not surprising then that we’ve been recognized often in myriad rankings. Among the most notable rankings UConn has been included in are Business Week, U.S. News & World Report, The Wall Street Journal and The Princeton Review.
Business Week publishes rankings for both graduate and undergraduate business programs. Published every two years, as of fall 2008, UConn’s MBA Program ranks among the Top 45 “Best Business Schools” nationally and among the top 20 public institutions. Business Week also ranked UConn’s MBA Program 7th nationally for Return on Investment, and 16th globally.
Business Week’s MBA program rankings are based on a combination of student and corporate recruiter surveys (each weighted at 45%), and an “intellectual capital component,” which measures “school's influence and prominence in the realm of ideas” (weighted at 10%).
For 2008, Business Week’s “Best Undergraduate Business Programs” list ranked UConn #61 (#25 among public institutions), again making UConn the #1 public business school in New England. The methodology for this ranking includes five measures - a survey of more than 100,000 business majors at top schools, a poll of undergraduate recruiters, starting salaries for graduates, how many each school sent to top MBA programs, and an academic quality score (a combination of five measures including SAT scores and faculty-student ratios.)
U.S. News & World Report
U.S. News & World Report produces two sets of academic rankings each year - undergraduate programs in the fall and graduate schools in the spring. In both rankings, the methodology is very similar. First, schools are categorized by mission and, in some cases, by region. Then data pertaining to 15 indicators of academic excellence is compiled and considered. Each factor is assigned a weight that reflects our judgment about how much a measure matters. Finally, the colleges in each category are ranked against their peers, based on their composite weighted score.
As of August 2008, UConn’s undergraduate business program ranks in the Top 50 (30th) among public institutions (52nd overall.) Additionally, UConn’s undergraduate Real Estate specialty was ranked 8th and the Insurance/Risk Management specialty was ranked 12th in the nation among all business schools - public and private.
With respect to “America’s Best Graduate Schools” for 2009, UConn ranks 26th among the nation’s top public business schools - and 52nd overall.
The Princeton Review
The Princeton Review, a company well known for its test prep courses, education services, college and graduate school admission services, also puts together a set of undergraduate and graduate school rankings. Of the two, the graduate rankings are considered more reputable.
For 2005, 2006 and 2007, UConn ranked in the nation’s Top 10 for “Best Campus Facilities” as published in their “Best Business Schools” guides. "UConn’s state-of-the-art facilities create a fantastic environment for learning and interaction. The University of Connecticut's School of Business is preparing itself for a bright and prestigious future," commented one student.
The Princeton Review’s rankings are based on surveys of student attending the schools profiled and on institutional data obtained from the schools. For the 2006 rankings the company surveyed 16,000 business school students, asking over 50 questions about themselves and their career plans, and about their school’s academics, student body and campus life.