March 5, 2010 — The McIntire School of Commerce at the University of Virginia has been ranked second among the nation's best undergraduate business programs according to BusinessWeek's annual rankings, and it is the top-rated program among public institutions.
Notre Dame's Mendoza College of Business was ranked first. MIT's Sloan School of Management was ranked third. The 2010 rankings were announced Thursday, during a live Web chat with BusinessWeek editors.
"Although I am disappointed that we dropped one place, I am pleased that we moved up significantly in the recruiter ranking, from No. 52 to No. 4," said McIntire Dean Carl Zeithaml. "We also retained our A-plus grades for teaching quality, facilities and services, and job placement, one of only six programs to earn straight A-plus grades. All other scores and grades are very strong.
"In the five years that BusinessWeek has ranked undergraduate programs, the McIntire School program is the only one to be consistently ranked either first or second."
Zeithaml said McIntire is unwavering in its pursuit of excellence. "Although we are not defined by rankings, I am confident that many of our curriculum innovations and new placement activities will have a positive effect on reputation and rankings," he said. "I sincerely appreciate the terrific efforts of our students, faculty, staff, alumni and friends to create and sustain our tremendous educational experience and community.
"We will continue to improve and innovate for all of the right reasons, and I know that our students, recruiters and other constituents will appreciate and support the excellence of our programs."
In addition to acknowledging McIntire's outstanding programs, services and facilities, BusinessWeek made special mention of the school's strong sense of community. "The caliber of students is excellent, and new friendships and connections are always being made," one student reported in the BusinessWeek survey. "Despite the competition, there is a great sense of community among McIntire students, who are willing to help each other whenever possible."
Other Virginia schools ranked in the top 50 were the University of Richmond at No. 15, the College of William & Mary at No. 25 and James Madison University at No. 41.
Complete rankings can be found at the BusinessWeek Web site.