Posted by: Geoff Gloeckler on July 22, 2010
For more than two decades, Edward Fiske has authored the guide to colleges that bears his name, and The Fiske Guide to Colleges has long included information on undergraduate business programs. But for the first time this year, Fiske has handpicked ten undergrad business programs that he feels students should check out. The “Ten Business Schools that Should Be On Your Radar” list highlights different types of schools, ranging from small private colleges to large state research universities, that all offer high-quality business training. “I’m trying to give people options of different styles, different types of schools, all of which have really good business programs,” Fiske says.
The ten schools Fiske has highlighted are Babson College (Babson Undergraduate Profile), UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business (Haas Undergraduate Profile), Claremont McKenna College, Emory University’s Goizueta Business School (Goizueta Undergraduate Profile), MIT’s Sloan School of Management (Sloan Undergraduate Profile), the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business (Ross Undergraduate Profile), New York University’s Stern School of Business (Stern Undergraduate Profile), the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School (Wharton Undergraduate Profile), the University of Richmond’s Robins School of Business (Robins Undergraduate Profile), and Washington University’s Olin Business School (Olin Undergraduate Profile).
Fiske evaluated the schools based on the quality of the educational experience they offer students. He says he ignores many of the statistics proffered by colleges such as dropout rates, placement rates, and starting salaries, which are used in some rankings including Bloomberg Businessweek’s annual ranking. “I’m looking for peaks of excellence of various types,” he says. “It’s an art, not a science.”
All of the schools on Fitch’s list were among the top 20 undergraduate business schools in Businessweek’s 2010 ranking except one—Claremont McKenna College. The reason? Claremont McKenna does not offer an accredited undergraduate business program. But Fiske doesn’t hold this against them. “They attract a lot of students who are moving toward business careers,” he says. The school does have undergraduate accounting and finance programs, as well as a five-year MBA program in cooperation with the Claremont Graduate University.
Fiske’s approach means that half of the top 10 schools in Bloomberg Businessweek’s 2010 Best Undergrad B-Schools ranking are left out. The top-ranked Mendoza College of Business at Notre Dame (Mendoza Undergraduate Profile), the second-ranked McIntire School of Commerce at the University of Virginia (McIntire Undergraduate Profile), fifth ranked Cornell (Cornell Undergraduate Profile), ninth-ranked Boston College Carroll School of Management (Carroll Undergraduate Profile), and tenth-ranked University of Texas-Austin McCombs School of Business (McCombs Undergraduate Profile) did not make Fiske’s list.
Fiske says he isn’t trying to offer a definitive list of the top undergraduate business programs. “There are different schools out there and there are different types of business programs out there,” he says. “It’s not the question of what’s the best university, it’s the question of what’s the best university for you.”
The list will be published in the 2011 edition of The Fiske Guide to Colleges.
Readers, what do you think about Fiske’s picks? What schools would be on your top ten list?
-By Zachary Tracer