Smeal cracks top 25 of latest BusinessWeek “B-School” rankings

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For the first time in the six-year of history of BusinessWeek magazine’s rankings of the “Best Undergraduate Business Schools,” Penn State’s Smeal College of Business has cracked the Top 25. Slotting in at #25, Smeal improved four spots from its performance in last year’s rankings.

It should come as no surprise after Penn State topped The Wall Street Journal’s rankings back in September that Smeal took the top spot in the “Recruiter Survey Rank” portion, which was determined by the responses of 246 recruiters who responded to BusinessWeek’s poll, as well as Smeal’s past rankings in the category. Smeal also earned an A+ in “Job Placement.”

But one area where Smeal struggled was in the Academic Quality Rank, where it ranked just 73rd. That category took into account average SAT scores, student-to-faculty ratio, class sizes, hours spent on homework per week, and the percentage of business majors with internships.

Here’s a quick look at how Penn State compared with similar schools:

  • Third among Big Ten schools behind Michigan (6) and Indiana (18)
  • Fifth among the ten ranked Pennsylvania schools behind Pennsylvania (4), Villanova (7),  Carnegie Mellon (21), and Lehigh (24)
  • Eighth among public schools
  • Third largest enrollment out of the 113 schools ranked (and largest enrollment among Top 25 schools)

Click here for the full rankings and more from BusinessWeek.com.

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John is a senior in the Smeal College of Business majoring in Marketing. He currently serves as the President of the Paternoville Coordination Committee and as a THON Chair for Nittany Nation. He tweets a lot.