WINSTON-SALEM, NC – Continuing its tradition of being among the top undergraduate business programs nationally, Businessweek named Wake Forest University School of Business #13 in the annual Best Undergraduate Business Schools edition. This is the seventh consecutive time this publication has ranked the School in the top 20 nationally.
This year, Businessweek implemented a revised methodology favoring an increased weighting of employment-based factors.
Wake Forest students responding to the survey placed the School nationally at #5 for internships and #6 for student sentiment.
“Our student satisfaction results demonstrate how much students value their experience at Wake Forest,” said Pat Dickson, associate dean of undergraduate programs and associate professor. “The students we attract, the faculty members who challenge them, and the staff members who support them through our rigorous curriculum all play crucial roles in strengthening the transformative experience we offer.”
When it comes to starting salary, the new ranking puts the School at #12.
“We have seen significant increases in student recruitment activities and job postings and are attracting the very best companies who value the kind of market-ready professionals Wake Forest develops. While many organizations return year after year, we also see new companies visiting to offer great internships and full-time opportunities,” said Mercy Eyadiel, Chief Corporate Engagement Officer at Wake Forest University.
This year, the publication doubled the weight of hiring employers’ opinions to 40% of the ranking, while student opinion became slightly more important at 35%, up from 30%.
“We have experienced strong demand for our graduates, owing to the combination of a rigorous, holistic education and hands-on internship experiences that prepares our students to succeed in their new careers. Graduates receive a business education that is connected to the marketplace, focused on development of the whole person, and bolstered by strong relationships with best in class organizations.” said Sisel Distinguished Dean of Business Charles Iacovou.