WFU School of Business undergraduate program places #14 nationally

12.8.2016 Alumni News, General, News Release, Rankings, School News

Poets & Quants for Undergrads debuts new ranking for business education

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – (December 8, 2016) A new ranking of undergraduate business programs by Poets & Quants for Undergrads positions Wake Forest University School of Business No. 14 among the nation’s top 50 business programs. The ranking was released this week, as Poets & Quants’ Best Undergraduate Business Programs of 2016.

According to the publication, the ranking was determined through three equally weighted categories: admissions standards that measure the quality of the incoming students, alumni perspective on their educational experience, and employment data which includes internships, employment within three months of graduation and salary.

“These highly objective measures demonstrate how our combination of business education in a liberal arts setting teaches our graduates the critical thinking, communication and technical skills that prove valuable to them in their careers,” said Pat Dickson, associate dean for undergraduate programs at the School of Business. “Ninety-three percent of our students had reached their first destination – either employment or graduate school – within three months of graduation. Now that we have reached the six-month mark, that total has grown to 99 percent.”

Nationally, the School was ranked No. 3 for internships with 98 percent of our undergraduates securing at least one. Wake Forest comes in at No. 3 in faculty accessibility and No. 5 in quality of teaching, achieving accolades for these academic markers.

When it comes to their student experiences, Wake Forest alumni gave the School high marks. Their answers to the survey put the School at No. 9 for career advising, preparedness, and alumni accessibility. Would they recommend Wake Forest to a close friend? The affirmative answers put the School at No. 10 nationally.

“We are truly gratified that our Wake Forest alumni continue to hold in such high regard their educational and networking experiences during their time in our School, and for the ongoing impact it has on their careers,” said Gordon McCray, vice dean of academic programs. “Our alumni have signaled that the intimate class sizes, the rewarding relationships they develop with classmates and faculty members, and the emphasis we place on real-world learning make a difference to them.”

The publication names business degrees as the most popular undergraduate degree granted in the United States. For more information on methodology, visit

Media contact: Stephanie Skordas at or 336.758.4098.