WashU Olin’s BSBA program flew up eight spots to No. 4 in Poets & Quants for Undergraduates‘ 2022 ranking of four-year undergraduate programs, released last week. In its report on the ranking, P&Q took note of Olin’s strong third in the ranking’s admissions category and fourth in career outcomes.
“Our BSBA program is one of the jewels in Olin’s crown,” Olin Dean Mark P. Taylor said. “We are proud of the strength of the program and the remarkable alumni it has produced. We have faced strong competition over the past few years, with a number of leading business schools entering the full-time BSBA space for the first time.”
The P&Q ranking equally weights three major categories—admissions standards, alumni experience and career outcomes. This year, the online business education site tweaked its methodology “to accommodate for universities going standardized-testing optional because of the pandemic or dropping standardized tests altogether.”
Taylor said Olin’s team has worked continuously to innovate on and improve the program, with a focus on adding more high-impact experiences for our students, including residencies at the Brookings Institution and more experiential, global and entrepreneurial opportunities.
Students also benefit from a recent redesign of Olin’s Weston Career Center, he said, which now provides dedicated career advisors who follow students throughout their college journey, along with industry experts and a business development team that opens career doors to both students and alumni.
Though the P&Q ranking gave a strong showing to Olin’s admissions and career outcomes, Taylor took note that “the results show areas for improvement” related to the school’s 29th-place finish in the alumni survey section.
Taylor said faculty and staff are conducting a deep review and update of the BSBA curriculum and program.
Wharton Business School topped the 2022 P&Q ranking, followed by Georgetown University and the University of Southern California. After WashU Olin, the University of Virginia rounds out the top five.