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In Poets & Quants‘ second-ever ranking of undergraduate business programs, the online business education site ranked Olin Business School #2.

Released on December 5, this year’s ranking saw an influx of institutions participating, growing from 50 schools in the inaugural ranking to 82 schools, which represent the top 16% of accredited undergraduate business schools in the United States. The ranking includes schools with highly demanding academics—both public and private universities with two- and four-year business programs. Olin was ranked #1 in the 2016 ranking.

“We are very proud to be at the top of Poets & Quants’ undergraduate rankings for the second year in a row. It’s a testament to Olin’s academic excellence and student satisfaction, particularly in a much larger field of top business schools,” said Dean Mark Taylor.

Three key area were considered equally: admission standards, the quality of the academic experience, and employment outcomes. Olin scored in the top ten in all three categories. In fact, in employment outcomes, Olin jumped 6 spots to the #5 position.

  • Admissions standards measured average SAT scores, acceptance rates, and the percentage of incoming students who were in the top 10% of their high school classes.
  • Student experience measured alumni responses to four questions:
    • 1) Was their degree worth its cost in time and tuition?
    • 2) Did the school’s extracurricular offerings nurture their growth as people and business experts?
    • 3) Were faculty available for mentoring and meetings outside of class?
    • 4) Were alumni approachable and helpful?
  • Employment outcomes weighed the percentage of students with internships prior to senior year, the percentage with jobs three months after graduation, and the average salary and bonus of a graduate.

Click here to see Poets & Quantscomplete survey, methodology, and school profiles.




Olin Business School’s Executive MBA program in partnership with Fudan University in China is number seven in the 2017 Financial Times’ annual ranking of the world’s top 100 EMBA programs.This survey marks the sixth consecutive year that the Olin-Fudan EMBA has been ranked in the FT’s top ten global programs.

Alumni of the Olin-Fudan program reported gains in the important areas of salary increase, career progress, and work experience. Olin-Fudan EMBA graduates are among the top earners of the schools in the ranking with an average salary of $360,250, the third highest globally.

“Olin’s partnership with Fudan University pioneered the executive MBA in China in 2002 and has consistently been a leader,” said Mark Taylor, dean of Olin Business School. “The large number of top American and European business schools that have followed us to Asia in recent years are a testament to our successful program and our outstanding alumni who have propelled their global careers to new heights after earning the Olin-Fudan EMBA degree.”

The Financial Times ranking is based on two surveys: one of business schools and one of their alumni who graduated in 2014. Criteria in 16 categories are weighted for the overall ranking. For more on the FT ranking methodology and details of this year’s survey, link to the Oct. 16 edition of the FT.




Forbes released its 10th annual ranking of  America’s Top Colleges  Aug. 2, and Washington University was #4 among the Top 25 Colleges in the Midwest for 2017. Nationally, Forbes ranks WashU at #36 on a list of 50 schools dominated by universities located on the east and west coasts.

Methodology
The FORBES Top Colleges ranking has always placed its focus solely on the direct benefits a college or university provides its students. Favoring output over input, Forbes eschews common metrics like acceptance rate, endowment and freshmen SAT scores – numbers that say far more about a school’s “prestige” than its actual effectiveness – and instead favors variables like alumni salary, graduation rate and student satisfaction.

The ROI-centric logic behind this year’s ranking is no different, but part of the methodology and some of the data sources have been reexamined and revamped to better align this list with what FORBES values most: entrepreneurship, success, impact and the consumer experience.

“Before you become a college student, you need to think like a graduate. Our goal is to showcase the colleges and universities that deliver the best return on your education investment dollars: low student debt, on-time graduation, quality academics, high earning potential and career success,” said Caroline Howard, Digital Managing Editor, Forbes Media.

Link to the Forbes list here

Source: Forbes news release




Olin’s full-time and part-time MBA programs remain among the top business schools nationwide in the U.S. News & World Report 2018 Best Graduate School Rankings released March 14, 2017. The full-time program remains at #21 for the second consecutive year, and the part-time program tied with Georgia Tech and the University of Maryland for the #30 spot.

“In terms of job placement rate, Olin continues to rank among the top five full-time programs in the country,” said Joe Fox, associate dean for graduate programs at Olin. “We’re very proud of the quality of students we attract to our programs and the success they have upon graduation.”

Full-time methodology

The 471 master’s programs in business administration accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business were surveyed; 377 responded, with 131 MBA programs providing the data needed to calculate rankings based on a weighted average of eight indicators:

  • Peer assessment survey
  • Mean GMAT score
  • Recruiter assessment survey
  • Employment rates 3 months after graduation
  • Mean starting salary and bonus
  • Mean undergraduate GPA
  • Employment rates at graduation
  • Acceptance rate

Part-time methodology

U.S. News part-time MBA ranking is based on five factors:

  • Average peer assessment score (survey of business school deans)
  • Average GMAT score and GRE scores of students entering in the fall of 2016
  • Average undergraduate GPA
  • Average number of years of work experience
  • Percentage of the fall 2016 total MBA program enrollment that is in the part-time MBA program

The complete 2018 Best Graduate Schools rankings methodologies are accessible at https://www.usnews.com/gradmeth




December 5, 2016 was a day for celebrating at Olin. After news broke that Olin’s Undergraduate Program was ranked #1 by Poets & Quants, the students, faculty, and staff were invited to gather in the Piper Hallway in Simon Hall.

To celebrate, the Undergrad Office and the Marketing & Communications department had assembled an amazing array of goodies with only a few days’ notice.  The celebration included pretzels in the shape of a 1, St. Louis’ famous Ted Drewes frozen custard, pizza, and cupcakes. Students also enjoyed takeaways, including t-shirts, water bottles, and selfies at the photo booth.

One of my favorite things about Olin is the sense of community we foster, and Monday’s celebration showcased just that.

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