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Ross Maintains No. 5 Spot in BusinessWeek Rankings

11/13/2008 --

The school is featured in the Top 10 for the 11th straight time in BW's biennial rankings.

ANN ARBOR, Mich.—For the second time in a row, BusinessWeek has ranked the Ross School of Business as the fifth-best MBA program in the nation.

The Ross School is one of only four business schools to crack the Top 10 all 11 times that BusinessWeek has conducted its biennial rankings since 1988, never ranking lower than eighth. The others are Harvard, Kellogg and Wharton, which finished Nos. 2, 3 and 4, respectively, in the current rankings. Even No. 1 Chicago cannot make that claim.

"We are pleased to have retained a number five ranking at a time when our major construction project could have had a far more disruptive effect on our students than it did," said Ross School Dean Robert J. Dolan. "In 2006, we knocked down half of our campus and still managed to deliver an outstanding experience to our students, thanks to the efforts of our faculty and staff.

"Now that our new facility is opening for classes in January, we look forward to improving the Ross student experience. I'm confident that our major strategic investments will soon show a return that will benefit all our students."

The major difference between BusinessWeek's rankings and those of other publications is BusinessWeek's emphasis on student surveys. Forty-five percent of a school's score is based on surveys of MBA alumni from the classes of 2008, 2006 and 2004.

And on that scale, Ross did quite well, coming in at No. 3 in student satisfaction (though it was 10th overall on the student survey). The school also ranked third in the corporate recruiter poll (nearly 500 companies participated), which also makes up 45 percent of a school's score. The number of faculty publications in 20 top academic journals rounds out the remaining 10 percent.

In addition to its overall No. 5 ranking, the Ross School rated highly in the specialty areas of marketing, finance and general management.



For more information, contact:
Bernie DeGroat, (734) 936-1015 or 647-1847, bernied@umich.edu