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Ross BBA Moves Back Up to No. 6

3/3/2011 --

Bloomberg Businessweek ranks the school's undergraduate program in the top 10 for the sixth time in as many years.

ANN ARBOR, Mich.—The BBA program at the Ross School of Business has jumped two spots to No. 6 in Bloomberg Businessweek's annual list of the best undergraduate business programs in the country.

Previously, Ross ranked between Nos. 4 and 6 from 2006 to 2009, before last year's slight drop to No. 8. Ross is one of just four schools to place among the top eight in each of the six years that Bloomberg Businessweek has ranked undergraduate programs.

In addition to its No. 6 ranking overall, the Ross BBA program was rated fourth-best by recruiting companies and was fourth-highest in sending graduates to top MBA programs. Also, the school received an "A+" in job placement and an "A" in facilities and services.

"We are pleased to continue to be regarded by companies as one of the best sources of talent in the country," says Ross School Dean Robert Dolan. "We are fortunate to attract great students and we are committed to program innovation to develop the capabilities in the best possible way."

Ross BBA Program Director Scott Moore says the undergraduate curriculum is evolving and continuing to add programs that improve students' understanding of business.

"Our sophomore leadership program helps students address their teamwork skills, and the introduction to business class that Dean Dolan and I teach to sophomores exposes students to a broad range of businesses, their successes, their failures and their contributions to society," he says. "Our new action-learning program puts students on teams that consult with a local company for a semester after they complete a series of workshops that provide them with a grounding in project management, client relations and personal growth management."

The Bloomberg Businessweek rankings are based on five sources of data: an online student survey; a recruiter survey; median starting salaries for graduates; the number of graduates admitted to the top 35 MBA programs; and an academic quality measure that consists equally of SAT/ACT test scores for business majors, full-time faculty/student ratios in the business program, average class size in core business classes, the percentage of business majors with internships, and the number of hours students spend preparing for class each week.

The student survey score counts for 30 percent of the final ranking, as does the academic quality measure. The recruiter survey score counts for 20 percent, while starting salaries and the MBA feeder school measure each count for 10 percent.



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