Fordham University’s College of Business Administration (CBA) has climbed seven places inBusinessWeek magazine’s annual ranking of undergraduate programs, to No. 27 nationally.
“The rankings reflect many of the positive aspects of the undergraduate business program here at Fordham,” said Donna Rapaccioli, Ph.D., dean of the college. “They demonstrate the outstanding quality of our students, how strongly they feel about Fordham, how valued they feel as part of our community, and the high regard that corporate recruiters have for them.”
BusinessWeek released the list of the top 50 undergraduate business programs online on Thursday, Feb. 28. Fordham has risen dramatically since 2006, when the rankings were introduced. The calculations are based in part on surveys of business students and a poll of corporate recruiters. This year’s rise is partially due to Fordham’s jump from No. 42 to No. 13 on the recruiter survey. The magazine also looks at starting salaries, how many undergraduates find their way to the top MBA programs, and several measures of academic quality, including faculty-student ratios and average SAT scores.
Rapaccioli noted students’ positive response in the survey to CBA’s focus on ethics and social responsibility. She also said several projects have strengthened the undergraduate experience, from bringing in a series of high-profile corporate executives to meet with students and placing a strong emphasis on the international dimensions of business, to launching an undergraduate entrepreneurship program.