Lehigh’s College of Business and Economics is ranked 31st in Bloomberg Businessweek’s annual undergraduate business school ranking of 124 schools.
The college has finished among the nation’s top business programs for seven consecutive years. The ranking is based on student surveys, corporate recruiter surveys and institutional data provided by each university.
“The College of Business and Economics works hard to create an intellectual and professional learning environment that develops future leaders through the hallmarks of a Lehigh education—experiential learning, rigorous analysis and the discipline of a strong work ethic,” says Katrina Zalatan, associate dean of the CBE and director of undergraduate programs.
“We are committed to making the CBE experience even stronger in the years to come to ensure continued success for our graduates.”
Lehigh once again scored highly in academic quality, finishing in 12th place. Based solely on student feedback, Lehigh was awarded an A+ for teaching quality, and received high marks for facilities and services and job placement.
“We continue to appreciate the national recognition of our undergraduate business program,” says Paul Brown, dean of the college. “That said, we carry on striving for program enhancement and market relevance, especially given a job market for our students that, while improving, continues to be a volatile one with an increasingly global competitive dimension to it.”
In the past five years, the College of Business and Economics has bolstered its faculty ranks while decreasing its student-to-faculty ratio. The increase in the number of professors allows faculty to collaborate more effectively, especially as they frequently partner on teaching and research efforts throughout the college.
The college’s career placement efforts have also been successful; Class of 2011 business seniors recorded a placement rate of 98 percent six months after graduation. The Office of Career Services has reported that it’s seen a 24 percent increase over last year in the amount of business-related jobs that are posted by companies, a sign that the job market is on the rebound.
Notre Dame’s Mendoza College of Business captured the top spot in Bloomberg Businessweek’s survey for the third straight year, followed by the University of Virginia’s McIntire School of Commerce and Cornell’s Dyson School. University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School and Emory University’s Goizueta Business School rounded out the top five.