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Daniels Undergraduate Business Program Named Among Top 50 in Nation

Poets&Quants announced its first in-house ranking of the 50 best undergraduate business programs in the U.S. on Monday, Dec. 5. The online publication for graduate and undergraduate business education news ranked the University of Denver’s Daniels College of Business No. 44 in the nation for best undergraduate business schools in 2016. No other Colorado schools made the top 50 list.

“This is an important next step in the evolution of the Daniels College of Business,” says Daniels Dean E. LaBrent Chrite. “Moreover, while just one of many data points that must be considered in assessing the overall competitiveness of any management education program, this ranking accurately reflects our enduring commitment to harnessing the rich capacities of our faculty in order to more effectively prepare our undergraduate students for a marketplace defined by volatility and uncertainty. The co-creation of our academic experiences, the intentional development of adaptive skills in addition to students’ technical abilities and a sustained and integrated effort to prepare our students to become immediate value creators are just a few of the characteristics of the program that are reflected in this ranking.”

The report uses a methodology that includes three equally weighted categories: admissions standards that measure the quality of the incoming students; alumni perspective on the full educational experience, from the quality and accessibility of faculty to whether students had a “signature experience” or a global immersion to best prepare them for work and life; and employment data including internships before senior year, full-time employment within 90 days of graduation and average compensation.

“We’re a private school, so small class size is something that we always sell,” says Lisa Victoravich, assistant dean of undergraduate programs. “People who come here, they come here for that reason, and if you want to be a business major we do have an eclectic variety of majors: we have hospitality management as a top-rated program, we have real estate in the built environment, we have a business information analytics major.

“Daniels is one of the strongest units on campus at DU,” she continues. “We have a strong culture, and strong faculty interaction. We hire new tenure-track faculty who are experts in their field, so that’s something that students really like. And we have dedicated career services for undergrad, a separate unit that just serves undergraduate students. The support is there. You just really have to take advantage of it.”

“This is the most thorough study of undergraduate business education ever undertaken, an amazing resource for prospective students and parents trying to make smart decisions about where to get the business basics for a successful career,” says John A. Byrne, editor-in-chief of Poets&Quants. “Never before has anyone gathered the wealth of data we will publish, from actual acceptance rates and average SAT scores to the schools with the best academic and career advising.”

More information about the Daniels ranking and the full ranking can be found on the Poets&Quants website.