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Best Undergraduate Business Schools in the U.S.

Learn about the top undergraduate schools for business, including study options and reputation. Read brief summaries of three leading schools, and find a table of other universities in the U.S. with undergraduate business programs.

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Undergraduate business programs typically include a core set of classes in finance, economics, accounting, management and marketing. They usually lead to a Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) or Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Business. The three universities featured below all have designated colleges or schools of business that have been ranked among the nation's best by one or more publications.

Top U.S. Schools with Undergraduate Business Programs

1. University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, PA

In 2011, the University of Pennsylvania had the number one undergraduate business school in the country, according to U.S. News & World Report. The university's Wharton School has more than 250 business professors serving approximately 2,600 undergraduate students across 11 academic departments. Undergraduate students can pursue a generalized Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Economics, which offers concentrations in 21 areas, including public policy and business, business ethics and legal studies, real estate, retailing and statistics. Additional school features include the chance to establish professional contacts at recruiting events or use the school's alumni database to gain advice from business professionals.

2. University of Notre Dame in Notre Dame, IN

In 2011, Bloomberg Business Week ranked Notre Dame's Mendoza College of Business as the best undergraduate business school in the U.S. In the same year, the school was designated as a Best Midwestern College by The Princeton Review. Undergraduates can earn a BBA with a specialization in accounting, information technology management or consulting; specializations in marketing, finance or entrepreneurship are also available. Students can also pursue research opportunities and study abroad programs in Egypt, Japan or other locations.

3. University of Virginia in Charlottesville, VA

The McIntire School of Commerce at the University of Virginia offers an undergraduate program in business that was ranked fifth among its peers by U.S. News & World Report in 2011, as well as second in the nation by Bloomberg Business Week. At the McIntire School, students can pursue a B.S. in Business Administration in one of six concentrations. These include accounting, finance and information technology, as well as international business, management and marketing. Undergraduates can also minor in leadership and complete one of three subspecialty tracks in entrepreneurship, real estate or global commerce.

List of 10 Good Undergraduate Business Schools in the U.S.

School Name Distinction Location
New York University Entertainment, Media and Technology (EMT) specialization New York, NY
University of Michigan - Ann Arbor Ranked number one school for business and finance by The Wall Street Journal Ann Arbor, MI
University of California - Berkeley BASE summer program Berkeley, CA
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Undergraduate Assured Admission Program Chapel Hill, NC
University of Pennsylvania University schools cooperatively offer four dual-degree programs Philadelphia, PA
University of Virginia Minor in Leadership Charlottesville, VA
Cornell University Ranked fifth among undergraduate business schools in 2011, according to Bloomberg Business Week Ithaca, NY
Emory University Located in Atlanta, one of the top cities for business Atlanta, GA
University of Notre Dame Undergraduate study abroad programs Notre Dame, IN
Massachusetts Institute of Technology Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP) Cambridge, MA
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