Undergraduate Program Climbs to 10th in Businessweek Ranking

March 04, 2011

High Scores for Academic Quality, Student Satisfaction, and Career Success Boost Ranking

The Undergraduate Program at Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business has climbed to 10th in Businessweek’s 2011 “Best Undergraduate B-Schools” ranking.
“We are pleased and proud that Businessweek has recognized the excellence of Georgetown’s undergraduate business program, which combines an innovative curriculum and leading faculty to provide a high-quality academic experience for our students,” said George Daly, dean of Georgetown’s McDonough School of Business. “Our alumni, parents, and friends also have contributed to our success, from funding our wonderful new building to providing essential programmatic support.”
To arrive at the rankings, Businessweek surveys seniors to determine student ratings of satisfaction, teaching, and facilities; recruiters to determine post-graduation outcomes of students; and the business schools themselves to determine academic quality of students and post-graduation metrics. The results of these surveys are then averaged with the results of the two previous years, producing the ranking for 2011.
The Georgetown McDonough School of Business had the greatest advances in student satisfaction and recruiter evaluations. The school also ranked in the top 10 in the areas of academic quality, median starting salary of seniors, and schools that send the most undergraduates to top MBA programs.
“We strive to provide an academically strong undergraduate program that is rich in student engagement,” said Norean R. Sharpe, undergraduate dean of Georgetown’s McDonough School of Business. “The success of our program is reflected in our high marks for student satisfaction and our reputation among employers for preparing our students to succeed in the workforce.”
The program recently moved into the new Rafik B. Hariri Building, which provides state-of-the art technology in classrooms and student breakout rooms, a venue for hosting guest lectures by business leaders from around the world, and a forum for increased interaction with faculty, staff, and one another. According to Sharpe, during the past two years, the undergraduate business program has added several new offerings for students, including a First Year Seminar, an Entrepreneurship Fellows Program, a business minor, new international partnerships, and increased opportunities for service to the community. She credits the combination of “innovative curricular initiatives, outstanding faculty, and talented students” with Georgetown’s current recognition and reputation.  
About Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business
Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business is a premier business school located at the center of world politics and business in Washington, D.C. Some 1,400 undergraduates, 1,000 MBA students, and 500 participants in executive education programs study business with an intensive focus on leadership and a global perspective. Founded in 1957, the business school today resides in the new Rafik B. Hariri Building, a state-of-the-art facility that blends the tradition of Georgetown University with forward-thinking functionality. For more information about Georgetown’s McDonough School of Business, visit http://msb.georgetown.edu.