Villanova Ranked Number One … in Business

The school's business school was just ranked the No. 1 school for undergrads by Bloomberg Businessweek.

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Stop if you’ve heard this before: Villanova is number one. This week, though, it’s not about basketball. The Bloomberg Businessweek 2016 Best Undergraduate Business Schools rankings were released today, and Villanova University’s Villanova School of Business was ranked as the number one undergraduate business school in America. 

Bloomberg compiles the rankings by combining interviews with employers about how well prepared employees from different schools are, a student survey rating campuses, career services and faculty, the average starting salaries of students and the percentage of students who had at least one internship during college.

Villanova was ranked second in the country in the employer survey, which was worth 40 percent of the score. They were 10th in the student survey, which was 35 percent, 29th in starting salaries, which was 15 percent and 15th in internships, which was 10 percent. Bloomberg ranked VSB the 24th best undergraduate business school in last year’s rankings.

“As a University community, we take great pride in preparing our students for success in whatever path they choose. This ranking affirms that commitment and demonstrates the enormous value of a Villanova degree,” said University President Fr. Peter Donohue in an email to the school.

The only other local school mentioned on the list was Penn’s Wharton School, which came in at 16, down nine spots from last year. Wharton was 66th in the employer survey, 14th in the student survey, first in the ever-important starting salary category, and eight in the percentage of students with internships.

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