Mendoza ranked No. 1 by Businessweek for fifth consecutive year

Author: Carol Elliott

Mendoza College of Business

The Mendoza College of Business at the University of Notre Dame took the No. 1 spot for the fifth year in a row in the just-released Bloomberg Businessweek’s 2014 Ranking of Best Undergraduate Business Schools.

A total of 132 U.S. undergraduate business programs are included in the 2014 Bloomberg Businessweek ranking, which was released Friday (April 4) on

“We certainly welcome the ranking as excellent news, not the least because it represents the hard work and dedication of so many,” said Roger D. Huang, Martin J. Gillen Dean of the Mendoza College. “From the faculty and staff, down to the students, parents and alumni, there is an incredible spirit of enthusiasm and support for the kind of educational experience we provide. I especially want to thank the Mendoza College Undergraduate Advising Office, the Notre Dame Career Center and the Undergraduate Admissions Office.”

Mendoza’s Undergraduate Studies ranked first in student satisfaction, second in academic quality and fourth in employer satisfaction. The college also earned scores of “A+” for teaching quality, facilities and services, and job placement.

The article accompanying the story, titled “Fierce student loyalty helps Notre Dame’s Mendoza defend its number one spot for a fifth straight year,” said that Mendoza College held onto the top spot by ranking in the top five for academic quality and employer sentiment, and scoring the highest on the student assessment, with students “raving” about the Catholic university’s attention to business ethics and social purpose.

A student comment posted with the ranking said, “The program has a great focus on ethics. Also, the professors are not only available but also very active in the lives of the students. Professors, particularly those with previous industry experience, work hard to help students gain employment.”

Another commented, “Mendoza is a community. We are all striving to get the best job possible in which we can rise quickly and impact the firm as to have a greater impact on business, but we are not cut throat. Constant interaction with teams for group projects teaches the value of working together to accomplish a challenging task. Our job placement is excellent and the alumni base plentiful.”

University of Virginia’s McIntire School of Commerce ranked second and Cornell’s Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management ranked third.

Bloomberg Businessweek’s undergraduate business school rankings are based on five components: student assessment, academic quality metrics, employer opinion, median starting salary and a “feeder school” score.

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The Mendoza College of Business currently enrolls 1,950 undergraduate students in five majors: accountancy, finance, marketing, management consulting, management entrepreneurship and IT management. After completing the University’s innovative First Year of Studies program, Notre Dame business majors enter the Mendoza College in their sophomore year.

The Mendoza College also offers graduate degree programs — including a Master of Business Administration, Executive Master of Business Administration, Master of Science in Accountancy, Master of Science in Business and Master of Nonprofit Administration — as well as non-degree executive education and nonprofit professional development programs.

Contact: Carol Elliott, director of newswriting, Mendoza College of Business, 574-631-2627,

Originally published by Carol Elliott at on April 04, 2014.