2017 Best Colleges for Business Methodology

The 2017 Best Colleges for Business ranking is based on rigorous analysis of academic, admissions, financial, and student life data from the U.S. Department of Education along with millions of reviews from students and alumni. Learn where our data comes from.

Factors Considered

Factor Description Source Weight
Business Student SAT/ACT Scores Composite SAT/ACT scores (normalized to the same scale) of students majoring in Business at the school. Scores are self-reported by students on Niche.com. Self-reported by Niche users 25.0%
Overall Niche Grade Overall Niche Grade, which incorporates statistics and student surveys regarding all aspects of the student experience, such as academics, value, professors, diversity, local area, campus quality, safety and student life. Niche 25.0%
Business Program Demand A ratio of the number of Niche users interested in the Business program compared to the size of the program. Self-reported by Niche users 10.0%
Business Student Surveys Niche survey responses scored on a 1-5 scale regarding the overall experience of students and alumni who major in Business. Self-reported by Niche users 10.0%
Percent Majoring in Business Percent of undergraduate students at each school who major in Business. U.S. Dept. of Education 7.5%
Percent of U.S. Business Graduates Percent of total annual Business graduates nationally that come from this program. U.S. Dept. of Education 7.5%
Business Program Demand Within School A ratio of the number of Niche users interested in the Business program compared with other majors at the school, normalized by the size of each program. Self-reported by Niche users 5.0%
Business Test Scores Compared to School’s Comparison of SAT/ACT scores of students majoring in Business compared to all other majors at the school. Scores are self-reported by students on Niche.com. Self-reported by Niche users 5.0%
Business Research Expenditures Total expenditures dedicated to research in Business. National Science Foundation 2.5%
Business Research Expenditures per Student Total expenditures dedicated to business research per full-time undergraduate student majoring in the field. National Science Foundation 2.5%

 

This ranking assesses 1,054 4-year colleges and universities. To be included, the school must confer at least 20 bachelor’s degrees in the field annually or have the major represent at least 2.5% of all bachelor’s degrees conferred by the school. Statistics obtained from the U.S. Department of Education represent the most recent data available, usually from 2014–2016, as self-reported by the colleges.

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