Undergraduate business program cracks top 50 in Businessweek rankings
Smithfield, R.I. -- Bryant University’s undergraduate business program now ranks among the top 50 in the country, according to the 2014 Bloomberg Businessweek rankings, released April 4th. Bryant was ranked 49th, continuing a steady rise in this ranking and affirming Bryant’s status as a premier institution for undergraduate business education.
“Businessweek’s recognition of the excellence of our programs highlights Bryant’s leadership role in delivering an innovative education that stands out among those of the elite business schools in the country,” said Bryant University President Ronald K. Machtley.
The ranking "highlights Bryant’s leadership role in delivering an innovative education"
“The University’s distinctive offerings and nationally recognized curriculum, which integrates business and the liberal arts with a global perspective, distinguish Bryant from other universities. This accomplishment could not have been achieved without the expertise and dedication of our faculty, the hard work and diligence of our students, and the leadership of our entire academic team.”
The schools were ranked by a combination of academic quality indicators, student surveys, feedback from employers in the business community, and median salaries. The employer survey ranked Bryant 18th out of the 132 undergraduate programs reviewed, affirming Bryant’s strength in preparing students for success.
A selective university with top accreditations and strategic affiliations, Bryant University regularly receives prestigious national and international rankings:
- U.S. News & World Report ranked Bryant second in the region last year for up-and-coming universities, the ninth consecutive year Bryant has appeared on the list;
- The International Business program was ranked 16th in the nation by Bloomberg Businessweek in 2013, the third consecutive year it has risen in the ranking;
- The Princeton Review ranked Bryant among the “Best 378 Colleges” in the U.S. on Aug. 6th.
This Bloomberg Businessweek ranking follows the recent reaccreditation of Bryant University’s College of Business by the prestigious AACSB International, The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business, achieved under the leadership of Interim Dean V.K. Unni, D.B.A. Bryant’s business programs have been AACSB-accredited since 1994.
"Bryant continues to set itself apart as one of the most innovative schools in its peer group,” said Richard Joseph, interim provost and chief academic officer. “I am honored to be joining Bryant at such an exciting time in its 150-year history.”
“We determine the success of our business program based in part on the careers that our students have pursued, the jobs that they have accepted, and the paths that they have chosen to take,” said Madan Annavarjula, Ph.D., associate dean of the College of Business. “In 2013, more than half of our students had job offers before they even walked on the stage at graduation.” Within six months of commencement, Bryant’s Class of 2013 reported that 98 percent were employed or enrolled in graduate school, a clear indicator of the value of the Bryant degree.