For the third year in a row, the UC Irvine Paul Merage School of Business undergraduate program is ranked among the top 50 programs in the nation by U.S. News & World Report, this year coming in at No. 32 in the Best Business Programs rankings. Among public schools, the Merage School undergraduate program ranked No. 21.
“We are proud of the rigorous undergraduate program that we offer and happy to see that it is being recognized in this ranking and in the community,” said VC Choudhary, associate dean of Undergraduate Programs at the Merage School. “This year alone we received upwards of 11,000 applications for the 230 open slots in our program. This extraordinary demand from highly accomplished students allows us to be selective, and combined with the positive reinforcement we are getting from recruiters, should continue to drive our rankings upward.”
“We are delivering on our promise to provide undergraduate business education at the quality level associated with an elite business school,” said Eric Spangenberg, dean of the Merage School. “Our commitment is reflected in our ascent in the rankings and is a clear indicator of how capable we are at competing with other schools at our level.”
“We are extremely proud that our program continues to climb in the U.S. News rankings. Our rapid ascent can be attributed to the extraordinary demand for the program, the quality of students we recruit, and the vast ethnic diversity that exists within our faculty, staff and students,” said Denise Patrick, assistant dean of Undergraduate Programs.
Established in fall 2008, the Merage School undergraduate business program is the youngest business program among the top 50 included in the U.S. News rankings. Since its inception, the Merage School has graduated five cohorts of undergraduate students and has ranked among the top 50 schools since its inaugural listing in 2014.
Each year, U.S. News ranks undergraduate business programs accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB); the results are based solely on surveys of business-school deans and senior faculty. Participants were asked to rate the quality of business programs with which they’re familiar on a scale of 1 (marginal) to 5 (distinguished): 38 percent of those canvassed responded to the most recent survey conducted in the spring of 2016. Two years of data were used to calculate the peer assessment score. The full rankings report and methodology is available at www.usnews.com/colleges.