A national publication has included four universities in the state on its annual “Best Undergraduate Business Schools” list. The University of Notre Dame was once again ranked at the top by Bloomberg Businessweek. This is the fifth consecutive year the Mendoza College of Business has been ranked first overall.

The publication rated 152 undergraduate business schools based on student, employer and school data.

The schools from the state are:

1. University of Notre Dame Mendoza College of Business

8. Indiana University Kelley School of Business

51. Butler University College of Business

57. Purdue University Krannert School of Management

Source: Bloomberg Businessweek

April 4, 2014

News Release

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Butler University's College of Business (COB) received grades of A+ in Teaching and A+ in Placement in the Bloomberg Businessweek's 2014 Ranking of Best Undergraduate Schools.

Butler was ranked No. 51 overall of the 145 U.S. programs surveyed the listing announced on April 4. The COB also earned a No. 24 ranking nationally in academic quality and No. 30 as an MBA-feeder school rank.

COB's 98 percent placement rate for 2013 graduates – and five-year average placement rate of 97 percent – support the survey results, said COB Dean Chuck Williams.

“Butler College of Business is committed to giving undergraduates a real life, real business experience, through our four-year, structured career development program and other hands-on experiential learning,” Williams said. “Those experiences lead to career success.”

Highlights of COB's real life, real business programming include:

-An extensive four-year career development program where students are guided by their own career mentors. These former executives worked for companies such as Cummins, IBM, Smith Barney, and Eli Lilly and Company.

-The Freshman Business Experience course, in which first semester students develop a business plan and present it to executives, who select a few for possible start-up funding.

-The Real Business Experience course in which sophomores develop a business plan, present the plan to a board of local bankers and entrepreneurs to apply for up to $5,000 of start-up capital, and then, if desired, start and run the business.

-The Student-Managed Investment Fund, in which students invest $1 million in real money from Butler's endowment.

Since its debut on the Best Undergraduate list in 2010, Butler COB has been the only Indianapolis business school on the list.

In November, Businessweek ranked Butler's part-time MBA program as No. 57 in the nation in terms of overall quality, No. 19 in academic quality, and No. 11 among Midwestern programs.

The College of Business' undergraduate program was also ranked a “best” program in the latest U.S. News and World Report list.

About Butler University

Challenging and enabling students to meet their personal and professional goals has guided Butler University since 1855. Today, Butler is a nationally recognized comprehensive university that blends the liberal arts with first-rate pre-professional programs. It seeks to prepare each graduate not simply to make a living but to make a life of purpose, in which personal flourishing is intertwined with the welfare of others. Butler is known for its vibrant campus, superior academics and dedicated faculty. The University enrolls more than 4,400 undergraduate and graduate students in six academic colleges: Business, Communication, Education, Fine Arts, Liberal Arts and Sciences, and Pharmacy and Health Sciences. Located just six miles from downtown Indianapolis, Butler’s urban setting affords students internship opportunities that provide excellent graduate school and career preparation.

Source: Butler University

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