In its inaugural list of the 50 best undergraduate business programs in the United States, Poets & Quants selected the Carlson School of Management Undergraduate Program for the 12th spot. In addition, the school placed fifth on a list ranking the top 10 schools for academic experience. 

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Poets & Quants' rankings were begun at the request of business school deans who were unsatisfied with what is currently available on the market. Other lists are based solely on the opinions of deans and senior faculty members and do not measure the quality of incoming students, the academic experience, or employment outcomes.

The methodology used by Poets & Quants included three equally weighted categories:

  1. Admission standards that measure the quality of the incoming students
  2. Alumni perspective on the full educational experience, from the quality and accessibility of faculty to whether students had a “signature experience” or a global immersion to best prepare them for work and life
  3. Employment data, including internships before senior year, full-time employment within 90 days of graduation, and average compensation

Along with the rankings, Poets & Quants also published in-depth feature profiles on all 50 schools. Within the school profiles, much more data is revealed, ranging from percentage of students receiving scholarships, percentage of students graduating with debt, and where specific schools excel and perform worse compared to other schools.

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“This is the most thorough study of undergraduate business education ever undertaken, said John Byrne, editor-in-chief of Poets & Quants. “Never before has anyone gathered the wealth of data we will publish, from actual acceptance rates and average SAT scores to the schools with the best academic and career advising.”

Poets & Quants is the leading online publication for graduate and undergraduate business education news. Featuring multiple tools and authoritative content, it empowers business degree seekers with information they need to navigate their collegiate path.