The Carlson School Undergraduate Program tied at 15th place with Emory University, Georgetown University, and the University of Illinois, Urbana Champaign in the U.S. News and World Report’s 2017 rankings of the Best Undergraduate Business Programs. The Carlson School also placed in the top 20 in five other areas: third in Management Information Systems, 13th in Production/Operations Management, 14th in Management, 15th in Marketing, and 19th in Supply Chain Management/Logistics.

The U.S. News undergraduate business school rankings are based solely on the judgments of deans and senior faculty members at peer institutions. In spring 2016, U.S. News surveyed deans and senior faculty members at each undergraduate business program accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB). These deans and faculty members were asked to rate the quality of all programs with which they were familiar on a one to five scale.

U.S. News also asked those same respondents to nominate the 10 best programs in business specialty areas. A school or program had to receive seven or more nominations in a specific specialty area to be listed. Schools offering any courses in a specialty are eligible to be ranked in that specialty. Schools did not need to have a listed program or major in a specialty area to be ranked in that specialty area.