Businessweek has just released its Best Undergraduate Business Schools 2011 ranking. While Businessweek isn't the only magazine ranking universities, it is certainly one of the most popular. Businessweek has a reputation for thoroughly researching its ranking and a desire to be a true reflection of the business world's perspective.
How to Use the Rankings
University and program specific rankings can be a reasonably approximation of how people in the industry and academia view particular schools. In general, schools higher on the list tend to be more well-known and respected in the industry. Rankings also can provide a starting point for creating your college shortlist. The list will at least let you know which top schools in the USA offer your specific major. The first 10 to 25 schools on the list will probably be highly selective and competitive. If you've got high grades and a strong SAT score, you're probably a reasonable match for these universities. Choose a few schools from the list and research them on their college websites. The last 10 to 25 will be the opposite: less competitive and easier to get into than the top schools.
How Not to Use Rankings
Don't let the rankings decide which universities you're going to apply to! Just because the top 10 are listed and you think you can get accepted doesn't mean that they are a good fit for you. Be sure to research each one and make sure you would like to live and learn there for 4 years. We've provided links to each university of the list to help with your research.
10 Best Undergraduate Business Schools 2011
For the full rankings and accompanying special report, visit Businessweek.com.
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