As high school seniors begin to decide on where they spend their college years, most of whom will enroll in the nation’s undergraduate business schools, they will find Fordham’s Gabelli School of Business — both undergraduate and graduate programs— appealing institutions, according to recent rankings.
Bloomberg Businessweek released its annual Best Business Schools ranking on Nov. 16, and ranked the Gabelli School of Business’s MBA program No. 59 in the nation, an improvement of 13 spots from its No. 72 ranking in 2015.
The business publication Poets & Quants also released a ranking, its first, in which it ranked Fordham’s undergraduate Gabelli School of Business No. 31.
The top graduate business schools, according to Bloomberg are Harvard, Stanford and Duke.
New York University’s Stern School of Business moved seven spots from last year, from No. 24 to No. 17 in the Bloomberg ranking.
Boston College’s rank remained stagnant at No. 48, while Georgetown’s ranking moved down 8 spots, from No. 26 to No. 34.
In the Poets & Quants ranking, Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business was ranked No. 4. New York University’s Stern School of Business followed at No. 9, while Boston College’s Carroll School of Management did not make the list.
The Bloomberg Businessweek ranking employs a methodology that uses employer surveys, alumni surveys, student surveys and job placement rates. Employer surveys had the most weight in the rankings.
Poets & Quants uses admissions standards, the academic experience as judged by alumni and employment outcomes, all with equal consideration.
Donna Rapaccioli, dean of the Gabelli School of Business, said improvements in the Businessweek ranking are encouraging.
“It is encouraging to see the full-time MBA program continue its upward trajectory in Businessweek. As a school, we are investing in that program, which remains the standard by which graduate business schools are evaluated,” said Rapaccioli. “I greatly appreciate everything our faculty and administrators have done to enhance the MBA curriculum, improve job-placement and starting-salary outcomes, and strengthen the ties between MBA students and Fordham alumni. “