December 6, 2016
Dallas (SMU) – The SMU Cox School of Business Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) degree program debuted at No. 17 in the inaugural Poets & Quants for Undergrads’ Best Undergraduate Business Program 2016 rankings, released Dec. 5.
The publication ranked 50 undergraduate business programs from across the U.S. equally on three criteria: admissions standards, the academic experience as judged by alumni from the Class of 2014 and employment outcomes.
SMU Cox BBA alumni ranked SMU No. 9 in the nation for academic experience. In conjunction with its online coverage of the rankings release, Poets & Quants for Undergrads cites SMU Cox as a business school that excels “in delivering an academic experience that exceeded expectations.”
This is the first time the online publication has conducted a rankings survey among undergraduate business schools, and according to a statement made by John Byrne, editor of Poets & Quants for Undergrads, it is “the most massive amount of data and content specific to undergraduate business education ever published at once.” Byrne stated in the publication that Poets & Quants opted to conduct an annual undergraduate ranking “after being asked to do so by several business school deans, frustrated and deeply disappointed by earlier ranking efforts from other organizations.”
“We are pleased that this new ranking validates the hard work of our faculty, students and staff, and we are proud that our new undergraduate program is ranked in the top 20 of this new, data-driven survey,” said Albert W. Niemi, dean of the Cox School of Business. “No matter the ranking or the methodology, though, we know that we consistently offer SMU Cox students an exceptional opportunity to earn their business degrees in a world-class business city, where they have direct access to acclaimed business professors and respected business professionals.”
Earlier in 2016, Bloomberg Businessweek ranked SMU Cox’s undergraduate program No. 21 in the nation — the second consecutive ranking at No. 21 in that publication. The 2016 Bloomberg Businessweek undergraduate rankings survey, which the publication announced it will no longer conduct after this year, ranked 114 U.S. schools based heavily on career outcomes. Bloomberg Businessweek also currently ranks the SMU Cox Professional MBA program No. 7 in the nation; the SMU Cox Full-Time MBA program No. 31 in the nation; and ranked the SMU Cox Executive MBA program no. 3 in the world in 2013, the last year the publication ranked EMBA programs.
Additional information about the new Poets & Quants for Undergrads’ 2016 rankings can be found online.
About SMU Cox
The Cox School of Business was originally established in 1920 on the campus of Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas and named in honor of benefactor Edwin L. Cox in 1978.
SMU Cox offers a full range of undergraduate and graduate business education programs, including the BBA, Full-Time MBA, Fast Track MBA, Professional MBA (PMBA), Executive MBA (EMBA), Dual Master of Science in Engineering/MBA, Master of Science in Accounting, Master of Science in Business Analytics, Master of Science in Finance, Master of Science in Management, Master of Science in Sport Management and Executive Education. The school also offers a number of unique resources and activities for students, including the Business Leadership Center (BLC), the Caruth Institute for Entrepreneurship, the Folsom Institute for Real Estate, the Maguire Energy Institute, the Global Leadership Program and the Associate Board Executive Mentoring Program, as well as an international alumni network with chapters world-wide.