Ranked #1 in Intern­ships, 25th in Overall Aca­d­emic Quality;
Stu­dents Give School A+ on Job Place­ment for Second Con­sec­u­tive Year

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(3–15-07) BOSTON, Mass. — North­eastern University’s Col­lege of Busi­ness Admin­is­tra­tion announced that its under­grad­uate busi­ness school is ranked 26th in the U.S. in Busi­ness­Week’s second annual ranking of the top 50 best under­grad­uate busi­ness schools. It was also ranked No. 1 in the Intern­ship cat­e­gory and 8th among pri­vate col­leges for return on stu­dents’ invest­ment (ROI). Stu­dents gave the Col­lege of Busi­ness Admin­is­tra­tion an A+ rating for job place­ment citing the tremen­dous value of its coop­er­a­tive edu­ca­tion (co-​​op) program.

North­eastern moved up 11 places from its ranking last year. “Northeastern’s Col­lege of Busi­ness Admin­is­tra­tion improved its ranking on sev­eral mea­sures,” said Louis Lavelle, B-​​school editor for Busi­ness­Week. “Also, stu­dents there are now earning about $50,000 a year, up from $45,000 in 2006.”

What does it take to be a leading busi­ness school? Great stu­dents, great fac­ulty and great pro­grams. We have all three,” said Thomas E. Moore, dean of the Col­lege of Busi­ness Admin­is­tra­tion. “It’s our unique blend of class­room and co-​​op that makes the dif­fer­ence,” Moore com­mented. Among col­leges in Mass­a­chu­setts, only MIT and Boston Col­lege were ranked higher.

Grad­u­ates of our Bach­elor of Sci­ence in Inter­na­tional Busi­ness (BSIB) pro­gram have been sought after by both global com­pa­nies head­quar­tered abroad as well as U.S.-based com­pa­nies with inter­na­tional offices. In the last sev­eral years alone, foreign-​​based com­pa­nies, including BMW, Daimler-​​Benz, Gucci, L’Oréal and Ver­sace have all hired BSIB grad­u­ates to work abroad. At the same time, BSIB grad­u­ates have gar­nered jobs at inter­na­tional offices of U.S. multi­na­tional cor­po­ra­tions, including Bain & Co., Bristol-​​Myers Squibb, JPMorgan, Lib­erty Mutual, PFC Energy and Raytheon,” remarked Peggy Fletcher, asso­ciate dean of under­grad­uate busi­ness programs.

In both the BSIB and the College’s Bach­elor of Sci­ence in Busi­ness Admin­is­tra­tion pro­grams, the com­bi­na­tion of aca­d­emic study and work pro­duces an overall learning expe­ri­ence that gives greater meaning to aca­d­emic studies and greater direc­tion to career development.

Rein­forcing the College’s rep­u­ta­tion as a school that delivers a “real-​​world” busi­ness edu­ca­tion through close part­ner­ships with the busi­ness com­mu­nity, Moore credits the College’s co-​​op employers with “pro­viding high quality posi­tions that chal­lenge our stu­dents, helping them to develop and mature professionally.”

To suc­ceed in the Busi­ness­Week under­grad­uate busi­ness school ranking, which incor­po­rates five mea­sures of stu­dent engage­ment, post-​​graduation out­comes and aca­d­emic quality, schools must be firing on all cylin­ders. Small classes, tal­ented fac­ulty, top-​​flight recruiting and a format that allows ultra-​​competitive stu­dents to delve deeply into busi­ness fun­da­men­tals were common denom­i­na­tors of the best schools.

In ranking the best busi­ness pro­grams in the United States, Busi­ness­Week teamed up with Boston’s Cam­bria Con­sulting and iden­ti­fied 93 col­leges that met strin­gent quality cri­teria, and then sur­veyed about 77,000 grad­u­ating seniors from 123 under­grad­uate pro­grams, asking them to rate their pro­grams on every­thing from cur­riculum and fac­ulty to facil­i­ties and grading poli­cies. To find out how stu­dents fared after grad­u­a­tion, the team sur­veyed 466 cor­po­rate recruiters and studied starting salaries and con­ducted a third survey of the busi­ness pro­grams them­selves. Busi­ness­Week also tapped into its store­house of data to deter­mine which schools send the most stu­dents to top MBA pro­grams. Busi­ness­Week’s com­plete rank­ings of the Top 50 Under­grad­uate Busi­ness Schools is avail­able in the March 19, 2007 issue of Busi­ness­Week and on Busi­ness­Week Online at http://​www​.busi​ness​week​.com/​b​s​c​h​o​o​l​s​/​0​7​/​u​n​d​e​r​g​rad.

About North­eastern University’s Col­lege of Busi­ness Admin­is­tra­tion: North­eastern University’s Col­lege of Busi­ness Admin­is­tra­tion, estab­lished in 1922, pro­vides its stu­dents – under­grad­uate, grad­uate and exec­u­tive – with the edu­ca­tion, tools and expe­ri­ence nec­es­sary to launch and accel­erate suc­cessful busi­ness careers. The Col­lege credits its suc­cess to expert fac­ulty, close part­ner­ships with industry, and its emphasis on rig­orous aca­d­e­mics com­bined with expe­ri­en­tial learning. Among many external mea­sures of suc­cess, Busi­ness­Week ranks the Col­lege 26th in its “Best Under­grad­uate B-​​schools”. The College’s Bach­elor of Sci­ence in Inter­na­tional Busi­ness pro­gram is ranked in the U.S. top 15 by U.S. News & World Report. Finan­cial Times ranks the College’s Exec­u­tive MBA pro­gram as one of the best in the world and U.S. News & World Report ranks the College’s part-​​time MBA pro­gram #20 in the country. For more infor­ma­tion about North­eastern Uni­ver­sity Col­lege of Busi­ness Admin­is­tra­tion, visit http://​cba​.neu​.edu.

For more infor­ma­tion, contact:

Dennis O’Connor
Par­a­digm Com­mu­ni­ca­tions (for North­eastern Uni­ver­sity CBA)
508–650-0100; Cell: (781) 883‑5109

About North­eastern: Founded in 1898, North­eastern Uni­ver­sity is a pri­vate research uni­ver­sity located in the heart of Boston. North­eastern is a leader in inter­dis­ci­pli­nary research, urban engage­ment, and the inte­gra­tion of class­room learning with real-​​world expe­ri­ence. The university’s dis­tinc­tive coop­er­a­tive edu­ca­tion pro­gram, where stu­dents alter­nate semes­ters of full-​​time study with semes­ters of paid work in fields rel­e­vant to their pro­fes­sional inter­ests and major, is one of the largest and most inno­v­a­tive in the world. The Uni­ver­sity offers a com­pre­hen­sive range of under­grad­uate and grad­uate pro­grams leading to degrees through the doc­torate in six under­grad­uate col­leges, eight grad­uate schools, and two part-​​time divi­sions. For more infor­ma­tion, please visit www​.north​eastern​.edu.