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(5–22-06) BOSTON, Mass. — North­eastern University’s Col­lege of Busi­ness Admin­is­tra­tion announced that its under­grad­uate busi­ness pro­gram is ranked 37th in the United States by Busi­ness­Week. In its first ranking of the top 50 under­grad­uate busi­ness schools, Busi­ness­Week reports that stu­dents give the Col­lege an A+ rating for job place­ment and cite the tremen­dous value of its co-​​operative edu­ca­tion pro­gram. BusinessWeek’s ranking and the pos­i­tive feed­back of the College’s stu­dents rein­force its rep­u­ta­tion as a school that delivers a “real-​​world” busi­ness edu­ca­tion through close part­ner­ships with the busi­ness community.

Stu­dents and recruiters alike rec­og­nize the strengths that make us unique, including our one-​​of-​​a-​​kind inter­na­tional and co-​​op pro­grams, and the top-​​flight quality of our fac­ulty,” said Peggy Fletcher, Asso­ciate Dean of under­grad­uate pro­grams at the university’s Col­lege of Busi­ness Administration.

The five-​​year pro­gram includes four years of study and up to three, six-​​month pro­fes­sional work (co-​​op) expe­ri­ences. This com­bi­na­tion of aca­d­emic study and work pro­duces an overall learning expe­ri­ence that gives greater meaning to aca­d­emic studies and direc­tion to career devel­op­ment. Stu­dents develop an under­standing of the con­nec­tions between class­room theory and pro­fes­sional work expe­ri­ence, and fine-​​tune their career objec­tives before com­mit­ting to a career path.

Our stu­dents tell us that the co-​​ops make them better busi­ness school stu­dents, and the busi­nesses that recruit here tell us that the hands-​​on busi­ness expe­ri­ence makes our grad­u­ates more suc­cessful busi­ness leaders,” said Thomas Moore, Dean of North­eastern Uni­ver­sity Col­lege of Busi­ness Administration.

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 also common denom­i­na­tors of the best schools.

In ranking the best busi­ness pro­grams in America, Busi­ness­Week teamed up with Boston’s Cam­bria Con­sulting and iden­ti­fied 84 col­leges that met strin­gent quality cri­teria, then sur­veyed nearly 100,000 busi­ness majors, 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 2,000 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 May 8, 2006 issue of Busi­ness­Week and on Busi­ness­Week Online at http://​www​.busi​ness​week​.com/​b​s​c​h​o​o​l​s​/​u​n​d​e​r​g​r​a​d​u​a​t​e​/​i​n​d​e​x​.​h​tml.

About North­eastern Uni­ver­sity Col­lege of Busi­ness Admin­is­tra­tion:
North­eastern Uni­ver­sity 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. Among many external mea­sures of suc­cess, U.S. News & World Report ranked the College’s bach­e­lors pro­gram in inter­na­tional busi­ness 13th in the US and Forbes ranked North­eastern the 4th most entre­pre­neurial campus in the US. The Col­lege credits its suc­cess to a close part­ner­ship with industry; rig­orous aca­d­e­mics com­bined with the oppor­tu­nity to apply learning in the work­place for stu­dents; and fac­ulty research focused on busi­ness appli­ca­tion. For more infor­ma­tion about North­eastern University’s Col­lege of Busi­ness Admin­is­tra­tion, visit http://​cba​.neu​.edu.

About North­eastern: North­eastern Uni­ver­sity, located in the heart of Boston, Mass­a­chu­setts, is a world leader in practice-​​oriented edu­ca­tion and rec­og­nized for its expert fac­ulty and first-​​rate aca­d­emic and research facil­i­ties. North­eastern inte­grates chal­lenging lib­eral arts and pro­fes­sional studies with the nation’s largest coop­er­a­tive edu­ca­tion pro­gram. Through co-​​op, North­eastern under­grad­u­ates alter­nate semes­ters of full-​​time study with semes­ters of paid work in fields rel­e­vant to their pro­fes­sional inter­ests and major, giving them nearly two years of pro­fes­sional expe­ri­ence upon grad­u­a­tion. The majority of North­eastern grad­u­ates receive a job offer from a co-​​op employer. Cited for excel­lence four years run­ning by U.S. News & World Report, North­eastern has quickly moved up into the top tier rankings-​​an impres­sive 35 spots in four years. In addi­tion, North­eastern was named a top col­lege in the 2006 edi­tion of the Princeton Review’s annual “Best Col­leges” issue. For more infor­ma­tion, please visit http://​www​.north​eastern​.edu.