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Pitt Business Climbs to Top 20 in U.S. News & World Report

US News rankingThe University of Pittsburgh College of Business Administration improved to #20 among U.S. public schools and #31 among all U.S. schools in the 2018 U.S. News & World Report Best Undergraduate Business Programs ranking, released today.

With an improvement of seven spots overall, Pitt Business tied with Case Western Reserve University for having the highest climb of schools ranked in the Top 40.

The ranking is the highest at Pitt Business since 1997. About 50 schools participated in the U.S. News ranking then, compared to the 183 schools who participated this year.

The U.S. News ranking is based solely on the judgements of deans and senior faculty members at peer schools.

“I am extremely pleased by our high ranking in U.S. News & World Report, which is further evidence that our mission of taking students from the classroom, to the city, to the world is having an incredible impact on the lives of our students,” says Audrey J. Murrell, associate dean of Pitt Business and the director of the David Berg Center for Ethics and Leadership.

“In particular, Pitt Business benefits from its location in the City of Pittsburgh, where we’re able to take advantage of close relationships with leading companies to offer unparalleled networking access and experience-based learning opportunities for students,” Murrell says.

Pitt Business recently created Professional Academies in Hospitality Management, Real Estate Finance, and Sales to give students hands-on, extra-curricular experience in fast-growing industries through workshops taught by industry partners.

Pitt Business also offers Industry Professional Networks (IPNs) in Analytics, Consulting, Energy, Healthcare, and Investments. Facilitated by the school’s Executives in Residence, the IPNs give students a broad overview of an industry and introduce them to leading practitioners.

In 2017, Pitt Business received the Innovations that Inspire Award from the ACCSB International---the premier accrediting agency for business schools worldwide—for the creation of its Academies and IPNs programs.

Global business is also a major part of the Pitt Business experience. This past year, 55 percent of students participated in at least one study abroad experience. The percentage was the highest at the University of Pittsburgh, and was a factor in the University receiving the prestigious Senator Paul Simon Award for Campus Internationalization from NAFSA.

“At Pitt Business, we’ve increasingly taken steps to integrate career development into our study abroad experiences by now giving students an opportunity to complete international internships and take business-centric courses through our Global Business Institute and International Internship Program,” Murrell says.

Starting in summer 2018, the school will begin offering its Woodcock Global Honors Fellowship for incoming, high-achieving honors students. The program provides an international experience in Dublin, Ireland prior to the start of the fall semester.

Other Rankings

Pitt Business is ranked #20 among U.S. public schools and #40 among all U.S. schools in the Poets&Quants

Pitt Business is ranked #21 among U.S. public schools and #49 overall in Bloomberg Businessweek.