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Pitt Business Named #11 Public Business School

Enjoying the fastest rise of any program, the University of Pittsburgh College of Business Administration soared to No. 11 among U.S. public institutions and No. 26 in the U.S. overall in a 2017 ranking of undergraduate business programs released today by Poets & Quants, a leading online publication for business education.

Pitt Business was also ranked as the No. 1 public business school in the state of Pennsylvania. Additionally, Pitt Business was the No. 1 public business school for academic advising and the No. 7 public business school for career advising. 

“Our position as a Top 15 public program in the 2017 Poets & Quants report is another clear confirmation that our mission of taking students from the classroom, to the city, to the world is paying dividends for our students,” says Audrey J. Murrell, associate dean of Pitt Business and director of the David Berg Center for Ethics and Leadership.

“Our students are prepared not just for successful careers but also for lives of significance. The quality of our academic programs and faculty, the strength of our partnerships with corporate recruiters, and the global reach of our alumni network gives our students a significant competitive advantage,” Murrell says.

The 2017 Poets & Quants ranking is based upon three categories: admissions, academic experience, and employment outcomes. Each category is equally weighted.

Experiencing the top rise of any program, Pitt Business improved 14 spots in the ranking. Last year, Pitt Business was ranked No. 20 among U.S. public business schools and No. 40 in the U.S. overall.

The strong showing in Poets & Quants continues the trend of Pitt Business climbing in external rankings. Among notable recent achievements.

  • U.S. News & World Report – No. 20 among U.S. public business schools and No. 31 among all U.S. schools. The 2018 ranking was the highest in more than 20 years.
  • Bloomberg Businessweek – No. 20 among U.S. public business schools and No. 49 among all U.S. schools.  Additionally, Pitt Business was ranked No. 4 among public business schools for recruiters and No. 9 overall for academic advisors.

“At Pitt Business, we truly are a school on the rise, and what drives this trend is our commitment to experience-based learning, the advantages from our urban location in the City of Pittsburgh, and our innovative portfolio of programs that get students engaged outside the classroom,” Murrell says.

For example, earlier this year Pitt Business launched Mentoring Match, a powerful platform that allows students to connect with alumni for career advice and personalized support. Students are able to search for alumni based on a range of factors including industry, geographic location, job title, and company.

To further connect students with recruiters, Pitt Business also offers the Professional Academies and Industry Professional Networks programs. The Academies — which include Sales and Real Estate Finance — are taught by industry partners and lead to employment opportunities. The Industry Networks are taught by the school’s Executive in Residence and offer an introduction into in-demand fields such as Analytics, Consulting, Energy, Health Care, and Investments. 

Pitt Business also continues to lead the way in international programs. The school’s 55 percent participation rate is among the highest level in the country. Students have access to Pitt’s full portfolio of programs in over 75 countries, as well as innovative, affordable programs from the Pitt Business International Programs Office, which have a business focus. These include Plus3, the Woodcock Global Honors Fellowship, the Global Business Institute, and the International Internship Program.