Best Colleges for Business in 2012

By: Susanna Cerasuolo, M.Ed.
It seems like more and more students are interested in majoring in Business these days.  With the growing focus on social entrepreneurship, philanthropreneurs, and social ventures, today’s generation is very interested in using their business skills to improve the lives of others.  With that in mind, check out these eight top business programs, where students receive solid training to change the world:
Babson College

  • A business school offering BA and MBA degrees.
  • Top entrepreneurship program in the US, and top 5 in the world.
  • Proximity to Boston.
  • Innovative teaching and learning.
  • Has the most undergrad students who own and run businesses while in college.
  • Excellent internships and strong sustainability programs.
  • Top custom programs.
  • Integrated student body.

Bentley University

  • A business school offering BA, MBA and PhD degrees.
  • Service learning is very prominent.
  • Fabulous integration of technology in state-of-the-art facilities.
  • Fuses business with Arts and Sciences.
  • Proximity to Boston.
  • Kiplinger Best Value College 2012.
  • Excellent teaching, great facilities and terrific job placement.
  • Very high freshmen retention rate.
  • Great economic diversity.

Carnegie Mellon University

  • A global research university.
  • 10:1 student-faculty ratio.
  • Tepper Business School students declare both a business track and a minor in another discipline.
  • Great advising.
  • Strong job placement.
  • Accelerated MBA program.
  • Blends technical skills, liberal arts, and management for a breadth of experience.

Indiana University, Bloomington

  • Kelley School of Business, with BA, MBA/MSIS/MSA, and PhD degrees.
  • Integrated core curriculum, award-winning faculty.
  • 30 partnerships with international universities.
  • Strong on campus recruiting and internship programs.
  • Focus on teamwork among students and faculty.
  • Large, active alumni network (95,000).

University of Michigan

  • Ross School of Business offers BBA, MBA/Masters, and PhD degrees.
  • New MsE program, Master of Entrepreneurship through Business and Engineering.
  • Excellent on campus recruiting and alumni network.
  • Focus on action-based learning, women and minorities.
  • Very strong in leadership development and management.


  • Stern School of Business offers BA, MBA, MA and PhD degrees.
  • Integrates NYC into learning experience.
  • Very strong in research, with 10 Research Centers.
  • Three Nobel Prize winning faculty.
  • Diverse student body; values ability to relate to and communicate across borders.
  • Cohort system fosters collaboration.
  • Entertainment, Media and Technology Program.

University of Pennsylvania

  • The Wharton School is the first business school in the world, offering BA, MBA and PhD Degrees.
  • 287K alumni.
  • Flexible curriculum with over 30% of undergrads double majoring.
  • Famous guest speakers and faculty.
  • Top recruiting, career services and internships.
  • Two thirds of undergraduates do not need to pursue MBA’s. Meets 100% of financial need.


  • Marshall School of Business offers BA, MBA and PhD degrees.
  • Access to industries in LA.
  • More than 80% of students study abroad.
  • A global focus through a core curriculum with flexibility.
  • Travel-study required for MBA’s.
  • Very active in local community/social responsibility.
  • Strong recruiting on campus.
  • Emphasis on entrepreneurship and collaboration.

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