Warrington No. 1 in undergraduate value in Businessweek rankings

Gainesville, Fla. – The Warrington College of Business Administration earned a Top 50 spot in the Businessweek Top Undergraduate Programs rankings released March 9, 2007, including a #1 ranking for Return on Investment (ROI), based on starting salaries versus tuition cost. Florida’s overall ranking was #43 in the U.S., up four spots from last year, and #17 among public programs. UF also scored well with recruiters and for high SAT scores (1300 avg.) Here are some additional highlights:
UF’s rankings:

  • Overall among all schools: #43
    • Among publics: #17
  • Overall Return on Investment #1
  • Recruiter ranking among publics: #5
  • SAT ranking among publics: #7
  • Academic quality ranking among publics: #21
  • Student satisfaction ranking among publics: #25
  • MBA feeder school ranking among publics: #28

The rankings were based on responses to a survey of about 77,000 graduating seniors at 123 eligible programs. Besides surveying students, BusinessWeek polled 466 recruiters for companies that hire thousands of business majors each year. In addition, BW drew on 2002, 2004, and 2006 MBA surveys to create a “feeder school” measure, which shows schools that send the most grads to 35 top MBA programs identified in previous BusinessWeek rankings. The academic quality assessment is comprised of five equally weighted measures: average SAT scores, ratio of full‐time faculty to students, average class size, the percentage of business majors with internships, and the hours students spend every week on schoolwork. The student survey counted for 30% of the final ranking; recruiter survey, 20%. Starting salaries and the MBA feeder school measure each counted for 10% and the academic quality measure contributed the remaining 30%.