Fairfield University business school makes top 100 list

Bloomberg Businessweek has named Fairfield University's Charles F. Dolan School of Business one of its top 100 undergraduate business schools in the nation.

The selection came after the Dolan School applied to be a part of the publication’s list for the first time.

"Being in the top 100 is an important recognition of the School's accomplishments," said Donald E. Gibson, the school’s dean and a professor of management. "We are ranked at number 83 — excellent for our first time on this much anticipated annual list."

Received an A grade for teaching quality

The methodology for the rankings included nine measures of student satisfaction, post-graduation outcomes, employer/recruiter opinion, and academic quality that takes in consideration criteria such as the amount of business majors with internships.

The Dolan School received an A grade from students for teaching quality, and scored well as a "feeder" to highly-ranked MBA graduate programs.

The Fairfield University school also has been named to U.S. News & World Report's list of best undergraduate business schools.

‘Robust arts and humanities core’

According to the Bloomberg Businessweek profile, "At the undergraduate level, in addition to their business course work, students benefit from Fairfield's robust arts and humanities core, which provides a well-rounded, socially and culturally relevant educational opportunity.

“This rich learning experience, coupled with a dedicated internship office and a variety of study abroad options, enable Dolan undergraduates to enter the marketplace well-prepared and with distinct competitive advantages,” continues the profile.

Many graduates work in financial services

In the profile’s career section, it was pointed out that the largest area of employment (47%) of Dolan School graduates is in financial services. PricewaterCoopers and Deloitte are among the top employers. The average starting salary for graduates is $51,884.

Singled out as top areas of study were accounting, finance, general management, international business, marketing and entrepreneurship.

View Bloomberg Businessweek’s fill list at http://www.businessweek.com/articles/2013-03-20/best-undergraduate-business-schools-2013#r=most%20popular.