Poets&Quants Ranks Bauer BBA Among Top Programs

Published on January 11, 2021

Bauer Undergraduate Program Ranked on Best Undergraduate Business Schools 2021 Assessment

The C. T. Bauer College of Business advanced by 21 spots in an annual ranking of undergraduate schools released by Poets&Quants (P&Q). The ranking affirms Bauer’s significant strides forward in boosting admission standards, enriching the academic experience, and improving employment outcomes, the three metrics used by P&Q to determine the rankings of best business schools.

In the Best Undergraduate Business Schools 2021 assessment, the Bauer College earned an overall rank of 33, 21 places higher than the previous year’s overall ranking. It ranked #15 among public schools, compared to last year’s ranking of 23.  

While Bauer posted substantial improvements in all subcategories that contribute to the overall ranking, its biggest gain was fueled by strong gains in student employment outcomes, a surge of 38 places, in a category that represents the most fundamental goal of Bauer students to secure a high-quality job upon graduation.

According to the assessment, Bauer placed in the top 20 percent this year in the employment statistic, with an adjusted average salary and signing bonus of $59,555, P&Q reported. Bauer ranks 16 out of 90 schools in student employment outcomes, compared to 81 out of 97 last year.

“The advancement in the rankings signifies the continuous improvement of the Bauer College in terms of the quality of students, the creation of a truly student-centered experience, and an unwavering commitment to student success,” said Dean and Cullen Distinguished Chair Professor Paul A. Pavlou.

“A notable component of this ranking is the meteoric rise of 38 spots in employment outcomes, elevating the placement rate of virtually all of our graduates (94.87 percent) who were seeking employment with an average starting salary at almost $60,000. Here at the Bauer College, we prepare our students to be ‘job ready’ on day one through industry projects, experiential learning, internships, and other real-life experiences.”

The P&Q ranking is calculated using a representative survey of more than 6,100 alumni and school-reported data. Recent grads across the 93 schools were surveyed on aspects of faculty availability, extracurricular opportunities, and accessibility of the alumni network.

P&Q named the Bauer College among the nation’s Top Value Business Schools  in March of 2020.

The college launched an ambitious five-year Strategic Plan last year with initiatives designed to improve metrics, such as those measured in the P&Q ranking, and notably placement success.  The overarching vision is to be a world-class business school that transforms lives, organizations, and society.

“Moving forward, beginning this fall, we will also be offering our nationally-ranked undergraduate program in an online mode, thus allowing more students to obtain the Bauer undergraduate degree and propelling their career success,” Pavlou added.

By Julie Bonnin