Poets&Quants’ Best Undergraduate Business Schools Of 2024

College of William & Mary, Mason School of Business


Several schools saw double-digit rises through our ranking in 2024, but none rose higher than William & Mary University’s Raymond A. Mason School of Business. Mason rose 20 spots to No. 48. That’s on top of the 17 spots it rose in 2023, climbing to No. 68 from No. 85.

In 2024, the Virginia-based business school scored its highest in Admission Standards, ranking 15th in the category, up seven spots in the category from last year’s ranking. That includes an admission rate of 24.7% (the 25th most selective school in the ranking), dropping 14 points from its 38.8% acceptance rate the school reported last year. Its Class of 2023 also posted a higher average SAT score of 1409 (compared to 1364 for the Class of 2022), and 74.2% of its Class of 2021 alumni reported in our alumni survey they finished in the top 10% of their high school graduating classes. 80.% reported being National Merit Scholarship finalists or semifinalists.

Two more schools rose 17 spots apiece: Carnegie Mellon University Tepper School of Business (ranked No. 29 overall) and Michigan State University Eli Broad College of Business (ranked 55th overall).

Tepper’s two-digit jump is on top of the 37 spots it rose in the 2023 ranking. It finished No. 8 in our Admissions Standards category (compared to 10th last year), posting a 9.4% acceptance rate which was the 11th most selective in the 2024 ranking. Its average SAT score of entering class was an impressive 1516, one of the top five averages posted. Tepper also reported that 96% of its undergrads completed a business related internship and employment rate of 94.57%. Its 2023 graduates earned an average first-year salary of $94,341 (the third highest in the ranking), and 83% of its graduates earned a signing bonus of $11,434 on average. In fact, Tepper ranked fourth out of the 91 schools in Career Outcomes.

Michigan Broad, meanwhile, ranked 37th in Career Outcomes, up 10 spots from 47th in the category in last year’s ranking. Its employment rate for job-seeking graduates from the Class of 2023 was 96.81%, up 1.86% from the year before. Those graduates also reported first-year starting salaries of an average of $70,379, 7.65% higher than the previous class. Broad also ended up 51st in Admission Standards (compared to 57th a year ago), and 77th in Academic Experience (compared to 78th).

Overall, seven schools rose 10 spots or more in the 2024 ranking, while five schools dropped the same amount.


Biggest Jumps
2024 Rank
2023 Rank
YOY Change
48 William & Mary (Mason) 68 20
29 Carnegie Mellon University (Tepper) 46 17
55 Michigan State University (Broad) 72 17
64 University of Georgia (Terry) 79 15
35 University of Tennessee-Knoxville (Haslam) 49 14
66 Ithaca College 78 12
33 Wake Forest University 43 10
Biggest Dives
2024 Rank
2023 Rank
YOY Change
61 Seton Hall (Stillman) 50 -11
73 University of Oklahoma (Price) 61 -12
46 Miami University (Farmer) 33 -13
56 Worcester Polytechnic Institute 42 -14
76 University of North Carolina-Wilmington (Cameron) 62 -14


If you compare the top 10 schools in the overall ranking with the top five finishers in each of our three ranking categories, you’re going to see a lot of the same names. But there is some variation.

No. 14 ranked Indiana University Kelley School of Business came second in Academic Experience based on responses from its alumni survey. On 17 survey questions getting at the heart of the student experience at Kelley, alumni rated it an average 9.1 out of 10 possible points. Further, 95.57% of alumni said their first job after graduation was in their desired industry.

Carnegie Mellon Tepper, ranked 29th overall, was a top-four finisher in Career Outcomes, as previously mentioned.

The table below shows the top five finishers in our three ranking categories, each accounting for a third of the final score.


Admission Standards
Admissions Rank
Admission Index Score
2024 Overall Rank
1 University of Pennsylvania (Wharton) 100.00 1
2 University of Southern California (Marshall) 90.32 2
3 Cornell University (Dyson SC John) 84.12 6
4 Georgetown University (McDonough) 83.95 3
5 University of Notre Dame (Mendoza) 83.11 7
Career Outcomes
Career Rank
Career Index Score
2024 Overall Rank
1 University of Pennsylvania (Wharton) 100.00 1
2 Georgetown University (McDonough) 94.71 3
3 University of Michigan (Ross) 93.10 5
4 Carnegie Mellon University (Tepper) 92.22 29
5 Cornell University (Dyson SC John) 91.27 6
Academic Experience
Experience Rank
Experience Index Score
2024 Overall Rank
1 University of Virginia (McIntire) 100.00 4
2 Indiana University (Kelley) 99.45 14
3 Georgetown University (McDonough) 97.75 3
4 University of Michigan (Ross) 97.64 5
5 Georgia Institute of Technology (Scheller) 97.16 10


We at Poets&Quants have always considered this project more than just a ranking. With thousands of data points collected from schools and alumni, it’s essentially the largest data reporting project we undertake.

And this year, like all previous years, we gathered loads of interesting data reflecting the state of undergraduate business education in the U.S. For example, it’s still very difficult to get into a top business school. Eleven schools had an acceptance rate of 10% or lower for students entering in the Fall of 2023. Just nine schools did so in our previous ranking. University of Pennsylvania (Wharton) had the lowest rate at 4.50%.

Five schools admitted classes that had an average SAT score of at least 1500, with New York University’s Stern School of Business leading the way for the second straight year. Its average of 1545 was 3 points higher than the Class of 2022.

And, two schools reported 100% employment for 2023 job-seeking graduates within three months of graduation: University of Richmond Robins School of Business (No. 18 overall) and Florida Southern College (No. 42). Another 25 schools reported employment rates of 95%

All 91 undergraduate business programs ranked by Poets&Quants are at the leading edge of business education, delivering a learning experience that transforms students’ sense of who they are and what they can do in the world. In fact, the ranked schools in this report reflect the top 12% of the more than 840 business schools accredited by AACSB International, the main accrediting body for business education.

The full ranking is presented in the following pages, along with a more detailed look at how every school fared in our three ranking categories. As always, in the next several days, we will publish even closer looks at many more metrics to offer the most comprehensive guide possible to prospective business school students evaluating their preferred schools. Some of these metrics are used directly in our methodology, some are not. Stay tuned for in-depth stories on acceptance rates, total compensation for first-year graduates, cost of top-ranked B-schools and more.

Page 3: Admission Standards rank
Page 4: Career Outcomes rank
Page 5: Academic Experience rank
Page 6: Final P&Q ranking of 2024


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