Undergrad Program Leaps 75 Spots in Just Two Years

New Pulichino Tong Business Center under construction
As the Manning School of Business continues to rise in the national rankings, so too does its new home, the Pulichino Tong Business Center, on North Campus.


The Manning School of Business’s undergraduate and graduate programs continue to climb in the national rankings, both on campus and online.

In the 2016 U.S. News and World Report Best College Rankings, the Manning School’s undergraduate business program ranked No. 191 — a jump of 75 spots from No. 266 just two years ago.

“While there is much room for continued improvement, this ranking puts us in the select company of ranked AACSB-accredited undergraduate business programs,” says Manning School interim Dean Scott Latham. “This latest ranking shows the college is on the right path.”

The Manning School’s part-time master’s of business administration (MBA) degree was tied for 84th in the Best Graduate School Rankings, up slightly from two years ago.

In the Best Online Graduate Business Program Rankings (excluding MBA), the Manning School’s master of science in accounting (MSA) program climbed to No. 41, a 37-spot jump from 2015. The Manning School’s online MBA rose 28 spots, coming in at No. 69 in the latest Best Online MBA Program Rankings.

CEO Magazine, meanwhile, named the Manning School’s MBA as one of 69 Tier One programs in North America, a list that includes other premier institutions such as Boston University, Georgetown and Temple. In CEO Magazine’s Global Online MBA rankings, the Manning School was No. 13.

And in the Military Times’ fourth-annual Best for Vets survey, the Manning School was 32nd overall on a list of 77 recommended schools, up 12 spots from the previous year.

“We are very proud of this ranking, along with our graduate program rankings,” Latham says.

“All of these rankings are the result of hard work across the university, but specific credit goes out to (Director of Institutional Research) Julie Alig and her team for pulling the data together, and (Director of Graduate Programs) Leticia Porter for managing the process.”

Latham adds that rankings are computed differently depending on the ranking body, “but in general it’s a mix of reputation and student metrics, including the GPA of students coming into the college, their class rank and standardized test scores.”