The best business degree can put you on the fast track to success. However, a good education isn't all about making big money; our rankings also consider faculty quality, academic environment, and school atmosphere.
1. University of Pennsylvania
University of Pennsylvania was named the best college to receive an undergraduate business degree and the second-best school for an MBA by BusinessWeek. For undergraduates, the magazine took note of the high quality of teaching, top students, and a four-year program that allows students to delve into the essentials of business from their first days on campus. The Princeton Review ranked the college first for best overall academic experience. It was also named the best undergraduate business program by U.S.News.
Website: University of Pennsylvania
Harvard was the top school on a Forbes list of best business degrees, approaching their rankings from the viewpoint of which school provided the best return on investment. Harvard ranked ninth in The Princeton Review's list of schools with the best professors and was fourth in BusinessWeek's list of top MBA schools.
3. University of Chicago
BusinessWeek named Chicago the top MBA degree, with student survey respondents especially appreciating the opportunity to create a tailored curriculum. Chicago was third in Forbes' business school rankings.
Website: University of Chicago
4. University of Virginia
Falling at number two on BusinessWeek's list, the University of Virginia was actually number one among student survey respondents. As a small public school, it offers a different environment from many of the other top-ranked business degrees, but it doesn't lose out on quality.
Website: University of Virginia
5. Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
MIT was named the second-best undergraduate business college by U.S.News. MIT ranked third on The Princeton Review list for best academic experience, and came in sixth in BusinessWeek's rankings. BusinessWeek gave the school an A+ in teaching quality, facilities and services, and job placement.
Website: Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
6. University of California - Berkeley
The University of California at Berkeley came in third on the BusinessWeek list, with the magazine citing its top faculty and students, and it also tied for third in U.S.News' rankings. Keeping up the trend, The Princeton Review found it to be the third-best school in terms of opportunities for women.
Website: University of California - Berkeley
7. University of Michigan - Ann Arbor
The University of Michigan at Ann Arbor tied for third in the U.S.News list of top undergraduate business programs. It was ranked fifth on both BusinessWeek lists. The magazine notes that a lack of grades at the graduate level places the focus back on the work, while the undergraduate program is known for action-based learning.
Website: University of Michigan - Ann Arbor
8. Queen's University
Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario, Canada topped BusinessWeek's list of top international business degrees. The magazine recommends heading outside the U.S. for a truly global perspective on business, and Queen's provides an intense program with lots of personal attention.
Website: Queen's University
9. Stanford University
The Princeton Review named Stanford tops for future career prospects. BusinessWeek ranked the MBA program sixth and Forbes found it to have the seventh-best return on investment.
Website: Stanford University
10. Emory University
With its challenging courses and experienced professors, the undergraduate program at Emory University ranked fourth at BusinessWeek.
Website: Emory University