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Dec. 2017

Poets & Quants undergrad ranking logo 2017

Poets & Quants undergrad ranking logo 2017

Leavey School of Business Undergraduate Program Ranked No. 16 in the Nation

The undergraduate business program at Santa Clara University’s Leavey School of Business has been ranked among the best in the nation by Poets&Quants for Undergrads’  “Best Undergraduate Business Schools” exclusive ranking.

SANTA CLARA, Calif., Dec. 5, 2017—Santa Clara University’s Leavey School of Business has been named No. 2 in California and No. 16 nationally in the Best Undergraduate Business Schools ranking by Poets&Quants for Undergrads. In one of the most comprehensive assessments of undergraduate business programs, the study ranked 82 business programs in the United States based on admissions standards, academic experience, and employment outcomes.

 “Our undergraduate business program provides an excellent, well-rounded business education, which prepares our students for the challenges they will face in their careers and makes us a destination of choice for Silicon Valley companies looking to hire,” said Caryn Beck-Dudley, dean of the Leavey School of Business. “We are extremely proud to be ranked among the top in the nation.”

 The editors of Poets&Quants said the 82 business schools in the ranking are “all extraordinary, each in the top 10 percent to 15 percent of accredited institutions.” Among the top 25, the findings revealed that the average total compensation, including starting salary and bonuses, for graduates is $70,370. Robust starting salaries allow students to get a head start in the highly competitive job market and begin payments on student loan debt.  

 “This is THE most thorough data-driven study of undergraduate business education ever undertaken," said John A. Byrne, founder and editor-in-chief of Poets&Quants for Undergrads. "At a time when parents and students are confronting ever increasing tuition bills and levels of debt, the return-on-investment of a degree is more important than ever. We measure those returns and it's no wonder that more parents are encouraging their children to major in business. The best business schools are a no-brainer investment because they are reporting record or near-record starting salaries and job placement for their graduates. What we've produced is an invaluable resource for students trying to make smart decisions about where to get the best education for a successful career.”  

 Learn more at the Poets&Quants for Undergrads site.

 About Leavey School of Business
Located in the heart of Silicon Valley, one of the most dynamic business environments in the world, the Leavey School of Business combines academic excellence in the 450-year Jesuit tradition, with an energetic, innovative spirit that typifies the region. For more information, see

About Santa Clara University
Santa Clara University, a comprehensive Jesuit, Catholic university located 40 miles south of San Francisco in California’s Silicon Valley, offers its more than 9,000 students rigorous undergraduate curricula in arts and sciences, business, and engineering; master’s degrees in business, education, counseling psychology, pastoral ministry, and theology; and law degrees and engineering doctoral degrees. Distinguished nationally by one of the highest graduation rates among all U.S. master’s universities, California’s oldest operating higher-education institution demonstrates faith-inspired values of ethics and social justice. For more information, see

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