We have made great efforts in recent years to enhance the learning experience and quality of education for our students by providing more opportunities and access to new tools and business leaders—and our efforts are paying off.
I am happy to share with the School of Management community that the 2013 U.S. News & World Report “Best Undergraduate Business Programs” rankings were just released, and this year we are ranked #72. For reference, we have progressed from #88 in 2011 to #81 in 2012 and now are at #72 in 2013.
Other schools that we are tied with at #72 include Brandeis, Northeastern, UMass-Amherst, Richmond, and Villanova, among others.
In addition, George Mason University was ranked #1 for “Up-and-Coming Schools” (up from #2 in 2012, and #5 in 2011).
We are also currently ranked in the following:
- Best Part-Time MBA: George Mason School of Management ranked #59
- National Universities: George Mason University ranked #138 (up from #143 last year)
To put these rankings in perspective, there are more than 13,000 schools worldwide that offer business programs. U.S. News & World Report considers nearly 500 AACSB-accredited business schools in the U.S. for these rankings.
These accomplishments are stepping stones on our path to reach our goal of becoming a top 50 ranked business school and speaks to the excellent work that our faculty and staff have done over the past year to improve our programs and the student experience.
- Thanks to a $25,000 grant from the Walmart Foundation, the George Mason University School of Management’s Plan for Academic and Career Excellence (PACE) website received an upgrade before the 2012 fall semester. PACE is designed to keep the school’s students on track with academic and career goals.
- Our Bloomberg terminals in the finance department are another tool available to students. These terminals are the same terminals used by major financial corporations and provide real time trading data, industry level analysis and other financial data to students.
- Additional opportunities for students include major-specific honors programs, faculty-mentor program, partnerships with the business community, internships, clubs, lecture series, special events, and much more.
It takes our entire community of faculty, staff, alumni, students and friends to make great achievements and we should all be very proud.
The ancient Greek philosopher Aristotle once said, “We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.”