Bloomberg Businessweek ranks the Stillman School of Business #65 in its 2016 listing of the "Best Undergraduate Business Schools." The Stillman School rose 13 spots and is one of only three from New Jersey to make Bloomberg's Top 100.
While the publication has ranked undergraduate business programs since 2006, for this year they updated the methodology, placing greater focus on the outcome they feel most students want from a B-school - "the brightest possible career path."
With this in mind, they based the ranking on four main metrics:
- Employer Survey (40 percent of total score)
- Student Survey (35 percent)
- Starting Salary (15 percent)
- Internship (10 percent)
Of the four categories, the Stillman School received a Top 55 rank for both the “starting salary” and “internship” categories.
This is supported by the School’s mission and its focus on career outcomes. For example, Stillman graduates boast a 95% employment rate in a career-related field six months after graduation, and have an average starting salary of $50,000, with accounting majors averaging a starting salary of $56,000. Moreover, most Stillman students have at least one internship, with many securing two or more prior to graduation.
In addition to the internship opportunities, Stillman School students often give high marks to the School’s Centers. In these “applied learning labs” there is the opportunity for undergraduate and graduate students to track markets in the School’s mock Trading Room, conduct market research for a local business in a Market Research Center project and conduct sports polls commissioned by ESPN in the Sports Polling Center. For those with an entrepreneurial spirit, there is also the Center for Entrepreneurial Studies and its annual Pirate's Pitch competition which provides seed money to student finalists to invest in their business idea.
While not directly measured in the Bloomberg Businessweek survey, the School’s focus on business leadership is also receiving national recognition, with The Gerald P. Buccino '63 Center for Leadership Development earning, for the second year in a row, a #1 ranking in the Leadership 500 Excellence Awards.