US News & World Report

Pamplin moved up in U.S. News & World Report’s 2015 rankings of the nation’s best undergraduate business programs with an overall ranking of 39th, which represents a 23rd ranking among public institutions.

In its overall ranking, the college ties with Boston University; College of William and Mary; University of California, Irvine; University of Pittsburgh; and the University of South Carolina.

In the 2014 rankings, Pamplin was 43rd overall and 26th among public schools.

Strengthening the program

Pleased by the move up, Pamplin Dean Robert Sumichrast said giving students the best business education available anywhere is one of the four goals of the college’s new strategic plan.

Sumichrast, who became Pamplin dean in July 2013, has taken actions that include recruiting more faculty to further strengthen teaching, particularly in the areas of business intelligence and analytics, innovation through entrepreneurship, and international programs; remodeling the Pamplin atrium to promote studying and networking; and launching a new speaker series featuring young alumni.

We’re continuing to work to give students a superlative educational experience, Sumichrast said.

Top 3 percent

With approximately 1,500 business schools in the U.S., Pamplin’s rank puts it among the top 3 percent. The U.S. News business school ranking is based on a survey of deans and senior faculty at schools that have earned accreditation by AACSB International, the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business.

The magazine’s America’s Best Colleges 2015 rankings were released in September.


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