Which colleges are graduating the most students with majors in business excluding specialty schools? I looked at schools with at least a 49% or better four-year graduation rate because “graduating” is an important part of this question. In terms of absolute numbers, the top 15 are pretty much large universities, almost all public universities with two exceptions, Indiana Wesleyan University and Bentley University.
Not surprisingly, these two universities are on the list of the top 15 institutions with the highest percentage of graduates with business majors. These 15 colleges were all private and tended to be on the small size with Indiana Wesleyan University being the largest at just under 10,000 full-time undergraduates. The percentage of business majors ranged from 41% to 95% at Bentley University. Continue reading
Common Data Set
Percent Freshman not in top quarter of class: 34%
Percent Freshman with GPA <3.50: 39.5%
Percent of Freshman Need Met: 93.9%
Percent of Non-Need Freshman Receiving Awards: 20.5%
Average Freshman Non-Need Award: $9,984
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Located on 13,000 acres referred to as the Domain
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Yale Directed Research Program
Theatre Semester in New York
Haiti Institute in Sewanee
Babson Center for Global Commerce
Center for Religion and Environment
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Percent Freshman not in top quarter of class: not reported
Percent Freshman with GPA <3.50: 59%
Percent of Freshman Need Met: 72%
Percent of Non-Need Freshman Receiving Awards: 42.5%
Average Freshman Non-Need Award: $2,769
Undergraduate Research Support Program
Center for Renewable Energy
Institute for Geospatial Analysis and Mapping
Center for Adoption Studies
Katie School of Insurance and Financial Services
Institute for Entrepreneurial Studies
Institute for Financial Planning and Analysis
Professional Sales Institute
Gamma Phi Circus
Applied Social Research Unit
There is no official definition of what is a flagship university. In general, when people talk about flagship universities, they are referring to the most prominent public university of their state. It is usually the first public university that was established in the state and receives the most state support.
It seems to me that one of the appeals of attending a nationally recognized college would be to interact with other students from across the nation. And from a more cynical perspective, it allows that school to be “nationally” recognized.
Out of curiosity, I downloaded the “residence and migration of first-time freshman” from the Integrated Post-Secondary Education Data System (IPEDS) database for a select number of colleges. I picked the colleges based on general prominence and an eye to geographic diversity–no sort of scientific rational involved. Continue reading
There is a guest post on College Inc by Patricia McGuire, president of Trinity Washington University, arguing that college graduation rates are bad data.
No, they aren’t.
To crib from the gun rights advocates, the information isn’t bad, it’s how it’s being used that is bad. For some reason, Ms. McGuire seems to think that people are using graduation rates to decide if Harvard or Trinity Washington is a better school. Continue reading