Villanova School of Business Ranked #11 in the Nation by BusinessWeek

For Immediate Release
February 26, 2009

PHILADELPHIA–26 February 2009–The Villanova School of Business (VSB) placed #11 in BusinessWeek’s fourth annual ranking of undergraduate business schools nationwide, published today. This represents a two-point jump for Villanova, which placed #13 last year. The ranking is based on faculty and educational quality, professional development, business relevance, and student satisfaction.

“We are honored to see Villanova’s commitment to excellence and the quality of our business students, faculty, and staff recognized through this national ranking,” said VSB Dean James M. Danko. “The BusinessWeek results confirm our strong, consistent position among the top business schools in the United States.”

Villanova School of Business is known for its strong liberal arts foundation, its state-of-the-art Applied Finance Lab and learning facilities, and its Augustinian focus on service and volunteerism. Over the past several years, VSB has received recognition on the national stage for its rankings performances as well as its innovative achievements. A radically-redesigned undergraduate curriculum was introduced to incoming freshmen in 2008, and the VSB faculty has restructured itself and redefined its evaluation system. Financial giving to the school has increased five fold, and student applications and student quality have reached unprecedented levels.

“Especially in light of the economic challenges we now face, young business leaders need to approach the practice of global business with increasing agility and openness to change. It’s our job to teach them how to solve problems creatively and holistically—and to remain deeply committed to their ethical responsibilities throughout their careers,” said Danko. “We’ve been entrusted by our students—and their parents—to provide this return on their educational investment. Today’s BusinessWeek ranking provides positive affirmation that we’re doing this successfully.”

Established in 1922, the Villanova School of Business serves over 2,500 students across its undergraduate and graduate programs. BusinessWeek ranks the VSB part-time MBA program #11 in the nation and the VSB executive MBA #18 in the nation. VSB is home to faculty research centers including the Center for Global Leadership, the Institute for Research in Advanced Financial Technology, the Center for Marketing and Public Policy Research, the Center for the Study of Church Management, and the Daniel M. DiLella Center for Real Estate.