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Villanova School of Business Ranked as #1 Undergraduate Business School in the Nation by Bloomberg Businessweek

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VILLANOVA, Pa.—The Villanova School of Business (VSB) was ranked as the #1 undergraduate business school in the nation in the 2016 Bloomberg Businessweek ranking, released today. Over the past decade, VSB has consistently been recognized among the top business schools in the country.

“This external recognition underscores our commitment to providing a truly exceptional academic experience for our students,” said the Rev. Peter M. Donohue, OSA, PhD, Villanova University President. “We take great pride in preparing our students for success in whatever path they choose. This ranking affirms that commitment and demonstrates the enormous value of a Villanova degree.”

Bloomberg Businessweek’s best undergraduate business schools ranking is determined by student and employer satisfaction, as well as student internship and recent graduate salary statistics. VSB performed well in a number of categories, particularly the employer survey (#2), student survey (#10) and internships (#15).

“Villanova’s performance in the Bloomberg Businessweek ranking validates the quality of our undergraduate business program,” said Patrick G. Maggitti, PhD, Villanova University Provost and former Dean of the Villanova School of Business. “It is another tremendous affirmation of Villanova’s focus on student outcomes and the return on investment that we deliver for our students and their families. I am honored to work alongside our impressive students, faculty and staff who made this recognition possible.”

The outcomes for VSB graduates are also among the nation’s best. For the class of 2015, nearly 99% of graduates are employed or pursuing a graduate degree. The average starting salary for VSB graduates is $60,278.

“I could not be prouder to be a part of this great community of students, alumni, faculty and staff. Our performance in this ranking highlights the exceptional student experience we offer here at VSB, and the success of our alumni in the workforce,” says Daniel Wright, PhD, Interim Dean. “Our focus is and will continue to be developing business leaders for a better world!”

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The Villanova School of Business (VSB) undergraduate program is ranked #1 in the nation by Bloomberg Businessweek and has been at the forefront of business education since it was founded in 1922. Serving over 2,500 undergraduate and graduate students, VSB is home to six Centers or Institutes of Excellence (the Daniel M. DiLella Center for Real Estate, the Center for Business Analytics, the Center for Global Leadership, the Center for Marketing & Consumer Insights, the Center for Church Management & Business Ethics and the Innovation, Creativity, and Entrepreneurship (ICE) Institute) with each center and institute designed to foster innovative, cross-disciplinary research and teaching opportunities for business faculty. VSB is known for academic rigor; creativity and innovation; hands-on and service learning opportunities; a firm grounding in ethics; and an applied education that prepares students to become outstanding leaders and global citizens within the ever-changing, complex, and fast-paced world of business. For more, visit

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Since 1842, Villanova University’s Augustinian Catholic intellectual tradition has been the cornerstone of an academic community in which students learn to think critically, act compassionately and succeed while serving others. There are more than 10,000 undergraduate, graduate and law students in the University's six colleges – the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, the Villanova School of Business, the College of Engineering, the College of Nursing, the College of Professional Studies and the Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law School of Law. As students grow intellectually, Villanova prepares them to become ethical leaders who create positive change everywhere life takes them. For more, visit