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Lally School Ranked No. 34 in BusinessWeek’s Top Undergraduate Business Programs
For the fourth year in a row, Rensselaer’s Lally School of Management & Technology ranked in the top 50 undergraduate business programs in the U.S. in BusinessWeek’s Top Undergraduate Business Programs 2010. Lally was ranked at No. 34, advancing two places from its 2009 ranking.

Lally continues to deliver high-quality business education in one of the most personalized classroom settings of the top programs. Of the 139 programs eligible for ranking by Business Week, Lally’s program was the third smallest as measured by overall enrollment of 379 students, eighth smallest by faculty student ratio of 11.0, and had an average class size of 31 students. At the same time, Lally graduates are well prepared for career success: median starting salaries for Lally graduates, at $55,000, ranked seventh highest among schools surveyed, tying with 13 other schools, including No. 1 ranked Notre Dame, and several top-10 schools such as Cornell, Boston College, University of Virginia, and UC Berkeley/Haas. Students reported finding jobs most often in technology, financial services, and consulting firms with companies such as Avenity, Microsoft, and Cisco Systems.

BusinessWeek also cited student survey quotes on entrepreneurship training at Lally: “I think Rensselaer is one of the only schools that stresses entrepreneurship very heavily in the curriculum. I will feel very comfortable getting together with colleagues in the near future and starting a business, thanks to the skills that I have developed at Rensselaer.”

BusinessWeek began publishing annual rankings of undergraduate business programs in 2006. To identify the top undergraduate business programs, BusinessWeek’s methodology includes nine measures of student satisfaction, postgraduation outcomes, and academic quality. The data for these measures comes from BusinessWeek and third-party surveys of more than 85,000 graduating business seniors, corporate recruiters that hire business majors, and statistics from the schools themselves. Each year’s survey results are combined with weighted results from the prior two years to get a consistent picture over time.
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Inside Rensselaer
Volume 4, Number 6, April 2, 2010
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