BYU, University of Utah business schools on News and World Report's 'most popular' list

Published: Thursday, April 26 2012 12:10 p.m. MDT

The N. Eldon Tanner Building Addition on the campus of Brigham Young University houses the Marriott School of Business.

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Two business schools in Utah, Brigham Young University’s Marriott School of Business and the University of Utah’s David Eccles School of Business, have joined the ranks of Harvard and Stanford on U.S. News & World Report’s Most Popular Business Schools list.

The rankings were based on the schools’ yields, or the percentage of full-time applicants accepted to the schools that decide to enroll there.

The Marriott School of Business ranked 6th on the list, beating out Columbia University and Massachusetts Institute of Technology. BYU’s yield was 71.4 percent with 150 out of 210 applicants who enrolled. The school ranks as the 35th best business school overall.

“We’re grateful that so many top students are attracted to the vigorous academic and spiritually enlarging environment at BYU,” Gary Cornia, dean of the Marriott School of Management, said in a statement. “I believe our honor code, dress/grooming standards, and outstanding faculty, contribute to the development of gifted mangers and leaders who are positively impacting the world.”

U.S. News & World Report placed BYU as the ninth best school for accounting. The news group also lists “entrepreneurship” as one of the school’s specialties.

BYU’s business school had 309 students enrolled in 2011.

The David Eccles School of Business placed 10th and 84th in schools overall. The U.’s business school saw a 66.4 percent yield with 71 out of 107 applicants that enrolled in the school. U.S. News & World Report lists the school's specialties as “part-time MBA,” with 306 of its 470 students enrolled as part-time in 2011.

“This ranking is a valuable endorsement by our students and proof that they are energized by the Eccles MBA program,” Linda Wells, director of the David Eccles School of Business MBA program, said. “Students already know the excellent reputation of our faculty and alumni, and more recently they are responding to all the opportunities to transform their careers that the program offers, such as exploring their interests through out-of-state study trips, working high-caliber internships throughout the country and taking advantage of expanded entrepreneurial opportunities available to our students.”

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