BusinessWeek Ranks Colorado State University Among Nation’s Best for Undergraduate Education

BusinessWeek magazine this week announced the Colorado State University College of Business as one of the top undergraduate business programs in the country.

The magazine surveyed more than 85,000 graduating seniors on such topics as the quality of teaching and overall student satisfaction. The magazine also interviewed 600 corporate recruiters on where to find the best graduates, curricula and career services. The issue is on newsstands on Monday, March 2.

Colorado State moved up to 67th on the list – 30th among all public schools listed in the 2009 BusinessWeek rankings. The college ranked 14th among all colleges and universities in the West and Southwest.

"This honor from BusinessWeek speaks to the tremendous job our faculty are doing in providing high-quality instruction for our students," said Colorado State Interim President Tony Frank. "Even more rewarding is knowing our students will have the skills they need to be a successful in their careers after they graduate."

Other Colorado schools ranked in the BusinessWeek report included the University of Colorado at No. 89. A complete list of schools is at

"The College of Business undergraduate program is making a difference because of the commitment and dedication of faculty and the quality of the students we attract," said Ajay Menon, dean of the college. "The goal of the college is to provide a world-class educational experience for its students, and toward that end, we have also made a concerted effort to develop innovative programs, expand some career-related preparation and engage new industry and alumni connections to the college."

The BusinessWeek honor is yet another example of the international acclaim the college has obtained for its programs.

To make room for more students and programs, construction started in September on a $17.5 million expansion of Rockwell Hall, home to the College of Business. The project will feature 44,000 square feet of program space, including nine new classrooms, a 112-seat grand auditorium, a financial data lab and a student forum. All new classrooms will be equipped with state-of-the-art technologies to provide students with the most up-to-date information and knowledge in preparation for a fast-paced, ever-changing workplace.

Colorado State’s College of Business includes the departments of Accounting, Computer Information Systems, Finance and Real Estate, Management, and Marketing. The college also houses the Center for Entrepreneurship, the Center for Business Ethics and Social Issues, the Everitt Real Estate Center, the Institute of Transportation Management and the Center for the Study of Global Business.

The newest program in the college – a master of science in business administration with a focus on global social and sustainable enterprise – ultimately will help some of the world’s three billion people who live on less than $3 a day. In this 18-month master’s degree, students learn to use entrepreneurial, sustainable approaches to address the great global challenges of poverty, environmental degradation and poor health. The first cohort of students in this program graduated in December 2008.

Other recent recognition for the college:

-The Princeton Review, a New York-based education services company, consistently names Colorado State’s MBA programs in the College of Business among the best in the nation. The college has earned kudos for having one of the top 10 best administered programs. Colorado State is one of 296 colleges listed in the 2009 edition of Princeton Review’s annual guide, featuring two-page profiles on the school’s academics, student life, admissions and career/placement programs. A complete list of the schools is posted on The Princeton Review Web site at

– Kiplinger magazine has named the MBA program as one of the top "big name" programs in the country that offers the degree at a distance.