"Students leave better prepared to be successful business leaders in a diverse and global workforce." - Assistant Dean Robert Kurland.

Rutgers Business School-Newark is highly ranked for diversity and return on investment

2017 Poets & Quants ranking lists undergraduate program No. 2 for diversity and No. 15 for return on investment among U.S. business schools

Poets & Quants ranked the undergraduate program at Rutgers Business School-Newark No. 78 in its 2017 Best Undergraduate Business Programs.

In the second annual Poets & Quants listing, Rutgers ranked ahead of such schools as University of Delaware, Ohio State and St. John’s University.

When it comes to return-on-investment, the Newark undergraduate program landed in the No. 15 spot, according to Poets & Quants. The ranking was based on a five-year return-on-investment analysis.

Rutgers Business School-Newark came out ahead of a number of other Big 10 business schools in the area of return on investment, including Penn State, Michigan State, University of Minnesota and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Robert Kurland, associate dean of the undergraduate program at Rutgers Business School-Newark, said the rankings confirm what the RBS community already knows about “our quality programs and services.”

“Students who graduate from RBS-Newark leave better prepared to be successful business leaders in a diverse and global workforce,” he said.

Rutgers Business School-Newark – like the entire Rutgers University-Newark campus – continually ranks among the most diverse college campuses in the U.S.

Students graduating from the Rutgers B-STAR program in 2016.
Incoming freshman celebrate their graduation from the Business Student Transition at Rutgers (B-STAR) program at Rutgers Business School.

Rutgers Business School-Newark won more high marks for its diversity, earning the No. 2 spot among U.S. business schools for enrolling the most minorities, according to Poets & Quants. It also ranked No. 5 for enrolling the most first-generation students.

Poets & Quants compiled the ranking based on the percentage of new students who described themselves as the first-generation of their families to attend a U.S. college. The diversity ranking reflects students from under-represented minority groups in the Class of 2017.

Charles Brown, Rutgers Business School’s assistant dean for diversity programs, said it was an honor to receive the No. 2 ranking for enrolling the most minorities.

“To know that the work we do each day has contributed to this distinction makes us all very proud,” he said.

“The mission of Rutgers Business School’s Office of Diversity Programs is aimed at enhancing the ability of RBS to attract highly qualified students from under-represented minority backgrounds and economically disadvantaged circumstances,” Brown said. “Our award-winning B-STAR program takes these same under-represented minority and first-generation college students and helps them navigate the challenging transition between high school and college and subsequently, the transition from college to business professionals in a global and diverse world.”

“To know that the work we do each day has contributed to this distinction makes us all very proud.” - Charles Brown, Rutgers Business School's assistant dean for diversity programs.

In the area of total compensation for new graduates, Rutgers Business School-Newark landed at No. 44.

Poets & Quants bases its rankings equally on admission standards, alumni surveys and employment outcomes. The survey debuted in 2016 and was expanded in 2017 to include 82 business schools of the 521 AACSB accredited schools. The inaugural survey included 50 of those schools.


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