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U.S. News & World Report Releases Annual Rankings Survey. Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business Ranked in Top Ten

April 06, 2003

U.S. News & World Report has released its annual rankings of America’s best graduate schools and The Fuqua School of Business’ daytime program is ranked number 7. Its executive MBA programs ranked No. 5 in the United States.

Says Dean Doug Breeden, “this #7 ranking is the second highest in the 33-year history of the Fuqua School in U.S. News & World Report, arguably the most reputable ranking for graduate schools. This is great news and a huge compliment to the entire Team Fuqua!”

Graduate program rankings are in the areas of business, education, engineering, law, and medicine. The rankings are based on expert opinion data about overall program quality and statistical indicators that measure the quality of a school’s faculty, research and students.

The statistical indicators measure the qualities that students and faculty bring to the educational experience as well as academic quality of the curriculum. In the business school category, job placement data is also a key factor, with particular attention being given to the immediate impact of students’ education, namely their starting salaries after graduation and the length of time it takes to find jobs.

Other factors are the results of opinion surveys conducted with nearly 7,000 academic peers on 1,000 schools and corporate recruiters. Average GPA scores, GMAT scores and acceptance rates are also examined.

Fuqua’s executive MBA programs fared extremely well, Breeden said, and are important because of their prominence at the school.

While all the rankings are significant to admissions recruiting and other efforts, Dean Breeden adds that they “are only a snapshot of what a limited number of people think of us. To us, Fuqua is much more than that, and we are well on our way to being the best business school in the world.”