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Business Week: AEM is #10 in Nation

Not that we think rankings deserve the amount of attention they get, but Business Week has published it's 2007 list of the the best undergrad B-Schools. Cornell has jumped four spots to place tenth on the list, but still lags behind notable heavy hitters Wharton, McIntire, Sloan, and Stern.

Cornell is actually featured in an accompanying article, which stresses the breadth of courses that Cornell's AEM students can take. Sounds about right for an institution that endeavors to allow "any study".

In addition to the variety they encounter outside the business program, students get a second dose inside, where they're required, strangely enough, to take a full year of biology—thanks to the program's affiliation with Cornell's agriculture school—as well as five electives ranging from consumer behavior to emerging markets. They're also encouraged to look beyond the program for business-related courses, studying human relations in the School of Industrial & Labor Relations, or leadership in the Johnson Graduate School of Management, home of Cornell's MBA.

Here is the detailed list, with accompanying data. The program has roughly 700 students, with an average SAT score of 1330. (I wonder how many AEM students are athletes?...)

Admittedly, studying biology doesn't sound like the most appealing course of study for future Sherman McCoys. So it's unfortunate that the article fails to mention that if you want to go into business, Cornell's accredited business program might not even be the best option for you. The University's programs in engineering, industrial and labor relations, human ecology, and hotel administration all send many top grads out into the business world every year. I wouldn't be surprised if the University is rethinking the way it's undergraduate business program is oriented, especially in relation to the Ag school...

But of course, that's to say nothing about the myriad anthropology, history, or English majors who go onto Wall Street every year. You don't need to major in business to go into business.

Matthew Nagowski | Posted on March 09, 2007 (#)

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