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Daniels School makes giant leap in undergraduate rankings


With the largest jump of any school in the top 30, Purdue’s Mitchell E. Daniels, Jr. School of Business rose nine spots to #21 in this year’s U.S. News & World Report’s undergraduate business program rankings. It’s the school’s highest ranking, which is based on the opinions of business school deans and program directors, since 2018.

“It’s gratifying to see that the announcement of the Daniels School launch and its aspirations has had a positive impact,” says Jim Bullard, Dr. Samuel R. Allen Dean. “We believe our trajectory will continue as we fully implement our strategy and position our school as the leader in the intersection of business and technology.”

Plans for the reimagined school were announced in September 2022. A significant university investment, coupled with a major fundraising initiative, is creating an educational experience that integrates business with technology, features transformational learning experiences, and emphasizes key communication principles.

“We want our students to enter the workforce ready to lead today’s technology-driven world and to shape the businesses of the future,” says Kelly Blanchard, associate dean for undergraduate programs. “By combining world-class teaching with hands-on experiences, including case competitions, study abroad options, and internships, we are equipping our graduates to be far ahead of their peers as they begin their careers.”

In addition to the overall program, specialty areas also are ranked by reputation. The Daniels School has five areas ranked in the top 30:

  • Production/Operations Management-#8
  • Quantitative Analysis-#10
  • Supply Chain/Logistics-#10
  • Analytics-#12
  • Marketing-#29

“We’re pleased to see our traditional strengths, such as operations management and quantitative analysis, continued to be highly respected by our peers,” Bullard says. “The recognition of our analytics offerings is important, as that area is integrated throughout all of our undergraduate programs and vital to our mission moving forward.”

The rankings were officially released on September 18.