UNH Whittemore School Named
One Of Top 100 Graduate Business Schools In The Nation By U.S.
News & World Report
Contact: Lori Wright
UNH Media Relations
April 1, 2005
DURHAM, N.H. – The Whittemore School of Business and Economics
at the University of New Hampshire has been named one of the top
100 graduate business schools in the nation by U.S. News &
World Report, breaking into the elite top 100 national ranking
for the first time.
The Whittemore School is ranked 83 in the nation, a position also
held by Northeastern University and Pepperdine University. Previously,
the Whittemore School’s highest ranking by U.S. News &
World Report was 133 for its undergraduate programs, which occurred
in 2003 and 2004. The 2006 ranking is considered one of the most
prestigious among business schools and marks a watershed moment
for the Whittemore School as it is recognized nationally as one
of the best business schools in the country.
The ranking is based on the school’s MBA programs, the excellence
of which are considered by many in business and academia as reflective
of the quality of a business school as a whole. The Whittemore School
offers an Executive MBA, and full- and part-time MBA programs in
Durham and Manchester. The school also offers an MA in accounting
and an MA and PhD in economics, a MS in Management of Technology
and undergraduate programs in business administration, economics,
and hospitality management.
“The quality and comprehensiveness of the Whittemore School’s
graduate programs have been one of the best-kept secrets in the
region for many years, but now our secret is out at a national level.
The business school is a leader in innovative and cutting-edge programs
that serve the changing needs of students seeking an outstanding
business education. This recognition by U.S. News & World
Report is a testament to the success of those efforts,”
UNH President Ann Weaver Hart said.
According to a 2004 survey of enrolled students conducted by UNH
Admissions, the Whittemore Schools’ reputation was named a
top critical factor that influenced the decision to attend UNH.
The Whittemore School was the only school or college at the university
specifically identified as one of the top 10 critical influencers
regarding the decision to enroll.
“We are both proud and excited about this national recognition
of our programs, students, faculty and staff. It demonstrates what
can be accomplished with hard work and good people”, said
Steve Bolander, dean of the Whittemore School. “Such recognition
is testimony to the partnerships that we have built with industry,
and to the continuing support that we receive from our alumni. This
ranking comes at a time when the school will be announcing even
more new and exciting programs. We recognize, however, that there
is still room for improvement and we are committed to continuing
The national ranking by U.S. News & World Report comes
just four months after the business school was named one of the
Top 25 Most Entrepreneurial Colleges by The Princeton Review
and Forbes.com, ranking 10th in the nation.
U.S. News & World Report surveyed all 391 master's programs
in business accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate
Schools of Business. The ranking was based on surveys of business
school deans and directors of accredited programs, and corporate
recruiters and company contacts. The ranking also was based on placement
success, measured by mean starting salary and bonus, and employment
rates for full-time M.B.A. program graduates. Also considered in
the overall ranking were the mean GMAT scores of students selected
for graduate enrollment, mean undergraduate GPA scores, and the
proportion of applicants accepted by the school.
The 2006 rankings will be available Friday, April 1, on the U.S.
News & World Report website at http://www.usnews.com/usnews/rankguide/rghome.htm
and on newsstands Monday, April 4.