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W. P. Carey School ranks among nation's best

March 30, 2010

Because of the recession, everyone’s looking for a bargain. When it comes to a college education, the W. P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University ranks among the best values. In a new list, Bloomberg BusinessWeek names the W. P. Carey School among the Top 20 public business schools for “Return on Investment.”

The new rankings for undergraduate programs compare the amount of money spent on annual tuition with the median base salary students receive at graduation. Not surprisingly, public schools were much better bargains than private schools overall. However, even among the public schools, the W. P. Carey School of Business ranks No. 17 in the nation. It’s the top ranking for any Arizona school and third highest for any public school in the Western United States.

The article explains, “The continuously rising costs of an already expensive college education, combined with a still-slumping economy, make the return on investment (ROI) that students get from attending one business school over another more important than ever.”

Undergraduate students graduating from the W. P. Carey School of Business average an impressive $6.54 for every dollar spent on annual tuition.

“We have some of the best faculty members in the country, and we’re offering a top-tier business education with the relatively low tuition levels of a state school," said W. P. Carey School of Business Dean Robert Mittelstaedt. "This really allows us to recruit some of the top students in the country and to change lives through education.”

The W. P. Carey School of Business has received several other recent high rankings, further demonstrating the excellence of the school. The W. P. Carey MBA is ranked among the Top 30 MBA programs in the country by U.S. News & World Report. The evening MBA program is ranked Top 25 among part-time MBA programs. The school was also just named Top 25 in the world for business school research productivity, according to the University of Texas at Dallas.