UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School


Top marks for UNC Kenan-Flagler


UNC Kenan-FlaglerRankings are an important measure of reputation in the competitive business school world, and UNC Kenan-Flagler consistently rates among the very best in the world.

And having those rankings on rise confirms what Doug Shackelford, new dean and long-time faculty member, says about the School.

“UNC Kenan-Flagler is in a stronger position than ever before thanks to strong leadership and the excellent work of our faculty and staff,” he said. “We have the best faculty and staff we’ve ever had. Our talented students are being recruited by more corporations and at higher starting salaries than ever before. Our research and alumni are making an impact around the globe, and our brand awareness is growing.”

The latest rankings include:

  • Bloomberg Businessweek ranked the Undergraduate Business Program No. 10 overall and No. 4 for public programs for the third year. The student survey rank went up one spot to No. 6 and the academic quality ranking improved two to No. 12, with repeats of A+ for both teaching and job placement.
  • U.S. News & World Report ranked the full-time MBA Program No. 19, an improvement of one spot from No. 20 last year. It ranked the Executive MBA Program No. 9.
  • The Economist ranked our alumni network No. 8 based on the extent to which our students benefit from the size, global reach and helpfulness of our alumni network.
  • LinkedIn ranked UNC No. 1 one for student and alumni networking and engagement among the nation’s top schools.
  • The Financial Times ranked UNC Executive Development No. 9 in the world and No. 4 in the United States for custom executive programs.

 “The power of the UNC and UNC Kenan-Flagler network traces its roots back two centuries, as the first public university in the United States, and those ties circle around the globe where over 32,500 UNC Kenan-Flagler alumni live in more than 80 countries,” said Shackelford.

“We are pleased with the rise in rankings of UNC Kenan-Flagler,” said Sridhar Balasubramanian ("Dr. B"), associate dean of the full-time MBA Program, Roy and Alice H. Richards Bicentennial Distinguished Scholar and professor of marketing. “That includes Forbes, which ranked the full-time MBA Program No. 11 for ROI, up from 16 in its last ranking, and No. 2 for public schools.”

UNC Kenan-Flagler is in a position of strength and poised for even greater success because it has invested in and enhanced the programs and student experiences, Balasubramanian said.

“Changes include new technology platforms for learning and career management, added career concentrations and electives and an even stronger Leadership Development program, for which UNC Kenan-Flagler is already recognized as being among the very best globally.”

Bloomberg Businessweek ranked the MBA Program No. 17 in 2012, its most recent overall ranking, along with specialty rankings of No. 7 for both leadership and sustainability. It is gearing up its new MBA ranking cycle to survey the MBA Class of 2014 and corporate recruiters.

Each ranking uses a different methodology – what it measures and who it surveys – so comparing them is problematic. The major media rankers of business programs – from undergraduate to MBA to Executive Development – are Bloomberg Businessweek, U.S. News & World Report, the Financial Times, The Economist, Princeton Review, América Economía (Latin America) and Expansión (Mexico).

The entire UNC Kenan-Flagler community plays a role in our rankings by the business media:

  • Students are surveyed by Bloomberg Businessweek, The Economist and Princeton Review.
  • Alumni are surveyed by The Economist, Financial Times and Forbes.
  • Corporate recruiters are surveyed by Bloomberg Businessweek and U.S. News & World Report.
  • Deans and program directors are surveyed by U.S. News & World Report.
  • Faculty research and data are collected by the Financial Times and Bloomberg Businessweek.

“We are fortunate that our faculty have an outstanding tradition of caring about students and do a great job inside and outside the classroom to help our students succeed,” said Balasubramanian. “Our staff works tirelessly to support the students, faculty and the School. Our students and our alumni are outstanding ambassadors and partners in helping us move forward – they are our greatest champions.”