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College of Business receives outstanding ranking
BusinessWeek ranks Ohio University 62 among undergraduate business programs

ATHENS, Ohio (March 27, 2007) -- The Ohio University College of Business has just been ranked 62 in BusinessWeek's 2007 rankings for the best undergraduate business schools.

The magazine, which ranked 93 out of the more than 120 national programs it considered, identified Ohio University's College of Business because of the interdisciplinary nature of the curriculum. "Students applaud required business clusters as a way to connect class work with real-life business problems," BusinessWeek stated in the rankings.

Rather than teach core subjects as discrete units, the College of Business combines traditionally independent classes into a cluster -- one integrated class taught by a team of professors. The 200-level cluster combines management, marketing, management information systems and professional communication. The 300-level cluster combines professional communication, finance, operations management and business strategy.

Student teams are challenged to solve authentic business problems, often with live clients. Students learn and integrate key concepts, and also gain practical experience in leadership, time management, teamwork, problem solving and analytical thinking. 

For the rankings, BusinessWeek surveyed nearly 80,000 business majors at top schools and conducted a poll of undergraduate recruiters, and compiled starting salaries for graduates, the number of graduates each school sent to top MBA programs, average SAT scores and student-faculty ratios. 

A complete list of the top schools is available at http://bwnt.businessweek.com/bschools/undergraduate/07rankings/index.asp.

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Media Contact: College of Business Director of External Relations Jack Barr, 740-597-1434 or barrj1@ohio.edu

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