Neeley's B-School Rankings: A Reflection of What Really Matters

The Neeley School of Business is proud to be consistently recognized among the top MBA programs in the world. This year is no exception, with recent top national and global rankings by The EconomistThe Princeton Review and Bloomberg Businessweek.

In The Economist’s 2014 listing, TCU’s MBA program is ranked 38th overall in the United States and 67th overall in the world. Neeley School of Business faculty ranks second in the world, and career services ranks 20th, according to The Economist.

Neeley MBA students also receive high marks. The Princeton Review’s recently published Best 296 Business Schools: 2015 Edition ranks TCU’s MBA program fourth nationally for most competitive students, and sixth for best campus facilities.

From Bloomberg Businessweek, the Neeley School earned a second consecutive top 50 ranking in the Best Business Schools 2014.

We are proud of our outstanding faculty, “who are interested in MBA students and their success,” says Bill Wempe, Executive Director of Graduate Programs at TCU. “Faculty and staff are not thinking about rankings when they come into school each day,” he says. “They’re thinking about doing the best for our students.”

The No. 20 ranking for Career Services is also a strong showing for TCU Wempe says. The Career Services team works tirelessly to connect students with internship and employment opportunities. “Career Services is one of our biggest success stories,” he says.

The fact that TCU continues to remain listed as one of the top MBA programs shows “sustained power,” which is “important for students when they are looking for an MBA program,” Wempe says.

According to LaTanya Johns, Director of TCU’s Graduate Career Services Center, “Neeley’s consistently high rankings have caught the attention of major global employers,” and have “opened the door for us to expand our corporate relationships with a wider range of companies across the country,” she says.

Although these rankings are both exciting and important, they are not the ultimate goal. The real purpose, Wempe says, is to launch students on a highly successful and fulfilling career path.

Our focus is on bringing high-quality faculty who are thought leaders in their field and passionate about student interaction and mentoring. “We invest in that because it’s the right thing to do, not just so we’ll get the ranking,” says Peggy Conway, Director of Graduate Admissions.

Conway also stressed that more important than rankings, students applying to MBA programs should find the program that is the right fit for them and will help them meet their goals.

In addition to achieving rankings by outside sources, alumni involvement also speaks volumes about the Neeley School’s reputation. Wempe says he has been surprised by the amount of support Neeley receives from alumni who want to give back to the program and stay involved by helping students get jobs and make connections. “The alums add richness to our program in many regards,” he says.

Overall, these rankings are simply a reflection of the Neeley School of Business’ commitment to do what is right for our students. “Staying in the rankings and moving up in the rankings is always a goal, but it's not what drives us,” says Wempe.

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