September 19, 2006



The Neeley School of Business at Texas Christian University rose to No. 11 from No. 18 out of 51 regional schools in The Wall Street JournalGuide to Top Business Schools . For the second straight year, the Neeley School is the highest ranked business school in Texas, above Cox (SMU), McCombs (University of Texas Austin), Mays (Texas A&M), and Jones (Rice). This is the third straight year that Neeley has ranked in the top 20.

The ranking, conducted by The Wall Street Journal and Harris Interactive, surveys 4,125 corporate MBA recruiters to rate business school programs on 21 different attributes, including "communication and interpersonal skills", "ability to work in teams", "personal ethics and integrity", and "analytical and problem-solving skills". Two new attributes this year are "incorporates experiential learning into the classroom" and "work ethic."

Rankings are separated into National - prominent schools that share many recruiters, Regional - schools that share primarily the same recruiters from their local regions, and International - recruiters who place large numbers of graduates outside the U.S. 

According to Dean Daniel Short, the high ranking reflects Neeley's enduring commitment to provide a high quality education that is personal, connected and real. "It is difficult to objectively judge the quality of programs based on what is taught in any given course, so we are exceptionally proud when the people who hire our MBA graduates tell the world that Neeley MBAs excel on a personal level. While I will always be pleased when we receive national attention, I take a much deeper satisfaction from the knowledge that we are transforming the lives of all the students who trust us to give them an outstanding education."

Neeley focuses on a personalized education that helps students develop and succeed, and gives them the experience that recruiters look for when filling top positions. Personal career development begins Day One and includes personal and professional assessments, one-on-one coaching, mentoring, internships and interviews with top employers. Faculty bring into class actual business cases, their own in-depth experiences and cutting-edge research, and speakers from corporations to make the business material come to life. Students manage a multi-million-dollar portfolio through the Educational Investment Fund, and work on a variety of projects for clients.

The Wall Street Journal'sGuide to Top Business Schools is the only business-school ranking based solely on feedback from corporate recruiters. In a special Editor's Note, The Wall Street Journal highlights that the most distinctive feature of this survey is that it focuses strongly on corporate recruiters and the job market. "As the buyers of MBA talent, recruiters have strong opinions about the schools they know best. And, those opinions should be of the utmost importance to prospective students, who after all hope to graduate into a better job…" Additionally, "According to a survey of prospective M.B.A. students by the Graduate Management Admission Council, the Journal's rankings were rated the 'most credible' of all media rankings."

The Neeley School of Business at TCU offers nationally ranked undergraduate and graduate degree programs in business. The Wall Street Journal ranks Neeley #11 in the 2007 Guide to Top Business Schools, higher than any other Texas business school. BusinessWeek ranks Neeley's undergraduate program #33 out of 1,400.  The Princeton Review ranks Neeley #2 for facilities and #9 for Opportunities for Women out of 237 top business schools.  


Elaine Cole
Public Relations Manager
Neeley School of Business at TCU